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All eye on Governor of Arunachal
Just when everyone thought that Green Field Airport project in Itanagar has become
dead cause, the Governor of Arunachal P B Acharya has given ray of hope by making
fresh appeal to the central government to expedite the process for construction of
Greenfield Airport. Ever since assuming the office of Governor, Mr Acharya has shown
tremendous interest in trying to improve the air connectivity of state and on several
occasions has raised the need for early start of Green Field Airport. This positive
gesture of Governor is truly appreciative and will help state in the long run.
The proposed Green Field Airport is in offing for the last several decades but is
yet to be materialized. Controversy has badly affected the progress of this airport.
Unfortunately the present state government has not shown any enthusiasm to pursue
this project. Citing compensation issue, the state government is simply refusing
to intervene and has almost given up. There is no denying that several factors is
creating obstacle in the construction of green field airport. But if state government
wishes it can resolve these issues and clear the path for construction of airport.
Unfortunately the Green Field Airport has become the victim of political rivalry
between two prominent politicians of state. Even as politicians of Arunachal are
busy stalling airport project for their selfish gain, it is heartening to see Governor
Acharya taking lead role in trying to revive this project. The people of capital
complex in particular and state as whole will remain indebted to Governor Acharya
if he manages to kick-start the Hollongi Green Field Airport Project at the earliest.
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Swachh Bharat Abhiyanin Arunachal
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyanor Clean India Mission was launched by the Government of
India on 2ndOctober, 2014, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi targeting the
country's 4,041 statutory cities and towns. The main objective of this Mission is
to make India clean and open defecation free (ODF) by providing sanitation facilities
to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village
cleanliness, and safe and adequate drinking water supply. The government exhorted
the citizens to fulfilGandhiji`s vision of a ‘Clean India’ by his 150th birth anniversary
in 2019. Since its launch, the Missionhas become a countrywide movement with active
participation by different government and non-governmental institutions, schools,
colleges, civil societies, NGOs, etc., in urban and rural areas. Several programmes
such as cleanliness drives, awareness rallies, tree plantations, construction of
household and community toilets, and other related activities have been organised
across the country. Arunachal Pradesh too, along with the rest of the country, have
taken part in the Mission where similar events have been organised at almost all
districts and circles/headquarters during the last two years.
Almost three years had passed since the launch of the Mission, recent reports showed
that the state of Arunachal Pradesh, along with Nagaland, is yet to display significant
changes. Reasons provided were crunch of funds and rough terrains which have made
it difficult to provide accessibility to toilets and drinking water. In spite of
that, the government has put several efforts to fulfil the objectives of the Mission
by allotting additional funds apart from that obtained from the central government.
Notwithstanding financial problems, the most noticeable obstacle towards achieving
cleanliness (take Itanagar for example) are lack of proper waste management system
and people’s indifferent attitude. Garbage dump sites located along the roadsides
or near drains and people throwing garbage haphazardly is not only an unpleasant
sight, but also a cause of many health hazards. The recent initiative by the Itanagar
Municipal Council for door-to-door collection of garbage is a commendable step which
can be further strengthened and expanded to cover larger areas. Waste segregation
should start at the household level and facilities may be created with government
assistance for safe disposal/treatment of each type of waste. Moreover, unless the
people are sensitised and their mindset changed about the importance of cleanliness
of their houses and surroundings, the government’s efforts would prove to be futile.
Therefore, the movement for a ‘Clean India’ calls for voluntary participation of
each and every citizen of the country because keeping our surroundings clean is not
the responsibility of the government but everybody’s business.
As a step towards achieving ‘Swachh Bharat’, the Ministry of Environment, Forests
and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India is celebrating SwachhtaPakhwada from
the 1st to 15th June 2017. In this connection, the G.B. Pant National Institute of
Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development the fortnight at its Headquarter
at Almora, Uttarakhand, along with the regional units in the entire Indian Himalayan
Region, viz., Northeast Unit (Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh), Sikkim Unit (Gangtok,
Himachal Unit (Kullu) and Garhwal Unit (Srinagar, Uttarakhand).
Dr. Wishfully Mylliemngap
G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment
Cows and nation building
Cow vigilantism as a sacred expression to protect “Mother cow “has sadly become a
convenient cloak for brutality and mayhem in the name of the Cow protection and gory
detail of violence and the depredations perpetuated on the minorities by the imprudent
mind have wrecked havoc in the mental state of prudent minds.
The Constitution mandates, through Article 51, the propagation of a scientific temper
but of lately it has been unrelenting violent temper of the vigilantism that is wrecking
havoc in Northern India. Know that digitally resurgent India cannot be born without
spreading a scientific temper forfeited of reason, common sense and a capacity to
think objectively and critically. It will be either the rule of reason, or the tyranny
The narrow interpretations of Hinduism as an excuse to attack others is vexing not
only because of the criminality and inhumanity of their acts, but also because they
act with apparent impunity without any fear of law and there is there is nothing
holy about it. The actions by cow vigilante groups – which are receiving state patronage
– has created an ambience of terror and intimidation among pecuniary farmers, tribals
and dalits and is a threat to the very secular fabric of India and is a harmful
impediment to the nation building process of the Indian state.
The ideological ancestors of the current killers of men in the name of the Cow silenced
BapuGandhiji with bullets; but his message survives and even reverberates today –
but not in the hearts and minds of the killers of humanity numbed by their own inhumanity.
In the matters Sacred or Profane, India can no longer afford to be a mute spectator
to the brutal assassination of its multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-racial
soul. It must speak out, speak up and, for all to see, stand up for its soul.
One is reminded of the historic slogan raised during anti-fascist struggles in 30s
which declared that ‘Fascism Will Not Pass’. Perhaps lessons should be drawn from
such experiences and government should wake up to the fact that ‘Communal Fascism
Will Not Pass” especially in a democratic plural country as India whose essence and
existence is inherently reflected in the phrase - Unity in Diversity. India without
respect for diversity and minority rights and will be the bigot Hindustan or Bharat
as conceived by the radical rightist groups.
Cows are sacred to many; and one respects that. But violence by humans upon humans
– regardless of the reason being sacred or profane – is inhumane, barbaric, brutish
Personally PM Modi is awe inspiring and being his greatest fan and to be critique
of the communal policies ushered during the recent period is excruciating. But though
the prudent mind will asks to the end - Can the Saffron Establishment ever wash its
hands of the growing menace and tyranny of guarakshaks?
David Koyu, Itanagar
As I travel by the 22412 New Delhi-Naharlagun AC Express,which is crawling and stopping
at every lamp post and is already running 6 hours 30 minutes late ,afew thoughts
pass my mind.
This train has always been running at an average record of 6 hours late. Tomorrow
as your esteemed reader read this newspaper, we may be delayed more. The train compartments
are not swept,the washrooms are unwashed and very smelly, and the food sold is highly
The question I would like to ask the ministry of railways/railway minister as to
why such a step motherly treatment is given to the people of Arunachal when our leaders
have whole heartedly shifted their loyalty to the BJP.
When will people of Arunachal Pradesh be awarded with a Rajdhaniexpress?
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