This is in reference to the ongoing controversy regarding the dist Hq for Lower Siang.
That the proposal of Siki Rima as Hq by DDJAC will delay the process of dist formation
since the place is a barren land totally cut off from the outside world.
There are other feasible places like Likabali, Basar, Gensi or Garu, and the need
of the hour is immediate. I believe such demands that ought to keep the issue pending
should not be entertained by the state govt.
If Nari-Koyu has so much attachment with their present hq in Pasighat thereby prompting
them to lobby no other than Siki Rima which is very close to their place then it
would be better they leave Lower Siang for Likabali and Basar. The development is
a state affair where everyone’s stake is involved. As a person committed to development
of the state I firmly believe that no more delay should be made in the creation of
Lower Siang dist.
We should appreciate the govt for including Nari-koyu in Lower Siang, while at the
same time cooperate in early creation of Lower Siang.
An Open Letter to the BJP
The people of Assam views BJP as the political party of Hindi heartland which wants
to promote Hindi and the North Indian and Bengali style of Hinduism in Assam and
other vulnerable areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.
When LK Advani was the home minister of India and BJP was in power at the centre
and in friendship with the AGP, why was the illegal migrants from Bangladesh pushed
back into Bangladesh? When in power, why was the BJP leaders sleeping then? Was it
because elections were over?
LK Advani, just like K.P.S. Gill are mass murderers in Assam. It was during the tenure
of LK Advani and Prafulla Mahanta as CM in Assam when millions of innocent Assamese
people were killed in the heineous ‘secret killings’ in Assam.
The BJP is not concerned about the demographic invasion from Bengal, Bangladesh,
Nepal and Hindi belt. Just because French and German are followers of the same religion
Christianity, doesn’t mean the French will let Germans set up base in their country.
Several areas of Assam, especially in towns like Tinisukia, Dhekiajuli etc., the
native Assamese are a minority. Should the people of Assam sacrifice their identity
in the name of Hinduism? It would be safer for us to convert to Christianity in that
case. If Hinduism means to sacrifice ourself for Hindu migrants from Bangladesh and
Nepal, it is better to give up Hinduism to save native languages and native cultures
endemic to Assam only.
The BJP should realize that Assam has its own style of Hinduism.
Assamese Vaishnavism or the Assamese Shaivism is different from mainland India. If
BJP thinks that Hinduism means saffron in Hindi belt, in Assam and some parts of
north-east it is about white. Priests in Assam or Manipur wear white, not saffron.
In the pretext of nationalism, BJP-RSS has made Hindi and Bengali Hinduism a ploy
to spread Hindi language and prayers like ‘Hanuman chalisa’ and ‘jai mata di’.
In seminars and conferences and meetings, we hear Sharmas, Goswamis
and Chakrabortys talking about Assam being a part of India because of things like
Pragjyotishpur or Kamrup and blah blah blah. If Hinduism is the plank for Indian
state, Nepal should be annexed into India. It is the only Hindu kingdom in the world.
The largest temple in the world is situated in Angkor Wat, which is in the country
Cambodia should be annexed into India. Buddhist countries should be annexed into
The aggressive Hindi brand of Hinduism promoted by BJP-RSS is
making Hindus in fringe areas like Nepal, Assam or even Manipur phobic to Hinduism.
On the other hand, Christianity and even Islam is spreading in China. This is because
no political party has been formed on religious lines in Christianity or Islam. Nationality
is not equated with religion. Iranian clergy or political leaders do not talk of
inducting Indonesian Muslims as Iranians because they are Muslims by faith. The Germans
do not talk of merging Chinese Christians into German nationality just because they
also worship Jesus Christ. If the BJP-RSS keeps on harping India and Indianness on
the lines of Hinduism, many forward looking Hindus will have to give up Hinduism
and take recourse in a more liberal faith which helps in restoring the regional identity
of the people.
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ITANAGAR, Jan 10: In the year 2010 Arunachal Pradesh witnessed historic occasion
when education bill was passed with aim to improve the ailing education sector of
state. With much fanfare education minister declared that this bill will herald beginning
of new era in education sector. It’s too early to comment whether this education
bill will bring in any remarkable changes in near future. Various state run schools
across the state are pinning hope on education bill 2010 to bring in new era of change.
