Every community and clan has its own culture, tradition and ethos. They protect their
culture against invasion of modernity because the wave of modernism is full of materialism
where survival of spiritual is in danger. Nyokum is one of those cultures which is
suffering because of our modern method of celebration against its actual identity.
The modern method of celebration is not the actual way to celebrate; we must feel
sorry for losing or changing extensively the rules of celebration within a very short
We should not bow down before modernity. If you change any culture and religion drastically
then there will be no spiritualism. One or two decades ago it was celebrated in accordance
But today we have seen the celebration is totally ironical of those days. Many celebrate
with fake Nyigiang(where mithun or animal are sacrificed) without Nyibu(priest).
If there are no Nyibu in the Nyigiang it is like making a joke of our festival. In
fact after animals are sacrificed, we don’t touch or destroy the Nyigiang till it
dismantles itself because there is a belief that it could hamper one’s wishes.
Nyokum is a festival to appealed god of land to protect humanity irrespective of
caste and creed. This institution should be observed properly as per its nature of
But today there are major changes in method of observing Ane Nyokum mostly in towns.
As we know culture is a bond that ties the people of a region or community together.
It is that one common bond, which brings the people of a community together. The
customs and traditions that the people of community follow the festivals they celebrate.
If we talk about culture preservation then why we can’t prevent such misuses and
betrays on our culture and beliefs. Culture is seen as a system of social control,
where people shape their standards and behavior. Community gains a character and
personality of its own because of the culture of its people. The cultural values
of a community give it an identity of its own. For an effective transfer of culture
from one generation to another, it has to be maintained strictly.
Hope this year we will celebrate our mother Nyokum in her actual identity to gain
lots of blessing and shaping her in actual form to check decaying culture.
RGU, (on email)
Missing names from NPR
I would like to draw your kind attention towards National Population Registration
According to official notification, census of the population of India shall be taken
during the year 2011, the reference date for the census shall, except for the state
of Jammu & Kashmir and snow bound non-synchronous areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand
be 00.00 hours of the first day of May 2011. The Schemes has also been launched
all over India, under the provisions of the citizenship Act, 1955, and the Citizenship
(Registraton of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003, the NPR
will contain the details of all the 'usual' residents of the country regardless whether
they are citizens or non-citizens.
It is also very important that it will help detect illegal foreign nationals.
In pursuance of the National Population Registration (NPR), the state govt of Arunachal
Pradesh has already completed the 1st phase of its enumeration programmes. But many
eminent, prominent as well as common citizens of this state has been left out in
the 1st phase of enumeration. In this respect large numbers of indigenous and bonafied
citizens of this state raised objections in the 1st phase (NPR) lists. Some of them
have also filed representations to the concern authority for getting themselves registered
in the 1st phase, which has remained unanswered till date.
In view of the above facts and circumstances I urge upon the state government to
take appropriate measures to ensure that in the 2nd phase which is going to commence
from February - March 2011 all indigenous bonafied citizens of this state are covered.
I also appeal to the census officials, citizens, NGOs', Political and Student Leaders
to give their best to ensure that in the 2nd phase each and every genuine citizen
finds their name in the National Population Register.
Chief Auditor, ALSU,
Unnecessary attention due to a name
In reference to the letter 'For the hill people' dated Saturday, January 1, I have
would like to clarify the following points as I have been subjected to unwanted and
unnecessary attention due to similarity of names with the author of the letter.
The author of the letter is named as Jikom, Itanagar (e mail).There is no surname
and the place is provided as Itanagar. I would like to clarify that my name is Jikom
Riba and 1 am from Naharlagun. The name Jikom is a Galo name, albeit uncommon. It
cannot, further be discerned whether other tribes of the state use the similar name
for personal identification. It is also just another coincidence that the crux of
the theme of the letter relates to the creation of the Headquarter of the Lower Siang
District which is the primal bone of contention.
It is also another coincidence that I am the Patron to the Galo Welfare Society (G.W.S)
which is embroiled in the quagmire with regards to the issue of District Head Quarter.
Therefore in this regard I would like to clarify the stand which I had taken and
will further propagate for the well being of the Society as a senior Patron of the
G.W.S as well as the Galo Tribe in whole.
