I went to visit one of my acquaintances just to wish him an advance new year. It
was early morning with the sun rays trying to penetrate through the branches of the
trees and shabby buildings. Naturally the conversation switched on to some other
topic. Increasing traffic in the capital city, sky rocketing prices, the shabbiness
of the town and many such topics were part of our conversation, until we finally
dwelt on the upcoming youngsters, their lifestyle, and their education and so on.
My acquaintance started putting out his frustrations and spoke out his heart. His
wife intervened in between and expressed her disgust in the same tone.
All the frustrations and disgust was related to their son. Their son had recently
passed class X, CBSE exams and with this the expectations of parents about their
son had soared high. But as days unfolded, their expectations began to dwindle.
Now, let me not wrap you more into the clouds of mystery and come open like a straight
forward country man. The parents were worried because their son who is in class XI
now has gotten into ill habits like drinking, biking, spending the whole night conversing
on phone. When all this things were being discussed in the early hours of that particular
morning I was a bit enthusiastic to offer my comments and thus I commented that there
is a huge generation gap between our children and us.
We had seen civilization, a civilization that glorified our cultures, traditions
and mutual respect for one another. We had also seen modernism sprouting during our
yesteryears but as far as I could rely on my memories those modern aspects were used
to enhance our lives. Motorcycles were used for long distance communications and
it was considered to be a great family asset. Education had to be completed undergoing
all the struggles related to agriculture and financial hardships, teachers were revered.
But the huge gap between the youngsters and us is that they have taken birth into
the already techno-savvy world unlike us, education is provided to them unlike us
who sought for it, assets like motorcycles are a part of their plaything, mobile
phones have to be kept updated according to the latest models and versions and all
these at the expense of the parents exchequer who otherwise are afraid that their
children may go astray.
Its true that we cannot deny the generation gap between us and the youngsters but
we can never deny at the same time that it is always hard work, strong dedication
and patience that we can always get the best result of anything on this earth and
history stands testimony to this fact. So millions of parents who are upset about
their children just as in the case of my acquaintance friend whom I met recently
will just have to remember that the swords are the sharpest when put to regular
use and also when sharpened regularly. Do not let your children go waste, sharpen
them regularly because they are the future stakeholders of the state.
Teaching by students
This is in reference to the news item about Gautam Gurung, student from Govt. Hr.
Sec. School, Nampong, who doubles up as a teacher in the same school. It is a wonderful
job and to be appreciated.
Although, I was not brilliant and unique student like him, I was often asked by my
teachers to take class of class one when I was just in class IV. When I was in class
V, then I taught students of class ii &iii. During my middle school days, I taught
the students of class IV & below whenever I had the chance.
Those classes were without any incentive, but somehow I learnt some arts of teaching
and became more interested in classroom teaching.
During my higher secondary and college days, I didn’t get any such privilege although
I always wanted to give a try.
When I was working as Medical officer in Oju mission Hospital, I taught biology to
class X students without any extra incentive.
Then again, when I was working as resident medical officer in BTM Hospital, I taught
human Anatomy at the Homeopathic medical college Itanagar with Rs-two hundred per
class as an incentive.
Then when I was working as junior medical officer in District Hospital, I taught
Angwanwadi workers for 3 months with minimal honarium as prescribed by deptt of social
Now, I am teaching MBBS student in Medical College as a part of my post graduate
medical course and dreaming to teach MBBS students when Arunachal Medical College
I am just sharing my experience to make a point that in every school, right from
primary level, there should be a provision of class room teachings by the student
within the school and every student should give a try when regular teachers are absent
because it is a wonderful experience.
It not only gives a platform to the student to develop some arts of teaching but
also draw the interest of the student toward the teaching profession.
Over and above it freshens ones knowledge.
Although some students are better teacher than a regular teacher, however, this kind
of arrangement cannot fill the gap in absence of a regular teacher.
Hope all teachers will encourage their student to take up teaching in their schools.
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ANINI, Jan 2: Plagued by frequent communication disruption and deteriorating health
conditions, Anini, the district headquarter of Dibang Valley has been in the news
over a regular period of time. Much publicity on the crisis isn’t helping either.
It’s scaring the government employees as Anini is referred to as ‘punishment posting’.
The situation has already started to take its toll, severely affecting the education
scenario in the district.
