Euphoric Tawang accords a majestic welcome to Dalai Lama
“Seek truth from the fact”
Tawang, Nov 8: Ecstatic Tawang accorded a majestic welcome to His Holiness The Dalai
Lama this morning who arrived here on the first leg of the weeklong visit to Arunachal
The reverberation of the state government helicopter was enough to send the devout
Buddhist people to an unusual eruption of joy and happiness.
The entire town was decked up to its best and thousands of people carryings khatas,
flowers and incense sticks throng the both sides of the road leading to the Tawang
Monastery to catch a glimpse of the revered Lama. Many could not stop tears from
falling at the sight of the Lama.
It was not only the devotees who were emotional. Even the Dalai Lama who escaped
from Tibet to India via Tawang was unusually emotional. On the sidelines of the
inauguration of Monastery Museum and Monastery School Library, today, he spoke to
the waiting media who have been camping here for days to cover the high profile visit.
While refusing to comment on Chinese stand, a candid Dalai Lama said, “My visit here
is non-political. But since you share genuine interest, I will share. In 1959, when
thousand others and I escaped Tibet, China did not stop us. In 1962 liberation army
occupied Tawang and almost reached Bomdila. But then the Chinese government declared
unilateral ceasefire with India and withdrew. Now China has a different view and
I am surprised. You must seek truth from these two facts”.
“When I escaped from Tibet, at that time besides my mental stress and anxiety, there
was this feeling of hopelessness. Physically and mentally, at the border, I met Mr
Menon, an old friend from Lhasa and as soon as I saw his face, there was a feeling
that I was safe” he said in his halting English.
“It is usual for China to oppose my visit”, he brushed aside Chinese anger.
He further said that he has nothing to say to China while reiterating that China
must ensure well being and basic rights of the Tibetans. There is no question of
my return, unless China addresses the basic problems of the Tibetans, he further
Meanwhile speaking to the monks at a programme, he emphasized on preservation of
Tibetan Culture, which is facing near annihilation.
Apart from religious discourse, on the second day, he would inaugurate the District
Hospital which has been funded by him.
Though the visit has been embroiled in controversy after the Chinese objection, nothing
could deter the infectious enthusiasm of the devotees here who have arrived from
as far as Bhutan. For them what matters is catching a glimpse of the living god,
who is the very core of their existence.
Governor stresses the need of more tree plantation
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Expressing grave concern on the depleting forest cover, Arunachal
Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, who have seen greenery at its heights some 27-28 years
ago in the Roing area, asked the officials of Environment and Forest department to
provide five saplings of Teeta Champa, Hollong and other species to every denizens
of Roing and organize plantation programmes.
Gen Singh, who was on a day-long tour to Roing, also made an aerial survey of the
flood effected areas, in and around Roing Township on Nov 7. The Deopani River, which
flows near the township creates communication problem for people there every year.
The Asia’s long Bailey bridge, which was built cross the river, was swept away in
1988 and another bridge built again was swept away in 2003.
Earlier in a threadbare meeting, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, local MLA Laeta Umbrey,
Deputy Commissioner Y W Ringu and SP Tojo Karga amongst others, apprised the Governor
on the repeated flood havoc in the area.
Acknowledging his contribution in earlier completion of Siang Bridge, the leaders
urged upon the Governor for initiative in erasing the communication bottleneck due
to flood. Problems due to River Sisiri in Dambuk area was also apprised to him. They
also discussed on economic up-liftment of the people through forest produce, such
as cane and bamboo and also promotion of organic farming.
The Governor, while stressing on proper sanitation cautioned the leaders against
pollution of the rivers by sewages. PRO to Governor
Development only answer to Chinese threat: Teli
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The former minister T C Teli said that only answer to repeated claim
of China over Arunachal Pradesh is the rapid development of the state in all front.
Arunachl Pradesh is not only a sensitive border state but most neglected and backward
state in India in term of socio-economic, political and educational development,
and China’s claim to Arunachal is due to such underdevelopment for long years, he
Teli is of the view that development activities like creation of North East or Border
Regiment, construction of road, helipad and
rail link in border area, free trade with China and South Asian countries, establishments
of educational institutions of higher learning are need of the hour and only answer
to the Chinese threat.
Denouncing the Chinese claim, Teli in a release said that Arunachal Pradesh was,
is will be an integral part of India. We are Indian; the Indian people would not
succumb to such threat by China.
He also said that the His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh is purely
religious. It should not be dragged into controversy.
NES resents downsizing of Nyishi ministers in Cabinet
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today expressed strong resentment
over the downsizing of ministers from the Nyishi community.
While expressing the resentment and deep anguish of the Nyishi community over the
‘less share’ in the present ministry, NES president Bengia Tolum said “glaring
injustice” have been meted out to the Nyishi community while formation of council
of ministers. In the previous govt three ministerial berths were allocated to the
Nyishi legislators. But in present Govt only two Nyishi MLAs were given the ministerial
berths from among the 14 Nyishi MLAs in the 60-member Legislative Assembly, Tolum
pointed out while addressing the media persons in a press meet here today.
