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Tine Mena scales Mount Everest

Arunachalee girls show the way

ITANAGAR, May 11: Tine Mena of Arunachal Pradesh achieved the rare feat of becoming the first lady climber from North East to scale Mount Everest.

Mena achieved the feat when she reached the highest mountain peak of the world and hoisted the national flag on it on May 9 after climbing continuously for 16 hours. She left the South Col (Camp IV) on the night of May 8 at 8 pm and reached the summit at 11am on the next day. All the climbers from different expeditions had gone down to lower camps to avoid the bad weather condition. But Tine and her Sherpa Tsering Dorjee faced all the obstacles and summit the peak.

After reaching the base camp, Mena said her summiting intended to raise awareness about climbing and adventure sports among the Arunachalee youths, which, though a mountainous state, had little public knowledge or exposure towards adventure sports.

She was taped and trained by Dr.K.R.Meetei I/c Adventure Cell Directorate of Sports Youth Affairs after she showed climbing potential during a trekking expedition to the Indo-China border and was sent to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling to undergo mountaineering training course.

Another member of team Arunachal Ansu Jamsenpa is also at south col today in her attempt to scale the peak within one or two days depending on weather condition.

Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, D.K.Dinglow and Tine's mentor Dr. K.R.Meetei is leaving Itanagar on May 13 to receive the successful team at Kathmandu.

Mena is the eldest daughter of Buge Mena of Malinye village of Dibang Valley district. She had to discontinue her school education after 8th standard due to abject poverty and later rejoined Open schooling at Roing after lots of struggle. During an interview to this daily she had said that "I had to do labour work (porter track cutting work) during my training period in Manipur on daily basis to meet my daily expenditure and earned Rs.1,500 because my father was not able to bear all my expenses.

But nothing has deterred the young lady as she set her mind on scaling the most fearsome peak. Today her hard works and determination paid off.

She successfully completed her Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) and Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling in 2009. She was the best trainee of her batch in BMC and won gold medal. She came second in AMC and won silver medal. She took her adventure course from Manipur Mountaineering Institute in 2008.  She climbed Mount Kolahi, Jammu and Kashmir in 2009 organized by NE Adventure Foundation Guwahati, Shivalinga (6543 mt), Garhwal in 2010 and finally Lama Wangden peak (6200mt), Sikkim as part of pre-Everest expedition organized by Indian Mountaineering Federation, New Delhi in November last year.

The news of Tine Mena becoming the first woman from the state, and in fact, from the entire northeast to scale Mt Everest indeed comes as a good tiding. At a time when the state is still mourning the sad demise of its former Chief Minister, late Dorjee Khandu, this news brings a moment of reassurance and gives the people of Arunachal a moment away from the gloom that has descended on the state, read a release from the Chief Minister’s office.  We must take a moment to commend and congratulate 25-year old Mene on this historic feat, said Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin on his return from Tawang this evening. “We must salute the bravery and determination of this young mountaineer, who in spite of the tragedy of losing her mother as she was on way for her advanced training course and in spite of the sad news of the recent demise of late Khanduji, she relentlessly worked on and pursued with determination her goal to reach the summit. She stands today as an icon of will power and resolve and has shown that true courage lies only in believing in our goals.”

The Chief Minister also extended his felicitations to the mentor of Mena Dr. K.R Meetei, in-charge Adventure Cell, and to D.K. Dinglow, Director as well as all officers of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs on this historic achievement.

The Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) has said that it  is a moment of great happiness for all the people of Arunachal and for Idu Mishmi community.

IMCLS thanked all the government employees, public leaders, PRI leaders and individuals of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang for their generous contribution towards Mena’s endeavor.

IMCLS thanked MLAs Laeta Umbrey  and Rajesh Tacho, Jindal Power (Etalin), DC Dibang Valley Abu Tayeng Anini, DC Lower Dibang Valley YW Ringu, Director PRIs, Bidol Tayeng and Dr K Romeo Meetei Incharge (Adventure Cell) Directorate of Sports, without whose support, the Mena’s endeavor would have remained only a dream.


