---- Editorial ----
As India celebrated its 68th Republic Day, the two son of soil made whole Arunachal
proud with their immense contribution to the nation. Havildar Hangpa Dada was posthumously
conferred the Ashok Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee. He laid down his life after
single-handedly killing three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir last year. The highest
peacetime gallantry award for valour and courageous action was accepted by Dada's
widow Chasen Lowang. Late Dada's heroic has inspired millions of Indian and he has
symbol of bravery.
Another Arunachalee, Major General Jarken Gamlin was conferred with Ati Vishisht
Seva Medal (AVSM) on the eve of Republic Day. Currently posted at Jammu and Kashmir,
General Gamlin is a decorated Gorkha soldier and is the first Arunachalee to occupy
such a high rank in Indian army. Ironically for a state which is famous for being
land of khusi-khusi, it is the two disciplined tribal son of soil that has brought
fame to Arunachal with their valour and success. The legend of martyr Dada will continue
to inspire generation of Arunachalees. Government should take proper care of his
wife and children. Also the achievement of Gen. Gamlin will inspire youths of Arunachal
to compete with the mainland Indians in various field. The duo deserves bigger recognization
from the Government of Arunachal.
---- Readers Forum ----
Celebrate for Jeli
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal government of Arunachal
Pradesh to welcome back home Jeli kayi Tamin with great respect and celebration.
Now he is returning back home soon after having a press conference at Guwahati-Assam.
I'm overwhelmed by the noble gesture and step taken up by Arunachal Pradesh government
who awarded him with a state gold medal as a mark of respect on 68th Republic Day
celebration at Itanagar.
I would further appeal the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to offer him a suitable
job at Art and Culture department as a mark of respect for bringing leural for the
state at national level.
Taki Gumsar Tamin,
Triumph of human spirit
It is a proud moment for people of India that paralympian Mariyappan thangavelu has
been honoured with Padma Sri award. The Paralympics contingent's performance and
medals this year is a celebration & triumph of human spirit. "Word by word, Sentence
by sentence, Para by Para(lympics), these athletes have left their mark in the pages
of history" The nation would also eagerly await Mariyappan's biopic which will not
only inspire many diffabled to participate in Paralympics but also inspire them to
overcome their challenges with fighting spirit and excel in their chosen field. I
am sure his success story would make many diffabled to move from disability and say
"I have this ability"
As per information gathered from the Department of Personnel and other reliable sources,
it seems that the Government is on the process of appointing around 16-20 or more
Circle Officers(CO) from among employees on 'Lateral Entry' basis.
If it is true, it is very likely that candidates having good relations with politicians
will share the benefit.
The Government must hand over these posts to the Public Service Commission at the
earliest, which we believe, will appoint the right person in the right place, thereby
ensuring fair means. The ratio to Lateral Entry also seems to be high and vague.
It would be advisable to reduce the ratio, considering the challenging nature of
the job and the growing number of unemployed youths. If done, this could be good
news to all the hard working aspirants in particular and the entire State as a whole.
Failure of the Government in handing over the stated posts to the rightful authority
and keeping the ratio to Lateral Entry vague would instill a feeling of suspicion
amongst the citizens.
A concerned citizen
Ill managed Pangsau Pass Winter Festival
There is every positive reason to feel proud of the three-day Pangsau Pass Winter
Festival at Nampong. This festival has actually been coined at par with the Hornbill
Festival of Nagaland to showcase and exhibit the rich traditional fervor of the tribes
living along the Patkai hill range of eastern Arunachal Pradesh bordering Myanmar.
But then, this year around, almost everything went wrong, literally every sphere,
probably due to lack of proper planning and execution.
A team of Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF) members led by me who attended the festival
felt defeated and exasperated after witnessing the failures in organizing such an
important event. The annually celebrated Pangsau Pass Winter Festival attracts tourists
not only from all over India, but even from abroad. This occasion is believed to
be a medium to highlight the life of the people of the eastern most remote tip of
the Union of India. So, we can well imagine the importance of this event.
Many of the tourists - in addition to have glimpses of cultural and traditional fervor
of the people living along the Patkai range of the Indo-Myanmar border and taste
the cuisines of the local indigenous people of the region - visit this place to see
the historical ‘Lake of No Return’, which carries numerous myths and legends of World
War II. The other important feature of interest for the visitors is the famous Stilwell
Road that stretches from Lido in Assam, passes through Nampong, enters Myanmar and
runs upto Yunan province of southern China. Unfortunately most of the tourists failed
to have glimpses of these due to poor management. First of all, far too many passes
were issued to visit the ‘Lake of No Return’ that lies some ten kilometers inside
Myanmar. The organizers totally failed to tackle the flow of traffic resulting in
chaos and many tourists had to return from half-way.
Leaving everything aside, the failure of security apparatus was the most condemnable
of all. The incident of course was unfortunate, but the fact that a team of security
forces escorting the visitors was ambushed by militants clearly shows how proactive
the government was. The whole area was cordoned by the Indian security forces and
all the visitors were stranded without food and water for almost seven to eight hours.
Such incidents naturally are not a good sign of attracting tourists.
Therefore, the central government, in particular, must come out with a positive measure
to contain the insurgency problem in the three eastern districts – Tirap, Changlang
and Longding – of Arunachal Pradesh. It would probably sound more meaningful if the
central government includes the Khaplang faction of the NSCN for peace talks, rather
than hobnobbing only with the Issak-Muiva faction. Every Arunachalee is anticipating
that something positive can be done for the state at a time when both the central
and the state governments are being run by Bharatiya Janata Party and the Union Minister
of State for Home is also from Arunachal Pradesh. Let’s hope we are not let down
at such an opportune time.
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