January 03


CM drops 3 ministers, 2 advisors, 5 Parl. secretaries

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has dropped three ministers from his council of ministers, said a notification issued by the chief Secretary on Monday.

On the recommendation of the chief minister, Governor V Shanmuganathan gave his assent to the removal of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development, Fisheries, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rajesh Tacho, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling and PHE, Water Supply and Disaster Management Minister Takam Pario on December 31 last.

The portfolios attached to the three of them would now be held by the chief minister, the notification issued by Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin said.

In another notification issued by the chief secretary, it was informed that the Governor on Monday discontinued the services of Kameng Dolo and Tapang Taloh, Principal Advisor and Advisor to the Chief Minister respectively.

The chief minister also dropped five parliamentary secretaries, including Mutchu Mithi (PWD), Markio Tado (Food and Civil supplies), Tirong Aboh (Geology and Mining), Dikto Yekar (Art and Culture) and Nikh Kamin (Disaster Management).

All the dropped ministers, advisors and parliamentary secretaries, who are MLAs of the Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA), had opposed the leadership of Pema and projected Takam Pario as the next chief minister of the state.




Cattle hit by foot and mouth disease in West Siang, six Mithuns die

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: At least six cattle (mithuns) have reportedly died due to outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) at Tato circle in West Siang district. This was informed by a local resident Tatin Rida over the telephone here this evening.  

More than fifty cattle specially mithuns are said to be affected by the disease in Tato, Pidi and Monigong circles.  Tatin Rida has lost two mithuns to infectious disease and one Takup Rinya has lost one mithun in Tato.  Similar cases were also reported in Pidi circle as Tamur Bunyi and Tajen Yorpen have lost their cattle.

It is reported  that infectious and viral disease was first appeared  in Monigong area and it  spreads to Tato. "Number of casualty may grow, if the authority does not act timely" said Tatin Rida. Rida added that many mithuns are having blister and white foam in the mouth.

The FMD is a viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals. The virus causes a high fever for approximately two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner West Siang Gamli Padu said that district administration is yet to get report of such FMD cases from the area.  District Veterinary Officer  Dr. Kejom Padu informed that earlier first sporadic case of FMD was reported from Monigong, however it was contained by the department with an effective vaccination campaign.




Governor visits Advance Landing Ground, Ziro

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh V. Shanmuganathan visited the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Ziro, Lower Subansiri district during his final leg of district tour on Monday.

The Governor along with local MLA Tage Taki, Secretary to Governor Talem Tapok, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, Superintendant of Police Tage Habung and other Indian Air Force officials went around the ALG compound to get the comprehensive picture of the facility.

While deeply appreciating the enlightened public of Ziro for willfully donating the high prized land for such an infrastructure, the Governor was optimistic that they will continue to do so if required for more in greater public interest and common good. He advised the district authority to address the issues related to the ALG by availing assistance of the local public representative.

Earlier, the local MLA and Deputy Commissioner briefed the Governor on the ALG and the issues related to it.

On Sunday, the Governor visited Lempia Village after touring Bamin, Michi, Hija and Old Ziro villages in Lower Subansiri.

Local MLA Tage Taki along with Gaon buras and Gaon Buris received the Governor at Lempia Village and ushered him to Tajang Meder Nello- Danyi Piilo Prayer Hall.

The Governor, joined by local villagers offered prayers to Danyi Piilo in the Meder Nello on the occasion.

Interacting with the villagers, the Governor advised them to preserve their indigenous faith and cultural heritage.

He appreciated the villagers for continuing their age-old good traditions and practices.  

Earlier on the day, the Governor paid obeisance at Sidheswar Nath Temple, 6 km from Ziro. Accompanied by people from all walks of life, he offered prayers for welfare of the State and its people on the first day of the New Year.

Reaching out to the farmers, Governor Shanmuganathan also met some progressive farmers at Ziro on January 1.

In order to know the successes challenges towards their economic progress, the Governor had an hour-long interaction session with them. The group of farmers, including two women progressive farmers briefed the Governor of their agricultural and horticultural products such as tomatoes, Kiwis, broccolis and cabbages etc.

The Governor was very much impressed by the spirit of the farmers. He advised them to form Self Help Groups and cooperative societies and avail assistance from agriculture and allied departments and banks. He assured them to take up their issues, especially transportation, quality seeds and marketing with concerned ministries and officials. He exhorted them to continue their effort to raise the standard of life in the rural areas through their exemplary ventures by use of latest technologies in the field of agriculture and horticulture.