In all the meetings (to which I was invited) by various committees relating to the
District Headquarter Demand Committees I have advised and categorically paraphrased
and repeatedly stated that it is most appropriated and logical, to wait for the proposal
of the High Powered Committees(H.P.C) set up by the .government and not be biased.
All the District Headquarter Demand Committees, in the mean while ought and should
put forward their respective agendas and proposals before such a H.P.C and create
a salubrious milieu for their respective demands or concessions so that further dialogues
can be encouraged.
To maintain the camaraderie and fraternal fabric of the pan Galo community by having
perpetual dialogues among all the District Headquarter Demand Committees, even in
the thick of adversaries, with regards to the same through the aegis of non political
neutral senior members of the Galo Community, to break the impasse.
I would further request Editors of various local dailies to please write the full
name so that people do not confuse the identity of the author with people who have
similar names from the names from the same tribe or other tribes.
A serious blow
Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province, was assassinated
on January 4 . Twenty-seven bullets were fired on him by a man hired to protect him.
He believed in democracy, freedom and that the strict blasphemy laws instituted by
General Zia have been frequently misused and ought to be changed.
The assassination of Governor Salmaan Taseer is a serious blow to civil society and
the minorities in Pakistan. To honor his memory, those who share his voice or the
voices of millions like him in Pakistan's future must not stay silent about injustice.
They must never be afraid of their enemies. They must never let them win. The beleaguered
nation must take stock of the declining situation and arrest the decay.
Bangalore, (on email)
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Nervous China does it again, issues stapled visa to Arunachalees
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Repeating itself for the umpteenth time, a nervous China has issued
stapled visa to two Arunachalees who were to travel to China to take part at China
IWF Weightlifting Grand Prix.
Techi Abraham, the Joint Secretary of Indian Weightlifting Federation, and lifter
Yukar Sibi, who were issued stapled visas by Chinese Embassy, had to return back
from Indira Gandhi International Airport this morning as immigration officials did
not allow them to travel.
Yukar Sibi was invited to China along with Abraham and IWF president BP Baishya by
China Weightlifting Association to participate in "China IWF Weightlifting Grand
Prix’ scheduled from January 13.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy at New Delhi said that the Visas issued to Abraham
and Sibi were ‘appropriate."
"When I approached the Chinese Embassy today that as to why such visas were issued
to us, they replied: the Visas issued to you were ‘appropriate," Abraham said quoting
Chinese Embassy officials.
"I have already informed the matter to the higher authority," Abraham told this reporter
from New Delhi.
India in 2009 declared as invalid the standalone paper visas given by the Chinese
embassy and consulates for Indians from Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh,
and issued a travel advisory asking those going to China to ensure their visas are
pasted on their passports.
Such paper visas stapled to the passport are not considered valid for travel out
of the country, the external affairs ministry had said.
A stapled visa is issued on a separate paper rather than on the passport.
In spite of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's assurance that his country will take serious
note of India's concerns over the issue of stapled visas, the embassy handed out
India sees this as an act amounting to questioning the state's integration with rest
of the country.
In 2007, China had denied visa to senior IAS officer from Arunachal Ganesh Koyu who
was a member of 107 strong IAS officers' team on a management programme to China.
The entire trip was cancelled at the intervention of the Prime Minister because of
Beijing's refusal to grant visa to Koyu.
A Mithun Breeding Farm where there
are no mithuns
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Mithun Breeding Farm in Sagalee has come under the sharp scanner
of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union. AAPSU has expressed their ire when they
were told that there is no single Mithun in the much hyped Farm when it checked up
with the villagers during its expedition cum social service at Budum Lengne on January
The apex students’ leaders were literally dumfounded when the villagers told there
is not a single Mithun in the Farm and that there is only one casual staff to look
after the infrastructure.
ASM Taba Tama, on behalf of the villagers, told the students leaders that after 1998,
3 years after being formally inaugurated by the then Animal and Husbandry Minister
Mukut Mithi, the farm had stopped functioning. He also told that villagers have
donated the land free of cost to the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department.