Three Arunachalee girls crack civil service exams

Mitali Namchoom, Tadu Mamung and Bullo Mamung have cracked this year’s Civil Services Examination. Namchoom got into Indian Administrative service while Tadu and Bullo got into Indian Revenue Service.

Arunachal Pradesh Women's Welfare Society (APWWS) has congratulated trio and Tine Mena, who scaled the Mount Everest.

The times are changing for better in our own state also and these achievements of the young women are indicators, it said.

The APWWS said that Tine and Anshu Jamsempa, who is set to scale Everest have successfully exhibited the adventurous spirit of the Arunachalee women and their ability to pursue their dreams.

We are grateful to all parents and families who are sending their daughters for higher and technical education, the Society said.


Capital Administration issues

executive orders

NAHARLAGUN, May 11: The Capital Administration as per direction of the state government has issued four Executive Orders, with respect to regulating the traffic system and for promoting traffic discipline, check defacement of public properties and open roaming of domestic animals.

The Executive order relating to checking traffic congestion and parking during peak hours in Capital Complex has restricted the entry of heavy trucks in Capital Complex 0830 hrs to 1130hrs in the forenoon and 1600 hrs to 1900 hrs.

While the C.O. (Traffic) along with Traffic Police has been directed to continue monitoring traffic regulations and surprise checking at various locations to promote traffic discipline among the residents of Capital Complex.

The other Executive Order has also prohibited sticking bills, display posters, hoardings and pamphlets etc at public places under the AP Prevention of Defacement Property Act, 1997 , without due permission from the competent authority. Another Executive Order has ordered that domestic and stray animals causing any nuisance and obstruction at public places may be disposed of and shot adding that despite repeated notices, the owners are not taking adequate measures to keep these animals confined at their rearing places. These animals are left open causing obstructions and traffic problems at public places, roads etc.

Further, the Capital Administration has also issued an Executive Order prohibiting the use and sale of Air Guns/ rifles and pellets in Capital Complex till further orders.


Students burn effigy of DSP

ITANAGAR, May 11: All West Kameng District Students’ Union (AWDKSU) burnt the effigy of West Kameng  deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Dipankar Mishra for using slang language against Sherdukpen community of the district in front of SP office, Bomdila today. While demanding immediate suspension of the DSP for his ‘unacceptable’ remark, AWKDSU also sought apology from the DSP before the community people and the students union failing which the students union would launch phase-wise bandh calls from May 13 in the district.



ANSU writes to PCI

ITANAGAR, May 11: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has lodged a FIR against Pradeep Thakur, a senior journalist in Times of India (ToI) for his derogatory remarks on Nyishi community in his news report at ToI online edition on May 4 last.

ANSU president Sikka Gapak informed that besides the FIR here the Union had also shot letter to the ToI’s Editor-in-Chief Jaideep Bose and Press Council of India, Chairman Justice Ganendra Narayan Ray, demanding public apology from Thakur for his communal remarks on the largest tribes of Arunachal.  A letter was also shot to Pradeep Thakur demanding apology from him for hurting the sentiments of the entire Nyishi community in particular and Arunachal as a whole. The Union also sought to know the source of his report within 7 days.  

Thakur, who evoked storm here, stated that “He (Nabam Tuki) belongs to Nishi (sic) tribe which doesn’t enjoy good rapport with other tribes” on 4th May while reporting on the probable replacement of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu who died in a chopper crash on April 30 last.

Meanwhile, ANSU would organize a peaceful protest rally on May 13 morning from Tallang-Hira Memorial office to Raj Bhawan. ANSU would submit a representation to the State Governor.


GSU comes out in support of AAPSU

ITANAGAR, May 11: Galo Students Union (GSU) has come out in support of apex student body AAPSU for demanding CBI enquiry into the tragic circumstances under which late chief minister Dorjee Khandu died in a chopper crash at Luguthang nearby Tawang yesterday. AAPSU had urged state government to engage Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the cause of accident.