One such school is Tanihapa government middle school, located around 15 km away from
Sagalee town in Papum Pare district. Established in the year 1986 as primary school,
it was upgraded to middle school in year 2003 but infrastructure never improved.
Even today school is running with bamboo walls and without cement flooring. Teacher
quarters are also in pathetic condition and it’s a shame on education department
that they expect teachers to give their best when they can’t provide them even proper
shelter to live.
Talking to this journalist one of the student told, “During rainy days it becomes
tough to attend classes. When rain accompanied by winds hits the area, the entire
classroom and hostel gets flooded.”
He further added, “When we go to Itanagar sometimes for medical work and see those
beautiful school buildings, it really makes me very sad. What mistake we have done
to be studying in such pitiable condition? We want government to immediately improve
the infrastructure of our school, so that even we can compete with other students
The most surprising aspect is that Tanihapa government school situated nearby Sagalee
is hardly 3 hour drive from capital city Itanagar. If this is the condition of school
situated nearby state capital, then one can only imagine what will be the condition
of those schools situated in far flung districts. It’s time education department
do some serious introspection.
AAPSU pitch for Budum Lengne preservation
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has pitched for proper
preservation of Budum Lengne, comprises of two Nyishi word-Budum(one type of snake)
and Lengne (boulder) loosely translated in English as Snake Boulder, perched high
on the mountain located west side of Satang village which is about 15 miles from
Doimukh town in Papum Pare district.
AAPSU leaders called for preservation of Budum Lengne after a 50 members’ team led
by the AAPSU President Takam Tatung, Vice President Nabam Tamar, Convenor Ringu Kuku,
took 2 hours trekking and treaded through the stiff and perilous jungle route to
take view of the historical site. The students’ leaders were of the opinion that
Budum Lengne, the mythological boulder does not only hold importance for one particular
community but can be proved as a rare asset of the State government, if proper steps
are initiated for its preservation and promotion.
Meanwhile, it has asked the State government, especially Tourism department, civil
societies and concern community organizations to take cognizance of historical/mythical
value shrouded in Budum Lengne.
These students’ leaders also viewed that tourism sector can get a major boost if
proper arrangements are made for the adventurers, tourists and believers while vouching
that there are many who wants to take view of revered shrine. A new trekking route
can be developed, AAPSU felt.
Budum Lengne is associated with the Tei Bida and his legendary Mithuns. Legend has
it that Tei Bida mourned in this Lengne (boulder) when all his Mithuns were drowned
into the Geker Senyi (Ganga Lake) near Itanagar.
Here one may find a footprint (right foot) permanently imprinted into a stone and
is strongly believed to be that of Tei Bida. On the left side of the Lengne there
is a small opening (hole) from where snake Budum supposedly danced before the grief-stricken
All Nyishi Students Union General Secretary Nilly Likha Tabo, Vice President Jigom
Hiri, Co-Convenor Byabang Joram, former ALSU president P L Murtem, students’ leaders
from All Papum Pare District Students Union, All Kurung Kumey District Students Union,
Nyapin Phassang Sangram Students Union, RGU Students Union, DNGC Students Union,
All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte Tarak Lengdi Students Union, All Sagalee Students
Union accompanied AAPSU to Budum Lengne expedition.
Remote Peel gets school
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: MLA Bamang Felix inaugurated the Govt. Primary school at Peel Village
under Sangram Circle Kurung Kumey District on January 8. Peel village is one of the
remotest villages under Nyapin Assembly constituency which is also the village located
at the highest altitude in the constituency and can only be reached after hours
of foot march.
The school has 14 children in its opening academic session (10-11) and equipped with
2 (two) classrooms and 1 teacher.
The MLA emphasized on quality education despite all impediments. He congratulated
the People of Peel village for getting a school for their children though lately
and sought cooperation from the general public of the village for smooth functioning
of the school. He promised to help in bettering the infrastructure of the school
and facilitating the village with basic civic amenities like proper water supply
and electrification. Tai Gungte, a representative of local youth thanked the concerned
authorities specially the efforts of the MLA, ZPM and local Panchayat for realization
of the distant dream of the villagers for having a school at their village itself.
He also expressed hope in the capacity of the local MLA in early redressal of problems
at large in the village.