The Government Higher Secondary School at Anini, with 450 students on roll is running
short of teachers. Since two years, the school hasn’t been deputed with Vice Principal
and Principal. The students are practically on vacation.
Similar is the situation at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) School of the district
headquarter. The 120 hostel inmates share a single toilet and a open bathroom. Perforated
by roof leakages, the students are forced to share beds. The sick are carried to
hospital on back.
The All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) and the Dibang Valley Students Union (DVSU)
are protesting that their appeals on the crisis aren’t yielding results. Similar
concern was shared by Dibang Valley AAPSU unit.
Worried at the deteriorating situation, they had threatened to shut down the office
of Deputy Director of Secondary Education at Anini two months back, alleging its
The government responded to the protest and promised to depute required teachers,
Vice Principal and Principal for the Anini School. Protest was called off after verbal
assurance from the Education Minister.
Since then, it has been a long wait. Its New Year now, and the teachers deputed for
the school have not yet reach Anini.
AIMSU Secretary Rajiv Mihu informs that the two teachers and a Vice Principal deputed
for Anini School had sought transfer to another district, even before they were to
join their duty.
“None of the government employees want to serve in this remote district”, says Mihu.
“The people of Dibang Valley aren’t scaring them away. It’s the pitiable living condition
that is driving them away.”
Education Director, T Taloh is slated to visit this district on Jan 3. There were
earlier visits of high level dignitaries too, but situation hasn’t improved at all.
The student pressure lobbies aren’t able to comprehend on how to address the issue.
There had been several appeals, bandh calls, picketing and protests over the crisis.
But it failed to create ripples in the state capital of Itanagar, enough to prod
the politicians to act.
“Anini is neglected politically”, feels Mihu. “Similar protest action in Roing would
have shaken the political corridors of Itanagar.”
ALSU reiterates demand; defer bandh call
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) reiterating its earlier demand
has called for termination of illegal appointees from the post of Inspector, Tax
and Excise department and suspension of those officers involved in the illegal appointment.
Despite repeated demands, the authorities have not terminated the illegal appointees
nor suspend the involved officer, it said.
The Union further demanded the arrest of culprits involved in vandalising of its
general secretary’s car.
The Union demanded that the Home minister resign from the post due to failure of
the ministry to fulfill the three point ALSU demands and handle law and order situation
during his reign.
It further expressed displeasure over the concerned department for its failure to
fulfill the ALSU demands while adding that despite giving all the related documents
and clues of the incidents to the investigating officers of the case, they have not
been able to book the culprits and even trace out the culprits after three months
of incident. Meanwhile the Union has deferred its proposed 24 hrs bandh call scheduled
on January 4 to January 11, due to Si-Donyi festival.
Efforts to stop hunting of wild animals
ZIRO, Jan 2: In an effort towards protecting precious wild flora and fauna under
GOI-UNDP CCF-II project “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural
resource management in Arunachal Pradesh”, the Nature Care and Disaster Management
Society (NCADMS), Ziro in collaboration with GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment
and Development (GBPIHED), Itanagar have constituted 15 Biodiversity Management Committees
(BMCs) across the Apatani plateau.
In continuation to these endeavours under GOI-UNDP CCF-II project, BMCs, Hong (Niichii
& Niitii villages); Divisional Forest Office, Hapoli Forest Division; NCADMS, Ziro
and GBPIHED, Itanagar conducted patrolling-cum-awareness campaign to stop hunting
of wild animals which started from “International Mountain Day” (11th Dec, 2010)
and ended on Dec 31.
The patrolling-cum-awareness campaign was carried out for 21 days long in Apatani
plateau, during which numbers of banners and sign boards were placed at various sites
along with extensive patrolling across the forest by more than 40 member teams representing
traditional Village Councils, Gaon Buras, Village Panchayat and member of BMCs and
NCADMS and Government staffs to minimise the hunting of wild animals and unsustainable
extraction of natural resources.
The awareness campaign was broadcast for one month in local television channels,
besides, publishing in local weekly news paper and announcement made in various public
places. Second phase for patrolling-cum-awareness campaign will be initiated from
mid January which shall last for a month. However, BMCs, NCADMS and forest department
shall monitor the hunting, unsustainable extraction of natural resources and selling
of wild animals in local market throughout the year. The violators will be imposed
penalty as per the traditional norms or prosecuted under Wildlife Protection Act.