Now joining AAPSU, Galo Students Union too has sought CBI investigation for fair probe. In a release GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia said if proper investigation is not done, people of Arunachal will always remember this accident with suspicion.  “Lot of political activities including threat to late Dorjee Khandu government was made just days before the chopper crash. There is suspicion at the circumstance and state government can douse off those suspicion by letting a central agency like CBI to investigate the case,” said Pakmik Taipodia.

Meanwhile, the Union took strong exception to the article written by Pradip Thakur of Times of India in which he made comments against Nyishis. The Union while seeking an apology from Thakur said that he has hurt the sentiments of the people of the state.

Meanwhile GSU too have expressed deep concern over police high-handedness in the capital complex. “ANSU has rightly pointed out that carrying dao is part of our tribal tradition and it’s harsh on part of police to seize our traditional items. Capital administration should not behave like dictator as many villagers carry dao for personal work and as mark of tradition. They should catch criminals who are going around carrying guns. Why do harass ordinary citizens,” stated GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia.


CCPDA decries attack on petrol depots, appeals for cooperation

ITANAGAR, May 11:  Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA) has condemned the incident that occurred last evening at about 8.30 pm wherein several youths attacked the petroleum depot at Chandranagar and broke machines and assaulted its employees.

The incident was reportedly triggered when a couple of youths demanded to fill their motorcycle with petrol without making payments. When the employees of the filling station refused to abide an altercation broke out. The youths retreated but returned within minutes with a gang and attacked the station and its employees, it added. The matter was immediately reported to Itanagar Police Station.

The police under the command of Officer in-Charge Make Bui acted swiftly and apprehended few youths from Chadranagar area, the association said.

CCPDA appreciated the swift action of the police but at the same time appealed it to apprehend the main culprit of the whole episode so that similar incident is prevented in the future.

It appealed the authorities to provide security to all the petroleum depots of the state capital, which are repeatedly targeted by misguided youths.

It is an issue of concern that even after downing their shutters before late into night, the depots are victimized in broad day-light, it said. The organisation appealed all senior citizens and organizations especially those of youths and students to advice their wards and members respectively to refrain from such anti-social activities bringing bad name to community and themselves.

If this remains the case, all the depots would be forced to down their shutters very early in the day that would indirectly cause difficulties to the common men, the association added.


Don Bosco relic reaches Tirap

ITANAGAR, May 11: The casket carrying the relic of Don Bosco, the great educator and a friend of young people, reached Khonsa on 11th May’11.The casket was taken in a procession from Khonsa Parish to Khonsa Don Bosco Youth Centre in which hundreds of believers and lovers of Don Bosco participated. The relic was escorted by Fr.Jose Palleli, Economer of Dimapur Province, Fr.Nestor and 3 Italian drivers. At Khonsa Parish and Don Bosco Youth Centre gospel reading, hymns, talks and video screening on the life and work of Don Bosco were held. Thousands of Don Bosco past pupils, church leaders, government officials and public paid floral tribute to Don Bosco. Earlier, the casket was received at Borduria village and taken to Borduria Parish Church in which hundreds of people thronged to have a glimpse of the Don Bosco relic. After prayers and public darshan, the casket was taken back to Borduria Parish Church on the same day from Don Bosco Youth Centre, Khonsa. A mass was held there and a night vigil was also held for whole night. People of Borduria were thrilled and overjoyed to see the relic of Don Bosco in their village.

The Journey of the relic started from Turin in Italy  by a chartered flight and will be traveling all over the country including the Northeast. The relic had traveled to 130 countries. It may be recalled here that the Don Bosco institutions came to India in 1906 and to the Northeast in 1926. In the meantime the organizers have profusely thanked Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong who had helped in obtaining an entry pass for the casket. Till yesterday there was an air of uncertainty about the programme as pass was not given.


Hopes galore on new CM

ITANAGAR, May 11: Several organizations and individuals of the state have shared their expectations that the new Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin will carry forward the unfinished development works of late Dorjee Khandu.

Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was the harbinger of peace and development, he brought unprecedented development in all spheres, said Aalo Peoples Forum.  The Forum also hoped that new CM Jarbom Gamlin will carry forward the legacy of late Khandu and lead the state to a new height of development. The Forum also appealed all the elected legislators, bureaucrats, technocrats, students communities, NGOs to cooperate with new CM in his endeavour to carry forward the unfinished work of former CM.

Dorjee Khandu was the first chief minister of state to sanction and allocate a sum of Rs five crore for  development of education sector for Christian community and shown unparallel leadership quality, said Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) while mourning the death of former CM. Let this good deed of Khandu be example for all the up-coming leaders of the state, the ACF said.

Lower Dibang Valley District Congress Committee also deeply mourned the death of former CM Khandu. Meanwhile, DCC president and former Minister Roding Pertin wished that aspiration of the people of the state shall be fulfilled through tireless efforts of new CM Jarbom Gamlin. He assured cooperation to fulfill the vision of former CM Khandu. Paktu Area People’s Forum in West Siang district also expected Gamlin live up to the wishes of people.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, Upper Siang District Congress Committee (USDCC), All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labours Union, Kalom Ao Welfare Society and Gram Panchayat Members  of Karsingsa and Doimukh II, firmly believed that under the dynamic leadership of new Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin the state will move towards rapid development in every sphere.  They hoped that unfinished development works initiated by former CM Dorjee Khandu will be finished by present chief minister.

While mourning the death of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, the USDCC also requested the new CM for pay special attention to backward Upper Siang district. The new CM will fulfill long pending grievances like regularization of casual/ contingency staff who have been working for last 20 years, the AAPGDLU hoped. All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Trained Teachers Association (AAPUTTA) hoped that new CM  will fulfill its six point charter of demands submitted earlier to education minister. It mourned the death of former CM late Khandu.

While deeply mourning the death of Khandu, Hirik-Hiru Students Union, Kamba and Aalo city Congress Seva Dal also hoped that Jarbom Gamlin will carry forward the  unfinished works of Late Khandu and state will witness rapid development under the leadership of Gamlin. Old Ziro Market Welfare Committee also hoped the new Chief Minister will make constant efforts to retain of the glory of the state and address the various problems that the state is confronting with.


Principal Ronya’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, May 11: The officers and officials of Director of School Education (DSE), Papum Pare district deeply mourned the passing away of Mapor Ronya, Principal attached to DDSE office Yupia. Ronya died at GNRC, Guwahati yesterday due to ill health.

Ronya, 56, is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.

Born at Paka Ronya village of Upper Subansiri district in 1955, he did his schooling from RK Mission, Narendrapur, West Bengal and graduation from JNC, Pasighat.

He joined as Junior Teacher in education department in 1979 and later he was promoted to headmaster. In 2006, he was transferred to Govt Secondary school Polo Colony, Naharlagun and further promoted to the post of Principal of the same school after it was upgraded to Higher Secondary school.

The Papum Pare DDSE along with the staff, in a condolence meeting, observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to late Ronya and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereft family.

The families of Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun and Polo Colony also deeply mourned the death of Ronya and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Ronya’s death is a great loss particularly to the education department, GHSS school principal T Tatan said.

“He served the education department with integrity and full  dedication in various capacities. In his death, we have lost a sincere, honest and dutiful officer,” M Rina, principal of GHSS school, Polo Colony, said.


Society  calls for formulation of policy

ITANAGAR, May 11: Nikum Niya Multipurpose Society (NNMS) has called for formulation of strong policy for preservation of natural beauty and flora and fauna in and around the Capital Complex.

Expressing concern over practice of jhum cultivation and increasing hunting and fishing within the periphery of the Capital Complex, the Society in a letter to Principal Chief Conservator of Forest said that jhum cultivation and selling of hunted meat and fish should be banned at the earliest in state Capital.

Jhuming not only hampers ecological balance and it is also responsible for change of climate, the society said and stressed on  protection of catchment area  and natural beauty of the Capital like Daria Hills and Ganga Lake.

The Society suggested the PCCF and district administration work with cohesion and chalk out action plan against commercialization of wildlife. It further said that village vigilance force be set up to check and prevent rampant destruction of forest and forest resources.

