ITANAGAR, May 11: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered re-polling in
two polling stations in Kumey Kumey district on May 14.
Repolling will be held in 15-Richik polling station under Tali Assembly Constituency
and 31-Chulla polling station under 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency, according
to a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Adequate security arrangements
would be provided to polling officials during the re-polling and counting process,
the release said.
ACF, APCDPOWA mourn death of Tingkhatra
ITANAGAR, May 11: Messages are stilling pouring in from various quarters to condole
the death of former minister Newlai Tingkhatra.
While expressing grief and shock over Tingkhatra’s untimely demise, Arunachal Christian
Forum (ACF) in a condolence message said, “May almighty rest his soul in eternal
peace and give his bereaved family strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable
loss.” In its condolence message, Arunachal Pradesh Child Development Project Officers’
Welfare Association (APCDPOWA) said, “By his death the department in particular and
the state as a whole lost a fatherly figure, simple and down to earth natured person.
His contribution and services for the upliftment of poor and downtrodden, especially
the women and children will always be remembered.”
The APCDPOWA, on behalf of all the CDPOs and other officials/staff working under
the department of Women & Child Development conveyed heartfelt condolence to the
bereaved family and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Shower brings relief to tea growers
RUKSIN, May 11: Giving a sigh of relief to the farmers, it is raining cats and dogs
since last six days in Siang Valley and adjoining areas of north Assam.
Though the downpour has forced the common people to remain indoors, it is bringing
smiles on the face of the farmers of the region especially the tea growers.
Due to the prolonged drought-like situation in the region, the tea estates and small
tea gardens had been suffering with poor cropping. Along with the tea growers and
manufacturers, the tea labourers of the area were also affected by the situation.
The shower which came as relief after a long dry spell later turned torrential. The
dried up hilly streams become alive after the rain. Heavy rainfall has dampened the
cropland and made it favourable for cultivation activities.
Mothers' Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, May 11: Along with the rest of the world, the churches under Apatani Baptist
Association (ABA) celebrated the Mother's Day honourig the mothers.
Speaking on the occasion at Immanuel Baptist Church, Abulyañ, Evan. Tallo Madhu exhorted
the mothers to be better godly mother leaving impact on the church and also on the
society apart from family. She said that children and husbands have to cooperate
with mothers to make them better mothers.
The day was marked by special worship services and prayer for mothers of the world.
Special seats were arranged and rhythmic songs, soul touching skits and dances were
presented by youths and menfolks dedicating them for the mothers.
Customised flowers were gifted to the mothers as a token of respect and honour. The
celebration ended with recreational games to let the mothers refresh from their daily
Oldest man of Kimin circle dies
ITANAGAR, May 11: Tadar Takia believed to be the oldest person of Kimin circle died
at the age of 93 years on May three after a prolonged illness.
Son of late Tadar Eka and late Tadar Benyi Tame, resident of Upper Jumi, Kimin, Papum
Pare district, Takia left behind his wife six sons and two daughters, informed Papum
Pare District Christian Youth Fellowship.
Flood situation grim in Lohit
Tezu-Tinsukia road via Alubari Ghat cut off
ITANAGAR, May 11: Flood threat is looming large in Lohit district as water level
in Lohit River and its tributaries is continuously increasing due to heavy rains
since last four days.
According to official sources today, Tezu Nallah, Shukha Nallah and Dening Nallah
rivers in the district have swelled abnormally because of relentless rain over the
last four days.
The surface communication between Tezu-Tinsukia via Alubari Ghat has been totally
cut off. The Parsuram Kund road, which was cut off by landslides, has been temporarily
restored by the BRO for light vehicles, but continuous mudslides were still making
restoration work difficult.
“We have temporarily stationed adequate men and machineries at the slide areas to
keep the road open,” BRO official P K Gupta said.
The water resources department (WRD) is constantly monitoring the flood situation
in the district, recording and updating the water levels and intensity of the rainfall.