The Governor also met people from all walks of life, including public and bazaar representatives, educationists and health and security officials. He also enquired about Public Distribution System, Health indicators and Law and Order in the District.

The Governor expressed his concern on quality education, basic health services and road communication. He advised the concerned officials to address the problems for the benefit of all, particularly the poor and uneducated.

Secretary to Governor Talem Tapok, Lower Subansiri District Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen and Superintendent of Police Tage Habung were also present in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhawan




AAPSU, APC distribute relief materials to Wakka fire victims

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) on Saturday distributed relief among the fire victims of Wakka village in Longding district.

A team of AAPSU headed by its vice president (Proto) Tayuk Sonam handed over the relief materials of both Arunachal Press Club and AAPSU to the fire victims in presence of Chief of Wakka village Lungam Wangham, Wakka Block ZPM Matpho Kolong and other relief committee members.

The AAPSU team distributed Rs 4,800 to each victim family and handed over Rs 3,762 to the church authority/committee.

The team AAPSU was actively assisted by the executive members of Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) during relief distribution.

During the relief distribution programme, AAPSU was informed that hundreds of fire affected people have not been provided temporary shelter till date and they are now staying with their relatives. The villagers were also asking for distribution of at least 120 - 150 pieces of CGI sheets to each affected family as soon as possible as they are soon going to start construction of their new houses, AAPSU informed.    

Earlier, the team AAPSU met Longding Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Gupta at his official bungalow to take stock of the present situation of Wakka fire incident.

During their meeting, the DC told that the district administration had distributed relief amount of Rs 1, 01,900 to each victim family under SDRF & NDRF. The DC informed the team that he had to face lot of problem in providing/distributing relief materials to the fire victims due to absence of head of departments (HoDs) in the district as they are reluctant stay here due to lack of basic facilities like, water, electricity, residential quarters and road communication problem.

AAPSU thanked all donors/contributors for their generous contribution in cash and kind to give succor to the fire ravaged people.

The Department of Power, Itanagar Division provided its truck for transportation of relief materials.

Meanwhile, HOPE Foundation, a Deomali based NGO, initiated a noble steps to help the fire victims of Wakka, where the NGO conducted door-to-door collection of used winter cloths, blankets, baby clothes, shoes and other relief materials.

The relief materials were collected from various areas from Itanagar Capital Complex, Doimukh and Ziro. These collected items were handed over to the chief of Wakka village Lungam Wangham on December 29, along with along with rice bags from foundation.  

It was informed by the NGO that it would continue the collection campaign until all the affected villagers get minimum required materials.




2 more special trains on Rangiya-Murkongselek route


RUKSIN, Jan 2: The NF Railway has introduced two additional passenger trains services on Rangiya-Murkongselek BG route.

The first special train, which was launched to run between Dibrugarh and Murkongselek station via Lumding, Guwahati and Rangiya, arrived at Murkongselek station on Saturday last and left the station on the same day. Another passenger special train, which came from Guwahati on Saturday midnight, left Murkongselek station on Sunday morning.

With introduction of these two additional train services, the total number of passenger trains on Rangiya-Murkongselek route rose to five.

NF Railway sources said the two special trains are being run on trial basis, but it might be regularized on public demand.

Murkongselek (Jonai) bordering to East Siang of Arunachal is the last railway station in North-Assam. The BG railway is proposed to extend to upper Arunachal districts linking Upper Assam area through rail route.




Pario elected leader of PPA legislature party

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislature party meeting was held on Monday under the chairmanship of MLA Takam Pario in a city hotel. In the meeting all the ten legislators spoke and put forward their suggestions. After a threadbare discussion the legislators unanimously elected Takam Pario as leader of PPA legislature party. Markio Tado and Nikh Kamin will be the chief whip and spokesperson respectively.

PPA will also seek legal consultation regarding legal validity of 33- PPA MLAs merger to BJP.  The legislator present in the meeting resolved in one voice to stand united under the leadership of Takam Pario.

While accepting the decision of the PPA legislator, Pario assured them that he will have proper consultations with legislators and party leaders & functionaries from time to time. He appealed them to co-operate with him for smooth functioning of the party for the larger interest of the state.




APYC announces series of stir against demonetization

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Continuing its tirade against the demonetization, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today announced a  series of agitation against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government and its  demonetization decision.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club here, APYC President, Jikke Tako said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misguiding the citizens of India in the name of demonetization. Therefore, the Congress party has decided to demand white paper on demonetization, disclosure on total amount of black money  that has been recovered after November 8 last, compensation to those who lost their lives and also to those who lost their business & job during demonetization period.