The Society also requested the PCCF to initiate steps to stop encroachment in the Polo Park, Naharlagun, proper maintenance of the Park with demarcation of boundary and erection of boundary fencing. Awareness should be made among the people about the importance of this park, it said.


Regular HM, principal for schools demanded

ITANAGAR, May 11: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) has demanded authority to post regular headmasters and principal at various Govt Secondary and Higher Secondary schools in Palin, Chambang and Yangte.

It said that Govt Secondary schools Chambang, Yangte and Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Palin have been running without regular headmasters and principal which has affected academic study of the students as well as overall functioning of the schools. Citing example of ill-functioning of school, it alleged that even examinations are conducted on Sunday neglecting the CBSE norms.

The union further demanded Kurung Kumey DDSE and deputy commissioner to reconduct interview against all ‘illegally appointed’ SSA teachers posts under Palin constituency.


Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament

VKV Banderdewa play Gora Makik FC in fisrt semis

ITANAGAR, May 11: VKV Banderdewa will play against Gora Makik Sports Club in the first semifinals of the Giogi Taya Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium tomorrow at 2.30 pm.

Meanwhile, Tali Pip Sorang and Punglu Abo Sports Club entered semifinals today defeating their opponents Youth United FC and All Khoda Welfare Association respectively.

The Tali Pip Sorang beat Youth United FC 5-0 while Punglu Abo SC defeated All Khoda Welfare Association 3-1.


News Impact


Exposure tour

ITANAGAR, May 11: A group of 25 unemployed youths and progressive farmers from Arunachal Pradesh were taken to Assam and Meghalaya  on a week-long exposure tour on beekeeping.

The group participated in a short-term training on beekeeping organized by Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat in coordination with All India Coordinated project on Honeybees and Pollinators, Department of Entomology, AAU, Jorhat. Practical demonstrations were also arranged in a city based industry , Jorhat.

The group then proceeded to Rural Resource and Training Centre, a Don Bosco institution, Umran, Meghalaya, where they were given further training, exposure with practical art and science on handling honeybees and procedure of promoting Apiculture for another 3 years.

KVIB hoped that such exposure tour sponsored by National Bee Board is expected to go a long way in promoting beekeeping in the state through a coordinated and scientifically planned long-term efforts. KVIB has also decided to organize another such week-long basic training on beekeeping very soon.



ITANAGAR, May 11: The officers and officials of PWD, Naharlagun division condoled the death of Sarthe Teron, regular Peon of the office.

He was 57 and survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Teron joined the department in 1973, and since then he had been serving the department with full dedication and sincerity, said the executive engineer of the PWD division.

They observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed soul of Teron and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed their deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.

The officers and staff of General Manager, State Transport Services condoled the death of Dusu Tagur, Conductor, who passed away on May five last.

In a condolence meeting, they expressed their grief and sorrow over his untimely death and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereft family to bear the irreparable loss.



ITANAGAR, May 11: Dari Soping and Dari Vinod have been selected as chairman and general secretary of the newly formed Dari Welfare Society (DWS).


Cheats on the prowl

ITANAGAR: In capital complex, miscreants steal cash and other valuables from the cars even while the owners are around. The modus operandi is that they would accost the targeted individual and drop some currency notes on the ground by the side of car and like a good Samaritans tells the person that money on the floor could be theirs. When the person gets out to check, the other helper would open the door from other side and decamp with the booty. Three such incidents have occurred during past two weeks in the capital. The City Police has warned citizens not to leave valuables in the car unattended.


Police officer passes away

ITANAGAR: Inspector Kebom Riba who was currently posted with the SIC (Vigilance) has passed away yesterday. Riba who died following a heart attack is survived by his wife Mipu, 2 sons and a daughter.

The state’s police department, in a condolence meeting at the Police Headquarters and attended by the DGP, mourned the death of the officer.

Describing Riba as a distinguished officer, the department recalled his services in the areas of Tirap and Changlang as also his successful stint as OC of the Itanagar Police Station. In addition to these key positions, he was earlier with the SIT and also with the 1st AAP Bn. In recognition of his exemplary services he has been awarded 14 times with various police medals and awards.