According to WRD sources, a staggering 363.6 mm rainfall was recorded during the
last rainfall, which is a sign of alarming flood situation.
Dharanpur, Deorigaon and other villages in Namsai sub division are already flooded
by Noa-Dihing river, and if the rains continue at the same rate, other villages too
will be inundated, the sources said.
“Shukha Nallah is posing the greatest threat as it is eroding the newly built security
wall of the Airports Authority of India's (AAI) advance landing ground (ALG) as well
as other parts of the airport,” WRD assistant engineer S K Srivastav said.
“We have submitted an estimate of immediate flood protection work at the site to
the AAI. Delay in the sanctioning the project is a risk factor, since the ALG needs
quick anti-erosion measures,” he said.
District Disaster Management Control Room with telephone numbers 03804-222481/222676/9436049782
has been activated to monitor flood situation in the district.
The entire outpost administrative offices and nodal departments relating to disaster
management have been alerted.
Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra has advised them to keep strict vigilance on all
vulnerable and low lying areas of the district. (with inputs from PTI)
ANSU-media fraternity vow cooperation
ITANAGAR, May 11: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and media fraternity of the
state have agreed to cooperate with each other and work in tandem in the greater
interest of the society.
The mutual resolution came after an interaction programme between the new ANSU executive
members led by President Byabang Joram and General Secretary Nyanya Gollo and the
members of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists
(APUWJ) led by their presidents Chopa Cheda and Azing Pertin respectively here today.
The interaction programme was organized by ANSU with objective to maintain cordial
relationship and mutual understanding with media fraternity in the state.
Highlighting the role and responsibility of media persons, APC president Chopa Cheda
appealed to ANSU executive members to respect the professional conduct of media fraternity
specially print media editor’s guild. He pointed out that many organizations in the
state expect their issue to be highlighted in front page only, which according to
Cheda, is unhealthy trend.
Senior journalist Taro Chatung, who represented the electronic media, highlighted
the technical glitches in telecasting and covering the issues. Seeking cooperation
from the media fraternity in highlighting their issues, ANSU President Byabang Joram
assured that ANSU would respect the editor’s discretion and would not interfere and
pressurize editorial matters.
General Secretary Nyanya Gollo stressed the need of cooperation between two organizations
for the welfare of the state. He stated that without cooperation from the press
fraternity their voice cannot be heard by the authority.
Further, the union informed that it has submitted representation to the chief secretary
on boundary and Inner Line Permit issues. It demanded to carry out eviction drive
against Assam forest official camps allegedly set up at Tarrasso, effective implementation
of ILP system, construction of the multi-purpose bridge over Dikrong River as per
MoU signed between Railways authority and the state government.
Poll rumble and the odd one out
[ Appu Gapak ]
While 70 percent of the 7, 53,170 eligible voters in the state wait with bated breath
for the D-day (May 16) along with the contenders, the 140 electorates of Sissen village
in East Siang district are busy with their mundane chores and are in no way as excited
With most of the politicians regarding the voters as unlocking the box of power so
that they can help themselves to the riches that come from it and not look upto the
promises that they made to their voters, the daring villagers of Sissen had chosen
not to vote this time. They had boycotted poll on April 9 and April 19 was the second
time that the administration had tried to coax them into excising their electoral
rights but with no success.
As some politicians saw poll boycott as a political gimmick; we decided on a trip
to Sissen a day before the repoll.
Sissen is located four and half hours drive from Pasighat, the district headquarters
of East Siang.
A near-to-tatters-over-100-metres suspension bridge built over the mighty Siang and
30-40 minutes track walk (which became ninety minutes for us) opens into a beautiful
valley that is home to 20 households.
"If you vote me to power, I will build for you Switzerland like road here, Tapang
Taloh had told us during 2009 election. But then we had no idea how the roads in
Switzerland looked like. Now it seems people in Switzerland also walk like us with
no road," mocked the visibly disillusioned Bakin Siram who we met on our way to the
village. Tapang Taloh is the incumbent MLA of the Pangin Constituency under which
Sissen village falls.
