Public Hearing is an imposition on the will of people: Idu Society
Orgs threaten indefinite bandh
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: In a letter to the Member Secretary, Expert Appraisal Committee
for the River Valley Projects, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Idu Mishmi Cultural
And Literary Society, the Apex body of the Idus have called for postponement of the
Public Hearing scheduled for the Dibang Multipurpose Project that have been notified
for Oct 28 and 31. Any notification of Public Hearing is an imposition on the will
of our people, the representation said. The Society further informed about Oct 5
firing which left ten young people injured and which has led to tense situation in
“If the administration does not postpone the Hearings, we are afraid that the situation
may go out of control. We have requested the DCs of the districts to cancel the Hearings
but they are yet to respond” said the letter signed by the General Secretary Tone
Because of the prevailing situation in the district and questionable action of the
DC and SP, people here are in no mood for a Public Hearing, it said while adding
that the situation, is very tense, and the people have realized now that both the
newly appointed DC and SP, on transfer from Goa, were brought in to Lower Dibang
Valley, primarily to see that the Public Hearings for NHPC’s Dibang Multipurpose
Project take place by hook or by crook and NHPC is an accomplice here, it said.
The Public Hearings for Dibang Multipurpose Project have been postponed for 10 times
in the last three years since both the A P Pollution Control Board and the NHPC were
not able to convince the people in favour of the project. But, we are pained to see
that the will and sentiment of the people of Dibang Valley has been completely ignored
while notifying the Public Hearings, it said in the representation.
It said that repeated representations to the EAC have been sent to the centre as
majority of the people of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley are against the project.
The Idu Mishmis, especially the youth and students are now being terrorized in to
submitting forcibly in favour of the project by the district administration, the
DC, the SP and for a small mountainous area large police force, Special Forces, CRPF
etc have been mobilized during the last few months to shut us up and break our resistance,
said the letter sent by IMCLS.
A month back, the DC and the SP gave a statement that Maoists are masquerading in
Dibang Valley as anti-dam activists, which has hurt our people the most and created
further tension in the area. Both the districts of Dibang Valley are oasis of peace
for a very long time and we have not seen any incidents of terrorism, extremism etc.
Our youth are now branded as Maoists, it said.
On the other hand, after calling the 12 hours bandh in Meka circle on Sunday to protest
against 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project, the Downstream Anti Dam Committee (DSADC)
is now threatening to launch indefinite bandh.
Serving an ultimatum to Roing deputy commissioner, the committee said, “We want to
intimate the government of Arunachal Pradesh that it should call off the proposed
public hearing scheduled on October 28 and 31 within three days starting October
It threatened to launch indefinite bandh if the demand was not met. The 12 hours
Sunday bandh in Meka circle went peacefully, though traffic along Roing-Shantipur
highway was affected with no vehicular movement during the day.
The anti dam movement in downstream areas of Lower Dibang Valley is now joined by
Adi Cultural and Literary Society (ACLS). ACLS Chairperson and ex MLA Bassu Perme
in a letter to Roing DC has objected to construction of ‘mega dams’ on Dibang River.
ACLS has alleged that DC Roing is interested only in Dibang dam unmindful of the
concerns of the people. Instead she has created fear psychosis by mentioning ULFA
and Maoist involvements in anti dam movements, the society said.
3000 MW Dibang project
In a separate letter to the Chief Secretary Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society
(IMCLS) has appealed the state Govt to postpone the proposed public hearing on 3000
MW Dibang multipurpose project (DMP) till the completion of enquiry process on Oct
5 Roing firing incident.
Demanding intervention of the chief secretary for postponement of the public hearing,
the Society in its letter said the people are in the midst of public consultation
and the Roing firing incident derailed the whole process of consultation on the
Moreover, the dates of enquiry on Roing incident scheduled to begin from 26th and
the public hearing are overlapping while people are eager to give more concentration
on enquiry process, the Society said.