‘Lift ban order on carrying daos’

ITANAGAR: All Taning Talam Welfare Society (ATTWS) strongly supported ANSU’s demand to the authority for lifting ban on carrying daos within Nyishi dominated areas.

It alleged that though many youths are carrying guns without valid documents elsewhere in the state the Govt has not initiated proper investigation against those violators. It hoped that the district authority would lift the ban in the greater interest of the innocent people.

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God can hear us even without amplifying our prayers

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring a serious matter into the notice of our Likabali administration. A ritual is being performed in our residential area of Liru village of Likabali. The so called ‘Yagya’ has to be performed for 11 days with a prior permission from the SDO Likabali. The ritual is being performed in a temple or so called ashram mandir which was set up few years back in the vicinity of the  residential area. A high pitch loudspeaker in full volume is being engaged daily from 8 am in the morning to 10 pm at night with a break of only 2 or 3 hours in between the time table. The place of ritual is purely a tribal residential area whose residents love to live in peace with the natural silence in the atmosphere. But to our ill fate the whole area is being disturbed by the bajans and different kinds of songs being  sung and played repeatedly. Sometime it irritates us a lot in the summer heat of Likabali. The night becomes horrible and sleepless with the ear pinching songs which means nothing to us. Some of us are really getting migraine due to noisy sounds from the loudspeakers. The same mandir created  a lot of sound pollution on the other occasions like shivratri too when the students were having their final exams. There are two historical temples at Likabali one in Malinithan and other at Akashi-Ganga. It would be very kind of the organisers of such rituals to perform such kind of religious activities involving noises at the mentioned two holy temples. We do not oppose any religious activities  in our areas but secularism doesn’t mean that any religion can create  sound pollution in the atmosphere and I believe God can hear us even without amplifying our prayers. No religion should ever destroy the peace of any residential area. This an attempt to curb the noise pollution created by many religions from time to time and not an attempt to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. The administration should view such matters seriously.


Disturbed resident

of Liru, (on email)



A distressing situation

Dear Editor,

My heart is full of emotions and it cries again and again to see the distress situation prevailing in our state. Recently our C.M passed away but some of us are busy in politics rather than mourning.

It is very annoying to hear the destruction made on offices of PTI and Arunachal Front by some miscreants.

It is a slap on media fraternity.

Accepting that a media person has made a mistake but it does not mean that citizens should take law in their hand.

Media plays vital role in social process, it connect every scattered elements of the society and highlight the prevailing situation. Therefore, we should strongly condemn the attack on media office so to maintain social solidarity.



(on email)



Racism is such a poison

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Mr. Samil Jugli for his fitting reply ("Its not just  us", 23 April) to the biased letter of Mr. Sumon Das ("Why only North-East  students?", 18 April) Mr. Das has always been a "specialist" in lampooning the Bengalis and is in a mission to establish the "fact" that far from being a great poet and philosopher; Rabindranath Tagore is merely an ordinary personality, but successfully "promoted" and "marketed" by the Bengalis! Mr. Das is true, after all the whole world and the United Nations are run by a bunch of "fools" and that  is the reason why they have launched various projects to honour the bard on his 150th birth anniversary!

Actually racism is such a "poison" which does not target a particular community only. Bal Thackeray emerged in the limelight after assaulting the South Indians of Mumbai. Thereafter the Muslims became his "enemies" and now the North Indians are the "curse" of Mumbai! Similarly, after Bengalis, the North-Easterners have become the subject of hatred for the racial Mr. Das.

Far from condemning the communal elements in New Delhi and North  India, Mr. Das outrageously questions why only the North-Eastern students are being targeted! It is not entirely surprising, given the double-standard of  the Indian society where Mr. Das lives in. We are such a "great" nation that  instead of demanding exemplary punishment to the rapists, Indians question why  the particular girl was returning home in late hours! Instead of condemning the  BCCI  mandarins who had snatched cricket from Sourav Ganguly when he was at the peak of his form, Indians wonder why Sourav had not quit the field on his own  terms! In present-day India the offenders are religiously awarded clean-chit and all questions are posed at the victims.