Tama made it clear that the land donors may take back the Farm land, if it is not
In a press statement today, AAPSU president Takam Tatung has asked the Department
to set their things right at the earliest. He also questioned why the state government
cannot provide subsidy to Mithun rearers while citing the importance of Mithun, socially
Tatung pointed out that there are livestock insurance scheme for other animals in
other state and demanded to know why same cannot be implemented here in the State.
The AAPSU President also asked the government to issue gazette notification on the
status of Mithun as the State animal.
This is worth mentioning that AAPSU have been demanding recognition of Mithun as
the State animal after it was unceremoniously replaced by Hollock Gibbon by the State
IMWA calls for adequate staff at Itafort dispensary
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) today urged the health
authority in the state to post qualified doctors and nursing staff in Itafort Dispensary,
‘C’ sector here in the interest of common people.
The hospital located at Gandhi Market, C Sector serves thousands of poor people residing
in and around the Capital Complex and has been in the service of needy people for
more than a decade, IMWA president Bamang Taji said in a release. According to estimate,
atleast 200 to 500 people rush to the hospital from around the city to receive various
treatments in the department of allopathic medicine on daily basis; he said and urged
the authority to upgrade the hospital to a multi-specialty hospital with atleast
capacity of 50 to 100 beds equipped with modern equipments and facilities.
He further informed that five doctors and few experienced nurses posted in the hospital
were transferred out.
Itafort hospital is the only hospital that exists within a parameters of 30 km distance
excepting General Hospital Naharlagun. And, in the absence of doctors and other allied
facilities, the poor people will face hardships in hour of danger, especially at
a time when they will find no vehicle to carry their patients to the nearest hospital,
the release added. On the other hand, non existence of a well equipped hospital would
directly or indirectly encourage establishment of private hospitals and other money
making business houses in the capital complex. Further taking treatment in private
nursing homes at Itanagar is highly expensive which is not affordable for all, it
Bulldozers ‘bulldoze’ United XI to
lift Winter T20 Cup
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Bulldozers of Jairampur won the Winter T20 Cup defeating United
Eleven in an exciting final played in GHHS playground, Jairampur. Batting first after
winning the toss, Bulldozers made a low total of 88 runs in 20 over setting a target
of 89 runs to win.
Bongbong Tikhak was the bowler, who wrecked havoc by taking most of the Bulldozers
wickets with accurate line and length.
While chasing the small target of 89 runs to win, United Eleven collapsed to the
pace attack of Jomin Tikhak and other bowlers.
Tikhak was declared as Man of the Match and Man of the Series as well.
The winner received cash prize along with a trophy awarded by Izmir Tikhak, former
National youth day
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: National Youth Day was celebrated throughout the state today commemorating
the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
VKV, Vivek Vihar played host to pass the message of Swami Vivekananda "Man Making
and Nation Building" and value based education among the children by conducting various
competitions held in different schools like drawing & sketch making, Essay writing
and drama etc.
More than 100 children from different schools, including Govt. Middle School, Polo
Colony, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth, Vivekananda Residential Public School, Vivekananda
Central School, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir, VKV Vivek Vihar rejoiced in different
MLA Karya Bagang encouraged the children by distributing the prizes and asked them
to have value based education which is the ultimate aim of VKVs.
The National Youth Day was also celebrated at NERIST. To mark the occasion, a seminar
on Voluntary Blood Donation was organized at the Conference Hall of the Department
of Humanities and Social Sciences. It was jointly organized by the NSS Cell of NERIST
Addressing the gathering, Prof. P. K. Das, Director of NERIST exhorted the youth
to come forward for blood donations voluntarily. Sharing his own experiences, Prof.
Das justified the motto of Voluntary Blood Donation (VBD), ‘young blood brings a
ray of hope.’ The Director has also suggested that at least 50% of the total requirement
of the blood in Naharlagun General Hospital could come from NERIST and also stressed
upon the need to adopt villages or localities under the NSS scheme of the institute.
NSS Programme Officer of NERIST, A. Dinamani Singh, in his presentation on ‘Benefits
of Voluntary Blood Donation’ highlighted the importance of young blood and provided
with the details of the tests and procedures involved in the process of collection
Corruption rampant in Cong ruled states: Gao
BJP accords heroic welcome
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The state BJP unit gave a heroic welcome to newly appointed National
General Secretary Tapir Gao. Interacting with party workers and media in state BJP
office this afternoon, newly appointed national BJP general secretary said that
the central BJP has recognized and repaid the relentless service rendered by its
workers, by appointing him as the General Secretary.
