Saturday, October 27, 2007

Guinness Record on Highest Guitar Ensemble

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After setting Guinness Record on Highest Drum Ensemble during the Autumn Festival last year, MTDF (Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum) has put another feather in the cap by setting a new Guinness Record on Highest Guitar Ensemble during this Autumn Festival 2007-Rhythms of Meghalaya.

The record earlier set by 1721 guitarists on June 3, 2007 at Kansas City, US strumming Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" was broken by an ensemble of 1730 guitarists strumming Bob Dylan's classic number 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' for more than five minutes in perfect rhythm at J.N. Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya on October 26th.

Kudos to MTDF for setting this new record. Now after Highest Drum and Guitar Ensemble, what next?

Read more about this event here & here.

Arunachal Pradesh- An Independent Nation or Chinese Territory?

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Well, if you 'fly to' Arunachal Pradesh in Google Earth, you will find Arunachal Pradesh as an independent nation and if you zoom in on- as a part of Chinese Territory. This was what I found out in Google Earth today, when I decided to check out Arunchal Pradesh on Google Earth after reading this.

Initially, I thought, may be after admitting their mistake in depiction of Arunachal Pradesh, Google Earth might have made the correction but as of today, the error in depiction of boundaries has not been corrected yet. Check out the snap shots below:

Arunachal Pradesh depicted as an Independent Nation


Hey! Where is Tirap & Changlang?


After seeing the snapshots above, I guess you might be wondering-this is not the Arunachal I know of. Where is Tirap & Changlang and parts of Siang, Dibang and Lohit Districts? Hopefully, Google Earth will rectify the error soon.

Guinness Record on Highest Guitar Ensemble

5 comments

After setting Guinness Record on Highest Drum Ensemble during the Autumn Festival last year, MTDF (Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum) has put another feather in the cap by setting a new Guinness Record on Highest Guitar Ensemble during this Autumn Festival 2007-Rhythms of Meghalaya.

The record earlier set by 1721 guitarists on June 3, 2007 at Kansas City, US strumming Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" was broken by an ensemble of 1730 guitarists strumming Bob Dylan's classic number 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' for more than five minutes in perfect rhythm at J.N. Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya on October 26th.

Kudos to MTDF for setting this new record. Now after Highest Drum and Guitar Ensemble, what next?

Read more about this event here & here.

Arunachal Pradesh- An Independent Nation or Chinese Territory?

19 comments
Well, if you 'fly to' Arunachal Pradesh in Google Earth, you will find Arunachal Pradesh as an independent nation and if you zoom in on- as a part of Chinese Territory. This was what I found out in Google Earth today, when I decided to check out Arunchal Pradesh on Google Earth after reading this.

Initially, I thought, may be after admitting their mistake in depiction of Arunachal Pradesh, Google Earth might have made the correction but as of today, the error in depiction of boundaries has not been corrected yet. Check out the snap shots below:

Arunachal Pradesh depicted as an Independent Nation


Hey! Where is Tirap & Changlang?


After seeing the snapshots above, I guess you might be wondering-this is not the Arunachal I know of. Where is Tirap & Changlang and parts of Siang, Dibang and Lohit Districts? Hopefully, Google Earth will rectify the error soon.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Arunachal Pradesh Small Hydro Power Policy-2007

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The State Government has promulgated a new hydro policy called Small Hydro Power Policy-2007, to develop around 2000 MW of hydro power from small hydro projects to be built by private developers under Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. Under this policy, hydro power projects of capacity ranging from 1kW to 25 MW would be taken up. Some of the salient features of this policy are:

Processing fee: No processing fee would be required for projects between 1kW to 1MW. However, for projects above 1 MW but below 5 MW an amount of INR 25,000/- would be charged as processing fee. INR 30,000/- would be charged for projects from 5 MW to 10 MW whereas for projects above 10 MW and upto 25 MW the processing fee would be INR 50,000/-

Free Power: Those private developers undertaking the projects under this policy has to provide ‘free power’ to the state at the rate of 5 percent for projects from 1 kW to 5 MW and at the rate of 8 percent for projects between 5 MW to 25 MW. However, the local developers are exempted from this free power to the state for projects up to 5MW. There would be concession on free power for 3 years for project between 1 kW to 5 MW, 2 years for projects from 5 MW to 10 MW and 1 year for project above 10 MW.

Transmission Lines: The developers has to lay it’s own transmission line to feed the state grid from their power house.

Revenue: Revenue would be collected by the developers from the villagers where their power is fed.

Selection of Developer’s: Through a 'single window' selection system with high level selection committee constituted by the state government. After 30 days of selection of the developer, MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has to be entered into by the developer and the state government.

Reservation Policy: There would be reservation for local developers as per the prescribed norms of the MoU’s signed earlier on Mega Projects. [????]

No doubt, as the government puts it, the promulgation of Small Hydro Power Policy-2007 would facilitate employment and business opportunities for local developers but the question that comes to mind is-why at this stage? When so many mega projects have been awarded to PSU's and IPP's and when the 12 percent free power that the state would get from these mega projects would be more than sufficient for the total power requirement of the state; what's the need for going for development of small hydro projects? Is it because of the Environmental Concerns or there are other reasons? The Government spokesperson Tako Dabi says in this regard-

"The policy was needed as the state government was unable to provide power from mega projects to remote villages."

But 'Why'? Why can't power be provided from the Mega Projects to remote villages? Is it because that necessary infrastructure has not been laid to bring power to the villages? Then what about RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyitikaran Yojana) scheme under which each and every villages has to be electrified by the year 2010? Where has the money that state gets as a 90% grant under RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikarn Yojana) scheme to lay necessary infrastructure to get the villages electrified, gone?

And if there is no proper transmission and distribution network how could development of small hydro projects help in electrifying the villages? (The Small Hydro Power Policy doesn't mention if one has to lay the distribution network also, apart from transmission line to be connected to state grid. )

Nevertheless, this policy has opened up opportunity for unemployed local engineers to become an entrepreneur and be part of state development; provided the government is true to it's policy of 'single window clearance system'.

Related readings:

Hydroelectricity at Arunachal Pradesh-I
12 pc free power...Is it really free?

