The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
APIC verdict goes in favour of applicants
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: In a landmark judgement pronounced recently, the Arunachal Pradesh
Information Commission (APIC) upheld the view that the Answer scripts/award sheets
sought by RTI applicants cannot be denied from the disclosure by treating the same
as personal information and confidential.
While delivering its verdict/order on May 27 last on the Case numbers (APIC-526,527
and 536/2012) filed by the petitioners Lissing Perme and Bharat Saring against the
PIO-cum-Joint secretary, APPSC, Itanagar, the APIC issued an order asking the APPSC
to supply the informations sought by Perme. However, the APIC said “…. Since Lissing
Perme is allowed to inspect and photographs the evaluated answer scripts and take
certified copies, if he feels needed, hence his request for evaluated answer scripts
of all candidates need not be supplied.”
TWS mourns death of a member
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: The Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has mourned the sudden demise of
Talin Mara alias Delin Mara who passed away on May 23 last at Naharlagun.
Late Talin was killed when a loaded truck with the registration no. ARC-1373 collided
with the autorickshaw he was riding in at Barapani area in Naharlagun on May 23 last.
Saying that Capital district administration has restricted the movement of heavy
vehicles in the capital during office hours, TWS has appealed the district administration
to look into the death registered at Nlg PS case no. 68/2013 U/S 279/304 (A) IPC
and to award exemplary punishment to the truck driver.
In the release, it said, the district administration should check whether the driver
is equipped with valid documents.
It should also adhere to its order about not letting heavy vehicles in to the town
Activate BSNL tower: ZPM
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: In a letter addressed to the general manager Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Limited here, Zilla Parishad Member of Upper Balijan today pleaded the authority
to make the tower functional which was erected by said department years ago. ZPM
said that tower is going to be dilapidated if the authority does not pay attention.
Inter school extempore speech
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: The Environmental Protection Society (EPS) today organized an inter
school extempore speech competition to mark World Environment Day in Tawang.
The competition was participated by 5 schools from the district. The topics for
the competition centered on preservation and conservation of the environment.
The program was also supported by the Tawang Public School.
Newly elected ASMs take oath of office
PASIGHAT, Jun 04: All the 31 newly elected Anchal Samity Members of Bogong and Bosing
Banggos took the oath of office administered by the EAC-cum-Member Secretary (Presiding
Officer) Starlie Jamoh in the Panchayat Conference Hall here today.
Further, Oman Boko and Alen Tanning from Bosing-I and II and Tamut Tasung and Oni
Tamuk from Bogong I and II were elected as Anchal Chairpersons.
Later, Jamoh briefed them on devolution of power and functions to the Panchayat Raj
Institution (PRI). He advised them to follow guidelines and carry out developmental
activities at grassroots level for faster development in rural areas.
RHYF reacts at Forum’s claim
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: Reacting against the 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum’s claimed
that V-Geka area comes under Khodaso under Pakke-Kessang administrative circle in
East Kameng, Raik Hote Youth Forum (RHYF) yesterday said that demand for return of
compensation by 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum is totally wrong saying that the said
area comes under Raik community land. RHYF also said that CH 3790 to 7300 comes
under cultivating area and demand for transfer of Trans-Highway compensation to
deputy commissioner East Kameng is not acceptable.
Society condemns extortion & threat
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: The Rotgo Banggo Welfare Society of Yingkiong in Upper Siang district
has vehemently condemned the extortion and physical attack on employees of GTT Pvt
Ltd who are constructing a bridge over Siang River. It said that over the last few
months, the employees of said company were being physically assaulted and demanded
money by few vested people and organizations. It further said that extortion and
physical threat to employees is hampering the ongoing project from completion. Earlier
society has submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner demanding the arrest of
persons behind the crime, a release said.
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: The All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association Arunachal Pradesh
State Unit has mourned the demise of its member H K Chutia who passed away on May
16 last at Lepajaring Polling Station, under Taliha Circle in Upper Subansiri district
while on Panchayat Raj Election duty.
H K Chutia was SAO in DRDA, Daporijo.