"We are tired of walking. We need road now to make the distance shorter," said our
host, Yatam Ering, showing us some of her fresh plucked garden produces that she
grows on large scale and shared that it all dries up even before it reaches Pasighat.
Sissen is economically a flourishing village with every household making minimum
of one lakh per annum through farming. It supplies huge amount of agri-horti products
to Pasighat market.
"We produce abundant oranges but by the time it reaches Pasighat, almost all gets
rotten. Only few reach in good condition. And the head load is a big problem for
us," Yatam's son adds.
The movement for poll boycott was initiated by Sissen Welfare Society, Sissen Farmers
Club and Sissen Students Union protesting lack of development in the area.
"There is no other way out but to resort to this. For 37 years, we have suffered.
We have tried voting for the ruling, opposition with full majority hoping that they
will bring in development. But till now, it has only been sugar coated talks," said
Tajir Siram, president of Sissen Welfare Society.
"We will boycott 2019 election also if they don't bring in road by then. Enough of
assurances, we want road in practical now," he declares.
The polling station set up in the lone LP school of the village had no attendance
throughout the day of the repoll, as the villagers, young and old alike, roamed about
with headbands written ‘No Road, No Vote on it' on it.
Tanung Siram aka Pitor, in his 80s, recalls his heyday, "We helped build those roads
where people drive away happily but we are yet to see road in our own village. We
have been forgotten. Look at me, I am now old and will soon be gone."
We meet Taget Siram, a farmer in his 50s, busy making bamboo basket on the veranda
of his house who says, "We are not against anyone. We just want development."
East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava who paid a visit to the village on the day acknowledges
the problem faced by the villagers and says, "Even after so many challenges, they
have done quite well for themselves."
"However, they could have opted for NOTA," she adds.
Despite poll boycott and the ripple that it was creating in the political scenario,
the village wore an exciting look. The natives, gathered in the general ground, were
looking forward for a gala time after the poll was over.
And by the time we were set to leave, they were already bidding us goodbye with their
Ponung dance. What Tajir Siram had earlier told me struck me then, "even if we don't
vote, we will continue to be prosperous. The government, am sure, will not restrict
people from buying produces from us?!" And that, what he said, was the brutal truth.
Efforts to tackle drug menace
[ Raju Mimi ]
ROING, May 11: A joint effort of several Adi and Idu-Mishmi community based organizations
to draw a strategy and to tackle the menace of widespread drug use in Lower Dibang
Valley district was initiated here today.
In a meeting between Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) and Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary
Society (IMCLS) held at a hotel here, the two apex body resolved for efforts to make
the district a better place calling for a beginning to be made in collaborative efforts
to address various social problems.
Adi Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS), Idu Mishmi Government Employee Association
(IMGEA), Dibang Adi Women's Association (DAWA) and Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment
Forum (EMWEF) also took part in the meeting pledging their support in the joint effort.
Terming the joint meeting of the two community apex body as 'historic', IMCLS President
Enju Lingi said that anti-drug campaign in the district has got a boost with joining
of hands by the two communities. "This is first time in several years that ABK and
IMCLS are sharing a platform together for a social cause," he commented.
Welcoming the joint initiative, Lower Dibang Valley unit ABK President Mibom Pertin
said all effort will be made by ABK in support of anti-drug campaign. He emphasized
on greater women's participation, as he felt that they can make big difference in
the anti-drug campaign.
ACLS President Kripa Pertin appreciating the initiative said that coming together
of the two communities -Adi and Idu Mishmi is a significant step. "We know we have
a long way to go in this endeavour," he said.
Pertin highlighted on few hurdles faced by the government machinery in tackling drug
menace as he spoke about his experience as Nodal Officer for drug awareness. "We
need social will to fight this drug abuse, and must help the government in this effort,"
He further informed of growing opium fields in Dambuk circle and urged for early
action for its destruction.