Arunachal Pradesh Small Hydro Power Policy-2007

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The State Government has promulgated a new hydro policy called Small Hydro Power Policy-2007, to develop around 2000 MW of hydro power from small hydro projects to be built by private developers under Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. Under this policy, hydro power projects of capacity ranging from 1kW to 25 MW would be taken up. Some of the salient features of this policy are:

Processing fee: No processing fee would be required for projects between 1kW to 1MW. However, for projects above 1 MW but below 5 MW an amount of INR 25,000/- would be charged as processing fee. INR 30,000/- would be charged for projects from 5 MW to 10 MW whereas for projects above 10 MW and upto 25 MW the processing fee would be INR 50,000/-

Free Power: Those private developers undertaking the projects under this policy has to provide ‘free power’ to the state at the rate of 5 percent for projects from 1 kW to 5 MW and at the rate of 8 percent for projects between 5 MW to 25 MW. However, the local developers are exempted from this free power to the state for projects up to 5MW. There would be concession on free power for 3 years for project between 1 kW to 5 MW, 2 years for projects from 5 MW to 10 MW and 1 year for project above 10 MW.

Transmission Lines: The developers has to lay it’s own transmission line to feed the state grid from their power house.

Revenue: Revenue would be collected by the developers from the villagers where their power is fed.

Selection of Developer’s: Through a 'single window' selection system with high level selection committee constituted by the state government. After 30 days of selection of the developer, MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has to be entered into by the developer and the state government.

Reservation Policy: There would be reservation for local developers as per the prescribed norms of the MoU’s signed earlier on Mega Projects. [????]

No doubt, as the government puts it, the promulgation of Small Hydro Power Policy-2007 would facilitate employment and business opportunities for local developers but the question that comes to mind is-why at this stage? When so many mega projects have been awarded to PSU's and IPP's and when the 12 percent free power that the state would get from these mega projects would be more than sufficient for the total power requirement of the state; what's the need for going for development of small hydro projects? Is it because of the Environmental Concerns or there are other reasons? The Government spokesperson Tako Dabi says in this regard-

"The policy was needed as the state government was unable to provide power from mega projects to remote villages."

But 'Why'? Why can't power be provided from the Mega Projects to remote villages? Is it because that necessary infrastructure has not been laid to bring power to the villages? Then what about RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyitikaran Yojana) scheme under which each and every villages has to be electrified by the year 2010? Where has the money that state gets as a 90% grant under RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikarn Yojana) scheme to lay necessary infrastructure to get the villages electrified, gone?

And if there is no proper transmission and distribution network how could development of small hydro projects help in electrifying the villages? (The Small Hydro Power Policy doesn't mention if one has to lay the distribution network also, apart from transmission line to be connected to state grid. )

Nevertheless, this policy has opened up opportunity for unemployed local engineers to become an entrepreneur and be part of state development; provided the government is true to it's policy of 'single window clearance system'.

Related readings:

Hydroelectricity at Arunachal Pradesh-I
12 pc free power...Is it really free?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Was the Bangkok trip a success story or a farce?

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Neglected, step-motherly attitude, lackadaisical attitude-these are the oft-repeated terms that we generally would be using against the Central Government for whatever state of development we are in. But, Hey! Wait. Isn’t it always easy to put the blame on others? Does the Central Government really at fault for overlooking the region? May be, but the question that comes to mind is- Are we really game for the development? It doesn’t seem so, when you look at the outcome of the four days North-East India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week at Bangkok; in Arunachal’s perspective.

To showcase the states potentials in the four day North-East India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week organized by DoNER Ministry in association with Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at Bangkok from 1-4 October, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu led a contingent of whopping 32 delegates, of which 26 were MLA’s and rest party workers to that Business Conclave, making me wonder why local entrepreneurs were not made the part of the team. The delegates returned after the summit and CM announced with much aplomb that the show was a huge success with Arunachal Pavillion drawing huge attention, industrial houses showing interest in the state and a probable visit by Thai Delegates during the month of January or February to explore the investment opportunities.

“Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu informed that a high level Thai Ministrial delegation would visit Arunachal early next year to find out investment opportunities.”

-The Arunachal Times

Going by the statement of CM or what was made to believe through the local media, the first impression was-Hey! the Bangkok trip was a huge success evincing interest in the Thai industrial houses to invest in the state. Soon we would be having a huge FDI inflow and may see a spurt in development in the state. But was it a success story indeed?

Though the Bangkok trip was made out to be a huge success story, what amazed me was when Assam delegates led by it’s oh! so dynamic power minister Pradyut Bordoloi (I had this chance to audience him during the North East Power Mart 2007 at Kolkata and how I wished we had some legislators like him) was able to come up with FDI of more than 10 million USD for his state and 26 MoU’s signed during the summit what held our state back not to clinch even a single business deal? Was our team not competent enough to project our state as a state with huge investment potential in terms of infrastructural development, hydropower, agro-based industries, horticulture etc., during the summit? Or was it that it was just a pleasure trip rather than business for them, contrary to what the press release said?

“Overall the event ended with a very promising note and especially Arunachal Pradesh gained a lot with this exposure. In an informal chat with the Arunachal delegates later, Chief Minister congratulated all for showing the world that we are not here for the pleasure trip but we meant business and we achieved it.”

-Arunachal Front

But did they really meant Business? Going by what Patricia Mukhim writes in, it is apparent that the Arunachal delegates were least bit interested in the Business summit; rather they were more interested in vacationing. Khandu himself absconded after inaugural session. With that attitude, no wonder why the delegation led by Khandu was not able to clinch any business deal.

So, it was not a business trip after all but a pleasure trip for the politicians and their families and the entire success story that was splashed over local dailies was a farce.

Was the Bangkok trip a success story or a farce?

4 comments

Neglected, step-motherly attitude, lackadaisical attitude-these are the oft-repeated terms that we generally would be using against the Central Government for whatever state of development we are in. But, Hey! Wait. Isn’t it always easy to put the blame on others? Does the Central Government really at fault for overlooking the region? May be, but the question that comes to mind is- Are we really game for the development? It doesn’t seem so, when you look at the outcome of the four days North-East India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week at Bangkok; in Arunachal’s perspective.

To showcase the states potentials in the four day North-East India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week organized by DoNER Ministry in association with Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at Bangkok from 1-4 October, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu led a contingent of whopping 32 delegates, of which 26 were MLA’s and rest party workers to that Business Conclave, making me wonder why local entrepreneurs were not made the part of the team. The delegates returned after the summit and CM announced with much aplomb that the show was a huge success with Arunachal Pavillion drawing huge attention, industrial houses showing interest in the state and a probable visit by Thai Delegates during the month of January or February to explore the investment opportunities.

“Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu informed that a high level Thai Ministrial delegation would visit Arunachal early next year to find out investment opportunities.”

-The Arunachal Times

Going by the statement of CM or what was made to believe through the local media, the first impression was-Hey! the Bangkok trip was a huge success evincing interest in the Thai industrial houses to invest in the state. Soon we would be having a huge FDI inflow and may see a spurt in development in the state. But was it a success story indeed?