The 50 days period of demonetization is over, but the situation is far from normal. Even the Prime Minister didn't say a single word on the present situation during his recent year end speech, alleged Tako. He further said the  APYC is going to organize series of agitation demanding white paper  on demonetization  from January 4 next wherein  the Youth Congress will distribute pamphlet to every household, submit memorandum to BJP MPs & MLAs, Deputy Commissioners.

This would be followed by  state level agitation from January 21 and lastly National level agitation at New Delhi on January 28 next.

Terming the demonetization as total failure, General Secretary cum Spokesperson, APYC, Arjun Panye  claimed that  during last 50 days of demonetization people have gain nothing  but  lost many things. People became jobless, some lost their business and some other lost their lives. What is more unfortunate is that Government has no plan to compensate them. It has even not regretted  the  loss or death relating to demonetization.

He further said that PM in his address has announced news policies just to  divert the  attention of the people from the damages done during demonetization period.



RAR with a mission to help Wakka fire victims

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: A 15 member team of Royal Arunachal Rider (RAR) embarked on a motor-cycle ride, heading for Wakka in Longding district with relief aids and voluntary funds for the 22nd December fire victims.

Earlier on December 31, 2016, the RAR members collected a total of Rs 81, 500 from the voluntary donors in a donation camp set up at 0-Point, Itanagar. Apart from the cash, citizens also donated clothes and other household necessary items on the occasion.

The RAR team also added another Rs 50, 000 to the total amount from within their members thus, taking the total amount of the relief fund from their initiative to Rs 1, 31, 500.  




Fire has become nightmare for Arunachal villages

[ Denhang Bosai ]

Come winter, the news of fire gutting down houses in Arunachal Pradesh is not uncommon at all. Traditionally, the tribes of the state have been living in thatched houses for ages.

In fact, the tribals are so deeply attached to the thatched houses or chang ghar that even the officers, public leaders and businessmen residing in the state capital and the district headquarters prefer to have their meals inside the chang ghar sitting around the fireplace.

They also love to spend their evenings in the chang ghar, especially in the winter. A number of fire mishaps have been reported in the state capital and the district headquarters wherein the fire had emanated or started from those chang ghars or SPT buildings which catch fire easily.

No place is free from fire accidents in the state. However, the oldest town Pasighat, Wakka, Lazu, Ziro, Daporizo etc. are infamous for frequent fire mishaps. The reason is not difficult to find out. In these places, houses are constructed closed to each other. In 2014 also a devastating fire accident broke out in Wakka in which many dwelling thatched houses were completely gutted. So also in Lazu village, a number of fire mishaps were reported during 2015 in which many villagers were rendered homeless. Recently also a devastating fire accident gutted more than 50 houses at Wakka village in which an adult woman was killed. These fire accidents are mostly due to callousness of the villagers. Had they taken proper precautionary measures such unfortunate mishaps could have been averted.

Unfortunately, the people don't care to learn from their past mistakes and they continue to build their houses closed to one another, almost touching each other. There is absolutely no dearth of land to open new habitation areas in the villages to ensure that there is enough space between the houses to prevent spread of fire in case of outbreak of fire in the villages.

The aids and reliefs provided by the governments, NGOs, Churches, individuals and other organizations can never ever compensate the loss. During such unfortunate fire mishaps, artifacts and traditional items having historical values are lost forever. In the past, the tribals had the practice of appointing some youth to keep vigil on the village during the day time when all the adults would be busy in their agriculture fields.

This practice was more pronounced amongst the Noctes and Wanchos of Tirap and Longding districts wherein the youth from the respective boys' dormitories called Paang were engaged to guard the village turn-wise. However, this useful practice has been done away with for no apparent reason (s). The youth from those boys' dormitories used to keep a hawk like vigil on their village.

The government, NGOs, Schools and Colleges should make an extra effort to create awareness campaigns on not only dangers posed to the tribal villages by fire but also on preventive measures to arrest the frequent fire accidents in the state. Such campaigns should not be for an ornamental dressing only but should be carried out frequently, say once or twice in a week. Something drastic has to be done today and now.

The people of the state cannot afford to helplessly watch their life and property being ruined by fire. Fire accident is preventable. It's not like an earthquake or a flash flood about which we can't do much. What is required is the will to protect thatched and SPT houses which are very vulnerable to fire. The time has come for the many ethnic entities in the state to realize that fire is the greatest threat to the tribal villages. Let the Wakka incident not repeat again. Prevention is the one and only mantra.  [The writer is Deputy Director, IPR]




CM calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday called on Governor V. Shanmuganathan at Raj Bhavan here and briefed him on the recent political development in the State.