Centre’s indecision a mockery of democracy: BJP
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: BJP in a letter to the Prime Minister of India has called for immediately
resolving the political crisis in the state. It further said that if political crisis
is not resolved, why Art.356 (1) should not be invoked in Arunachal Pradesh till
normalcy returns keeping the state Assembly in abeyance and under suspended animation.
Indecisiveness to resolve the prevailing leadership crisis is anti-people attitude
and mockery to the democracy, said National General Secretary Tapir Gao in a letter.
Since the new government took over after the demise of Late Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu, internal feuds and infighting has became rampant in the ruling party which
has caused lawlessness and lack of governance. The prevailing situation has become
such that no single developmental projects/schemes files are being processed or cleared
which can not be overlooked, he added.
People of Arunachal Pradesh should not suffer and deprived of the developmental activities
in the state and essential commodities it said while adding that medicines, PDS items
are not reaching the border areas and there is no restoration of monsoon damaged
roads and other communications, the party stated.
Arunachal needs a stable and transparent government with a great dreams and hope
people of Arunachal Pradesh has given mandate to Congress Party, the letter read.
Forum says no to public hearing
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Nyiko Bachao Forum (NBF) spearheading the anti-dam movement in
Nyiko Bango Area comprising of three villages of Eyi, Logum Jini and Biru has vehemently
condemned the move of Land Owner' Union (LOU) for demanding re-fixation of date for
public hearing regarding the proposed 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Power Project
(LSHEPP) over Siang river.
“By demanding re-fixation of date for public hearing, LOU is undermining the interest
and sentiments of entire populace of three Siang districts. Such kind of move by
few people with vested interest deserves condemnation from all section of the society,
NBF said in a release and urged LOU to refrain themselves from making any kind of
cheap and controversial press statement relating to the proposed Lower Siang Hydro
Electric Power Project which may hurt the sentiment of indigenous people of the three
It urged LOU to respect the resolution adopted at Pessing (Jomlo Mobuk) under the
banner of Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Sirit-Siyom Bango (DAPFSSB) and Logum-Jini
by NBF recently on October 14 and 15 and requested LOU to fight for the common interest.
NBF reminded that the people of three districts would not participate in any public
hearing even if Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) fixes the
date of public hearing in future.
CRPF assures help to villagers
KHONSA, Oct 24: The Commandant, 36Bn CRPF assured the villagers of Kaimai, Tirap
of every possible help for the development of their village.
Besides giving security to the villagers the establishment of a permanent post of
CRPF Company in the village would usher in better development for the village, Balav
Chand Sharma, Commandant, said in a meeting on October 22. He assured the people
to provide Solar Street light and take up the issue of provision of bigger transformer
to improve electrification of the village at the highest level.
Earlier, amidst a large gathering K. Lowang the village chief apprised Commandant
of all the rules and regulations that governs the village. He assured him of full
cooperation from the villagers and further urged the CRPF to create friendly atmosphere
with the villagers as better coordination between the CRPF and the villagers would
only serve the purpose of establishing the post. DIPRO
Nabard funding for rural infrastructure crosses Rs One lakh crore mark
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Loans disbursed to Governments by NABARD crossed the Rs. 1,00,000
crore cumulatively and stood at Rs. 1,02,844 crore as on 30 September 2011. This
included loans disbursed to 28 States and Union Territory of Puducherry as well as
to the NRRDA to support the rural roads component of Bharat Nirman.
Government of Arunachal Pradesh started availing loans under RIDF and RIDF V. The
cumulative sanction and disbursement in the State as on 24 October 2011 is Rs. 746.08
crore and Rs. 508.97 crore respectively for 82 projects.