Though the Bangkok trip was made out to be a huge success story, what amazed me was when Assam delegates led by it’s oh! so dynamic power minister Pradyut Bordoloi (I had this chance to audience him during the North East Power Mart 2007 at Kolkata and how I wished we had some legislators like him) was able to come up with FDI of more than 10 million USD for his state and 26 MoU’s signed during the summit what held our state back not to clinch even a single business deal? Was our team not competent enough to project our state as a state with huge investment potential in terms of infrastructural development, hydropower, agro-based industries, horticulture etc., during the summit? Or was it that it was just a pleasure trip rather than business for them, contrary to what the press release said?

“Overall the event ended with a very promising note and especially Arunachal Pradesh gained a lot with this exposure. In an informal chat with the Arunachal delegates later, Chief Minister congratulated all for showing the world that we are not here for the pleasure trip but we meant business and we achieved it.”

-Arunachal Front

But did they really meant Business? Going by what Patricia Mukhim writes in, it is apparent that the Arunachal delegates were least bit interested in the Business summit; rather they were more interested in vacationing. Khandu himself absconded after inaugural session. With that attitude, no wonder why the delegation led by Khandu was not able to clinch any business deal.

So, it was not a business trip after all but a pleasure trip for the politicians and their families and the entire success story that was splashed over local dailies was a farce.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Voice of Apatani

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No, it’s not a forum of the Apatani’s as you might think, but a singing talent hunt platform.


Seems like the craze that talent hunt shows like Indian Idol 3, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa or the Voice of India generated, has seized the psyche of people of this sleepy little town of Hapoli-Ziro to launch it’s own miniature version of the talent hunt called Voice of Apatani.


The event is being organized under the banner of Apatani Youth Association (AYA) from 18th November, 2007 to 31st December, 2007. The rules are simple-If you are an Apatani, has attained the age of 15 years and has a flair for singing then you can register your name for participation before 5th of November, 2007; though the professionals (singer) are excluded from participation. For audition you have to prepare two songs-one in Apatani and the other in Hindi. And those selected for top 20 has to deposit a non-refundable amount of INR 2,000.00/-; which I seem not to understand why? When asked, the organizing Chairman told that since they have to arrange orchestra and accommodation for the participants, they are charging this non-refundable fee of INR 2000/- from the top 20 participants.

So
what's the catch? The winner takes away INR 50,000/- as prize money besides a contract for cutting an album and the runners-up bag INR 20,000/- as prize money and an one album contract.

For more details, contact the Organizing Chairman Millo Tamang at +919436230319 or see the contact details at the poster above.

Voice of Apatani

6 comments

No, it’s not a forum of the Apatani’s as you might think, but a singing talent hunt platform.


Seems like the craze that talent hunt shows like Indian Idol 3, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa or the Voice of India generated, has seized the psyche of people of this sleepy little town of Hapoli-Ziro to launch it’s own miniature version of the talent hunt called Voice of Apatani.


The event is being organized under the banner of Apatani Youth Association (AYA) from 18th November, 2007 to 31st December, 2007. The rules are simple-If you are an Apatani, has attained the age of 15 years and has a flair for singing then you can register your name for participation before 5th of November, 2007; though the professionals (singer) are excluded from participation. For audition you have to prepare two songs-one in Apatani and the other in Hindi. And those selected for top 20 has to deposit a non-refundable amount of INR 2,000.00/-; which I seem not to understand why? When asked, the organizing Chairman told that since they have to arrange orchestra and accommodation for the participants, they are charging this non-refundable fee of INR 2000/- from the top 20 participants.

So
what's the catch? The winner takes away INR 50,000/- as prize money besides a contract for cutting an album and the runners-up bag INR 20,000/- as prize money and an one album contract.

For more details, contact the Organizing Chairman Millo Tamang at +919436230319 or see the contact details at the poster above.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

CM LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF ADDITIONAL COMMISSNOR OFFICE AT TERIT NAGAR (JAIRAMPUR) IN CHANGLANG DISTRICT

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Terit Nagar(Jairampur), 11 Oct’ 07: Fortunately, the patience of the masses has been rewarded. Finally, after days of uncertainties and rescheduling, the Public Leaders, the Government Officials, the Students Fraternity and the General Public of Nampong, Manmao and Jairampur Circles has the privilege to hearken and espy their proficient leader and the head of the state, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr.Dorji Khandu, who is in his maiden trip of Jairampur after taking office as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, when he was a Cabinet Minister, he visited Jairampur and Nampong as a Chief Guest to grace the mammoth and magnificent Moh-Mol festival. Subsequently without further delay, he straightway proceeded to lay the foundation stone of Additional Deputy Commissnor Office at Terit Nagar and fulfilled the long awaited proposal of the local citizens. As a matter of fact, the establishment of Additional Deputy Commissnor Office in the province will facilitate the inhabitant of the four circles in magnitude regarding all round development of the territory and other imperative official’s works for which the general public have to travel towards distant district Headquarter- Changlang, which causes huge predicament and mount the financial crisis of the poor villagers and the students as the traveling and lodging expanses magnifies manifold.

Thereafter, the Hon’ble Chief Minister advanced ahead to address the massive throng who were waiting and preparing for this propitious day since a month. In his inaugural speech, the Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his greetings to the gathering. He stressed further in his speech that the opening of border trade with neighboring countries will definitely upgrade the stagnant economy of Changlang district in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general. He favored and supported the concept of “Look East Policy” of the Central Government which enables India to expand its trade and commerce affinity with the South East Asian countries. He also appreciated the perception of promoting eco-tourism in the district because the eco-tourism industry has the feasibility to elevate greater height and minimize the employment tribulation of the state. He inched further and focused to fabricate and meliorate the standard of infrastructure for eco-tourism so that utmost backpackers from India and abroad influx the region and contribute to accelerate the constant economy of the district and the state. He concluded his address by complimenting the mass convention and installed hope by announcing development schemes and allotting fund for the district.

In addition the Hon’ble Speaker, Mr. Setong Sena, forwarded his gratitude towards the Hon’ble Chief Minister for his stopover at his constituency.” The inauguration of ADC complex is a blessing for the people of the region,” He added. He continued that the tourism industry plays pivotal role in bolstering the economy of the modern world. Thus, the state should initiate and sponsor such projects in district level and the state resources be utilized appropriately to create more employment prospects for the educated unemployed youths. Certainly, tourism industry is one of the most feasible industries in the world and it has immense potential to spread out in Arunachal Pradesh because the shrouded paradise is conspicuous and marked as the 10th bio-diversity hot spot in the world. He elaborated further that the tourism should be introduced in the grass root level so that entire populace gets a piece of pie from this major change over.