Also calling the joint sitting of ABK and IMCLS as 'historic', Lower Dibang Valley
unit ABK General Secretary Abu Saring said that this effort deserves applause. He
urged that the resolution for joint collaboration must be conveyed to administration
and all public leaders for their support.
On strategy to fight drug menace, Saring opined that legal course is not the lone
solution. "We have to work for an alternate solution by engaging drug addicts for
rehabilitation, providing livelihood means," he said.
Speaking in support for adopting compassionate means, Martin Lego, General Secretary,
ACLS said that several opium cultivators are still not fully aware of its harmful
effects. So they must be sensitized first.
Dr Mite Lingi, President, IMGEA urged that this joint campaign should result in 'social
sanction' against drug abusers, and said drug menace has no bar irrespective of age
Kolom Mepo, Anchal Samity Member (ASM), Dambuk informed that opium is locally cultivated
in Dambuk for self-consumption, though some part of the production is also sold outside
for profit. However, greater part of supply, he said, comes from Mariyang.
Earlier, opening the floor for discussion, Anjite Menjo, Chief Auditor, IMCLS shared
his experience on anti-drug campaign. Also sharing her experience, T Saring, Auditor,
DAWA informed that they are leading successful campaign in Dambuk and Mebo area.
She informed that Dambuk and Bizari areas were badly affected from drug use.
Delivering her vote of thanks, Dr Manaya Mena, President, EMWEF said that a beginning
has been made. "We are the caretaker for our next generation. It is our duty that
we make our living places and spaces, safe and secure for them," she said.
The meeting resolved on formation of a 10-member district level coordination committee,
whose focus will be on adopting creative, collaborative and community-centered approaches
in their campaign against drug abuse.
Atek Linggi, panchayat leader, Rakhi Linggi, Secretary, IMCLS, Sumila Linggi, Vice
President, IMCLS, Bulia Pulu, Legal Advisor, IMCLS, Arjun Mepo, Assistant Secretary,
IMCLS and representatives from IMGEA Jotin Linggi and Hindu Meme were also present
in the meeting.
57th APLS literary sitting held
ITANAGAR, May 11: The 57th monthly literary sitting of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society (APLS) was held at the Conference hall of J N State Museum today with its
president Y D Thongchi on the chair.
Braving the inclement weather, a good number of litterateurs including the minors/juniors
took part in the literary programme with great enthusiasm. It appeared that the untiring
efforts of APLS in spotting and encouraging the budding literary talents have paid
off handsomely with the participation of increasing number of school kids in the
The programme started with a beautiful self-composed English poem “Tree” recited
by Ms Rissum Diyum, a Class VII student of Green Mount School, Itanagar. From the
same school, another English poem “About Mango” was presented by Kimi Diyum, a class
III student which were appreciated by all. Master Aryaman Das Borah, a Class VI student
of Guardian Angel School, Itanagar, who is also a known face of APLS presented a
short story titled “The Foolish Farmer” acknowledging the value of knowledge. Master
Baji Ringu, a lass V student of Good Shepherd School, Naharlagun presented a self-composed
English poem “Rainbow” which dwelt on beauty.
Among the seniors, Dr Ashok Kumar Pandey, a senior member of APLS presented two self
composed Hindi poems “Gaur Kore” and “Vardhidhari Khalnayak” which enthralled the
audience. This was followed by presentation of self-composed Galo poem titled “Qok
Rwkaa La Jaa Mvvnam v” by Dr Takop Zirdo. He also presented an Assamese translated
version of this poem which touched the heart of everyone present there. The literary
session reached its zenith with presentation of thought-provoking Assamese poem “Andhar”
by well-known poet Inumoni Das Borah. It was full of emotional upsurge; a realistic
reflection of “Darkness”.
The session concluded with an extra flavour with presentation of the Bengali version
of self-composed poem “Gurudev” and a short story “Shiksha” by Bishnupriya Manipuri
litterateur and a senior journalist Ranjit Sinha, which got appreciation from the
members as an excellent literary creation.
The house also decided to celebrate the foundation day of APLS in a befitting manner.