Some of the States which availed themselves of maximum financial support from NABARD
for rural infrastructures were Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 9,711 cr.), Uttar Pradesh (Rs.7984
cr.), Gujarat (Rs.7,324 cr.), Tamil Nadu (Rs. 6,523 cr.), Madhya Pradesh (Rs.5,464
cr.), Maharashtra (Rs.5,493 cr,), Rajasthan (Rs.5,406 cr.) West Bengal (Rs.4,694
cr.) and Karnataka (Rs.4,406 cr.). Rs. 1.03 lakh crore was disbursed to the governments
against 4.48 lakh projects worth Rs. 1.28 lakhs sanctioned to them spread over 31
broad activities as per the infrastructure requirements in the rural and agricltural
sectors. Maximum funds were utilised for irrigation and agriculture (40%), followed
by rural roads (33%), rural bridges (12%), rural drinking water supply (9%) and social
sector (6%). These loans are presently available at 6.5% interest p.a to state
governments for creating infrastructure conducive not only to boost demand for agricultural
credit but also to enhance the productivity of credit. RIDF was set up with NABARD
by the GoI in 1995-96 with an initial corpus of Rs. 2,000 crore. The funds were sourced
by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from Scheduled Commercial Banks in proportion
to the extent of their shortfall in agriculture lending. For the current year (under
RIDF XVII), an amount of Rs. 2,000 crore has been earmarked specifically for creation
of warehousing infrastructure in different states. This has opened a new channel
of funding from NABARD to support streamlining of storage of food grains at the production,
distribution and consumption levels, not only for state governments, but also for
government owned/supported entities and private sector entities which supplement
storage requirements for agricultural and allied sector products.
Some of the projects involving large financial support from NABARD are Bansagar Major
Irrigation Project in Madhya Pradesh, works in Narmada Main Canal projects in Gujarat,
Irrigation project in Narmada Valley, Canal Irrigation Projects in Uttar Pradesh,
Rural Drinking Water Supply projects in Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu,
High Level Bridges in Punjab, Bihar and Orissa, etc. A few special innovative projects
sanctioned during 2010-11 include construction of fishing jetties in Maharashtra
with the aim of providing waterfront and shore-based infrastructure facilities for
fishing activity, Development of Beel Fisheries in Assam for undertaking a host of
works like development of bund embankment, rearing & stocking centre, approach road,
fish landing centre, removal of water hyacinth, etc. A project for constructing potato
cold storage was also sanctioned to the West Bengal state government, to create storage
capacity of 4,000 MT. Some of the other projects which were of special advantage
to different governments were Development of Forestry (West Bengal), Slaughter house
and Meat marketing (Mizoram), Mini Hydel Projects (Nagaland), Rural Marts (Sikkim),
etc. Projects under soil conservation, watershed development, drainage & flood control
schemes, systems improvement in rural electricity supply, rural drinking water schemes
and rural health centres, etc., were also financed by NABARD.
Implementation of these sanctioned projects will create 78,721 lakh mandays of employment,
besides the long term, multiplier benefits to the economy of the States. All the
projects, on completion, will additionally create irrigation potential in 164 lakh
ha. and improve 3.30 lakh km roads and create rural bridges of 6.67 lakh meters.
Construction of rural roads and bridges have significantly impacted agriculture by
improving the ability of farmers to transport and communicate with remote farming
Creation of social infrastructure in rural areas in terms of primary and secondary
schools benefited about 95 lakh people. Creation of such infrastructure projects
improved access to education through increase in the enrollment level of students
in the schools in the benefited areas. In many areas, the enrollment of girls has
shown an upward trend in majority of schools. Primary Health Centers (PHCs) benefited
about 569 lakh people. Quality of life of rural people including farmers improved
as a result of the PHCs in rural areas. Rural drinking water supply projects benefited
about 1,081 lakh people in rural areas thus benefiting rural people in quenching
their thirst and eliminating drudgery of getting safe drinking water.
To ensure smooth and timely implementation of the projects, NABARD has put in place
a system of monitoring selected projects to guide and help the Implementing Agencies
of State Govts. Social monitoring by way of display boards at the project site as
also posting of details of sanctioned projects on NABARD’s website ensure public
Evaluation studies on RIDF projects conducted by both in-house and reputed outside
institutions like IIM have observed that NABARD has played a very proactive role
in financing and management of infrastructure projects in rural areas. Studies also
put forth that RIDF supports to State Govts. give a fillip to public investment in
infrastructure in rural areas that makes positive impact on the otherwise declining
rate of capital formation in infrastructure for agriculture development.