In his address Mr.Tsering Gyurme, Chief advisor to HCM, suggested all the villagers to concentrate in orange orchards & tea cultivation plantation etc. as the soil of the territory is also favorable for horticulture and agriculture.

CS proceeds on a long leave……

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Well, that’s what the report appearing in the local dailies screamed. The Chief Minister, on the eve of ANSU's (All Nyishi Students’ Union) deadline, finally, subdued to the pressure and sent Tabom Bam on a long leave (should I say removed from the post) and put Home and Development Commisioner K. K. Sharma in his charge. The result-ANSU called off it’s proposed stir.

So far so good. The government acted wisely to diffuse the situation and people of the state have been saved from being pushed to yet another ‘Bandh’-the so-called democratic movement of any XYZ organization of the state.

But, on a second thought, has the government indeed acted wisely? Was their act of sending CS on long leave (or removing him from the post) under duress justified? Hasn’t it set precedent that the government can be pressurized into displacing any bureaucrat or technocrat from their office? Is it right that any bureaucrats or technocrats are removed from their post under pressure, how parochial or nepotist he may be? Shouldn't it be left to act upon them departmentally? If no, then beware Bureaucrats and technocrats!-you may be removed from your post anywhere, anytime without any reason-Be ready!

Related Readings:

ANSU-CS Imbroglio
Rise of Hooliganism!

CM LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF ADDITIONAL COMMISSNOR OFFICE AT TERIT NAGAR (JAIRAMPUR) IN CHANGLANG DISTRICT

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Terit Nagar(Jairampur), 11 Oct’ 07: Fortunately, the patience of the masses has been rewarded. Finally, after days of uncertainties and rescheduling, the Public Leaders, the Government Officials, the Students Fraternity and the General Public of Nampong, Manmao and Jairampur Circles has the privilege to hearken and espy their proficient leader and the head of the state, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr.Dorji Khandu, who is in his maiden trip of Jairampur after taking office as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, when he was a Cabinet Minister, he visited Jairampur and Nampong as a Chief Guest to grace the mammoth and magnificent Moh-Mol festival. Subsequently without further delay, he straightway proceeded to lay the foundation stone of Additional Deputy Commissnor Office at Terit Nagar and fulfilled the long awaited proposal of the local citizens. As a matter of fact, the establishment of Additional Deputy Commissnor Office in the province will facilitate the inhabitant of the four circles in magnitude regarding all round development of the territory and other imperative official’s works for which the general public have to travel towards distant district Headquarter- Changlang, which causes huge predicament and mount the financial crisis of the poor villagers and the students as the traveling and lodging expanses magnifies manifold.

Thereafter, the Hon’ble Chief Minister advanced ahead to address the massive throng who were waiting and preparing for this propitious day since a month. In his inaugural speech, the Hon’ble Chief Minister extended his greetings to the gathering. He stressed further in his speech that the opening of border trade with neighboring countries will definitely upgrade the stagnant economy of Changlang district in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general. He favored and supported the concept of “Look East Policy” of the Central Government which enables India to expand its trade and commerce affinity with the South East Asian countries. He also appreciated the perception of promoting eco-tourism in the district because the eco-tourism industry has the feasibility to elevate greater height and minimize the employment tribulation of the state. He inched further and focused to fabricate and meliorate the standard of infrastructure for eco-tourism so that utmost backpackers from India and abroad influx the region and contribute to accelerate the constant economy of the district and the state. He concluded his address by complimenting the mass convention and installed hope by announcing development schemes and allotting fund for the district.

In addition the Hon’ble Speaker, Mr. Setong Sena, forwarded his gratitude towards the Hon’ble Chief Minister for his stopover at his constituency.” The inauguration of ADC complex is a blessing for the people of the region,” He added. He continued that the tourism industry plays pivotal role in bolstering the economy of the modern world. Thus, the state should initiate and sponsor such projects in district level and the state resources be utilized appropriately to create more employment prospects for the educated unemployed youths. Certainly, tourism industry is one of the most feasible industries in the world and it has immense potential to spread out in Arunachal Pradesh because the shrouded paradise is conspicuous and marked as the 10th bio-diversity hot spot in the world. He elaborated further that the tourism should be introduced in the grass root level so that entire populace gets a piece of pie from this major change over.

In his address Mr.Tsering Gyurme, Chief advisor to HCM, suggested all the villagers to concentrate in orange orchards & tea cultivation plantation etc. as the soil of the territory is also favorable for horticulture and agriculture.

CS proceeds on a long leave……

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Well, that’s what the report appearing in the local dailies screamed. The Chief Minister, on the eve of ANSU's (All Nyishi Students’ Union) deadline, finally, subdued to the pressure and sent Tabom Bam on a long leave (should I say removed from the post) and put Home and Development Commisioner K. K. Sharma in his charge. The result-ANSU called off it’s proposed stir.

So far so good. The government acted wisely to diffuse the situation and people of the state have been saved from being pushed to yet another ‘Bandh’-the so-called democratic movement of any XYZ organization of the state.

But, on a second thought, has the government indeed acted wisely? Was their act of sending CS on long leave (or removing him from the post) under duress justified? Hasn’t it set precedent that the government can be pressurized into displacing any bureaucrat or technocrat from their office? Is it right that any bureaucrats or technocrats are removed from their post under pressure, how parochial or nepotist he may be? Shouldn't it be left to act upon them departmentally? If no, then beware Bureaucrats and technocrats!-you may be removed from your post anywhere, anytime without any reason-Be ready!

Related Readings:

ANSU-CS Imbroglio
Rise of Hooliganism!

Friday, October 12, 2007

ANSU-CS Imbroglio (Updated)

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It seems the issue of Chief Secretary, Tabom Bam’s so-called dilution of demand of nomenclature change of Nyishi’s has reached a dead end and Bandh seems quite inevitable.







The appeal of the Chief Minister on October 7th to call off the stir for overall interest of the state and his assurance to lead a cabinet delegation for ensuring constitutional amendment for nomenclature change from Dafla to Nyishi has fell on deaf ears and ANSU (All Nyishi Students’ Union) is adamant to carry on with it’s proposed stir from October 15th, if their demand for removal of Chief Secretary by 13th October is not met.







On removal of Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister had appealed to the students’ organization ANSU to solve the issue amicably as CS was ready to talk to ANSU representatives terming there had been communication gap.