Informing that the NES has already submitted a repesentation to the chief minister
expressing its resentment over the downsizing of the Nyishi representation in the
ministry on Nov 5 last, Tolum said the Nyishi community, the largest tribe in Arunachal
Pradesh with 2.75 lakh population, dominated in 5 districts, needs proper representation
for bringing economic and social development in the most backward districts like
Out of 14 Nyishi MLAs, 7 belong to INC.
Tolum said that despite huge physical statistical standing figures, the Nyishis and
their areas have been lagging far behind in all fronts including education and employments
as compared to other communities and areas due to miserable historical backgrounds
and repeated deprivation of due share of proper and adequate political representation
in the council of ministers in earlier consecutive governments.
While giving a comparision to the other communities and districts in regards to
allocation of ministerial portfolios the NES rued that undivided Lohit (district
with present Anjaw) which has only 1.4 lakhs population with five assembly constituencies
was given 2 ministerial berths. East Siang district with only 87 thousand populations
has also been given two ministerial berths; Upper Subansiri district with 55 thousands
population has been given two ministerial berths.
Tolum said “since the entire council of ministers have now been completely appointed
and understanding the fact that there is constitutional limitation to the number
of ministerial berths in the council of ministers of the state, we demand that a
Nyishi legislator be inducted as the deputy chief minister” while also demanding
two more ministers from the Nyishi community in the next reshuffling of the council
Out of 11 lakh total population in the state, Nyishi constitute 25 % of it with 2.75
lakh population with majority in five districts, NES president said while justifying
Sharing the view of the parent body, ANSU president Niglar Veo while citing the example
of Kurung Kumey, which is the most backward district of the state, said that the
portfolios should be distributed on the basis of necessity, population and socio-economic
factors. Veo, however, said that the community will extend support to the state government
in all developmental affairs.
Nyishi Nyem Acham president Higio Aruni said the Nyishi community, which deserves
five ministerial berths, depending upon the backwards of the constituencies they
represent, is hurt with the less representation in cabinet. She urged the concerned
authorities to take proper feedback when allocating the berths, for a stable and
Patriotism – misrepresentation in Arunachal context
Amidst the Chinese claim of Arunachal and the visit of Tibetan spiritual head, the
global media attention went to the recent election held in the state which otherwise
would have gone unnoticed. The mainstream media in the country emphatically reported
that high voter turnout in the state was an unswerving response to Chinese claim
on the state. While it continues to presume the overwhelming participation of Arunachali
people in the Indian democratic exercise as a show of patriotism by giving the message
of no to Chinese claim, the credence of such observation is not as it is perceived.
In fact, there is no Chinese angle and the issue had no preference on voter’s mind.
It would be naïve to conclude that Arunachali people voted massively as an emphatic
no to Chinese claim as many of the tribal people would lack in understanding of what
the voter turnout figure could mean in larger political context. As Joram Begi,
Director of NERIST while speaking to Times of India said, “Arunachali are proud and
patriotic Indians and we have nothing to do with China's claim. The impressive turnout
only shows that democracy is vibrant in every nook and cranny of the state. As a
matter of fact, the people of Arunachal are not at all worried about China’s claim
and are least bothered about the issue. What they are most interested in is development".
The high voter turnout can be attributed to Arunachal having a low candidate:voter
ratio as it is easy to reach out to all on one to one basis. In a place like Anini
with only 3600 voter for an assembly segment, geographical remoteness is the only
constraint. To an average Arunachali where the traditional source of livelihood has
been fast replaced with the onslaught of modernity, participating in this democratic
process is the only way out to catch up in this process of socio-economic development.
Arunachal has neither any historical or cultural link with China nor its aspiration
can ever extend beyond the nationalistic spirit since the people here have been part
of the Indian democratic system and strongly adheres to it. However the jingoism
added every time over such democratic participation can be misleading since the politics
of patriotism comes into play. Like in recent months, many of the mainstream media
went on to report that huge infrastructural development projects like dams in Arunachal
is a direct answer to China’s massive investment in infrastructures across the border.
What concerns the tribal people in Arunachal is that while media acclaims the huge
investments on infrastructural projects, patriotic fervor is added to downplay the
aspirations of the local tribal people. For past two years many of the people have
raised serious concern over large number of hydro projects planned for the state.
It’s a sheer hypocrisy on part of the govt and the national media on their sudden
expression of fear and concern over 116 meter dam being built in the upstream of
the Siang River in China when it continues to maintain silence over hundreds of dams
that are planned in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. What aggravates the sentiments
of the local people more is the misrepresentation of patriotism to suit the agenda.
Like a news magazine 'Open' in its September 2009 issue while reporting on the govt’s
massive investment in infrastructural projects in Arunachal, quotes a professor from
the Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh
who goes on to the extent of saying that patriotism of Arunachali people can be gauged
by their acceptance of Hindi as their language even at the cost of their mother tongue.
If that is indicative of patriotism, then what about millions of South Indians who
are yet to accept Hindi as their main lingua franca. An Arunachali designer based
in New Delhi Diana Karbak has recently raised a very pertinent question, “People
say I don’t’ look like Indian but what is Indian?”