Acknowledging the need for investing massive financial resources in further developing
the infrastructure in rural areas, NABARD has now designed a new financial product
viz., Nabard Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA) for this sector outside
RIDF as well.
Young citizens repair road
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Young citizens inhabiting Vivek Vihar have set a benchmark for
all the denizens of the capital complex.
For the last two days, the young boys under the guidance of their elders have been
toiling under a scorching sun to repair the Vivek Vihar road which is in highly dilapidated
condition and witnessed several accidents.
The residents of the locality have contributed money, each according to their own
capacity for purchasing of sand, cement, gravels and a small labour force.
The boys have lauded the efforts made by the senior citizen of the colony for providing
the labour force, money and moral support to them for undertaking the project. The
urban development department donated Rs. 5000 for the voluntary project.
Training for SHGs on integrated farming system
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: A training programme on Integrated Farming Systems involving different
components like pig cum fish culture, vegetable and fruits, field crops like pea,
mustard, potato cultivation after rice was organized under the initiative of Basar
ADC for the progressive farmers of two SHGs of Sago and Sadi villages at Dere of
Sago village yesterday.
A team from KVK West Siang, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh
Centre, Basar attended the programme as resource persons accompanied by progressive
farmers Tobi Nyodu of Nyodu village and Migo Basar of Chirne village.
The team interacted with Marbom Ango, ASM, Sago village as a representative and leader
of the SHGs. and assured the SHGs to supply 100 Tissue Cultured Banana Saplings var.
Grand-9 through Basar ADC. They also assured the farmers for extending full technical
support and guidance as and when required. The team encouraged the farmers for composite
fish farming in integration with piggery, vegetables, fruits and field crops for
diversified sources of income. The team also inspected the fish ponds by the two
Dr. Sachin Shinde, ADC, Basar, suggested for early completion of the remaining works
of pond making and piggery shed near the fish pond.
The resource persons comprised of A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy), Dr. Moloy
Sarmah Baruah, SMS (Animal Science) and Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, SMS (Horticulture).
AVP conducts district level sports competition
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) has organized two days district
level sports competition at Dree Ground, Ziro in Lower Subansiri district on Oct
22 and 23. Altogether 92 participated and out of them, 38 were selected for state
level sports competition to be held at Itanagar in Nov 2011.
The sports included 100 mtrs, 200 mtrs, 400 mtrs, 800 mtrs, 1500 mtrs, 5000 mtrs
race, long jump and short put throw.
Addressing the valedictory function as chief guest, Bamin Tani, Principal, Govt
Higher Secondary School, Ziro stressed on more participation of youth and students
in games and sports and urged them maintain discipline and sportsman spirit. He also
gave away the certificates to the winners of the sports competition.
Zonal organizing secretary Mithlesh Kumar briefed about the importance of sports
in maintaining national unity and integrity. AVP Lower Subansiri district general
secretary Mudang Elyu and AVP president Gyati Pada also spoke on the occasion.
MLA clarifies stand
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: MLA cum Steering Committee Chairman Tamio Taga said that the steering
committee to study the effects and benefits of proposed Hydro Electric Project at
Siang valley was constituted by the governor years back. He was clarifying after
demand of his resignation from the post of chairman and Legislative assembly surfaced.
The 18 members committee comprised of eight MLAs, Six Officers and four other members
from Adi community and does not enjoy any financial benefits. But any complain against
Dam may be submitted to the steering committee for necessary verification, he added.
He further said, where he has been reported to be chairman of Lower Siang HE Project
is malicious and misleading, he said while adding that the proposed Lower Siang Project
is under a private company. How can the state government appoint a chairman on behalf
of a private company, he asked.