“On the issue of CS’s transfer, the Chief Minister appealed to the Union to resolve the issue amicably as the CS had already clarified the matter through media and pleaded personally that he not be misunderstood. Further, the meeting opined that the whole issue cropped up because of a communication gap.”




-Arunachal Front






However, the union is not ready to buy into the theory of ‘communication gap’ as expressed by CS saying there is [also] no communication gap as clarified by Bam. The 8-page letter written by the Home Commissioner was punctuated by Bam by adding a paragraph inserting the demand for replacing ‘Galong’ by ‘Galo’ and demanded his removal terming continuance of his post is detrimental to the development of the society.

The reiteration of demand of removal of CS by ANSU, even after the assurance of CM that he would see to it that there is constitutional amendment for nomenclature change from Dafla to Nyishi has made me wonder; is there any other interests (political or otherwise) other than the so-called dilution of demand by Tabom Bam? Isn't it preposterous to think that Mr. Tabom Bam has indeed sabotaged the effort of Nyishi's for nomenclature change, when the final outcome of the Central Teams visit is not known yet? Who knows, may be the Nyishi's would finally get their due. If there is negative outcome of the Central Teams visit, then only, I guess Mr. Bam would have been blamed for sabotaging the efforts of the Nyishi's.

Now, it is to be seen if the common populace of the state would be forced into another Bandh; what stance the government would take to diffuse the situation-would it remove CS under duress or would it let ANSU carry on with the Bandhs?

Update:

Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has appealed to ANSU for harmony and to sink differences and drop it's proposed agitation against the state Chief Secretary for the larger interest of the communities stating that the CS was probably not properly briefed on the proceedings during the 20th September meeting at Banquet Hall here with the ministry of Tribal Affairs Secretary.

And in order the diffuse the tension, the state government has constituted a fact finding team comprising of RWD Minister Chowna Mein, Industries Minister Tanga Byaling, Education Minister Tatar Kipa, Parliamentary Secretary Thajam Aboh and MLA Kameng Dolo to look into the matter leading to controversy and the team would submit its report within 3 months.

Related Readings:
Rise of Hooliganism
Don't mess with us or face the music!
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

ANSU-CS Imbroglio (Updated)

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It seems the issue of Chief Secretary, Tabom Bam’s so-called dilution of demand of nomenclature change of Nyishi’s has reached a dead end and Bandh seems quite inevitable.

The appeal of the Chief Minister on October 7th to call off the stir for overall interest of the state and his assurance to lead a cabinet delegation for ensuring constitutional amendment for nomenclature change from Dafla to Nyishi has fell on deaf ears and ANSU (All Nyishi Students’ Union) is adamant to carry on with it’s proposed stir from October 15th, if their demand for removal of Chief Secretary by 13th October is not met.

On removal of Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister had appealed to the students’ organization ANSU to solve the issue amicably as CS was ready to talk to ANSU representatives terming there had been communication gap.

“On the issue of CS’s transfer, the Chief Minister appealed to the Union to resolve the issue amicably as the CS had already clarified the matter through media and pleaded personally that he not be misunderstood. Further, the meeting opined that the whole issue cropped up because of a communication gap.”

-Arunachal Front

However, the union is not ready to buy into the theory of ‘communication gap’ as expressed by CS saying there is [also] no communication gap as clarified by Bam. The 8-page letter written by the Home Commissioner was punctuated by Bam by adding a paragraph inserting the demand for replacing ‘Galong’ by ‘Galo’ and demanded his removal terming continuance of his post is detrimental to the development of the society.

The reiteration of demand of removal of CS by ANSU, even after the assurance of CM that he would see to it that there is constitutional amendment for nomenclature change from Dafla to Nyishi has made me wonder; is there any other interests (political or otherwise) other than the so-called dilution of demand by Tabom Bam? Isn't it preposterous to think that Mr. Tabom Bam has indeed sabotaged the effort of Nyishi's for nomenclature change, when the final outcome of the Central Teams visit is not known yet? Who knows, may be the Nyishi's would finally get their due. If there is negative outcome of the Central Teams visit, then only, I guess Mr. Bam would have been blamed for sabotaging the efforts of the Nyishi's.

Now, it is to be seen if the common populace of the state would be forced into another Bandh; what stance the government would take to diffuse the situation-would it remove CS under duress or would it let ANSU carry on with the Bandhs?

Update:

Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has appealed to ANSU for harmony and to sink differences and drop it's proposed agitation against the state Chief Secretary for the larger interest of the communities stating that the CS was probably not properly briefed on the proceedings during the 20th September meeting at Banquet Hall here with the ministry of Tribal Affairs Secretary.

And in order the diffuse the tension, the state government has constituted a fact finding team comprising of RWD Minister Chowna Mein, Industries Minister Tanga Byaling, Education Minister Tatar Kipa, Parliamentary Secretary Thajam Aboh and MLA Kameng Dolo to look into the matter leading to controversy and the team would submit its report within 3 months.

Related Readings:
Rise of Hooliganism
Don't mess with us or face the music!
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Plagiarism-What's that?

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Have you ever wondered how the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh got it's tagline?

No!

There are some departments in the state government who doesn't seem to know what 'Plagiarism' is; and shamelessly uses work created by others as if it was created by them. And I feel sick whenever I come across this tagline 'Gateway to Serenity' -used by Directorate of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, to promote tourism of the state in ads, their site, etc. It reminds me of how one of my friend was cheated off his work without even acknowledging him.

The story dates back to about a decade ago when the state government, in order to promote tourism of the state, decided to makeover the Department of Tourism by giving it a logo and a tagline. The Directorate of Tourism, then decided to hold a logo designing and 'slogan' competition-the winning entry of which would be used as the logo and tagline of the Department. Like so many other enthusiasts-professionals and amateurs alike- two very creative young boys just out of the teens also decided to vie for the prize money-the winning of which would somehow suffice their pocket money for a month or so. So they designed a logo to be submitted to the Directorate of Tourism for competition. One of them, being very good at words and creative, tried his hand at the slogan competition as well.

The day came, the logos and the slogans were displayed, judged by the experts and winners announced. Confident after the spectator's reaction over the slogan and logos designed by them-they thought they would bag the prize; but nowhere in the winners list, their names propped up. Thinking that the best man might have won they left the exhibition, satisfied over the spectator's reaction.

But to their horror, when the Department of Tourism finally released their logo and tagline, the tagline submitted by my friend was etched with the logo - in same font style and in bold letters-'Gateway to Serenity'. Since, the slogan was not a prize winning entry; they went to Directorate of Tourism to enquire how his slogan is being used for the promotion of the Department? Had his slogan adjudged the best entry contrary to that declared during the day so as to be used as department's tagline?

