Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hari Sports Club Lifts Dree Football 2007 Trophy

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The 2007 Dree Football Tourney began and ended with a style-the tournament was kicked off by Hari Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club and the title was fought between these two teams at the end to conclude the tournament.

The match started at around 2.05 pm. No sooner had the match entered its second minute Hari Sports Club took the lead when Tadu Opo converted the through ball to goal. The match went on with Diibo Sports Club trying to equalize the score, however, in the 18th minute Hari Sports Club concreted their lead with a goal by Gyati Obing. The gathered crowd was greatly entertained by the teams and by the commentator who would not hesitate to just hype about the numbers of spectators, the temperature, which according to him was 40 degrees, about the timer watch which he claimed to be specially imported from Switzerland for the match and not to forget the medicos hired from Holland. It was quite fun listening to his commentary. No doubt the temperature was quite hot today, but I wondered if the temperature of Ziro ever crossed 33 degrees. The first half ended with Hari Sports Club leading with 2-0.

The second half started with both the teams trying to score and the 90th minute elapsed without a goal. However, during the 3 minutes injury time, a hand ball by Diibo Sports Club defender in the D-box awarded a penalty kick to Hari Sports Club. Gyati Opo took the penalty shot and converted it to goal to make the final score to 3-0. With this Hari Sports Club finall took hold of Dree Football Trophy once again which was eluding the team when it lost the trophy after holding it for record 12 (or was it 13-someone correct me) times.

The weeds

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- Roto Chobin

They look so fat. so flabby.

But so familiar and so abundant.

They move in a motor vehicle

To carry their baggage.

And when they walk;

Sycophants admire them, drool over.

This makes them

To pat their pot-belly like a Pandora’s box.

Who are they? What are they?

a clerk. a bureaucrat. a politician.

With food and money their body inflates

Their spirits infect. They corrupt.

Shall we open up their stomach?

To see if it is a fat. Or paper.

As if it is not enough

We are made to stand and wait

Sir, I request you….

Madam, will you please…

Are we a watchman? a beggar. a leper.

Are they an angel? an almighty god.

Do they think when they will die

They will be buried under a gold-dust,

Do they think when we will die

We alone will be thrown to earthworm.

The grease in the brain slowed their mind

They forgot that we all are but a posse

Traveling on a same road.

Heading for same end. On our way to our funeral.

They with their baggage – filled with fat and paper.

We with our empty belly, and tormented mind.

Poll Results-Dree Football Tournament

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When I started this poll-"Which team do you feel would steal away the Dree Football 2007 Trophy?", I didn't expected that 183 votes would be polled. Since, today is the finals of the game I'm summing up the poll results. Out of 183 votes polled 75% voter feels that Hari Sports Club would be the ultimate winner, followed by Sojang Lapang Sports Club at 16%, followed by Diibo Sports Club at 7%. AHSA and 1948 Sports Club got 1% vote each.

Thank you all for participating in the poll. Do watch the space for a new poll and do keep voting.

Hari Sports Club Lifts Dree Football 2007 Trophy

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The 2007 Dree Football Tourney began and ended with a style-the tournament was kicked off by Hari Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club and the title was fought between these two teams at the end to conclude the tournament.

The match started at around 2.05 pm. No sooner had the match entered its second minute Hari Sports Club took the lead when Tadu Opo converted the through ball to goal. The match went on with Diibo Sports Club trying to equalize the score, however, in the 18th minute Hari Sports Club concreted their lead with a goal by Gyati Obing. The gathered crowd was greatly entertained by the teams and by the commentator who would not hesitate to just hype about the numbers of spectators, the temperature, which according to him was 40 degrees, about the timer watch which he claimed to be specially imported from Switzerland for the match and not to forget the medicos hired from Holland. It was quite fun listening to his commentary. No doubt the temperature was quite hot today, but I wondered if the temperature of Ziro ever crossed 33 degrees. The first half ended with Hari Sports Club leading with 2-0.