To an average Arunachali, the news of Chinese claims and the border incursions is
neither intimidating nor xenophobic. For them such reports are like any other news
which is overtly sensationalized by the national media. Many of the recent incursion
reports are concocted and one such news in Times Now has been substantiated as vague
information which was provided by locals living in plains of Assam. Even after more
than four decades of border debacle of 1962, India and China are yet to arrive at
any solution on the vexed boundary issue. If the boundary issue remains unsolved
and govt fails to make any affirmative response to Chinese claims then the fault
lies entirely with them and the innocent people of Arunachal should not be hauled
into this game.
AAPSU leaders meet Agatha
ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) delegation today
in its process for building “National Opinion” against the Chinese claim over Arunachal
Pradesh called on Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma and Samajwadi
Party National general secretary and Rajya Sabha Member Amar Singh.
Apart from the Chinese issue, the delegates of the union had a detail discussion
with Agatha Sangma on the racial discrimination being faced by the people of the
North eastern region residing in the national capital and impressed upon her to look
into the matter seriously. The union minister agreed to give a serious impetus and
promise the union that she will see that the students and
the people coming from the NE region have assess to the law without any biasness
or discrimination, said AAPSU in a release.
While venting out his sentiment on the Chinese issue, Amar Singh told that it is
due to lack of development and strong will on the part of the union government that
have allowed to linger the matter, the release said.
Training for block level facilitators under BRGF conducted
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) has conducted a two-day
block level facilitators’ training programme under BRGF at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri
district on Nov 7 and 8. More than 51 participants from PRIs took part in this programme.
The programme is being sponsored by Ministry of Panchayati Raj Government of India,
and is supported by Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
While welcoming the participants, SIRD deputy director Kirto Loyi urged the participants
to be well conversant of the said programme. The main objective of capability building
under BRGF is to provide professional planning support to PRIs and facilitating them
to prepare their own vision plan. The SIRD, Arunachal Pradesh being the TSI as well
as nodal agency for training and capacity building under BRGF has already developed
District Level Master Trainer for the district. The district Level Master Trainer
concluded recently on Nov 3-6 at Daporijo and Nacho in a batch of two by SIRD team.
Loyi also the main coordinator BRGF and Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director are
heading the team in two batches supported by State Level Master Trainer.
The SIRD always remained committed in its job and will be continuing to reach to
gram panchayat level for providing doorstep training programme to the stakeholders.
The main reason for lacking of good plan in the district is due to absence of Gram
Sabha meeting in most of the places. Had there been a timely conduction of Gram Sabha
meeting in each village/gram panchayat, the real need assessment and identification
of critical gaps as enshrined in the objective of BRGF guideline would emenate. Therefore
a Gram Sabha meeting is of utmost important and must be done on no escape basis.
The approach of BRGF is holistic and is targeted to fill up the critical gaps which
are not being met from any development grants and reamined as unreached sector,
He further, gave the brief introduction of the Block Level Facilitators/Animators
program. A two days programme comprises of resource persons from State Level Master
Trainers who were trained in July last for BRGF and also from various departments.
They dwelt on various topics including Backward Region Grant Fund and its: Its salient
features and on Capability Building part, understanding Panchayati Raj in context
of Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act 1997, role and responsibilities Rajiv Gandhi
Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, planning at Grassroot level, among others.
Dumro Bayor, Chairperson Anchal Samiti, Sigin-I, Nikom Mite, Chairperson, Anchal
Samiti, Sigin-II, Smti Jyoti Dong, Chairperson, Anchal Samiti-Chikom, Yabom Lomdak,
Chairperson Anchal Samiti-Pate, Dr B. Paul and Jento Doyom also spoke on the occasion.
RGU conducts games & sports competition
ITANAGAR, Nov 8: Life Science department was adjudged the champion while Political
Science won the ‘Discipline department’ in department wise preliminary games & sports,
literary and cultural meet, 2009 of Rijiv Gandhi University which concluded yesterday.
In the events of games & sports, the best athlete awards for male and female went
to Dojum Nomuk (3 gold, 1 silver) and Biyunlu Kiri (3 gold, 2 silver) respectively.
Minu Ete won the literary award while Pebika Lego was adjudged the best speaker.
The best singer and dancer’s award went to Yanam Tago (Literature deptt.) and Joram
Aku (Life Science deptt.) respectively.
A fashion show was also organized to mark the closing ceremony. Chimo Taipodia and
Licha Jeri were adjudged Mr University and Miss University respectively.
The winners of various events and other active participants from different departments
on the basis of their performance would be selected to take part in the forthcoming
VIII Inter-College Youth Festivals, 09 scheduled from third week of this month.
ITANAGAR: Boum Kakir Mission School Midphu, Doimukh is celebrating its Silver Jubilee
from December 20-22.
ITANAGAR: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) resenting over the poor quality of works
on Doimukh-Toru and Toru-Sagalee road carried out by PWD said that the carpeting
and metalling works of the said roads is very low standard, adding that the road
from Soro Camp to Sagalee is also in deplorable condition.
It appealed the concerned higher authority to look in to the matter immediately.