Worst nightmare had yet to come. The then Director of the department instead of acknowledging and telling why his slogan has been used or if it had won the best slogan award-shoo them away. The Director said, "You are such a young boy, you would get much better opportunity later." Only he knew, the boy was a college grad, unemployed at that time, had come to know, how about his entry is being used by the Department and why he is not acknowledged about it and not to claim the prize money. (I vaguely remember, only winning entry was to be used for promotion purpose and rest other entries were not supposed to be used. There was no condition stated in the advertisement for competition that the entries would become the property of the Department and they could use it at their discretion). Wonder, what impact that incident had left in the young minds! Feeling deeply hurt, they left the office not knowing what to do. Had it been today, I'm damn sure my friend would have sued the state government for 'Plagiarising'.

I wonder, why he was not acknowledge while his work was used? Was the entire judgment procedure biased and manipulated? Wasn't it the moral responsibility of the department to acknowledge his work (even if it was not adjudged the best and even if it was the property of the department as is the case with some contests) when the department used it?

No, I'm not writing this post to claim for his award after a lapse of about a decade or to check if the entire judgment procedure was biased etc. But because, I feel that he was wronged and because his creativity, his psyche must have been affected with that single incident. May such incident never happen to anyone else in the future.

(logo source: Arunachal Tourism)

Plagiarism-What's that?

7 comments
Have you ever wondered how the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh got it's tagline?

No!

There are some departments in the state government who doesn't seem to know what 'Plagiarism' is; and shamelessly uses work created by others as if it was created by them. And I feel sick whenever I come across this tagline 'Gateway to Serenity' -used by Directorate of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, to promote tourism of the state in ads, their site, etc. It reminds me of how one of my friend was cheated off his work without even acknowledging him.

The story dates back to about a decade ago when the state government, in order to promote tourism of the state, decided to makeover the Department of Tourism by giving it a logo and a tagline. The Directorate of Tourism, then decided to hold a logo designing and 'slogan' competition-the winning entry of which would be used as the logo and tagline of the Department. Like so many other enthusiasts-professionals and amateurs alike- two very creative young boys just out of the teens also decided to vie for the prize money-the winning of which would somehow suffice their pocket money for a month or so. So they designed a logo to be submitted to the Directorate of Tourism for competition. One of them, being very good at words and creative, tried his hand at the slogan competition as well.

The day came, the logos and the slogans were displayed, judged by the experts and winners announced. Confident after the spectator's reaction over the slogan and logos designed by them-they thought they would bag the prize; but nowhere in the winners list, their names propped up. Thinking that the best man might have won they left the exhibition, satisfied over the spectator's reaction.

But to their horror, when the Department of Tourism finally released their logo and tagline, the tagline submitted by my friend was etched with the logo - in same font style and in bold letters-'Gateway to Serenity'. Since, the slogan was not a prize winning entry; they went to Directorate of Tourism to enquire how his slogan is being used for the promotion of the Department? Had his slogan adjudged the best entry contrary to that declared during the day so as to be used as department's tagline?

Worst nightmare had yet to come. The then Director of the department instead of acknowledging and telling why his slogan has been used or if it had won the best slogan award-shoo them away. The Director said, "You are such a young boy, you would get much better opportunity later." Only he knew, the boy was a college grad, unemployed at that time, had come to know, how about his entry is being used by the Department and why he is not acknowledged about it and not to claim the prize money. (I vaguely remember, only winning entry was to be used for promotion purpose and rest other entries were not supposed to be used. There was no condition stated in the advertisement for competition that the entries would become the property of the Department and they could use it at their discretion). Wonder, what impact that incident had left in the young minds! Feeling deeply hurt, they left the office not knowing what to do. Had it been today, I'm damn sure my friend would have sued the state government for 'Plagiarising'.

I wonder, why he was not acknowledge while his work was used? Was the entire judgment procedure biased and manipulated? Wasn't it the moral responsibility of the department to acknowledge his work (even if it was not adjudged the best and even if it was the property of the department as is the case with some contests) when the department used it?

No, I'm not writing this post to claim for his award after a lapse of about a decade or to check if the entire judgment procedure was biased etc. But because, I feel that he was wronged and because his creativity, his psyche must have been affected with that single incident. May such incident never happen to anyone else in the future.

(logo source: Arunachal Tourism)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Would the Historical Remains just remain a History?-A Photo Feature

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During my last visit to Itanagar, I decided to visit the Itafort Ruins and I was quite literally shocked to see the state of Itafort Ruins- the fort, from which the name of Capital City Itanagar was derived-the fort which was built around 14th-15th century A.D. by a local ruler Ramachandra of Jitari Dynasty to probably fend against Muslim invaders to Assam from West and Ahom invasion from East (Source: History of North East India (1603-1947)-Lasa, Nayak, Tripathy & Choudhury). Seeing the state of Itafort Ruins, I felt as if the fort, built for protection against Muslim and Ahom invaders, would crumble not being able to withstand the invasion of nature.

Below are some of the snaps of the Eastern Gate of the Itafort ruins.



Entry to Eastern Gate


Various faces of Eastern Gate (Above)

Rajbhavan at the backdrop

View from Itafaort (Probably they used this gate to watch the movement of invaders from the plains)

Guess, it's time the Directorate of Research, Archaeology Section, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, which is the caretaker of this historical remain, comes into action and starts preservation work on the ruins, lest these ruins just becomes a history.

Would the Historical Remains just remain a History?-A Photo Feature

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During my last visit to Itanagar, I decided to visit the Itafort Ruins and I was quite literally shocked to see the state of Itafort Ruins- the fort, from which the name of Capital City Itanagar was derived-the fort which was built around 14th-15th century A.D. by a local ruler Ramachandra of Jitari Dynasty to probably fend against Muslim invaders to Assam from West and Ahom invasion from East (Source: History of North East India (1603-1947)-Lasa, Nayak, Tripathy & Choudhury). Seeing the state of Itafort Ruins, I felt as if the fort, built for protection against Muslim and Ahom invaders, would crumble not being able to withstand the invasion of nature.

Below are some of the snaps of the Eastern Gate of the Itafort ruins.



Entry to Eastern Gate


Various faces of Eastern Gate (Above)

Rajbhavan at the backdrop

View from Itafaort (Probably they used this gate to watch the movement of invaders from the plains)

Guess, it's time the Directorate of Research, Archaeology Section, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, which is the caretaker of this historical remain, comes into action and starts preservation work on the ruins, lest these ruins just becomes a history.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Rise of Hooliganism!