The second half started with both the teams trying to score and the 90th minute elapsed without a goal. However, during the 3 minutes injury time, a hand ball by Diibo Sports Club defender in the D-box awarded a penalty kick to Hari Sports Club. Gyati Opo took the penalty shot and converted it to goal to make the final score to 3-0. With this Hari Sports Club finall took hold of Dree Football Trophy once again which was eluding the team when it lost the trophy after holding it for record 12 (or was it 13-someone correct me) times.

The weeds

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- Roto Chobin

They look so fat. so flabby.

But so familiar and so abundant.

They move in a motor vehicle

To carry their baggage.

And when they walk;

Sycophants admire them, drool over.

This makes them

To pat their pot-belly like a Pandora’s box.

Who are they? What are they?

a clerk. a bureaucrat. a politician.

With food and money their body inflates

Their spirits infect. They corrupt.

Shall we open up their stomach?

To see if it is a fat. Or paper.

As if it is not enough

We are made to stand and wait

Sir, I request you….

Madam, will you please…

Are we a watchman? a beggar. a leper.

Are they an angel? an almighty god.

Do they think when they will die

They will be buried under a gold-dust,

Do they think when we will die

We alone will be thrown to earthworm.

The grease in the brain slowed their mind

They forgot that we all are but a posse

Traveling on a same road.

Heading for same end. On our way to our funeral.

They with their baggage – filled with fat and paper.

We with our empty belly, and tormented mind.

Poll Results-Dree Football Tournament

0 comments

When I started this poll-"Which team do you feel would steal away the Dree Football 2007 Trophy?", I didn't expected that 183 votes would be polled. Since, today is the finals of the game I'm summing up the poll results. Out of 183 votes polled 75% voter feels that Hari Sports Club would be the ultimate winner, followed by Sojang Lapang Sports Club at 16%, followed by Diibo Sports Club at 7%. AHSA and 1948 Sports Club got 1% vote each.

Thank you all for participating in the poll. Do watch the space for a new poll and do keep voting.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hari Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club move to the Finals

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The local favorite Hari Sports Club and the very strong contender for this year’s Dree Football Trophy-Diibo Sports Club are through to the finals. And these teams would be battling out for the trophy on 30th of this month.

Results of the Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals-I on 25th, the Diibo Sports Club downed Siiro Sports Club by 2-0.

Semi-Finals-II on 26th, Hari Sports Club beat Sojang Lapang Sports Club by 1-0

Hari Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club move to the Finals

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The local favorite Hari Sports Club and the very strong contender for this year’s Dree Football Trophy-Diibo Sports Club are through to the finals. And these teams would be battling out for the trophy on 30th of this month.

Results of the Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals-I on 25th, the Diibo Sports Club downed Siiro Sports Club by 2-0.

Semi-Finals-II on 26th, Hari Sports Club beat Sojang Lapang Sports Club by 1-0

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Time to learn Chinese, eh!

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Quite sometimes back, I heard that Arunachal University, now Rajiv Gandhi University, is contemplating introducing Chinese language among other languages in its language department (though right now they are offering English and Hindi only) and I wondered there and then, is it because if in the eventuality of Arunachal Pradesh being negotiated over to China, it would be necessary for the people of Arunachal to atleast know the basics of Chinese. But now, I guess, I know why? It is because the people are left with little choice but to learn Chinese if they want to remain updated with the latest happenings in and around the world or to entertain themselves if they are at the vicinity of Indo-China border as China has jammed signals of AIR and Doordarshan, forget any private news channel and the only available signal is of China Radio International.

Guess folks, it’s time to learn Chinese now.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Last league Match

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The last match of the league would be played today at 1300 hrs between AHSA and Bulla Sports Association.

Update: All Hija Sports Association beat Bulla Sports Association by 5 -4.

Can Tani Language become a lingua franca of Tani Group?