Among others, APLS vice president Dr Tage Tada, Jamuna Bini, Dr P Ringu, Sokhep Kri,
Matheim Linggi, Dr S K Ghosh, Romen Borah, Rorik Ringu were present.
Awareness on disaster management through sports event
CHANGLANG, May 11: The Table Tennis tournament organized by Changlang District administration
with aim to generate public awareness on disaster management concluded here today.
Bikaram Rana won the Boys single title beating Ajay Wangpan by 4-2 sets. In doubles,
Rana pairing with Gamhee Rana beat the duo of Maga Novin and Ajay Wangpan by 4-1
to win title.
In senior Girls doubles, Tem Mepu and Apik Bagang beat the pair of Komoli Tayeng
and Nanu Yosung in final by 4-0 to win title. In singles category, Tem beat Apik
by 4-3 sets.
Rohit Kumar Rai and Wangam Hakhun won the junior boys doubles title.
In total, 37 teams in different categories participated in the tournament.
Impressed by the performance of the players, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal
Yadav assured to conduct such tournaments periodically on regular basis.
Later, she along with Changlang SP Vijay Kumar, ADC Isha Khosla and Namsai ADC Ravi
Jha distributed cash prizes to the winners and runner-up teams.
Yesterday, inaugurating the tournament with a theme “Marching towards safer District
with proper planning,” the DC said the main motive behind the organizing the tournament
was to provide an opportunity to the youths of the area to showcase their talent
as well as create mass awareness on disaster management.
She exhorted all to have their own safety plan to tackle any situation that may arise
during monsoon. She wanted them to go through the safety tips which were made available
to the participants and spectators through banner and brochures during tournament
and share the same with friends and family members.
Dorjee Khandu, DDMO, in his Key note address highlighted the importance of proper
disaster management planning. DIPRO
A new catfish species called Creteuchiloglanis payjab was found by a team of Ichthyologists,
Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) from Yomgo river located at an altitude of 1999 meter
in Mechukha, West Siang district recently. This is the second species in the genus
Creteuchiloglanis after Creteuchiloglani kamengensis was reported in 1966 from Kalaktang
in West Kameng district. The holotype and paratypes of the species were deposited
and preserved in the Rajiv Gandhi University Museum of Fishes (RGUMF), Doimukh and
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Itanagar. The team led by Prof. DN Das of Rajiv
Gandhi University (RGU) included Dr. Achom Darshan Singh, Rashmi Dutta, Akash Kachari,
and Budhin Gogoi.
This finding once again shows how much nature has blessed us. Arunachal is truly
blessed with rich amount of flora and fauna. However it is unfortunate that citizens
fails to understand the value of natural treasure that we own. Rampant destruction
of forest every year is causing immense harm to the environment. The citizens should
not depend only on environment and forest department for preservation work and need
to put in their efforts too. Meanwhile we all should rejoice over this finding by
team of RGU.
---- Readers Forum ----
Naharlgun-Dekargaon train service is of no use for local Arunachalee
The indefinite suspension of Naharlgun-Dekargaon(Assam) train service will surely
affect the Pursuram Kund and Pasighat railway projects. The entire problem was created
by our own state govt. particularly by Chief Minister and officers of Home Department.
Why they did not include ILP matter during the time of Planning and Agreement with
railway authority. They did not take up matter with railway authority even in the
middle of implementation of project when lots of objections were raised by many concern
citizens through Facebook and Local dailies. This is the kind of attitude shown by
our top bureaucrat and Chief Minister. This suspension message will definitely affect
the railway related development of state in future.
The train service is of no usage for the people of Arunachal. Beside some Assamese
people and migrant population, no Arunachalee citizen will board the train from Tezpur
for Naharlagun and vice-versa. It was started only for the sole benefit of railway
authority to earn revenue. If it is to really benefit Arunachal then railway should
have introduced train of long destination like to Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jammu
etc. Such service will save people of Arunachal from going up to Guwahati to board
train for those destination. Further goods train of any kind must have been introduced
for transportation of PDS items, construction materials, etc. In any means the Naharlagun
-Dekargaon local train service was of no use for us and even for the mainland Indians
who are serving in the state. The development is needed but it should not be at cost
of affecting indigenous population. Thanks to ANSU, APPDSU and SUMA for taking bold
step to save Mother Arunachal.