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When 2-Member Central Team visited the Nyishi inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh from 20th to 23rd September, to review the demand of nomenclature change by Nyishi Community from ‘Dafla’ to ‘Nyishi’; I felt quite happy for them thinking that finally, their long felt demand would see the light of the day. But, nowhere in my wildest of wild dreams did I imagined that this may be brewing out of this 2-Member Central Team’s visit whereby the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) had given ultimatum to the government to remove Chief Secretary Tabom Bam by October 13th, allegedly for his ‘anti-Nyishi’ stand; failure of which would invite 12 hr Capital Bandh on 15th October followed by 24 hrs Bandh on 22nd October in the Nyishi dominated areas.

Apparently, during the discussion at Banquet Hall, Itanagar, the Chief Secretary had proposed inclusion of nomenclature change of Galo community from ‘Gallong’ to ‘Galo’ in the agenda for presentation to visiting Central Team; which was subsequently dropped from the agenda on being objected by ANSU representatives.

However, his proposal for inclusion of nomenclature change for Galo's in the agenda for presentation to visiting Central Team didn't gelled down well with the ANSU representatives-terming Tabom Bam as 'anti-Nyishi', trying to interrupt the discussion with a deliberate motive to sabotage the entire presentation. The charge- the CS denies saying that he has equal respect for all the communities and that he had been trying hard with all his capacities so that the Nyishi community may get their rightful due. He is even ready to talk with the representatives of ANSU, feeling that there has been communication gap.


Here, what I failed to reason is that when the inclusion of nomenclature change of Galo's was dropped from the agenda on being objected by Nyishi representatives, why this hue and cry. I don't know exactly why the Gallong's or Galo's want their nomenclature changed, but may be the CS might have thought it's the right time and right forum to raise the issue for which they have been demanding since long; after all, all that have mattered was extension of tour by visiting Central Team. Would it have indeed affected the review of nomenclature change of Nyishi's from 'Dafla' to 'Nyishi'? I doubt. Then where is the question of sabotaging the initiative! Why this demand for removal of Chief Secretary? Is the demand politically motivated? Or is it the rise of 'hooliganism' or as Buru puts it a 'Public Terrorism'? Only if I knew, what NES (Nyishi Elite Society) has to say on this issue?


Related Readings:
Don't mess with us or else face the music!
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

Boa-Benii-A Traditional Rope Trick of the Apatanis

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Yet another video from Prof Christoph Von Furer-Heimendorf's archive. The video below posted by pirateDonkey at YouTube shows the traditional rope trick of the Apatanis called Boa Benii which is almost extinct now. I wonder if anyone knows this trick now or would prefer to perform this trick anymore.





Link via arunachalnews

Related Views:


Taku Tamu
Amazing Apatani Videos

Rise of Hooliganism!

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When 2-Member Central Team visited the Nyishi inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh from 20th to 23rd September, to review the demand of nomenclature change by Nyishi Community from ‘Dafla’ to ‘Nyishi’; I felt quite happy for them thinking that finally, their long felt demand would see the light of the day. But, nowhere in my wildest of wild dreams did I imagined that this may be brewing out of this 2-Member Central Team’s visit whereby the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) had given ultimatum to the government to remove Chief Secretary Tabom Bam by October 13th, allegedly for his ‘anti-Nyishi’ stand; failure of which would invite 12 hr Capital Bandh on 15th October followed by 24 hrs Bandh on 22nd October in the Nyishi dominated areas.

Apparently, during the discussion at Banquet Hall, Itanagar, the Chief Secretary had proposed inclusion of nomenclature change of Galo community from ‘Gallong’ to ‘Galo’ in the agenda for presentation to visiting Central Team; which was subsequently dropped from the agenda on being objected by ANSU representatives.

However, his proposal for inclusion of nomenclature change for Galo's in the agenda for presentation to visiting Central Team didn't gelled down well with the ANSU representatives-terming Tabom Bam as 'anti-Nyishi', trying to interrupt the discussion with a deliberate motive to sabotage the entire presentation. The charge- the CS denies saying that he has equal respect for all the communities and that he had been trying hard with all his capacities so that the Nyishi community may get their rightful due. He is even ready to talk with the representatives of ANSU, feeling that there has been communication gap.


Here, what I failed to reason is that when the inclusion of nomenclature change of Galo's was dropped from the agenda on being objected by Nyishi representatives, why this hue and cry. I don't know exactly why the Gallong's or Galo's want their nomenclature changed, but may be the CS might have thought it's the right time and right forum to raise the issue for which they have been demanding since long; after all, all that have mattered was extension of tour by visiting Central Team. Would it have indeed affected the review of nomenclature change of Nyishi's from 'Dafla' to 'Nyishi'? I doubt. Then where is the question of sabotaging the initiative! Why this demand for removal of Chief Secretary? Is the demand politically motivated? Or is it the rise of 'hooliganism' or as Buru puts it a 'Public Terrorism'? Only if I knew, what NES (Nyishi Elite Society) has to say on this issue?


Related Readings:
Don't mess with us or else face the music!
Would the Nyishi's get their right nomenclature?

Boa-Benii-A Traditional Rope Trick of the Apatanis

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Yet another video from Prof Christoph Von Furer-Heimendorf's archive. The video below posted by pirateDonkey at YouTube shows the traditional rope trick of the Apatanis called Boa Benii which is almost extinct now. I wonder if anyone knows this trick now or would prefer to perform this trick anymore.





Link via arunachalnews

Related Views:


Taku Tamu
Amazing Apatani Videos

Thursday, October 4, 2007

TREADING ON A TREADMILL

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A high dose of adrenalin has been injected into the veins of commoner by religious fanatics. Is it justifiable? Where do we go from there?

-by Roto Chobin

The otherwise silent and sleepy town ziro was converted into discotheque by the aficionado of Krishna on the eve of Janmasthami as they were playing songs on stereo till the wee hours and the loud speaker they were using was blaring at full volume which forced the inhabitant of the town to stay awake. On the major day of janmasthami, I spotted one of the many loud speakers that hung outside the temple was facing my residence. Hence, the stereo was hurling the sound exactly at my bedroom. It seemed rather impossible to be able to endure the brouhaha; and to spend another wakeful night was out of question. So I move out of my place and stayed at my parent’s home. But it didn’t help actually as the resonance was coming seemingly from every nook and corner. It was later on I learnt that the festival was celebrated at two temples – one within the compound of ITBP force which is not far from my parent’s home and the other in close proximity to my residence – less than 40 or 50 meters from my den. Two days of fitful sleep was really taking a heavy toll on my soma. I felt as if I had been drugged, and I had become a bit irate too. Parenthetically, what prompt the temple to use loud speakers? Why do they use those annoyances things? I inferred that the bhagwan must be deaf causing the devotee to fall back on loud speakers. It’s kind of funny to me as I always argued in my sociology class at college that science is incompatible with religion as science, almost always, opposed to religion. I guess I was wrong as I failed to notice at all times the fine example of amalgamation of science and religion which I had always neglected – stereos, speakers and temple.