RGU inter faculty meet
RONOHILLS, Oct 24: The three-day inter faculty meet -2011 of the Rajiv Gandhi University
concluded yesterday with a positive note that sports and games activities plays a
vital role in human life.
Various events including sports, games, literary and cultural activities were conducted
among the students to chalk out their hidden talents in different fields.
While informing about the main objective of the inter faculty meet, Rajiv Gandhi
University Student Union president Tao Abo said the main objective of the meet was
to identify the hidden talents of the students in various sports, cultural and literary
fields while adding that the students could also prepare themselves for the forthcoming
inter college competition, scheduled to be held in the month of November next.
Abo further thanked one and all for their kind cooperation for the smooth conduct
of the meet.
Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado graced the valedictory function as the chief guest. A colourful
cultural programmes besides fashion show also marked the valediction function of
the inter faculty meet 2011.
Meanwhile, the student of Mass Communication of the RGU through a skit presentation
on Saturday has highlighted the problem of the common people of the society because
of bandh culture.
Faculty of Social Science-B (Political Science and Sociology) has been adjudged as
the champion Faculty. (With inputs from Mass Com students)
Shutter down strike deferred
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The proposed 36-hour Shutter Down strike which was given by Itanagar
Market Welfare Association (IMWA) from October 26 has been deferred by a day to October
27 morning till 5 pm next day on account of Diwali festival.
DN Badminton C’ship
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: MLA Tapuk Taku and Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh Chairman
Tungri Effa would attend the closing ceremony of 2nd Dera Natung Badminton Championship
at DN College on October 26.
Tamba Doyom has been elected as president of the All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO)
in its 2nd general conference-cum-election which concluded at Daporijo on Oct 23.
The name ‘Tamba Doyom’ was wrongly printed as ‘Tomba Doyom’ in our Oct 24 issue.
The error is regretted.
Literary, sports and cultural meet
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: All Kimin Students’ Union is organizing a literary, sports and
cultural meet for students of Kimin and Kakoi areas at Kimin from November 16-19.
The objective of organizing the event is to inculcate the feeling of brotherhood
among the students community and to explore the hidden talent of the students.
Union welcomes move
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) while expressing
gratitude to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi for deputing a high level central observers’
team to Arunachal Pradesh to take stock of the present political as well as law and
order situation of the state, hoped that the AICC chief would effect a change in
CLP leadership within the Congress party without any further delay.
It also appealed to the people to refrain from criticizing each other and give peace
a chance for continuing developmental activities in the state.
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Nirjuli Contractor’s Welfare Association (NCWA) hoped that the
new director of the NERIST will start development activities of the institution to
restore its lost glory soon.
While welcoming the NERIST director, the NCWA further hoped that he would understand
the local sentiment in better ways and turn the institution into the Centre of Excellence
during his tenure.
Training on SECC
Aalo, Oct 24: Training on Socio-Economic and Caste based Census (SECC) 2011 for Supervisors
and Enumerators of Darak CD Block was held at Kamba, West Siang yesterday.
Attending training programme, BDO Lijum Ete urged the enumerators to sincerely take
part in the census exercise which will be completely paper less.
The census would start from November 1 and claims and objection would be taken up
after draft publication of the BPL list in December, he said.
The training was imparted by master trainers Tumken Lomi and Pomin Amo.
17th State Karate C’ship
ITANAGAR: The 17th State Level Karate-do Championship, 2011 would be held at Sangay
Lhaden Sports Complex, Chimpu near here on November 26 and 27 next. An organizing
committee headed by Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) president Sensei Likha Tara
as chairman has been also constituted for smooth conduct of the championship.