A memorandum was later submitted to the MLA by Tai Hipik, ASM of the village.
ZPM Tai Yapang was also present on the occasion.
Irked customers to surrender 1000 BSNL SIM Cards
Aalo, Jan 10: Irked at irregular BSNL network in West Siang, 1000 SIM cards would
be returned to BSNL. This decision was taken at a meeting held at Aalo which was
attended by former Minister Doi Ado among others.
The meeting further taking serious note of burning problems of West Siang District
has formed a committee to start Mass Movement against issues in February next. The
irregular BSNL network appeared prominently in the agenda and Committee has resolved
to surrender 1000 SIM cards to BSNL to show its displeasure for poor network service
in West Siang District.
The poor maintenance of Aalo-Likabali road for the past many years by the 44th BRTF,
immediate opening of SBI branch at Aalo to do away monthly rush and two lane road
from Sipu Bridge to Hissam Bridge Aalo-Yingkiong road by 44 BRTF also figured in
Child meet ends
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh organized a two days Child artiste
meet from Jan 8 at AP science centre IG Park Itanagar.
230 child artiste from various corners of Papum Pare district participated in various
competitions. President Boum Kakir Mission Sunjoy Tassar, who attended the inaugural
function as chief guest, asked the participants to love and respect their mother
land and traditional culture. He said that such kinds of program not only provide
platform to the budding artiste of our society but also help foster the feelings
of national integration and patriotism which alone has the power to clean up and
defeat the feelings of hatred and all other anti-social thoughts and elements in
Renowned singer Taba Yall Nabum suggested Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh to jointly
work with Arunachal Pradesh Artiste Forum for better relation and more success in
Chief Sanskar Bharati North East Danajoy Kushre asked the participants to continue
their learning and develop their talents in true sense.
Wushu players bag two gold medals at national event
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Two Wushu players from Arunachal Pradesh Abo Lukham and Ganesh
Das won a gold medal each in National Kick-Boxing Federation Cup held in Udaipur,
Rajasthan from December 28 to 31 last organized by Rajasthan Kick-Boxing Federation
under the aegis of Kick-Boxing Federation of India.
Lukham won his Gold in below 56 kg weight category while Das bagged the yellow metal
in below 48 kg weight category.
Both the players have been selected for World Kick-Boxing Championship to be held
in Ukraine, Europe during June-July 2011.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (APWA) president Toko Teki has congratulated
both the players for their achievements.
For a price
In recent time, Jairampur, a small sleepy town on the Assam-Arunachal border in Changlang
district has been flooded with private taxis, inviting many new faces with clouded
background to the town. The unregulated taxis are making a big hole in the pockets
of the poor residents because the fares are too high. Not surprisingly, it’s happening
right in front of the local administration because of the fact that they are letting
The taxi drivers/owners says, ‘the profit level is 400% and it’s safe to ask for
exorbitant fare because the administration are deaf and mute in Changlang district.
May be because of this reason, here most of the taxi owners have embellished their
garages with new cars in a year or two.
Evidently, it’s not the surging economy but the prolific nexus between the taxi owners
and the local authorities that has enhanced the private taxis. The nexus stand exposed
as none of the taxis posses’ taxi permit which means so far they have also eluded
the tax meant for the development of the state.
Paying Rs 100 monthly at the police check gate is cheaper for us than to obtain taxi
permit that will cost us more than Rs 5000 annually was the reply when enquired why
they don’t procure taxi permit.
Moreover, the authorities have not regulated the fare which has authorized the taxis
to loot the naïve and poor passengers as most of them come from the nearby villages.
Those taxi charges exorbitant fare during medical emergencies. For instance, a taxi
needs Rs 200 fuel to reach the nearest medical in Margherita (Assam) which is just
45 Km from here but they charges Rs 1500 which makes the profit level more than 400%.
Unethical but who cares.
When asked about the exorbitant fare, they said, we are here to earn not for charity
work and the authorities are also content with the fare we demand. The answer simplified
how they have been extorting the poor people with assistance from the legal system.