The good thing was: no one said a malevolent word about the two days pandemonium at Hao po lyang. In retrospect, I am proud of our folk as they have shown an unprecedented tolerance towards the religion and their rituals. Had it been us – celebrating the janmasthami with such fanfare instead of them, we might have been taunted. Or else, the central government is always there to draft a law that such festivities in disturbed area should end before dusk. Any Hindu would surely doubt if I was proper to use the ‘taunt’ word. Yes. I think I choose a correct word because in Hindi speaking belt taunting comes easily to them like taking candy from a baby. Moreover, most of them will get furious if anybody says anything against their way of life whereas they will never stop commenting on others. So we have to behave like a good White man who pops in from England or U.S.A that pops up in T.V. or magazine and says: Ooo! I love India. I love Indian curry. Indian girls are beautiful. We could also say those lines for one or two years, but not throughout our entire lives. During my sophomore year at college, one of my Tangkhul Naga friends invited me to his church to see how it looks. We were checking out the musical instruments when some drunkard Delhite, who seems to be coming from wedding party, entered into church and started poking around. I am not a Christian by religion but the whole tribulations really disturbed my mind. As I was about to rebuke them, my friend asked me to stay calm. If this incident was not taunting. Then what was it?

Two days after the Janmasthami, when all the excitement of festival perished, I felt a little relief. But two more temples that occupy the same area with the one I mentioned earlier have yet to celebrate their festival. In Arunachal, you may not see any significant infrastructure but the numbers of temple is slowly outnumbering human habitation. The Border Road Organization (BRO) is taking a painstaking job to build temple at every turn of the road. In late eighties, when I was very young I used to accompany my father in his occasional trip to Itanagar. It was during one of those trips that I visited Ganga town. It looked very neat with the broad road and its safety zone, and the hedges in it. A decade later, I saw a small makeshift temple inside the safety zone. Earlier there was some sort of figurine in it. Now the makeshift temple has changed into a colossal structure which housed a number of Hindu gods and is totally camouflaging the other part of the Ganga market. I wondered do we really need the house of worship in the heart of commercial hub. Can’t it be shifted to somewhere else? I thought we are badly in need of parking places for ever growing vehicles in the town.

If you are, by any chance, visiting Along (West Siang district) and you have some work to do at Basar before proceeding to Along. And you have no idea how you would recognize Basar. I suggest, don’t panic. You cannot miss Basar at all because as soon as you see a giant serpent looping equally giant Shivlingam, you would know you have arrived at Basar. Two years ago, there was a great commotion when a woodcutter found a rock, perhaps, resembling an organ of Shiv Shankar at Kardo (Ziro). Most of the visitors believe it is true lingam but the educated Hindu thinks that its shape and structure is due to weathering and erosion. Believe it or not, it is doing a roaring business. Last year, the priest who also was a caretaker of that lingam took all the offering money and the gold serpent proffered by a devotee and fled away. Seeing the brisk business of the find, my friend once proposed that we also install a lingam in our compound. I hoped he was not being serious about the proposal. As a matter of fact, I would have appreciated if they could contribute money to build hospital, orphanage, etc. in place of spending on building so many temples. People of Arunachal would felt eternal gratitude to Hindu missionaries.

Talking of the missionaries in Arunachal, they are really a potent threat, particularly to indigenous faith. Until a few years ago, the people of Arunachal had not known so many religions. But now, the Arunachalese are painted either with a black or cyan color, magenta or green. Hence; the missionaries has slashed Donyi-Poloism, Christian, Islam and Hindu from the flesh of Indigenous faith. Besides, the missionaries are helping to a large extent to create a rift among these religiou
s sect. A couple of months back; I saw a pamphlet, most probably circulated by Hindu fanatics which gives instruction to use the trick of money and lure for proselytize and if it failed, then to resort to manhandle. I wonder if they were referring to people like us who still believe in indigenous faith.

Personally, I do not abhor any religion as it is an important agent of social control. But I detest it when it breeds communal tension. And in immature society like India, the fear of communal disharmony between any two religious groups is always there because even unintentional brush can also generate a spark. However, it will be wrong to blame entirely the religion itself. In truth, it is the follower of religions who corrodes the essence of religion, and tarnishes and bends it beyond recognition for one’s own benefit. And the politicians are the vanguard of the movement. They can stoop so low so as to gain political mileage and extra vote. Extra vote is a windfall for them as it may fetch them a V.I.P. chair ultimately. And the people are simply allowing themselves to go with the tide without a second thought. When they raise their voice against Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, even some Arunachalese protested in unison without understanding how it is going to be detriment to India (particularly South India) and its people. Then again, everyone understands the modus operandi of organization in Arunachal. Unless the parent organization will not pump a lot of money, the remonstration just won’t stir. Yea! We all smelled the aroma of crisp notes when they came out to remonstrate against the demolition of Adam’s bridge/ Ram Sethu. It is indeed unfortunate that the name of Ram has been dragged around once again by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to be maligned in the court, just because the election is round the corner. Besides, it is really hard to understand the political party of India. On one hand, they want to keep pace with the world economy and on the other, they would not tolerate the change. I am afraid they cannot kill two birds with one stone all the time. To me; Ram, as I gather, is a mighty icon that cannot be easily vilified with affidavit or the demolition of Sethu / Adam’s bridge. I believe he would not bother so much about the Setu whether it should be demolished or not, unless the partisans follow his principle. As for Ram’s principle, I reckon even a hardcore RSS/VHP will run away a mile from his principle. To sum it up: I would just say that it is an era of: “Muh mein Ram-Ram, vagal mein churi”.

We all know that India is known for its staggering diversity as we all have been writing essay on this topic since school times. And because of this staggering diversity, our people and politician always choose to resort to middle path. Hence, India remained unified in one piece. There’s no denying the fact the Hindus are in majority which forms perhaps about eighty percent of the total population. So there is no need of maiming people here and there to prove the supremacy of Hindus? The reins of nation are fine and safe in their hands. Let’s give peace a chance.