The Governor, who has returned here on Monday from three-day tour to Lower Subansiri District, shared his observations with the Chief Minister. He advised Pema on issues related to farmers and common citizens of the District. PRO to Raj Bhawan



2 Cong MLAs join BJP

Itanagar, Jan 2: Two out of three Congress MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh today joined the BJP, reducing the strength of the party to one in the House of 60 members.

The state assembly secretariat has accepted the defection of MLAs Wanglin Sawin representing Khonsa East constituency and Gabriel Denwang Wangshu (Kanubari) from Congress to BJP and has accordingly published it in its bulletin.

With the joining of the two Congress MLAs, BJP's strength has gone up to 49 with the support from one of its associate member and an Independent, while the Congress now is being represented only by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Peoples' Party of Arunachal has ten MLAs. PTI



Noted entrepreneur Techi Lama dies; CM, org mourns

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed shock over sudden and premature demise of a flourishing entrepreneur and a youth leader Techi Lama who succumbed to a massive heart attack this morning. Paying his last respect to the departed soul, Khandu offered floral tribute and condoled the sad demise.

In his condolence message addressed to Late Lama's wife Techi Aniya, Khandu said "With profound grief, I write to share the grief of losing one of the youth leader and a flourished entrepreneur who led from the front and left behind memories to cherish. The news of premature and untimely demise of Late Techi Lama, former Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Mines and Minerals Development Corporation has come as a shock to me. I know this would be the most trying times for the family members and his close friends to cope with the irreparable loss. I hope my humble words of consolation would ease the grief even if a little, Khandu stated.

Former chief minister Nabam Tuki, who joined the bereaved family members in sharing their grief, in his condolence message said that Lama's premature death has caused irreparable loss to the state, particularly to the young generation, when the state is poised for a multi-faceted development and need the valuable contributions of the youth brigade.

Tuki joined state's 'who's who' in  paying floral tributes and praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries president  Techi Lala, general secretary Tarh Nachung and chief adviser Pradeep Kumar, in a condolence message, said that the state has lost a very young leader and social activist in the death of Lama, who had also served as Arunachal Pradesh Mines and Minerals Development Corporation chairman.

Death is upon to the almighty, but he would always be remembered as willing partner of state building to serve as role model for the GenNext, the trio said in the message and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Gerchi Welfare Society (GWS) has also deeply condoled the sudden demise of Techi Lama.

Born to late Techi Allo and Techi Mangche on 6th January 1975 at Rayoung village, under Palin Circle of Kra Daadi district, late Lama started his primary education from Govt. Middle school Dari from 1984 to 1991 and matriculation in 1995 from Palin.  

He started his career as small contractor in 1997 and became one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the state and served as Chairman APMDTC Ltd from 2011 to 2015 and was the founder member of Gerchi Welfare Society (GWS). His death is great loss to the Gerchi Society in particular and Nyishi community as whole and created huge vacuum in the society. He left behind his wife, mother, two sons and three daughters. Garku Abu Welfare Society has also condoled the untimely demise of late Techi Lama.




Strengthen Nocte village council: Aboh

KHONSA, Jan 2: Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh has inaugurated a male dormitory (Morong) in presence of Chiefs of Dadam and Huakan, Dadam Circle Officer, Asan Kri, Dadam Block JE Ashosk Kumar Tiwari, PRI and public leaders, GB and general public of Laho village on Monday. The male dormitory, locally known as 'Paa', has been constructed under BADP scheme.

Speaking on the occasion, Aboh, while highlighting  the importance of the Morong ('Paa' or 'Pang'), said that in the past "Morong" was considered to be supreme authority wherein criminal cases within the village jurisdiction were settled by the village council or village authority.

Describing the Nocte Paa as most important institution of the Nocte society, the MLA  called upon the scholars and  researchers of  Nocte society to take up research  activities thoroughly on the "Nocte Paa (Morong)" system  to keep alive the Nocte village council  for the  younger generation. He said that some rigid law under Morong system should be modified. In the past all male folk used to sleep in Paa but now it may be used as guest house for visitors, Aboh added.

Aboh further called upon the work agency and contractor of his constituency to implement the government scheme properly. The bill should not be passed till the completion of schemes as per government guidelines, he said.