Rural Lekhi opposes urban projects
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Lekhi Panchayat held a meeting on Dec 31 on urban projects in the
rural areas of Lekhi Panchayat. In the meeting, the PR leaders opposed the already
tendered project C/o Truck and Bus Terminus at Lekhi Village.
PRIs opposed taking up of Urban projects in the ambits of the village without due
consultation of the PRI leaders. The public will agitate if it is further taken up’
read a resolution.
It further said that if after due consultation with PRIs and the local bodies the
urban projects are taken up then a MoU will be done in favour of the villagers and
the entire C and D grade Jobs will be permanently reserved for the eligible candidates
from the village itself. It the conditions are not met the projects will not be
permitted to be taken up at any cost.
A general meeting will be conducted related to the Hot Mix plant and the steel factory
and on shifting of projects already taken up. Resolution further stated that Departments
of the Union or State govt abide by the decree to avoid protest.
Assam orgs assures cooperation
PASIGHAT, Jan 2: Various students organizations, including All Assam Students’ Union
(AASU), has assured people of Arunachal Pradesh to extend full cooperation and protection
while travelling through Assam during Assam Bandh.
They assured it in an inter-state consultative between Adi Bane Kebang (East Siang)
and various organizations of Upper Assam like Takam Mishing Porin Kebang (TMPK),
All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), All Assam Students Union (AASU) held recently at
Oyan, East Siang under the chairmanship of Dist. President ABK (East Siang) Okom
Speaking on the occasion president Yosung and secretary Onyok Pertin, headquarter
ABK, East Siang unit presented a concept for peaceful resolution of disputes. They
stated that several district level conventions were held during last few decades
and some interstate problems were settled peacefully.
In order to increase familiarity, members of both the states should use their domestic
legal systems and trustworthy ways, they added.
Earlier, the meeting highlighted the problems faced by people of East, West and Upper
Siang districts in particular while travelling through Assam during Assam Bandh on
emergency works, such as interview, medical treatment etc.
Mere assurances do not impress much
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: During the closing ceremony of AAPSU Martyr cup cum inter-tribe
youth festival I was carefully listening to speech by a minister of present Dorjee
Khandu led government who was guest of honour for the evening. Minister spoke eloquently
about tapping the rich bio-diversity of Arunachal and described them as biggest asset
of this state.
Well, ever since joining Arunachal Times on 5th October 2009, I had the privilege
of listening to various visionary ideas by our politicians including chief minister
himself. But what appalled me is that their visions and ideas never get implemented
in reality. They are the policymakers and if they can’t implement their visions,
then on whom do poor citizen like us pin hope. It’s a common phenomenon that netajis
are known for making big promises but never delivering it. And our Arunachalee netajis
seem no different.
On many occasion, politicians can be seen talking in two different angles during
one programme. Once, I was covering an event on need for conservation of natural
resources. A minister and parliamentary secretary were present as chief guest and
guest of honour during the day. The chief guest very diligently emphasized on the
need for preserving our rich natural forest and wild lives. He was passionately appealing
young audience to desist from forest cutting and hunting. After that it was guest
of honour, who took to dais. While he spoke about need for conservation but he contradicted
himself and his minister by stating, “We need hydro power project for the development
of this state.”
Our dear netaji appear to have forgotten that construction of mega dam leads to destruction
of large tracts of forest land. He was present as guest of honour in a programme
aimed at promoting conservation of natural resources and was supposed to dwell on
the need for their protection. It seems our Arunachalee netajis still think that
they can fool around with citizens of this state like they have been doing for past
so many years. If that is the case, on behalf of every young citizen of this Arunachal,
I want to remind them that time has changed. Now their each move and each word are
being carefully scrutinized by the citizens and they need to be on the tenterhooks.
Just giving lip service will not appease the present generation youths. They want
some real work to be done and had enough of the lip service. On this auspicious occasion
of New Year, citizens of this beautiful state will be hoping that our netajis carry
out some real work and come out from the coma of lip service.
Thwarting the green generosities
We don’t need to be an eco-scientist or eco-expert to comprehend the ailing health
of our forest and environment. Even a toddler can understand the bare truth and the
lingering threat that we’re digging our own grave by balding the opaque mountains
and defiling the pristine environment.