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But what is Tani Language? Do we really have a language called Tani Language? Is it the language spoken by the Apatani’s or the Nyishi’s or the Adi’s or any other tribe of Tani group? But then, don’t their languages differ not to be quite intelligible enough amongst themselves? So, when Tani Federation Forum (TTF) based at Guwahati called for making Tani Language as lingua franca of Tani group, I wondered which Tani Language they were referring to.

Unification bid by the Tanis

ITANAGAR, June 18: The Tanis of Arunachal Pradesh and Asom irrespective of their boundaries, religion and political identities have decided to unify and unite in their greater interest.

This was the unanimous decision taken at the first plenary session of Guwahati-based Tani Federation Forum (TFF) held at North Lakhimpur yesterday with the participation of representatives from both states. Former Arunachal Minister Tadar Taniang was the chief guest.

Though the tribe society was passing through a transition, the session opposed the imposition of Sanskrit language and called for its replacement by Tani language, which could serve as lingua-franca and integrate the entire tribe living in various part of the North East Region, according to TFF release.

-The Arunachal Times

Though, their call for unification of Tani groups is quite commendable yet I couldn’t understand their call for making Tani Language a lingua franca of Tani groups, when there is no common language amongst Tani group as Tani Language. Or do we have?

BTW, what is this TTF? Who are they? Why are they based at Guwahati when majority of Tani groups are settled at Arunachal Pradesh?

Last league Match

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The last match of the league would be played today at 1300 hrs between AHSA and Bulla Sports Association.

Update: All Hija Sports Association beat Bulla Sports Association by 5 -4.

Can Tani Language become a lingua franca of Tani Group?

51 comments

But what is Tani Language? Do we really have a language called Tani Language? Is it the language spoken by the Apatani’s or the Nyishi’s or the Adi’s or any other tribe of Tani group? But then, don’t their languages differ not to be quite intelligible enough amongst themselves? So, when Tani Federation Forum (TTF) based at Guwahati called for making Tani Language as lingua franca of Tani group, I wondered which Tani Language they were referring to.

Unification bid by the Tanis

ITANAGAR, June 18: The Tanis of Arunachal Pradesh and Asom irrespective of their boundaries, religion and political identities have decided to unify and unite in their greater interest.

This was the unanimous decision taken at the first plenary session of Guwahati-based Tani Federation Forum (TFF) held at North Lakhimpur yesterday with the participation of representatives from both states. Former Arunachal Minister Tadar Taniang was the chief guest.

Though the tribe society was passing through a transition, the session opposed the imposition of Sanskrit language and called for its replacement by Tani language, which could serve as lingua-franca and integrate the entire tribe living in various part of the North East Region, according to TFF release.

-The Arunachal Times

Though, their call for unification of Tani groups is quite commendable yet I couldn’t understand their call for making Tani Language a lingua franca of Tani groups, when there is no common language amongst Tani group as Tani Language. Or do we have?

BTW, what is this TTF? Who are they? Why are they based at Guwahati when majority of Tani groups are settled at Arunachal Pradesh?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Day 6 Matches

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  1. Diibo Sports Club V/s 1948 Sports Club at 1300 hrs.
  2. Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Siiro Sports Club at 1515 hrs.
Update: Sojang Lapang Sports Club beat Siiro Sports Club by 2-0 2-1. Result of DSC V/s 1948 Sports Club awaited Diibo Sports Club beat 1948 Sports Club by 12 goals.

Day 6 Matches

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  1. Diibo Sports Club V/s 1948 Sports Club at 1300 hrs.
  2. Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Siiro Sports Club at 1515 hrs.
Update: Sojang Lapang Sports Club beat Siiro Sports Club by 2-0 2-1. Result of DSC V/s 1948 Sports Club awaited Diibo Sports Club beat 1948 Sports Club by 12 goals.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Revival Package for Apex Bank-would the package indeed revive the bank?