Briefing the media, Gao said that the mis-governance of the Congress led state government
will be soon reflected in centre.
He vowed to fight against corruption which he alleged is spreading in all Congress
governed states in Northeast.
Gao further informed that the recently concluded BJP central executive meeting has
resolved to root out the rampant corruption in the northeast. He informed that a
book “The Northeast Loots” will be soon released by the party. He informed that the
book contains issues like PDS scam and Hydropower while adding that the congress
run state will soon be nailed and brought to justice.
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The 4th mass rally cum social awareness campaign of Tarh welfare
society held at Balijan in Papum Pare district concluded yesterday. Members of Tarh
clan from Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri and East Kameng districts participated
in the campaign.
During the campaign various social issues like child marriage, forced marriage, witchcraft
etc was raised. Also issues like need for conservation of flora and fauna, importance
of education and need to control spread of HIV/AIDS were discussed in length. Meanwhile
it was decided that the concluding series of the mass rally cum social awareness
camp will be conducted in state capital region next year from 8th of January.
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Economics and Statistical Personnel’s
Welfare Association (APJESPWA) visited various encroached land of directorate of
economics and statistics office and residential campus around Itanagar on 10th January.
Association discovered that various parties have encroached departmental land and
destroyed government properties. Union has urged authorities to immediately solve
the matter at the earliest.
PR leaders seek posting of admin officers
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Panchayat leaders of Mariyang and Mopom has written to authorities
seeking posting of various government officials for proper running of administration
in the area.
According to Panchayat leader’s post of circle officer (CO) is lying vacant in Mopom
circle and till now state government has not deputed any officer there.
Similarly post of circle officer and extra assistant commissioner (EAC) are also
vacant at Mariyang circle. Panchayat leaders claim that public are facing hardship
due to such negligence and has urged state government to immediately post officials
for the benefit of ordinary people.
Nyedar Namlo body re-constituted
Seijosa, Jan 12: The executive body of the Nyedar Namlo, Seijosa has been re-constituted
with Taro Natung as chairman and Anand Bagang as secretary. The decision was taken
in an executive body meeting at Nyedar Namlo, Seijosa on Monday. The new Committee
executives hope that the indigenous movements in Seijosa will see a new dawn under
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The newly upgraded Lobi Upper Primary School and Lobi Health Sub-centre
was today formally inaugurated at a function organized by Lobi Welfare Committee
Local MLA Techi Kaso attending the function, assured Lobi Welfare Committee (LWC)
to initiate the soiling and metalling works of road from Museum to Lobi colony under
Earlier, LWC president Hura Khrime, on behalf of the people of Lobi and Kula Cam
colony, submitted a 3-point memorandum to the local MLA requesting him for providing
fund for construction of the school and health sub-center boundary walls and metaling
and black topping the school approach road.
APWWS demands prompt action
ITANAGAR: Aruna-chal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society has condemned the alleged rape
of a girl by an Executive Engineer Kripa Pertin working with Arunachal PHED on Jan
Shocked and disgusted at the incident, the society president Gumri Ringu called on
the authorities to give exemplary punishment to the accused so that such heinous
crimes do not reoccur in a civilized society.
She further called on the authorities to move all rape cases to fast track court
for speedy delivery of justice.
A student at Tinsukia college, the girl was allegedly raped by Pertin, who is her
own uncle, at a hotel in the town. According to reports, Pertin was to drop the girl
at her hostel. Instead of dropping her, he forcefully locked her up at the hotel
where she was later physically assaulted.
A complaint was lodged at Roing Police which has referred the case to Tinsukia.
ITANAGAR: Bye Election to vacant seats of 55 Gram Panchayats, 11 Anchal Samity and
one Zilla Parishad segments in Arunachal Pradesh would be held in the third week
of February, 2011.
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Yumlam Kaha has been selected as secretary of National centenary
celebration of Don Bosco Alumni.
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Kangku Circle Social Welfare Committee is going to organize its
first ever public rally cum general conference on 25th January at Balisori village
under West Siang district.