---- Editorial ----
Tale of neglect
The monsoon fury has battered the whole North East region. Worst affected states
are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. 85 people have lost lives and 58 districts
have been badly affected. Even though region have been battling extreme weather condition
for the last one month, the rest of India opted to simple ignore. National media
as well as central government has shown indifferent attitude towards the region.
None of the national news channel properly covered the tragic situation.
Few years ago when natural disaster struck Chennai, Kashmir and Uttarakhand news
channel were giving 24/7 update and gave wide coverage. But this time even as people
of NE region was struggling to survive; national media choose to completely ignore
their plight. The government of India also responded very lately. If they had reacted
quickly and helped the state government, casualty could have been minimized. No top
level central minister or officials has so far visited the region. Only when people
started making hue and cry, Prime Minister’s Office intervened. PM Narendra Modi
spent time at Kashmir when flood hit the state. But PM has no time to visit NE region
to listen to the grievances of the people. Only junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju
who is an MP from Arunachal has been assigned to visit the flood affected areas.
Union Minister for development of North East region Jitendra Singh also did not visited
the flood affected areas. He is the nodal minister for the region but has no time
to visit the region.
---- Readers Forum ----
Our Arunachal and price of development
We can't always blame nature. We humans are also to be blamed. Every natural calamity
in Arunachal is partly man-made. The recent tragic show of nature at Laptap village
was just the tip of iceberg. If it weren't for the excessive earth cutting because
of the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH), the landslide would have not happened, probably.
Esteemed readers, probably you are not aware of the history of Laptap village. It
is such a serene, calm and a lovely village. The setting of the village almost reminds
one of countryside Switzerland.
With river Pare flowing beside it, the hills and vales just adds majesty to this
typical Arunachal village. The valley itself is one of the most fertile regions of
whole Arunachal with fresh verdant flowing streams and evergreen forests throughout
the year. One can throw any sapling on its land anywhere, and it'll surely sprout
out with dozen saplings. It has a perfect rural settlement with not more than fifty
houses and with ever pious and peace loving denizens.
During the bygone days, the Pare valley was the most prized destination of Nyishi
tribe for making matrimonial alliances. It was the favorite sojourn of every bride.
Partly because the bridegroom of this region was always accommodating, peace loving
and calm and also because it was one of the most fertile land in the central part
of Arunachal. Unlike other Nyishi belts, here in Pare, one didn't need so much toil
or sweat by the brows. Here the lands produced on its own enough and abundantly.
The land and the people of the region were also very much part of folk songs/myths/legends
of Nyishi culture.
The PARE belt, especially the villages such as TORU/LAPTAP/TASHI/BWELAPU is the best
part of the Toru circle in sale constituency, in fact more productive than our barren
and unproductive Arunachal as a whole.
Its history is much older than that of the history of Arunachal. Recently a man named
Tana Muj, one of those few visionary people of Arunachal who left for netherworld
just few months back lived for more than hundred years; his name is in oblivion just
because he was not educated/a politician; instead he wished to live his life as a
Unlike the bygone days, the present Arunachal is behaving as if a very developed
society. But instead of showing our development and maturity; we are always emulating
others and just being a copycat. We Arunachalee- the citizen as well the government
always likes the first and the best tag, like, the first state to develop/have/implemented
so and so project/scheme/etc without knowing the repercussions of so and so projects/schemes.
All our state's endeavor is to compare with others- he had that/this but I don't
have this/that and so on.
Our people always want to flow with the current and never against it. If someone
tells them that Chinese language instead of English is the need of hour; then, I'm
sure, without a second thought all our English medium schools would adopt themselves
as Chinese medium schools without a second thought. This is the trend in our state.
We always want the good, better and the best for ourselves without taking into consideration
Come on people, no child was ever born from its mother's womb that could straight
away walk and talk.
Similarly, Arunachal to would reach nowhere with its present trend.
We should instead accept some hard facts like we are a primitive race and that our
interaction with the world outside started just few decades ago, that our history
& civilization is only 50-60 years old, that we are a backward state lacking in all
fronts, that our 90 per cent of citizen still live in villages, that Delhi's scheme
of Akhand Bharat doesn't apply here, that Arunachal is one of the most under-developed
state in India.
If the hard facts dawned upon every Arunachalee, our state would be in better state
of affairs. A state where we are not in race with other states but with ourselves;
to adopt an attitude where we don't compare with others but does everything for our
own cause. Where our people would say, we don't want two/four lanes but we'd like
a road that is motorable throughout the season though how narrow it may be/we don't
need a govt school in every village but we want at least a well maintained govt school
with all basic facilities in every administrative town. How great it would be when
our people acknowledge the fact that, our prized twin capital is just a small colony
as compared to other towns and cities of mainland India. How heavenly it would be
if our people could just say that- we don't want our twin-capital to be like Delhi/Mumbai/guwahati/Shillong,
rather we just want a livable town/city.
Our ostentatious nature and the greed for best/biggest/finest/first etc, has already
wrecked much trouble to our peaceful way of life. It’s time that we, the citizens
of the state focuses on what is most essential for our development instead of comparing
our under developed state with other states or those states in developed countries.
Those developed states/countries have developed because they have a long history
and tradition behind them. In contrast, how long is our history/tradition/civilization?
I don't think it's more than 50-60 years.
Isn't it surprising that in 2017, all the major tribes of Arunachal- Apatani/Nyishi/Adi/Galo/Tagin
etc, are celebrating the 50th year/golden jubilee of their major festivals.
Then, assuming this, would it be wrong if I say that our state is just 35-40 years
Same is the case with the tragedy at Laptap village. Yes, it was nature that did
it. It was a landslide that took 14 precious lives. But we can't always blame nature.
We people are partly responsible for augmenting nature's fury. If it weren't for
the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) and earth cutting at such steep slopes, the tragic
accident and the loss of such precious lives would not have happened. That's the
price of development we pay.
The said village existed before Arunachal was Arunachal, it was there before BRO
came with its road project to Sagalee some 40 years ago, it thrived even before the
coming of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH), and sadly enough this ambitious highway
project has destroyed the calm and ever shy village atmosphere as the face of national
fame in terms of one of the worst natural tragedy in Arunachal's history.
The recent tragedy in various parts of our state and especially in the twin capital
because of the monsoon rains was just the tip of iceberg. If we don't take precautions
or implement proper steps in executing our beloved projects, then, all our endeavors
would lead us to our death-bed just as the maxim goes- "We rise only to Fall."
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