Had India been a truly civil society, "nationalists" like Mr. Das would have condemned the fanatical and racial aggressors of New Delhi and North India instead of pointing an accusing finger towards the victims i.e the North-East students. Instead of questioning the behaviour of the North-Eastern  students, Mr. Das should have asked the "mainstream" Indians of North to learn the essence of India which is not a colony of Hindi belt, but conglomeration of different regions each possessing a distinct cultural identity of its own. It is the Northerners who should learn to appreciate the diversities of India and treat the North-Eastern students as their fellow countrymen and brothers and sisters. The North-East's right over New Delhi or North India is not a bit less than Punjabis, Haryanvis, Marwaris, Biharis or Uttar Pradeshis.

Mr. Jugli has rightly pointed out the fact that while people from all over India live happily and earn their livelihood in Arunachal Pradesh and don't face any discrimination; the North-Easterners are not only treated as foreigners in "mainstream" India or discriminated against, they are often physically assaulted or raped. The same truth is applicable for West Bengal and Bengalis also. Though Bengal has welcomed the Hindi and Urdu speakers of the cowbelt with open arms; Bihar-Uttar Pradesh-Jharkhand-New Delhi has robbed all political and cultural rights of the Bengalis settled there. Thanks to the third-grade status of the community in North India, Bengalis are returning to West Bengal in droves. Actually Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal's belief in harmony and unity are regarded as "weakness" by North India. Thus they dare to make intrusions in Bengal and Arunachal, despite according step-motherly treatment to the Bengalis and North-Easterners in North India.

It is high time the Hindi-fanatics stop thinking about themselves as the "Rajas" of India (after all their language gets projected as the "Rajbhasa" of this multi-lingual democratic nation) and the rest as "Prajas".

The administration and common people of North India should learn to accord due honour and recognition to the North-Easterners and offer them adequate protection against the racial elements. Else the media, intellectuals, people and State Governments of the Seven Sisters should unitedly pressurise the Centre to take urgent steps to stop the menace.


Kajal Chatterjee,

Kolkata (on email)



Tagore was lucky in his life as well as in his death

Dear Editor,

Rabindranath Tagore is one of the luckiest poets born. Here are three cases:

Tagore was born to a numerically  huge language group called Bengalis who now are spread all over West Bengal, Bangladesh and have captured many parts of north-east India and occupied tribal homelands like Andaman and Nicobar islands and even capital city Port Blair and many parts of India. Not only large by population, the Bengali community knows to glorify their talented poets, which many communities in India do not do.

Tagore had a good network of European, especially British friends during the period of British rule in India. Being a zamindar or landlord, he came into contact with influential poets like Graham Greene who introduced him to the western audience and also forwarded his name for Nobel Prize. He also got Knighthood from the Queen and was called the Bard, which he decided to give back sensing the public opinion going against the British rule in India.

Last but not the least, on his 150th death anniversary year, there is a coalition government at the centre which has two Bengalis as cabinet ministers. One of them Mamata Banerji is busy campaigning for Bengal elections. In order to appease her sentimental Bengali voters, she has made grand arrangements for the late poet. Her party's support is crucial for the central government. Even Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh who might not have read a sentence by Tagore are promoting events for the emotional appeasement of Bengali voters and strengthening Congress-Trinamool Congress vote-bank in the state of West Bengal and covert seizure of political sovereignty of Bangladesh.

The numerous posters, banners, advertisements, functions, statues, lectures, articles on Tagore have also caught the attention of the East Bengali Hindu refugees in Tripura and South Assam and Meghalaya. Tagore was lucky in his life as well as in his death.

Your paper has become very monotonous with all 'Tagore, Tagore, Tagore' propaganda. Tagore was a talented personality, no doubt. But is he the only one in India??

Are poets who do not get Nobel prizes from the west lesser, worse poets?


Sumon Das,


(on email)







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