Few years’ back, disasters engineered by cyclonic winds, torrential rains, landslides,
floods, forest fires, etc. were strangest nouns for young Arunachal but now the devastation
caused by it frequently embellishes the front page of state’s newspaper. Sadly, it
reflects how our traditional proximity with the forest and environment has deteriorated
with the transiting years.
The mounting disregard of tribal society in managing the forest and its resources
has solidified the nemesis of nature. Ruefully, as the tribal throngs are getting
more educated and exposed, so are the appetites to adopt and amplify the contemporary
lifestyle and doing so, we’re grisly annihilating our primary source of sustenance
Some years back, the organic vegetables and medicinal herbs flourished in our backyard
but now we’ve to import the same things from the neighboring state in much higher
prices. Most significantly, it has impacted drastically the indigenous designs of
our bamboo thatched houses because the shrinking of forest has compacted our traditional
homes to a shocking extend. In brief, the sempiternal track of nature’s ruination
is alerting us about the greater desolation that’s narrowing by. It’s time to fight
Figuratively, the forest covers has declined from 80% to 60% and it has also lost
the designation of being one of the top 10th bio-spot of the world. In addition,
the reinvented Timber Industries and unregulated open cast mining are also hastening
to efface the colossal covers of forest, worth billion of rupees. So far, none of
the above mentioned commercial giants has ever assayed to regenerate the faded greens
and shockingly enough, even with the trifling contribution records for the socio-economic
welfare of the state, they’re allowed to loot and ravage the stockpile of green resources.
Neither the concerned department has executed any rigid regulations to monitor the
illegal extractions nor have the conscious citizens voiced against the rapid disappearances
of green turfs.
Besides it, the ethnic liberties, zamindari greed and contemporary needs are also
equally guilty for the decline of forested areas. It may be little harsh but the
truth is that the past generation, who have generously chopped down or allowed to
fell down the trees in huge quantity for expanding their currency reserves or adding
more meters of commercial or plowing plots, has sowed the seed of destruction and
the present generations are yielding the nature’s wrath.
If deforestation and defiling environment continues at the same scale, the day is
not far away when the dawn will greet with tragic news and the dusk will grieve for
the man-made tragedies. But by then, my friend, it’ll be too late for any kind of
preventive measures or rescue incentives.
In simple words, we’ve to agree the verity that buying a car doesn’t simplify our
daily maneuvers but it only adds one more source to ail the ozone layer as well as
by uprooting the countless hectares of emerald tracts, we’re straightway disregarding
the green generosities. Considering the facts, the solutions to intercept further
devastations are with us, a petite alteration in our daily wonts, for instance precluding
the rampant use of papers, plastics, electricity or fossil fuels can calm the brutality
of Mother Earth.
Lamentably, each one of us know about the natural calamities deforestation can influx
but still we intentionally snub our social obligations, justifying that it won’t
make any difference in the way we live our life. The saddest reality is that everyone
evaluates about the mandatory modulations but none pioneers the transitions.
Optimistically, we can curb our callous habits and contain our rapacity to calm the
ferine temper of Mother Nature by planting trees upon deforested areas as well as
prohibiting the inimical activities that might provoke her fury to extreme. The logic
is as simple as it can be, if you can’t grow trees than avoid felling them.
In conclusion, the life changing responsibilities weights upon our young and stout
shoulders and it’s time to take decision, the decision whether to consolidate or
curtail our contribution for a little greener and much better Arunachal Pradesh.
(The Writer can be reached at [email protected])
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU) has called off its 48 Hrs proposed
bandh on January 3- 4 in connection with the SSA interview. The Union which had earlier
alleged that there were anomalies in the selection process of the teachers under
SSA, retracted its statement.
The Executive Members of ARASU Headed by its General Secretary P.T Maga, has unanimously
decided to call off the 48 Hrs Bandh Call.
It further said that there are no anomalies in the selection of candidates in the
written test and 71 sanctioned posts for AT & JT were meant for entire Lower Subansiri
The Union further said that being Indian citizens, candidates from outside the area
will also be eligible to appear in the interview.
Imagine you are a tree
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: Office of the Director of Postal Services, Arunachal Pradesh Division
Itanagar conducted letter writing competition on the theme “ imagine you are a tree
living in a forest” at Guardian Angel School, Itanagar today.
On the occasion, besides officials of Postal Services AP Division, Prof Dr. Ozwal
Mendonca from Kasaragod government college, Kerala also attended the function.