In a release, the association remembered Late H K Chutia as one of the most lovable,
knowledgeable, cooperative and friendly senior officer who rendered his service for
DRDA and for the state till his last breath.
Offering condolence to the bereaved family, it further prayed for the eternal peace
of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, saying that late Chutia was sick when he was deputed for election duty,
the Association in an appeal submitted to the State Election Commissioner has asked
for immediate release of appropriate compensation and other benefits as per provision
to the deceased’s family and to initiate proper investigation into his death.
324 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) today served six days ultimatum
to state government to fulfill its demands and threatened to go for 12 hours capital
bandh on June 11 next if the government fails to address their demands within the
The ANSU demanded appointment of Independent Home Minister, additional police stations
at Itanagar and Naharlagun, a women police station in state capital and installation
of CCTV cameras in all strategic location/ areas of capital complex. These demands
are disclosed to mediaperson by ANSU team headed by its President Sikka Gapak, Vice
President Tagru Tame and General Secretary Arjun Panye in a press conference held
Addressing the mediapersons, Gapak said the union had served an ultimatum to government
few days back demanding arrest of the culprit/s involved in the murder of an engineering
student Bomjen Gapak but the police couldn’t nab the culprit till today. And apart
from this the state, particularly the state capital has witnessed unprecedented cases
of murder, dacoity, rape and other heinous crimes in recent past.
He urged the government for establishment of additional Police Station at Itanagar
and Naharlagun and a women police station in capital complex.
Meanwhile, briefing about the activities being carried out by ANSU for the welfare
of the society and its people, he said the state government need to look after the
law and order situation and demanded the government for appointment of an independent
Home Minister as early as possible.
He also demanded the government for installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic
points and areas of state capital.
ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye said, the state capital is not safe as the crime
rate is increasing and it reached its zenith.
Referring to the recent murder of Bomjen, near Legi complex, Itanagar he said the
crime rate seems to be rising since Tongam Rina shooting case.
He further added that numbers of youths are roaming in the state capital with arms
but no any action has been initiated by the government in this regard.
Regarding sudden flee of Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng District from his posting
place, Panye said the government needs to give explanation in this regard as his
sudden flee has create confusion to general masses.
And regarding frequent eviction drive being carried out by Assam officials in Arunachal
Pradesh at Assam-Arunachal border areas. He said the government should initiate strong
step on border issue as our people are facing lots of harassment.
While, ANSU Vice President Tagru Tame also briefing about the failure of the state
government regarding law and order problem said numbers of crime cases are still
pending and victims’ families are crying for justice but there is no any response
from the government which compel us to take-up such issues for the wellbeing of state
He also briefing about recent Koloriang election incident urged the government to
find out the real cause of the incident.
Way of life
Itanagar witnessed yet another death. The sheer brutality was numbing. One is left
wondering how the family of Late Bomjen Gapak must be coping with this mindless violence.
As one battles anger, there are many questions that come to mind. A young man was
brutally murdered and another injured. Why are not our streets safe anymore for anyone?
Why cant we go out as and when we wish without having to worry about our safety?
Where are the Police and administration?
We have seen spate of violence in the last few years. Yet, nothing moves the government.
Are they in touch with reality?
On the other hand, Police can’t be forever blaming lack of resources for their failure.
They have repeatedly failed themselves and us.
And what about the judiciary? Why is that even after charge sheets are filed, it
take ages for the courts to come up with a verdict.
One has to accept that things have changed and Arunachal is not the island of peace
anymore. Today it is one of the most violent places.
Intimidations, threats, violence and revenge killing have become a way of life and
many families are affected. We can’t brush aside these as personal problems. They
are not personal anymore. It is a disease today with no treatment in sight.
How do we stop this from happening? There must be a way out.
For a change, the government must wake up and atleast try and figure out what ails
our society. To start with, the government has to admit that it has failed to provide
security to the people of the state. And it cannot afford to remain as a mere spectator
to the growing violence in the state.
Most recently, an APCS officer was beaten up. There are no arrests made.
Were those responsible for the death of a person during Panchayat elections in Kurung
Kumey ever taken to task?