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When Dorjee Khandu took over the reigns of the state from Gegong Apang, he announced three thrust areas for his new government; 1. rooting out corruption from every corner, 2. streamlining of the PDS and 3. revival of sick Apex Bank. With public deposit base of Rs. 160 crores and bank going bankrupt, I wondered then, how the new government would go about reviving the bank. How would the bank repay the depositors amount? Would the bank be able to retain its customer’s loyalty, if at all revived? There were so many unanswered questions. Initial thought was that if the Government sincerely wanted to revive the bank, it would go all out in recovering Rs. 147 crores loaned out amount from the defaulters and initiate probe against those responsible for all this mess; to show that no one is above the law and can swindle away the public money just like that and finally would pay back the depositors money from the recovered amount to instill their faith in the lone state owned bank. And in this direction, the Government indeed started a recovery drive and decided to hand over the case to CBI, only to put all the initiative to cold storage after a while. May be the step was taken to subdue the initial outrage of the depositors and it gambled off well, I must say, with no much hue and cry from the depositors.

Now all of a sudden, the state government announces revival package of Rs. 225 crores to be obtained from NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) Ltd.-a PSU that is involved in harnessing hydroelectricity at Arunachal Pradesh-as an advance to be adjusted against 12 % free power share in future to the much resentment of certain NGO. The Voluntary Arunachal Sena (VAS) questioned the logic behind such a move “to mortgage the future interest of the state” and demanded to know the basis that prompted the Union Power Ministry and NHPC to grant this special dispensation to the state Government. The Government termed this initiative as pro-poor and that revival of bank through this package would bring relief to the thousands of poor customers, who had suffered untold miseries since the bank became sick some 18 months ago.

No doubt, it would end the sufferings of poor customers who just don’t seem to know how to get back their hard earned money from the bank. But, would this Rs. 225 Crore revival package indeed revive the sick state owned Apex Bank? Does this package really ‘pro-poor customer’s’?

Let’s glance over the statistics. Out of this Rs. 225 Crores, the bank has to cough up about Rs. 160 Crores that it owes to its depositors and I’m pretty much sure that the depositor would not want to keep their amount further in the bank and would withdraw whatever amount is left in their accounts and close their accounts at the first given opportunity. Also, as I was told, Rs. 40 Crores has to be deposited as a security to retain license to run the bank. Then there are outstanding salaries to be paid to the employees of the bank and other office expenditures. So, where is the amount left to revive this sick state owned bank? Is the whole initiative just an eyewash? In case the bank wants to carry on its business, there is little scope that it would return all the money of the depositors. Then, how is this initiative pro-poor customer’s? How would it end the agony of the customer’s? I don’t have a clue.

And when the management of the bank and the politicians are hands in glove for this entire mess, I don’t understand the logic behind mortgaging the future interest of the state. How is this justified to use the revenue of the state to cover-up for their interest (to divert attention of public from loan defaulters) instead of putting the revenue in development of the state? Shouldn't they emphasize more on loan recovery than taking advance or grant, whatever, from other institutions? Or as someone has said, is it yet another exercise by the Government to make some privileged few a millionaire overnight again at the pretext of bringing relief to poor customer’s? Though the government has assured transparency, it is yet to be seen how transparent would the Government be, in dealing with this initiative.

Day 5 Matches

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  1. AHSA V/s Siiro Sports Club
  2. Hari Sports Club V/s Diibo Football Association

Updates: Both the matches today were crucial. In the first match AHSA had to go all out against Siiro Sports Club in order to remain in the tournament and to make berth in the next stage i.e., Semi Finals of the tournament. The team had to atleast draw with Siiro Sports Club if not registering a win. The match started with AHSA almost dominating in the first half and almost securing a goal but for the off-side and the first half ended goal less. In the second half, Siiro Sports Club had an edge over AHSA and was able to register their first goal, which the AHSA could not equalize. The final score 1-0. With this Siiro Sports Club registered their berth for Semis and knocked out AHSA off the tournament.

