Stop this avoidable spat
Ever since the political crisis started in the state an ugly spat has broken out
between Congress leaders and Governor JP Rajkowa. Day by day the spat is getting
murkier and very personal. Congress leaders led by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
have leveled series of allegation against Governor including calling him agent of
BJP. In the infamous Raj Bhawan video episode former education minister Tapang Taloh
was clearly seen alleging Rajkowa of turning Rajbhawan into BJP headquarter.
Even though Rajkowa’s attitude in the said video is also provocative in nature,
Taloh could have avoided the situation and maintain calm like his fellow colleagues.
Another blunder Congress did was allowing their workers to indulge in violence outside
the Rajbhawan, which include slaughtering of Mithun. Rajkhowa took maximum mileage
out of these incidents and recommended President Rule in the state. On his part Governor
also never loses the opportunity to hit back at Congress. At times he has behaved
like political opponent and not as head of the state. Truly speaking former CM Nabam
Tuki and Governor Rajkhowa have lowered the dignity of their respective offices.
They behaved more like children fighting among themselves and not as respected constitutional
office bearers. The fight between Congress and Rajkowa has damaged the reputation
of Arunachal. They should put an end to ugly spat and don’t do more damage to the
state. At present matter related to president rule and political crisis is being
heard by five bench constitution judge of Supreme Court. Let apex court restore the
sanctity. Till then everyone should keep quiet and wait for the verdict of SC.
Good ends never justify bad means
Together with millions of others, I too believed to devote my energies towards realising
shared dreams of building a great Arunachal. But the horror of unlawful activities,
almost communal madness shown in recent past by our elected representatives and their assistants
have affected me deeply. It has almost become impossible to brave the social and
political storm that has blown our beautiful state apart. As our conscientious, methodical,
steadfast loyal political figures have locked their horns for vested means, its time,
we pay the price for electing them and I belief it’s our turn to bear the tantrums
of President’s Rule in our erstwhile peaceful state. These extremely vituperative,
even mean in their statements, these politicians have taken life out of our beautiful
and peaceful state. They all have figured out, not to understand the managerial language.
Their cob-web thinking are far too old to satisfy the vibrant Delhi. Their persistent
inclination to back room fixes has been rendered worthless. And I must say that
our elected custodians have bitten the dust this time due to non indulgence in new
political environment set across the country. The new standards of intriguing, political
wheeling and drilling were almost tough to handle by our custodians.They have lost
the passion to usher into modern and self reliant Arunachal and yet they fail to
realise the magnitude of malaise they have afflicted.
Whatever may be the outcome of the highest law making agencies in the country, no
wheel of justice can heal the scar inflicted by our opportunistic custodians. For
some, the prevailing air of certain victory will be short lived and euphoria will
die its own death. But the vicious cycle of push and pull due to political immaturity
is going to stay for a while.
We Arunachalees are famous for scrambling away from any issues, be it Chakma-Hajong,
border or financial issues. We all abstain from digging out the matter.
From now on, lets join our hands together and take part in nation building. Let’s
choose leaders with dignity, exemplary fortitude, tremendous courage, and having
powerful force of conviction.
Lets cultivate, self discipline, high sense of responsibility, swift handling of
volatile and dangerous issues, administrative ability and deep commitment to secularism
and universal brotherhood.
If everything goes in order, Arunachal will witness an interesting comparative political
experience which will turn into an asset and also witness the birth of invigorating,
open mind in politics and administration in years to come.
Remember “Good ends never justify bad means”.
Dr K Jonnom
A Common Man’s Perspective
There has been much hullabaloo and fuss about the imposition of Presidential Rule
in Arunachal. Critical, detailed and much analysis are ongoing. Numerous Questions
ranging from who is the culprit/responsible for to questioning on the fate of Arunachal
being raised on various forums. Some accusing ‘murder of the democracy (most clichéd)’
whereas some insisting that it was a necessity to restore democracy in the State.
Many positional changes and transfers in the administration are carried upon. ‘State’
some people are putting is at the brink.
But what interest me are not the jargons and the literature on Presidential Rule
but the how a layman (would) view it. I think it doesn’t matter if they(Us) are
living under the Prime Minister, Chief Minister President or Governor for that matter
even they lived happily when there was no such system or constitution; for them things
are usually same- just a increase/decrease in the numbers police personnel/checking
to add to their woe (pun intended).