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The cave of Neelam Chotum (Hiir Liipi), the ancestral father of
Neelam clan, was found and relocated at Hiir Yorda under Pistana circle of Lower
Subansiri district on December 27 last, according to Neelam Welfare Society.
The cave is believed to be used as shelter and runaway home from epidemic by Neelam
Chotum most probably in the middle of 18th century, the society said.
Meanwhile, the society in a gathering at Hiir Liipi, decided to preserve and protect
the Wiseman’s cave.
It further resolved to put a total ban on hunting, fishing, jhum cultivation and
extraction of forest resources for commercial purpose in Neelam clan inhabited areas,
particularly Neelam, Deed, Kamta Radpu, Dem, Seya, Khach, Pania and Tom Meya panchayats.
Donyi-Polo Day observed
PASIGHAT, Jan 2: The people of East Siang District observed the Donyi-Polo Day along
with the rest of the State on 31st December last with religious fervor and gaiety.
The main function was observed at the Central Ganging, Pasighat organized by the
Faith & Cultural Society of Pasighat.
Prayers were held for peace and prosperity on the auspicious occasion.
The newly constructed Ganging at Balek was also inaugurated on the occasion. Floral
tribute was also paid to Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo.
The celebration stressed the need of preservation and propagation of indigenous faith
Classical Dance and music workshop
PASIGHAT, Jan 2: The five day-long Classical Dance and Music Workshop organized by
Sanskar Bharati concluded at the IGJ HS School auditorium, Pasighat on December 31
The main objective of the workshop was to select some talented artistes for higher
level cultural events in future.
Principal Amit Kumar Mukharjee and Vice Principal Suchandana Mukharjee of Nritayagyan
Dance and Music Academy (NDMA) and Ram Naresh Kumar and Shitala Prashad, local vocalists
imparted training as
resource persons. Altogether sixty students participated in the workshop.
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: District Level Committee (DLC), Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Daporijo
observed the birth anniversary of Bala Despandey, the founder of Akhil Bharatiya
Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram at Daporijo.
On the occasion, the DLC felicitated the Donyi Polo Namlo priests, land donor of
Donyi Polo Namlo centre and other social workers who had dedicated their lives for
the promotion of indigenous faith and culture of the tribal communities of Arunachal
Besides these, school children of AVP Balwadi School Sippi, Dugi, Daporijo and Pakum
colony displayed cultural programmes on the occasion.
Indigenous Faith Day
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated at Koloriang. The function was
organised jointly by the Koloriang unit of Donyipolo Nyedar Namlo and Arunachal Vikas
Parishad. In the morning the believers of Donyipolo took out procession covering
the entire town followed by public gathering. A colourful band display was presented
by the students of VKV, Koloriang and traditional cultural display by the Nyedar
In Palin the prayers were held in the Nyedar Namlo by the devotees of Aane Donyi
followed by public address in the ground. The function was organised jointly by Palin
unit of Donyipolo Nyedar Namlo and Arunachal Vikas Parishad.
President, Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society Techi Gubin said that Donyipolo
is a religion whereas Almighty Aane Donyi is the unseen power and creator of this
entire universe who created the Sun, Moon, stars, planets including living and non
living things on earth.
Association appeals for review of HPC
ITANAGAR: Jigo-Yego Youth Association (JYYA) has demanded the authorities concerned
to review the high power committee (HPC) failing which it will resort to democratic
The order excludes Nari-Koyu of East Siang from the ambit of the new district.
"It is not only arbitrary, partial and biased but also undermining the sentiments
of the people of both Likabali and Nari Koyu constituencies. The order is in complete
breach to the cabinet corrigendum given in August 2009 in response to the demand
made by people of both the constituencies," JYYA said in a release. .
It reiterated that the highest forum of Galo community the Galo Welfare Society has
already endorsed the creation of Lower Siang District as demanded by District Demand
and Joint Action Committee format on various Bane Keba’s consultative and general
body meetings and the related documents have been duly submitted to the authority
Slogan witting competition
ITANAGAR: Directorate of field publicity, Government of India, Ziro unit as part
of its multimedia campaign for national voter’ day organized a slogan writing competition
for the students at Ziro on December 30 last.
Altogether, 21 students took part in the competition. Similar competition would also
be conducted at various schools of the district during this month.