For how long the family of young engineering student has to wait till those responsible
for his death are arrested?
Yours truly wait for answers.
Perhaps people at the helms of affairs will not bother with a response but as a citizen,
I will still ask. Those people who are paid to look after the security and the wellbeing
of the citizens have to ask themselves whether they are genuinely doing their job
or satisfied blaming the system and lack of resources for their miserable failure.
Police has a job. Its job is to ensure security to the common people, not VIPs alone.
At its best, Police in Arunachal play the role of negotiators. If they fail, they
harass the victims with all kinds of theories while they let out the perpetrators
Sometimes one is left confused at the role of the police. This time the apparent
excuse is that there are no CCTV footages. Blame is on the Power Department. But
even in cases where there are clear footages, the police have not been able to come
up with anything worthwhile.
One can only hope that there is some coordination between the law keepers and enforcers.
We cannot afford to ignore violence anymore. If guilties are not punished, it will
only embolden criminals to commit more crimes and violence will become a way of life.
CM seeks special package for minorities
ITANAGAR, Jun 04: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed to the Ministry of Minority
Affairs to consider a Special Package for the minorities in Arunachal Pradesh in
addition to the allocation of Rs. 260 crore provided by the ministry under the Multi
Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).
Tuki, who called on Union Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan and his deputy
Ninong Ering at New Delhi today, emphasized on the identification and creation of
more minority blocks in the state for overall development of the minorities. He also
sought adequate coverage of the state under scholarships and grant in aid schemes
of the Ministry including Pre -Matric Scholarships for Minorities, Post - Matric
Scholarship for Minorities, Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for Professional & Technical
Course and also the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) schemes under the aegis
of the Ministry.
The Union Minister assured the full co-operation of his Ministry for the benefit
of the minorities in the state.
Later in the day, the Chief Minister called on the Union Home Secretary designate,
Anil Goswami at his North Block office.
They discussed matters pertaining to the internal security of the state. Goswami
told the Chief Minister that he would visit the state on June 11 to take a comprehensive
review of the situation in the state. Goswami, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Jammu
& Kashmir cadre is slated to take charge as Union Home Secretary on June 30 and is
presently functioning as Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry. The Chief
Minister was accompanied by Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Chief Secretary
Hare Krishna Paliwal for the meetings.
We were better off as simple minded people
There was a time when our tribal people were completely dependent on shifting cultivation
and hunting to meet their daily requirements, either for food, medicine, building
materials and for religious purposes. In those times, we people were so much in harmony
with forest that we had a great deal of respect for it, even giving them the status
of god (Animism). The method of exploiting natural resource was completely sustainable.
And we had a deep sense of understanding of the forest and its animals.
The Nyishi people believed that killing Hornbill when they are rearing young chicks
was a taboo. Tiger was considered to be our blood brother, so killing it was a taboo
too. Similarly, felling a Ficus (Peepal) tree was also a taboo, as it was believed
that it will bring bad omen to the family. Fishing was done using traditional and
natural way which hardly had much impact on their population. It was also believed
that if someone hunts too often and kills many animals, his children will be cursed
by being like one of those animals.
I don’t know how these taboos originated, but it does have a very scientific basis.
While, raising young chicks, the entire family of Hornbill’s completely depend on
father for their food. Killing it will undermine the future population of the birds.
Since the Nyishi people are traditionally dependent on them (they put Hornbill beak
on their traditional headgear), so they maintained a sustainable use of the resource.
Tigers play a vital role in ecosystem by checking herbivore population. And the Ficus
(Peepal) tree supports a huge variety of flora and fauna in itself, like insects,
rodents, birds, bryophytes, epiphytes etc. Using toxic herbs found locally to suffocate
fishes was one of the common ways of fishing. The poison of the herb was short lived,
didn’t have major impact on the ecosystem and was safe for human. Over hunting obviously
have its negative side.
Many such taboos are also to be found in different tribes of the state which in one
way or the other played a vital role of sustainable utilization of natural resource.