Also, the representatives of the people (though rules) acts as the representative
of ‘their’ people (cronyism). Mostly the elected representatives fail to deliver
and start acting as a puppet and hooligans transcending constitutional norms. So,
people here are living within a system but without getting benefitted by it- a partial
What does matter is when the quality of ‘governance’ improves- in terms of transparency,
accountability and efficiency. Democracy for us the common man is not about who holds
or execute power: but how he executes. A common men’s Views ‘Democracy’ in a broader
light albeit in simpler terms. Democracy must ensure equal opportunity for ‘development
of best self’. Rule of law and equality before law should prevail and should be upheld.
The situation of Arunachal at present juncture was/is pathetically opposite with
escalating corruption and lawlessness everywhere.
So the people, especially at the higher echelons] instead of crying about pros/cons
of the present scenario should concentrate on making the system better in Arunachal
Saying so I am not a supporter of Presidential Rule or any rule for that matter.
What is needed is to bring good governance in Arunachal Pradesh. Sooner or later
it will end and again our elected representatives would ‘Rule’.
Until then poetically: ‘let’s see what the situation unfolds and stay positive. Let’s
see whether it’s a beginning of new dawn or a day is ending’
Lipu, P/O Likabali
Greed of power
President’s Rule in our state has turned out to be a biggest drama in the history
of Arunachal politics.
It turns out that section of Congress leaders blame their congress colleagues in
collaboration with BJP leaders as well as the Governor, where MOS Kiren Rijiju has
declined BJP involvement and shields the Governor. But facts can be judged even by
a school going kid. It’s the greed of power that has lead to PR in Arunachal involving
the CM, contending CM, BJP leaders, MOS and above all, the Governor.
No one can escape the fact that because of their personal need, greed and ego, they
have brought Arunachal to this stage.
I admit that Modi wave and Rijiju charms caught me in last year’s election when BJP
swept entire India. But of late what we got by Modi wave is that India is really
turning into a religious country, leaving democracy to its own mercy.
All they care is about cow. In future, they should have an law allowing the cows
The eagerness of BJP for power could be felt after recent failure in Bihar election.
The way they uses power is commendable. Coming back to our state, I would congratulate
the move of governor as he tactfully brought power to himself. Let’s see if he can
really sort out the financial mess and also seek accountability from former Chief
Ministers and the aspirant of CM as well.
A Citizen under President rule
Good days are here
The imposition of President Rule in the state is ironic for the former ruling MLAs
and those who feed on them but for a hard working person and employee like me; it’s
a relief from agony. It is absurd to know that the system which runs the state has
corruption imbibed in its every branch. I am, sometimes, stunned to realize that
our state has no place for those who really deserve the most. It starts from the
recruitment of jobs in Govt. sector to the awarding of contract works in various
departments. It is a mockery of the intellectuals who go for walk-in-interview/written
test and does not get the job because it is all been sold out by the departments.
From peon to Engineer post, all are divided in different prices which range up to
30 lakhs. This trend has been prevailing since time immemorial irrespective of whether
the incumbents have profound knowledge or not. This is the reason why we have few
quality Teachers, Officers and Engineers in our society.
I came across some Teachers who are inefficient, few Engineers who are oblivious
to design criteria and few officers (local) who think they are the boss’ and do not
talk politely in the office. Who do we blame for their reckless acts? No one, but
the system itself. If one bribes 25 lakhs to get a JE post, it would be a foolishness
to say that the engineers should be honest in their work. How can he be? He has to
get the money back as soon as possible because perhaps he might have taken them from
someone. If recruitment process is clean, quality officials will enter the system
and hence, corruption will be less.
Our state was born on February 20, 1987 and till date the connectivity of road is
worst nightmare. The PWD and concerned Ministers does not award the contract to deserving
contractors. To maximize the profit, these contractors invest hardly 30-40% of the
total contract amount in work execution.
The two culverts wrongly super elevated and incompletely executed, constructed at
Papu hill and one near petrol pump, between Itanagar and Naharlagun is the best example
of it. Many structural works are not carried out by the Engineers but by Masons who
only have work experience but no knowledge of permissible limits and Indian standard
design and yet everyone takes their lead.
In the time of hopelessness, there is ray of hope in the state by imposing PR to
keep everything in control under the central Government.
I am glad His Excellency, Mr. Governor, after taking full power of the state took
the first step to make the system corruption free and to maintain transparency which
is I say, “Acche Din begins”. I prefer the glory of righteousness, transparency in
the system and fairness in the recruitment.
I believe we will have Acche Din under the command of His Highness Mr. Prime Minister
I also request the would-be CM and other queuing cabinet Ministers of the state after
completion of PR to maintain the same as to gain huge public support in future.
Bamang Taba HB