Responding to the public demand of Laho village,  Aboh announced 40  number of  plastic chairs  for the newly inaugurated Nocte Paa (Male dormitory). He also called upon the village leaders of Laho to list out the left out households for issuing CGI sheets. The MLA also urged the villagers to avail the benefit of government schemes in various sectors including agriculture & horticulture  for sustainable income source.

He further informed the gathering that office of the Dadam Circle Headquarter  would  be made fully functional within 2nd week of January as DC Tirap has already posted 1 UDC, 1 PI and 1 Peon for the CO office. He also assured for procurement of one vehicle for Dadam CO after consulting with DC Tirap in the next financial year.

In his speech Dadam CO Asan Kri appreciated Tirong Aboh for his keen interest in implementing various  development schemes under his constituency including roads connectivity from Dadam to Moktowa, Dapdong to New Kothin and Chinkoi to Old Kothin. Chief of Dadam, Wangchu Lowang also highlighted the development activities under the leadership of MLA Tirong Aboh. ASM Laho village Sunwang Hakhun, Jalian Kamhua, Ex-ASM, Jalan Nokbi, public leader also appreciated Aboh for various developmental schemes that has been taken place in Laho village.

Dadam Block JE Ashok Kumar Tiwari also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO




DCC seeks white paper on demonetization

ITANAGAR, Jan 2:  The East Siang District Congress Committee (DCC) on Monday demanded a white paper on demonetization and posed several questions before Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including how much black money has been recovered or unearthed since November 8, 2016.

The DCC led by its president Takom Mike in a Press conference at Pasighat on Monday also put forth five demands to the Prime Minister, including lifting all restrictions on withdrawal of money with immediate effect, compensation to the small shopkeepers and businessmen, farmers and poor, who suffered due to demonetization. The DCC demanded that the number of guaranteed work days and the wage rate under MGNREGA should be doubled and the rate of rations distributed under the PDS system should be halved for the period of one year under the provisions of the Food Security Act.

"A special one-time bonus of 20% should be provided over and above the MSP of all Rabi crops besides giving 50% rebate in Income Tax and Sales Tax to small shopkeepers and businesses. The central government should compensate state governments for loss of revenue incurred on account of this exemption".

"Rs.25,000 should be deposited in the account of at least one woman belonging to each BPL family as compensation for the immense suffering caused to women due to demonetization, " the DCC demanded.

The DCC sought the list/names of all those persons, institutions, and entities who have deposited Rs. 25 lakh or more in bank accounts in the six months preceding the 8th November, 2016.

It also demanded that all charges on digital transactions should be abolished forthwith.

"What is the economic loss to the nation on account of demonetization? How many jobs and livelihoods have been lose since this policy has been announced," the DCC asked the PM

"How many lives have been lost due to demonetization? Why has the government not paid any compensation to the families of the deceased?"

The DCC also asked the PM, "What was the process of consultation and preparedness followed prior to the implementation of demonetization? Why were experts, economists or the RBI not consulted before unleashing this draconian policy upon the people?

The DCC also demanded that the government should organize a special drive to identify and register all those who have lost their jobs since November 8, 2016, and provide them compensation at the applicable minimum wage rate up to March 31, 2017.



Donyi-Polo Day celebrated with competitive progs

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Bulsi Tatak, Class-VII student emerged winner of the senior category (boys and girls)  Adi Agom Luki competition organized by the Aji Nilung Tunkgo, an informal institution under Golgi Bote Donyi Polo Gangging, Itanagar to mark the Donyi Polo Day celebration  on  December 31.

Tenzing Tali (Class- VII), Arosaty Tayeng (Class- VI) and Jestina Gammeng (BA 1st year)  were named  runners up.

In Junior category,  Ayang Ering, (Class-ll) won the competition while Kalik Tabi, (Class-ll)  was the runner up.  

In musical chair competition for Girls, Gaga Siram won the prize and Alop Tamin stood second. In boys category, Joy Mize  was the winner while Kalik Tabi came second.   




GHSS Kaying wins district level Subroto Cup

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: GHSS Kaying beat GHSS Boleng 2-1 in the final to become champion of the 5th district level Subroto Cup football tournament (U- 17) of Siang district on December 30 at Pangin.

All the GHSSs and GSSs of the district participated in the tournament.

Siang ADC Tamik Talom witnessed the final match.

Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh, who kicked off the tournament in presence of SP Doge Jini, all HODs and prominent public figures, advised the students to maintain true sportsman spirit. He, however, urged them to focus more on their education.