At last hope that our state govt. will wake up from deep slumber in this matter and
will adopt people friendly policy in due with civil societies.
Taake Lusi Sorum
Let us save Mowb-II
Through your esteemed daily I would like to apprise that Mowb-II or Moob-tu, one
of the beautiful hillocks of Itanagar is shrinking due to manmade problems like earth
cutting and unplanned building constructions. At the backdrop of Daria Hill, overlooking
the beautiful valley of I.G Park and Chinkhi River View, once this place happened
to be the seat of Engineers and Architects called “NIRMAN VIHAR”. Till mid 1990s
this place was treated at par with the VIP zones. There were 24 hours electricity
and water supply. Public Works Department was the only department catering to all
the civic amenities.
Land development and building constructions were done in a planned manner. But over
the years there has been excessive earth cutting in the foot hill areas and at the
slopes due to increase in population. As a result volume and height of the hillock
is shrinking due to soil erosion and runoff of storm waters during heavy rains. The
buildings and other manmade structures may also collapse and slip down. Finally the
movement of clay and other debris, such as rocks, branches, and logs may take the
form of flash flood and inundate the catchment areas and submerge the low lying areas
of Mowb-I, Mowb-II Panch-ali, Kime Paka, Lower Niti Vihar, Energy Park, I.G Park,
Senki View and Chandranagar thereby damaging the roads, buildings, culverts and bridges.
Therefore, I request the concerned authorities kindly to impose a ban on earth cutting
and unplanned building constructions at the foot hill areas and slopes of Mowb-II
so as to prevent land slide and loss of life and property in future.
Resident of Mowb-II,
The Role of RSS in Arunachal Pradesh
This is in response to the article by Nitin Sethi published in Arunachal Times dated
3rd May 2014 (also in Business Standard) under the headline, ‘RSS turns Arunachal
tribals towards Hinduism’. It is unfortunate and unbecoming on the part of such an
experienced and highly intellectual people like Mr. Sethi, a former Associate Editor
of India’s most reputed national newspaper, ‘THE HINDU’ and presently associate editor
of Business Standrad to hold RSS responsible for converting the tribal people of
Arunachal into Hinduism without proper understanding of what the term ‘Conversion’
actually means. Hence his article is completely biased and misleading. The terms
like ‘Conversion’ or ‘Proselytization’ etc. are alien to the RSS or the Hindus as
a whole except Mr. Nitin Sethi. Of course, if he belongs to other faith, the matter
is different. There is no equivalent term for religious conversion in Hindi because
such practices never existed in Hinduism. The term ‘dharmantaran’ is a recent coined
word, necessitated by the conversion of the Indians by the Christian missionaries
that came with the British rulers in India. We the Hindus and the indigenous people
do not believe in religious conversion. We hold that all religions are the gifts
of the same God hence all religions are equally true and good. What we need is only
good or Godly person. To which religion he belongs to does not matter at all for
us. Converting others is not only to disgrace others’ religion but also to find fault
on the part of God. Everyone should note here that the fault is not in the religion
but in us human.
God is basically formless for which we call Rangfraa and the Hindus call it Ishwar.
When we conceive Rangfraa in human form, we call it Fraa and the Hindus call it Bhagawan.
Number is always associated with those things which have names and forms but not
with the formless things. God is also formless hence cannot be counted. Therefore,
we have to treat God as one and infinite. The entire humanity worships this one God
in different names and forms. Therefore, fighting in the name of God is a sheer foolishness.
We further hold that religions are various methods or systems of imparting spiritual
training so as to bring about inner transformation in an individual. Therefore, fighting
in the name of religion is to fight over the system or method, which is again another
foolishness. We believe that all religions are equally capable of leading any sincere
seeker of truth to salvation.