What is Sustainable Utilization? In laymen language, it is utilizing any resource
in such a manner that it doesn’t get completely exhausted or finishes with time.
However, today it is a different world. Literacy, religious revolution and modernization
was supposed to make us a good human being, instead, today we are worse than our
illiterate forefathers. Today all we care about is money, money and more money. We
have become more and more greedy. Today we see forest and wild animals merely as
a source of income only. We have lost all the respect of the natural resources which
supported lives of our ancestors.
Hunting is just for fun and for business. People don’t care if the wild animals are
going extinct. And a person like me who talks about conservation is nothing but an
amusement. Rich people buy sophisticated weapons, villagers use 12 bore gun and children
use air gun/catapult to hunt animals and birds. For many, hunting is a way of business-
which is the biggest threat of all. Be it any wild meat, birds, Pangolin’s scales,
Tiger parts, Bear’s gall bladder, Canines of Wild cats, Tusks of wild boar etc.,
everything is sold to domestic buyers or smuggled outside the state. Just few days
back I have heard that a people get Rs. 10,000 per Kilogram for Pangolin scale when
sold in Assam! Easy money for the poor villagers!!
It is a common practice of offering “wild meat” to public leaders or govt. officials
to gain favour in the form of contracts works or clearance of pending bills. Wild
meats are openly sold in almost every part of the state and unfortunately the demand
is ever increasing. Getting a gun license and un-controlled numbers of ammunition
is a child’s play. Complete destruction of aquatic bio-diversity is taking place
by certain fishing practices like by using pesticides, bleaching powder, dynamite
and electric generators etc. Vast areas of forest are being cleared for various purposes.
May it be human settlement, mega projects, cultivation or just to grab extra inch
of land. Un-abated deforestation, individual timber business, earth cutting, etc.
is completely destroying territorial bio-diversity. Man, What a chaos!!! If the practice
continues, it won’t even take a decade when the only animals we are left with will
be the domesticated ones or in zoos. Sometimes I think we were better off when we
were simple minded people, without much greed or cunningness.
People laugh at me saying I am opposed to development, and that I should live in
forest instead of towns and cities, and also that I shouldn’t use modern facilities.
People like me are never opposed to the development. But there must be a balance
between development and conservation. Many people don’t know about the concept of
compensatory afforestation. It means the authority that destroys forest while implementing
any project is legally bound to compensate its loss by creating another forest (plantation)
somewhere else. However, in practice the compensatory afforestation takes place only
in official files. As a result, forest cover of our state is decreasing day by day.
It is still not too late for our people to realize the importance of nature and its
resource. If only our illiterate forefathers could educate their literate children
about the concept of understanding, respect and sustainable utilization of nature
and natural resources. Who was more educated? I wonder. (The writer is Range Forest
Officer with Govt of AP)
Think before you eat and save the environment
Today we celebrate the World Environment Day. It is one of the principal vehicles
through which billions around the globe raise awareness to take positive environmental
action. Corrective action and a global commitment to climate change, global warming,
good environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency is not
just important but inevitable for ensuring a better and more sustainable life for
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day as earmarked by the United Nations
is Think. Eat. Save – an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us
to reduce our global “foodprint.” The message is simple: select foods that have
less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods, choose to buy locally-produced
foods and plan meals in order to avoid wasting food.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 1.3 billion tons of
food is wasted every year. This is the same amount of food produced in the whole
of sub-Saharan Africa. FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either
wasted or lost, which is an enormous drain on natural resources and negatively impacts
the environment. If food is wasted, all the resources used to produce the food are
also lost. At the same time, one in every seven people in the world go to bed hungry
and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die from hunger each day. Both
our governments and NGOs have been working on reversing this situation. According
to U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell, “Ending preventable child deaths means,
first, giving children a healthy start by promoting good health and nutrition among
adolescent girls – India’s future mothers. Reducing child deaths means children
must be properly nourished to avoid stunting and other diseases magnified by under-nutrition.”