NIFCS for ban on dice in state
ITANAGAR: The Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) in a memorandum
addressed to the state Governor appealed him to issue directives to all the district
administration to ban gambling (playing of dice) during holy festival of Hindu –
‘Deepawali’ in the state. NIFCS said the ban on gambling should be imposed in view
of deteriorating law and order situation, ethical and moral implication of gambling
on women and youth and its imminent threat to indigenous socio-cultural fabrics in
Indian Air Force Recruitment Rally
NAHARLAGUN: Airmen Selection Centre, Guwahati would conduct a recruitment rally,
exclusively for the male candidates of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland to join
as Airmen in IAF in technical and non-technical trades on November 4 at Rajiv Gandhi
Those interested may attend the rally or contact Airmen Selection Centre, Guwahati
(telephone no. 0361- 2843385/ 2840051 or log on to www.indianairforce.nic.in
or www.arunachalipr.gov.in)for details. DIPR
Workshop on Indigenous Musical Instrument
Aalo: The first ever workshop on Indigenous Musical Instrument was organized by Director
Art & Culture, in collaboration with NEZCC, Dimapur at Gumin Kiin Donyi Polo Dere,
The workshop was inaugurated by Jarsa Gamlin, ZPM Chairperson amidst large participants
from music lover of the district.
While appreciating the department for organizing such a programme in the district,
Gamlin appealed to all the participants to sincerely learn the technique of making
all indigenous musical instrument of the tribals residing in West Siang.
J. Siram Dy. Director Art & Culture briefed the gathering about the purpose of undertaking
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Field Staff Association deeply mourned
the sudden demise of AFA (Sr) Toko Dokho who died on October 21.
He was serving as AFA, Agriculture Department at Ziro and is survived by his wife,
seven sons and six daughters.
Dimin Welfare Association (DWA) deeply mourned the death of Late Yasi Taggu of Jomo
village, who died on Oct 21 last. She was 89 and her funeral was performed at his
native village under Rumgong circle of West Siang district on Oct 22. Late Yasi Taggu
was mother of DWA president Takop Taggu and EAC Balijan, Tayi Taggu.
The officers and staff of DC’s office Yupia condoled the death of Tana Pika, contingency
staff, who died on October 23 at Amba village, Doimukh.
Don’t deprive the unemployed
This is response against the article "affected people demand scrapping of Lower Siang
project". I agree with your valuable thoughts but can the members assure our future.
Always remember your problem is with JAPL not the local employees who are working
for their daily living. As a graduate and unemployed of Siang, I want to know who
are those members to decide for our life. Please make sure that before writing such
words think thousand times. I urge them to come up with bigger thoughts.
What will the police do?
The anguish of policemen as ventilated recently in your esteemed daily seems genuine
and very palpable.
It is very easy to criticize the security forces but difficult to understand their
hardship and contribution. As a civilian who has keenly watched the recent incidents
of violence in different parts of the composite state; I am impelled to acknowledge
the circumstances under which they are discharging their duty. Given the large-scale
public violence, what will the police do? Had it not been for the sincere security
forces, society will collapse within few hours. It is the police & para-military
forces which safeguard the unity and integrity of the nation especially during crisis.
Can we imagine what will happen if the policemen stop performing their duty? Except
some instances of personal cases, basically, security personnel have always rose
With some organisations regularly resorting to unconstitutional means to express
their grievances and dictating in every step, forces are having a tough time to control
All sections of the society should cultivate the values of universal brotherhood,
lawfulness and look beyond ones' community or organisation in order to uphold social
harmony. First of all, we are human beings, then Indians, then Arunachalees and then
members of this or that tribe. May God save the younger generation and common people
Guwahati, (on email)
I would like to know from authorities of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Arunachal Pradesh
why they are not implementing the enhanced payment till date though Govt has already
declared enhancement of salary for SSA teachers.
Development and Siang
As a child of Siang, I have heard and seen lots of ups and downs of Siang district.
How long we the people of Siang will deprive ourselves from development and shall
we tell our grandchildren that we have stopped the development to protect you.
My question is to the well educated leaders of anti dam; are they really working
for the benefits of people or they are doing for their own name, fame and gain.
So let us grow with bigger thoughts for better future of Siang.