The Hindus have always been helping us to protect, promote and preserve our indigenous
Faiths and Cultures rather than destroying it. We know, our identity lies in our
culture and our culture in our Faith. Losing one’s Faith means losing one’s culture
and losing one’s culture means losing one’s identity. We the Rangfraites and the
Donyipoloists are, no doubt, in reformed cult or religion, yet we practice our indigenous
faiths and cultures in its pure form as our ancestors did. Only the difference is
that we had done away with the social evil practices in the reformed cults. Therefore,
our identity is intact, which is the only legacy we have to pass on to our next generation.
So far the image of Rangfraa, more precisely Fraa, is concerned; it is as per the
depiction given in the mythology of the Rangfraites and not a clone of Shiva as understood
by Mr. Sethi. We do not have any idea about Shiva. We simply think of Shiva as Rangfraa
or Ishwar in another form. By Fraa, we also mean the liberated soul i.e. the one
who has attained spiritual perfection who, in fact, is no longer a mere human being
but God in human form. Therefore, according to us, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira,
Christ and Muhammad Prophet are all Fraa or Bhagawan and they are all our teachers
so no one has any right to claim exclusive possessions over any of them as such.
Our relation with the RSS is just like the one we have with any other organizations
(including Christian organizations). The RSS do Shakas every morning which I have
not yet attended even once till now. We have our own system of worship and prayers
with distinct religious philosophy, drawn from the mythology of the Rangfraites with
independent organizational set up. The RSS or its affiliates never interfere in our
work. Since our organization is a new one, we do have some problems as to its management.
In such situation, I take idea not only from the RSS workers but also from my Christian
friends and they used to guide me generously.
It is not understood from where Mr. Sethi has collected the information that the
RSS affiliates had paid part of the cost of the idol and its transportation. Our
movement started in the last part of 1995 but I was neither in the Executive nor
in the Advisory Council till 1998. I took the charge of the Secretary General only
in the year 1998 i.e. after three years of its inception so I do not have any idea
of the payment.
Not less than two lakhs Rangfraites are there in Tirap, Changlang, Longding and Lohit
districts of Arunachal Pradesh. 1000 members as stated by Mr. Sethi are only the
initiated and not the total devotees.
We are not anti-Christians as understood by Mr. Sethi. We are anti only to those
who are ungrateful, anti-national, anti-social and anti-human because we preach sense
of moral obligation i.e. sense of gratefulness. According to us, ungrateful people
are the most adharmik people on the earth. We are eternally indebt to our society
or fellow beings. So far politics is concerned; I do not agree with the views shared
in between Mr. Kampa Taism and Mr. Sethi regarding political gain to BJP from Rangfraa
movement. Had our Movement been politically i.e. BJP motivated movement, no Congress
leader would have been elected especially from Changlang North and South Assembly
Constituency which are the strongholds of the Rangfraites. Politics is unpredictable
and variable. It can change within a night. To predict on such things is foolishness.
What we have learnt so far about the definition of the term ‘Hindu’ from the Hindus
is that any Indian who is willing to live and die for the sake of our country is
a Hindu. If it’s so, I would not mind calling all the Rangfraites as Hindus. Rangfraites
cannot be anti-national, anti-social and anti-human because one of the doctrines
of Rangfraism says; ‘one must have a sense of moral obligation or sense of gratefulness
towards those whom one owes. Wilful defiance to this principle is a sin.’ We are
eternally indebt to our nation. Therefore, disloyalty is a sin for us. We are loyal
to our country not because RSS or anybody has taught us to be loyal but it is in
our doctrines, inherent in our blood and soul that have come down to us from our
ancestors through ages. We are simple and straightforward people. Even if RSS infuses
a sense of patriotism in our people; what’s wrong there? They are rather doing the
holiest job which every Indian ought to do.
Er. L. Khimun
Secy. General RFPS
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.