But no country can boast sustainable development and environmental action without
channeling the youth towards positive change. Young people comprise more than half
the world’s population and I am always impressed by the innovative solutions they
are finding to address the many challenges affecting them, their communities and
The U.S. Consulate Kolkata works with these young students, NGOS, youth wings of
local chambers of commerce, business organizations and community groups in their
ongoing green initiatives. From park clean-ups, to sapling donations, to green walks
to raise awareness – we have joined together to save our planet. In September 2010,
USAID and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of the Government of India
(GOI) signed a bilateral agreement to promote scientific and technical collaboration
and exchange between India and the U.S. in the forestry sector. Sikkim has been
identified as one of the states where USAID will work with these stakeholders to
adapt cutting-edge innovations and practices in India, and build the capacity of
local stakeholders to better manage India’s forest resources. And this week we will
host well known American urban planning expert Robert Brosnan in Kolkata and Guwahati
to share best practices on green buildings and sustainable development models to
mitigate the environmental challenges posed by rapid urbanization.
This year’s World Environment Day theme – Think. Eat. Save – encourages us to be
more aware of the lifestyle choices we make. What we choose to buy. What we choose
to eat or not eat. It asks us to be mindful of the environment impact of our choices
and encourages us to make more informed decisions. This World Environment Day let’s
think before we eat, waste less and work together to save our planet! ( The writer
is Acting Consul General, U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata)
Ratnadip Choudhuri bags the Northeast Environmental Journalism Award 2013
Itanagar, Jun 04: Ratnadip Choudhuri, Principal Correspondent with Tehelka, has bagged
the Northeast Environmental Journalism Award, 2013, organised by Assam Times, the
organisers have informed. This is the first edition of the award, which will be handed
to the recipient at the Guwahati Press Club on 5 June, World Environment Day by eminent
members of the media and research communities. The award ceremony will be held at
This award, initiated by Assam Times, is for journalists in the northeast reporting
on issues of the environment that are critical to the people of the region. “This
award is to facilitate and encourage consistency and commitment to environmental
journalism in the northeast, something that is so crucial for this region. We congratulate
Ratnadip on his excellence and as the winner of this award,” said Babul Gogoi, Managing
Editor of Assam Times.
“The need is to link science and policy in environmental reporting so that the reader
is aware informed about how we, as humans, interact with our surroundings and not
just nature. This region is developing fast and it is imperative that we understand
how we develop in harmony with our environment. The media plays critical role in
this and we would like to enhance this role through the award,” said Kazu Ahmed,
Trustee of the Assam Times Foundation.
The winner, Ratnadip Choudhuri, hails from Tripura and holds a masters degree in
journalism from Tripura University. He has previously worked with a range or media
organisations including Northeast Sun, BBC, NewsX, News Live etc.
Assam Times is a new media collective facilitating a democratic media through community
and citizen journalism. It is based in Guwahati and New Delhi.
Congress wins two AS chairpersons in Ruksin
RUKSIN, Jun 04: Ruling Congress, which faced tough contest with BJP in the Panchayat
election in three blocks under Pasight West constituency, has finally managed to
bag two Anchal Samity Chairperson Seats and the rest was won by BJP.
The ruling party candidate won the Ruksin (reserved for women) and Bilat blocks,
and Sille-Oyan seat is captured by BJP.
A lady ASM Aruni Libang (Jamoh), elected from Ngorlung –I Anchal faced a tough contest
with the BJP ASM elected from Ngorlung-III Anung Mibang.
Both the ruling party and opposition BJP were in tizzy state for the AS chairperson
in Ruksin block as each of them had won five seats out of the total 10. But, significantly,
a BJP anchal member avoided the vote battle to ensure win for the ruling party candidate.
In Bilat block, ASM Bade Siram (INC) has been elected as AS chairperson, who beat
his opponent the BJP ASM Tabir Tatan by a margin of single vote.
Likewise, BJP anchal member Oing Taloh elected from Rani-III segment won the election
for the post of chairperson by defeating Congress ASM Tate Kamsi.
It is pertaining to mention here that BJP, which claimed to have a stronghold in
the constituency, couldn’t manage to capture even a single ZP seat out in three blocks.
The humiliating defeat of the lone opposition in the constituency has shown the real
strength of the opposition.