Pasighat, (on email)
Sorry if deprived you a chance
Nyishi Elite Society (NES), Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA), Nyishi Bachao Association
(NBA), Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA), Nyishi Consultative Committee (NCC), All Nyishi
student Union (ANSU), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), All Nyishi Youth Organisation
(ANYO), All Nyishi Educated Youth Forum (ANEYF), All Nyishi Nyizir Yapa Association
(ANNYA), All Nyishi Youth Volunteer Federation (ANYVF).
All these are the Nyishi based association I have seen in your daily. Being from
the community, I am surprised to see all those nomenclature. I am really disappointed.
What was the need to form so many organisations and associations?
In my childhood my teacher used to tell me "sharing is loving" and ''united we stand,
divided we fall" but I think my elders never came across those lines.
Which one of these are the real guardians of my society? In recent times we have
seen many untoward incidents. Can your matured mind think of staying united under
Sorry if I have not listed all the association or unions thereby depriving those
organizations a chance of publicity.
Karnataka, (on email)
Shortage of gas cylinders
I would like to bring the attention of all concerned through you that there is crisis
of LPG cylinders at Marina Gas Agency Itanagar. The agency is issuing coupon for
refilling of the LPG cylinders but they are not able to provide the cylinders on
time. People are made to wait in long queue with the paid coupons but suddenly they
will tell the waiting consumers that the stock is exhausted and to come the next
day. This is going on for the last week. So people have to come early to be ahead
in the line for that day but still many dont get the cylinders.
So, why is the management issuing coupon and collecting the money when they can't
provide the LPG cylinders?
It is sorry to state that LPG cylinders are easily available in black market in exorbitant
prices. Who is responsible? So, I would like to request the management
of Marina Gas Agency, Itanagar to look into people’s difficulties and resolve the
matter at the earliest.
N. S. Boni
BJP, Hindi and mother tongue
Kudos to Ngurang Ajo for his brilliant letter, titled "Advani is a flag-bearer of
Hindi brigade"( 22 October).
However, Ajo has pointed to only one side of the coin ie BJP is engaged in Hindu-ising
and Hindi-ising the tribals of Arunachal Pradesh and that the party is of the opinion
that loyalty towards the nation is dependent on the loyalty towards Hindi! Actually
BJP believes in the philosophy of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan and it is the dream of the
saffron-brigade to transform the whole of multi-coloured India into a monolithic
Hindustan where Hindus and Hindi-speakers will rule supreme; the vast population
of other religious and linguistic groups being reduced to non-entities or relegated
to oblivion. And as far as establishing Hindi as the ultimate proof of "nationalism"
is concerned, BJP is not the only sinner in this respect. Alongwith the BJP, Congress
and all the "socialist" parties go all-out to cement Hindi's "superiority" over all
other Indian languages. These sponsors of the language of the cowbelt feel absolutely
no qualms in brainwashing the multi-cultured people of this democratic nation that
only knowledge will help them to learn the essence of India! This directly implies
that those who are ignorant in Hindi are in dark about national affairs! If this
is not a vulgar display of Hindi-imperialism, then I don't know what is! As if projecting
it as "national language" is not enough( as if the rest are "anti-national" or "alien"
languages!), Hindi is also barbarically referred to as "Rajbhasa" which again exemplifies
that Hindi is the "King" of all Indian languages or it is the language of the "Kings"
which again implies that Hindi-speakers are the "Rajas" of India and we the "wretched"
"philistine" non-Hindi-speakers are mere "Prajas"! It is nothing but a farce that
the linguistic group, which do not hold minimum respect to the philosophy of "unity
in diversity" and are determined to destroy the country's cultural heterogeneity,
are advicing us about essence of India and "nationalism"!
It is high time the section of Arunachal as well as Indian population, who have got
brainwashed by the Hindi-propaganda and try to Hindi-ise themselves, that too by
discarding their own unique cultural identity so as to become "true" Indian, take
a lesson from Mr. Ajo's letter. Rightly has he pointed out the fact that the world
laugh at those who shed their identity and mimic alien communities. The highly self-respectful
South Indians, Marathis and Gujaratis proudly hold their respective mother-tongues
in highest pedestal and thus neither do the Hindi-fanatics dare to impose Hindi in
their regions nor can the world think of laughing at those proud lot.