Siang DDSE Odhuk Tabing urged all the principals, headmasters and teachers to strive for imparting quality education without neglecting games and sports.

The inaugural match was played between GHSS Pessing and GSS Pangin, wherein the former defeated the later 4-0.

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Historic decision

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that no politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion. The court's verdict came while it was hearing several petitions in the Hindutva case. A seven-judge constitution bench, in a majority verdict, said any appeal for votes on the ground of religion amounts to corrupt practices under electoral laws. This judgment which comes just few months before UP election will have significant impact.

Everyone is aware that elections in UP are fought over religion, caste, etc. BJP has always used Ram Mandir issue while BSP always plays caste card. Parties like Samajwadi and Congress have also been accused of using caste and religious politics. The judgment of apex court will bring some sanctity and avoid dividing people on caste and religious line. The icing on the cake is that a candidate will be disqualified if he or she was found violating the court order. Often during election politicians uses caste and religious angle to seek vote. While they do it for short term political gains its impact lasts longer and society gets bitterly divided. Also its time political parties seek vote on development issue and stop playing politics over those issue which can be detrimental to the idea of progressive India.






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No more political turmoil

Dear Editor,

Last two years we have seen many unprecedented events in the political arena of Arunachal Pradesh.  A peaceful state was brought to the attention of national media for all the wrong reasons. We have lost a dynamic leader in Kalikho Pul and all the developmental activities hampered during political tug of war, but main sufferer were common men. We lost peace of mind when such kind of uncertainty develops due to infighting amongst our elected representatives. We do not deserve more political turmoil in our state.

A new day has come, let it be showered for good governance, peace and tranquility, and over all development of our state to take it a new high in days to come. All the elected representatives should work harder with a strong commitment to compensate the lost time and to bring back the trust of public, since more than two and half years tenure has already gone.


Mihin Sambyo




Let’s hope for the better

Dear Editor,

The year 2017 certainly will have special significances for India's much neglected North-East. Decades of futile and corruption based Indian National Congress misrules in most of the states have made them economically backward with very little infrastructural developments as well as employment opportunities for the local people. Recently, the United States have made assessments suggesting huge economic potential for the region. More importantly, one could see big changes in the political equations of the region; in that decades of Congress rules are being replaced by NDA/BJP rule in the region. Although the approaches of the NDA government have not been above criticism for bending rues of democracy; none the less, none can avoid seeing strong footprints of the lotus blooming across the North-Eastern states. With two big states of the region, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in their kitty and with visible strong political alliances with local parties in Nagaland and Meghalaya; NDA/BJP is making their presence felt across the North-East by slowly replacing Congress and other local parties.

The North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) between BJP and local political parties like Naga People's Front (NPF), Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), People's Party of Arunachal (PPA), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People's Front (BPF) have further strengthened the base of BJP/NDA in several states like Sikkim where they have little or no importance. Tripura under the Left Front rule; Manipur and Mizoram under the Congress are the only three states left in the region outside the BJP/NDA dominant influence. However, Trinamul Congress (TMC) has successfully replaced Congress as the main opposition in Tripura; leaving Manipur and Mizoram as the only Congress domino states in the region.

The current situations in Manipur is extremely fragile and the division of districts by Chief Minister Ibobi Singh have been done keeping the Assembly elections in mind; knowing fully well that it would result in mass uprising among the Naga communities of the state, but to keep his Meiteis vote bank intact by dangerously rekindling ethnic and socio-political sentiments. Otherwise he has very little chance in getting back to the coveted CM seat. However, the situation has gone beyond his ability to handle any further and without direct Central Government intervention there is no possibility of any quick resolution.

Hence, the North-East India is now under strong control and coordination of the BJP/NDA political alliance. If they are successful in continuing their pro-developmental schemes as in other parts of India; this is a welcome political change. However, keeping in mind the volatile political situations in most states of the region (except Sikkim), ethnic rivalries, corrupt local politicians constantly changing allegiance for personal gains and benefits, high levels of corruption, lack of proper governance, insurgency, poor infrastructure and low economic growth are some of the perennial challenges plaguing the fast economic development of the region. If NDA/BJP could at least credibly handle 40-50% of the serious socio-economic and socio-political problems of the region, they will be able to establish themselves in the region successfully.  It is better for the region to see at least some success than zero success of the past governments. Only the coming days will be able to demonstrate how the region changes socio-politically; but that there is change in the air is almost certain. Hope something better results for the picturesque and ethnically diverse; but severely isolated and neglected Indian North-East bringing peace and economic prosperity in the region.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge AB Canada





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