New Anchal chairperson assures judicious use of dev fund
The newly elected Anchal Somiti chairperson of Ruksin, Aruni Libang (Jamoh) has assured
to promote transparency and accountability in the panchayat department.
While replying to a set of queries related to the panchayat and rural development,
Aruni promised for proper implementation of the panchayat schemes so that the benefits
of development percolate down to the needy and lowest strata of the society. She
also stressed on judicious use of panchayat funds meant for various construction
Aruni, a housewife at Ngorlung village, was neither a member of any political party
nor was she an active member of any social organization before she was elected as
Sri Nabam Tuki lives up to his reputation as a true gentleman by taking opinions
and suggestions gracefully. As a Democrat, he takes criticism in positive way and
hopefully will rectify wherever shortcomings are prevalent. After all govt is reposted
with the mandate to serve the people therefore it has no time to reply or fight with
every citizen. One of the CM's staff enthusiastically & dutifully responded to an
article which was an opinion based on overall observation which may be right or wrong
depending on perception. In National media & rest of the Country such opinions appear
every day. But, here it was taken as a political statement made through press conference.
May be the messenger becomes the object not the message itself. Anyway, I'm grateful
for the lesson of the concept of "State" from Wikipedia. I'm unfortunate that by
the time Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales & Larry Sanger as a Web-based
online encyclopedia, I finished my Post Graduation in 1994! May be the lessons I
learnt in my University became obsolete and I better update myself for the future.
As regards the tremendous response I received from the people, I have to say that
a state on its own never fails. It all depends on the people or the govt who runs
Mowb-II and Panchali road is in dire need of government attention
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority
towards the dilapidated road condition of Mowb-II Panchali, Itanagar. As the street
name suggest, this is a junction point where road connecting Mowb-II, Senki View,
Khula Camp, Lobi, Zero Point Tinali & Switchyard of Power Dept. meets. Thus, this
road is of special importance particularly to the residents of Panchali, Khula Camp
and Lobi as it connects them to the main capital town. But, it is very unfortunate
that the road is in its worst condition today. It seems like the concerned department
has completely neglected its renovation. This can be felt as soon as you are greeted
with defaced road surface with full of potholes near the entrance of new “A.G. Office
Building, Itanagar” (under construction) after a silky smooth ride near PWD Chief
Engineers office, Mowb-II. In absence of proper drainage there is overflow of water
over the already deteriorated road surface. Due to which the road gets more and more
pathetic as you approach near the junction point called “Panchali”. With the advent
of monsoon, the road surface is bound to be turned into deep Georges at many points.
Therefore, Mowb-II and Panchali road is in dire need of government attention before
any untowardly incident occurs.
Stop making fool out of yourself
This is in response to the letters by Mr. and Mr. regarding articles and counter
articles by our former MP and political Secy. to CM Mr. K. Rijiju and Mr. BamangTago
respectively. I believe, 99% of common citizens of this state share the same feelings
as expressed by Mr. Nano Tato and Mr. M. Padu.We, the common people of the state,
are the one who face real Arunachal every single day. Letters by Mr. Nano Tato and
Mr. M. Padu was just like “mere muh ki baat chin li”. It shows the frustration of
common people. Yes you people were very right, public cannot be fooled by their sweet
talks or by statistics. I don’t know what was the so called “leaders” was upto, but
one thing is for sure that their idea backfired. An open debate will be much better
I guess. I am glad that our common state mates are getting more and more aware of
the cheap tactics of politicians. My sincere request to Mr. K.Rijiju and Mr. B. Tago
is to stop making fool out of yourself, while trying to fool the common mass. And
kudos to Mr. Nano Tato and Mr. M. Padu for expressing their valuable thoughts, may
we get to read more such responses from the common people of Arunachal Pradesh.
We are citizens not slaves
We Arunachalees have an odd habit of groveling at the government’s feet. Whenever
a problem crops up, our first instinct is to complain — and then ask the government
to do something about it. This is no excuse for government not to do its job — but
we have jobs to do, too. We are citizens, not slaves.