Unfortunately, the taxis are flourishing by defying the government norms and the
authorities are content licking the extra cream in their monthly budget. But what
about the naïve and poor people, who are being grinded mercilessly due to this nefarious
Evidently, it seems that the authorities are adamant in encouraging the elevation
of unregulated taxis instead of barring it to ply without the permit. Moreover, continuation
without permit means evasion of tax, looting the poor and also putting the life of
the passengers in peril as most of the drivers are with blurred background.
In fact, the local administrations are responsible for the safety and well being
of the citizens but sadly, here in Changlang district they have tampered with the
security system and compromised with their ethics - for a price. (The writer can
be reached at [email protected])
West Siang-XI beat MP-XI in T20
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: West Siang XI defeated MP XI by two wickets in a T-20 cricket match
played at Indira Gandhi Park here today.
Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, the MP XI led by Takam Sanjoy scored
129 run in stipulated 20 over losing seven wickets.
In reply West Siang XI eased past the target of 130 run with four balls to spare
and two wickets in hand. Captain Nyamar Karbak contributed 16 runs.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Ivan M Simon, a popular Philologist who worked under various capacities
like deputy director of research (Philologist) and director of research during NEFA
administration passed away on 8th January at Shillong. The veteran Oxfordian late
Simon was born on 1st March, 1921, at Shillong. He was pioneer Philologist of state
and extensively carried out cultural research.
Late Ivan M Simon contributed number of books, booklets and research papers documenting
rich culture and tradition of state. Even after his retirement in the year 1980,
he kept contributing numerous research articles about Arunachal Pradesh at regional
and national forum.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Ten days Youth Club Exchange Programme (YCEP) got underway from
Jan 7 organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Tezu at Lekang Block .
20 Youths from Various Youth Club & Mahila Mandal of Lakhimpur District, Assam is
visiting as part of the exchange program. The main objective of the programme is
to enable the participants to understand the critical role of youth club and community
based organization towards bringing about change in their own surrounding for promotion
of peace and development.
During the 10 days stay youths from Lakhimpur will be visiting various youth clubs
& Mahila Mandal in Lekang Block affiliated under Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The foundation stone of Silsango circle headquarter would be laid
at Silsango on February four next.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Pentecostal Christian Fellowship Church, Palin would be inaugurated
on January 15.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: All Ha Bangoo Youth Welfare Association conducted its second conference
at Govt Primary School Ha recently. RT Hake, ZPM and Nayang Tatum, ASM, attended
the conference as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
A 22-member executive committee of the association, headed by Ha Tama and Ha Tadu
as president and general secretary was also constituted for the year 2011 to 2013.
Scout and Guide camp
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Bharat Scout and Guide, Papum Pare District unit conducted two-day
camp at Government Higher Secondary School, Ganga on January 7 and 8 last.
Altogether, 128 scout and guide from various private and government school attended
The objective of the camp was to developed skills and character building among the
scouts and guides.
ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The Bagang Welfare Society Capital Complex (BWSCC), Itanagar, mourned
the death of Takia Bagang, ex-ASM of Namchar Village under Chayang Tajo Circle, East
Kameng, (A.P), who died on Jan 9 at Papu Hills, Naharlagun due to prolonged illness.
He was 80 years old and left behind 5 sons and 7 daughters and other family members.
The Society prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Drinking water and electricity scarcity
ITANAGAR: The people of Karsingsa Revival Church Colony have been suffering a lot
for want of drinking water and electricity since last couple of few days.
According to Karsingsa Revival Church Colony Committee, the colony dwellers are not
getting drinking water since last 15-16 days causing great hardship to them. It appealed
to the authority to restore supply of the most essential basic amenities at the earliest.
Boori Boot Yullo
ITANAGAR: Nido Vijay and Singku Sibey have been appointed as chairman and general
secretary of Boori-Boot Yullo Celebration Committee at Raga.
Demand for service regularization
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh NREGA Employees’ Association (AAPNEA) has demanded
the authorities concerned to regularize the services of all the 106 employees under
NREGA programme in Arunachal Pradesh.
Despite working sincerely in the various fields of rural development, Panchayat Raj
related matters etc. our future is now at stake since there is no certainty in extension
of working period, AAPNEA said in a release and appealed to the authority to explore
all possibilities to regularize their services.
AAPNEA also demanded the authority to enhance the salary of the employees, who are
working under MGNREGA with consolidated payment, as per sixth pay revision.