A community's survival and existence is directly dependent upon the status of its
language and culture in the society. If unique ethnic and linguistic identity is
lost, all is lost and the concerned community is bound to get extinct as the Dodo.
Thus all race and tribes of India should call the bluff of the Hindi-zealots and
remain true to their mother-tongue, heritage and cultural roots.
The ‘Old man’ and Hindi
This is in response to an article published in your esteemed daily in Reader’s forum
on October 22 under the heading “Advani is a flag-bearer of Hindi brigade.” As a
lay man, we know that the Indian Constitution bestowed on us Freedom and Liberty.
However, it does not mean that we intentionally make it mere tool in negativism and
self serving comments.
Every Arunachalee know that there is no common language in the State so far. Hindi
which is also the National Language is the common spoken language, and English is
the Official used language in Aruanchal Pradesh. We also know that Hindi language
is prominently used in the more number of States in the country. Arunachal Pradesh
is surviving with the Centre’s Grants and has to deal with most of the States where
Hindi becomes necessary and unavoidable.
Yes, the Constitution has given the Right to every citizen of India can visit and
stay in any part of the country. The visit of leader of L.K. Advani’s stature to
different parts of the country always remains the wishes and demand of the people.
The people of Aruanchal Pradesh rather feels the visit of Advani was reassuring
at the peak hour of Panic and disturbed situation in the State especially in Capital
Complex, consequent upon factional feuds and steep rivalries in the ruling Congress
leading to ugliest ever face of violence’s in the State. The massive response to
the Jana Chetna Yatra Rally at Naharlagun on Oct 20 was an event of confidence building
measure for the Public.
The writer of the article needs to know about Advani and his contribution to the
nation and the democracy of the Land before making a mockery by calling him as “old
man” and hurling wild allegations. The writer’s allegations of Hindu-ising and Hindi-ising
by a particular political party in the country reflects the attitude and his in-depth
knowledge about the constitution, and the parliamentary system in the country.
Keeping, maintaining, preserving and protecting our homes is our own responsibility,
and thus blaming the loss of our rich tribal culture and tradition in the State on
the visit of Advaniji is unbecoming.
Lichi Soan, (on email)
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GM food aid causes concern
Genetically modified (GM) technology injects foreign genes into a crop that can improve
its appearance, taste, nutritional quality, drought tolerance, and insect and disease
However, GM food aid bound for Africa has long been a bone of contention among governments,
scientists, activists, consumers and aid workers. Most African countries approach
GM technology applied to crops with caution.
On 18 August a drought-affected Kenyan government fired the head of its National
Biosafety Authority for expediting the process to import milled food aid which might
have contained genetically modified organisms (GMO). There have been different degrees
of resistance to GM food and GM food aid in Africa.
In 2002 Zambia announced it would not accept GM food aid in any form. Zimbabwe, Malawi
and Mozambique said they could allow imports of GM food aid in its milled form as
this eliminated the risk of the germination of whole grains and limited possible
contamination of local varieties. Lesotho and Swaziland allowed the distribution
of non-milled GM food/grains, but warned people that it was for consumption not cultivation.
In 2004, Angola and Sudan announced restrictions on GM food aid.
In Africa, the production of GM food is still in its infancy. South Africa (70-80
percent of its maize, soya and cotton production), Egypt (maize) and Burkina Faso
(cotton) are the only African countries commercially producing GM crops.
Food aid agencies in Africa usually turn to South Africa for surplus maize. The country
has systems in place to segregate non-GM from GM. Farmers in South Africa certify
non-GM content by conducting a basic test, which detects specific proteins produced
by a GM plant. The non-GM grain is separated from the rest before being shipped.
However, most critics of GM food argue that foreign genes can produce toxic proteins
and allergens, even possibly transfer the genes to bacteria in the human gut; or
transfer these traits to other crops with unknown consequences.