Being a citizen doesn’t just mean you get to vote. To begin with, voting is in itself
a responsibility, not a privilege — we need to be careful who we vote for, because
we are choosing leaders for our community. But more than voting, being a citizen
means we have a stake in this country’s future.
That means that whatever problems we have, are problems for us to solve. We elect
a government to solve them for us — but that does not absolve us from responsibility
for these problems. More than that, many of these problems may have no governmental
But the way we treat our problems, it’s as if they’re none of our business. We are
usually reduced to begging the government to do something for us, instead of acting
like independent adults.
What do gambling, gang violence, drinking, teenage sex, racism and sexism have in
common? They are all social ills. That means they are fundamental problems for society
— not governments to solve. Government can throw all the gamblers, gangsters, drunkards,
libertines, racists and sexists in jail and throw away the key. But government alone
cannot stamp out the root social ills that produced these people. In many developed
countries, they have Alcoholics Anonymous to support recovering alcoholics. Instead
of forming community support groups, when Arunachalis want to stamp out alcoholism,
we go to the government. For my part, I have little faith in politicians as politics
and government are necessary evils, and nothing more. Government is only necessary
because of a weak society. If we were more thoughtful about charitable giving, would
we need welfare? If we were more thoughtful about our driving, would we need speed
limits or the traffic police? If we were better citizens, we wouldn’t need better
To some degree, we will always need government. To me, it is purely a colonial mindset
that we should be going to government over every little problem. An enslaved nation
has no civil society. Its people are slaves to the colonial government; they have
no power to act for themselves. It is perfectly natural that they ask the government
to solve their every little problem, and that the government feels free to stick
its nose in every little thing.
As free men and women, there is no reason to behave like slaves. Yes, we should engage
in civil discussion with our government — but as owners of the country and its problems,
not as whiny children needing government to tell us what must be done. It is our
job to tell government what we want, and how we want it to be done. It boggles my
mind that we have been a free nation for over 50 years, and we do not have an independent
civil society group in Arunachal that seeks to represent our voice.
We talk all the time about reforming our legal and political institutions. But our
governmental institutions are only one part of the bigger picture.
For our free society to thrive, we need civil and social institutions that stand
apart from government. We need citizens who, when they see a problem, take action.
We need civil society and so much more.
Let us live like free citizens of a free nation, not the dependent slaves of a colony.
Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) or Mithun Breeding Centre (MBC)?
Rajiv Gandhi University, a recognized central university is the pride of state. However
of late it seems more like 'Mithun breeding' centre then grooming the 'scholars and
students'. One can clearly watch 'Mithuns' playing football on the university ground
with human players. The young children who want to have glimpse of our exotic state
animal they just have to enter the university campus and enjoy the glimpse instead
of going to jungle. I keep wandering, is this university for students and scholars
or is it a Mithun breeding centre?
A lone highest learning institute like RGU must maintain its decorum. There are many
good points about the university. But why should we spoil ourselves with praises
when we must act and concentrate upon our demerits and work over them, overcome it
and then strive to become an exemplary University like any other best universities.
My every intention is to bring issues which I have witnessed myself. I hope the concerned
authorities and the state government will look into this matter.
RGU, Rono Hills
Beware of magic bullets by politicians
This is in response to the article titled “Ignorance is the last excuse for getting
cheap publicity” written by Bamang Tago political secretary to CM. Well his research
and hard work seems crystal clear with defining the term failed state by going all
through the Wikipedia, his work on data’s and statistics of our state, including
not so well knitted examples of other states. All in a desperate reaction to the
previous article written by former M.P Kiren Rijiju titled “Is Arunachal Pradesh
a failed state?”
Let me make myself pure by proclaiming no affiliation to any of the two political
ideologies. First, what he -Mr. Rijiju have wrote holds every bit of truth in each
of his words. But under what motivation or disguise he wrote is purely a subject
of another matter. In contrary, every single words of Mr. Bamang, seemed to be loose
crafted that of an amateur school going kid. Moreover, his writing personified his
character like a secretary of the ‘haves’ groups of the society.
The very notion of development doesn’t means exclusive, rather it means inclusive,
embracing every sections of the society and accepting their day to day problems.
Ironically, If Maharashtra doesn’t includes those poor farmers committing suicide
each year, and the tribals living in sheer hardships, then with its glamorous and
glittering cities like Mumbai and Pune, it deems fit to be called as developed. Today,
Naxalites in the tribal belts of Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal
and now claiming to be in the neighboring areas of Assam are posing a serious threat
to the hard earned democracy of the nation. Can Mr. Bamang as well as Mr. Rijiju
stand up together and accept that it is the result of the blunder made by both Congress
and BJP governments through excessive capitalist agenda.
As for our state, one thing I can agree is that on the account of day to day crimes
and skirmishes, we can’t measure the parameters of a peaceful or failed state. Since,
it’s something to do with the failure of human mind and nature, where government
holds least control; it’s the collective responsibility of the society in terms of
developing a fine culture. Besides, the writer has also talked about the cosmopolitan
nature of our twin city, citing the examples of Sunday market. I thought cosmopolitan
has to do something with the exchange of intellectual knowledge between students
from the outside studying in our institutions, the exchange of employees and human
resources in terms of multinational companies. In our state, does this cosmopolitan
means, traders selling pots and pans from the neighboring Lakhimpur area and those
Bangladeshi labourers? Great!
likewise, It’s not immoral to own or buy a property in any part of the world but
it can be termed wrong, if procured, when your own people, whom you promised to
look after, is kept fending for itself, without proper road, drinking and electricity
facilities. Now tell me how it can be a sign of prosperity? It may be an individual
growth, not at all qualified to represent the growth of whole state. We do accept
that growth is happening gradually, but one cannot assess this development sitting
in a well decorated Air Conditioned room and surfing the internet feeling proud about
the mere statistics and data’s. If one goes by this rule, then many of the fellow
Arunachalees would be glad in saying, I have got more than one wife!
My argument is not to intensify the race of allegations or counter allegations. It’s
all about accepting the truth and working out in a collective and responsible manner
irrespective of professions and politics. The ethics of press in this regard seems
surmountable; the job of criticism should not come from politicians, but from the
press and media through free and bold attitude by representing the problems of the
lower strata of the society, in a willful manner. Our beloved press is also expected
to concentrate more on gate keeping process by scrutinizing such kind of articles
(is it really an article?), which serves no interest to the genuine readers, defending
and promoting only the political and influential classes. Here it reminds me of the
words said by great Joseph Pulitzer that press should never belong to any party ,
never lack sympathy with the poor, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory
plutolatory or predatory poverty. Remember, the readers are not naive as being projected,
to be fed by any bluff or made hypnotized by magic bullets spelled by these politicians.
Big firms should report environmental impact
A group of top global leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron and
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has said in its report that environment
should be at the core of development plans.
Issued recently as part of a UN initiative to boost economic growth and ease poverty
by 2030, the 27-member panel of world leaders has observed that big companies must
report the impact of their businesses on the environment.
"Without environmental sustainability, we cannot end poverty; the poor are too deeply
affected by natural disasters and too dependent on deteriorating oceans, forests
and soils," the panel said in its 100-page report, which is being seen as a step
towards helping the world achieve its 2030 sustainable development targets, focused
on reducing poverty and hunger. It recommends that large businesses should be obliged
to report on their social and environmental impacts, in addition to declaring their
financial accounts. About a quarter of businesses now make environmental reports,
"We suggest that a mandatory 'comply or explain' regime be phased in for all companies
with a market capitalization above $100 million equivalent," the panel's report said.
"The same principle should apply to governments. National accounting for social and
environmental effects should be mainstreamed by 2030."
The report said the Millennium Development Goals had made a lot of progress in reducing
poverty. Even so, the 1.2 billion poorest people account for only 1 per cent of world
consumption while the billion richest consume 72 per cent," it said.
And it pointed to new threats, including climate change. "We must act now to slow
the alarming pace of climate change and environmental degradation, which pose unprecedented
threats to humanity."