The second match was do or die situation for both DFA and Hari Sports Club, as only win could have secured them berth to the Semis. However, Hari Sports Club still had advantage over DFA as even a draw could take them to Semis but a defeat could knock them out from the tournament. Both the teams attacked and counter attacked to make a lead and to have an edge over the other but couldn’t score any goal in the first half. The game was into 2 minute of the second half when Hari Sports Club scored its first goal. But Hari Sports Club couldn’t maintained it’s lead for long and DFA equalized in the 20th minute of second half. The rest of second half elapsed with both the teams trying to score a goal but without a result. The final score was 1-1. With this Hari Sports Club entered the Semis and DFA had to leave from tournament.

Revival Package for Apex Bank-would the package indeed revive the bank?

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When Dorjee Khandu took over the reigns of the state from Gegong Apang, he announced three thrust areas for his new government; 1. rooting out corruption from every corner, 2. streamlining of the PDS and 3. revival of sick Apex Bank. With public deposit base of Rs. 160 crores and bank going bankrupt, I wondered then, how the new government would go about reviving the bank. How would the bank repay the depositors amount? Would the bank be able to retain its customer’s loyalty, if at all revived? There were so many unanswered questions. Initial thought was that if the Government sincerely wanted to revive the bank, it would go all out in recovering Rs. 147 crores loaned out amount from the defaulters and initiate probe against those responsible for all this mess; to show that no one is above the law and can swindle away the public money just like that and finally would pay back the depositors money from the recovered amount to instill their faith in the lone state owned bank. And in this direction, the Government indeed started a recovery drive and decided to hand over the case to CBI, only to put all the initiative to cold storage after a while. May be the step was taken to subdue the initial outrage of the depositors and it gambled off well, I must say, with no much hue and cry from the depositors.

Now all of a sudden, the state government announces revival package of Rs. 225 crores to be obtained from NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) Ltd.-a PSU that is involved in harnessing hydroelectricity at Arunachal Pradesh-as an advance to be adjusted against 12 % free power share in future to the much resentment of certain NGO. The Voluntary Arunachal Sena (VAS) questioned the logic behind such a move “to mortgage the future interest of the state” and demanded to know the basis that prompted the Union Power Ministry and NHPC to grant this special dispensation to the state Government. The Government termed this initiative as pro-poor and that revival of bank through this package would bring relief to the thousands of poor customers, who had suffered untold miseries since the bank became sick some 18 months ago.

No doubt, it would end the sufferings of poor customers who just don’t seem to know how to get back their hard earned money from the bank. But, would this Rs. 225 Crore revival package indeed revive the sick state owned Apex Bank? Does this package really ‘pro-poor customer’s’?

Let’s glance over the statistics. Out of this Rs. 225 Crores, the bank has to cough up about Rs. 160 Crores that it owes to its depositors and I’m pretty much sure that the depositor would not want to keep their amount further in the bank and would withdraw whatever amount is left in their accounts and close their accounts at the first given opportunity. Also, as I was told, Rs. 40 Crores has to be deposited as a security to retain license to run the bank. Then there are outstanding salaries to be paid to the employees of the bank and other office expenditures. So, where is the amount left to revive this sick state owned bank? Is the whole initiative just an eyewash? In case the bank wants to carry on its business, there is little scope that it would return all the money of the depositors. Then, how is this initiative pro-poor customer’s? How would it end the agony of the customer’s? I don’t have a clue.

And when the management of the bank and the politicians are hands in glove for this entire mess, I don’t understand the logic behind mortgaging the future interest of the state. How is this justified to use the revenue of the state to cover-up for their interest (to divert attention of public from loan defaulters) instead of putting the revenue in development of the state? Shouldn't they emphasize more on loan recovery than taking advance or grant, whatever, from other institutions? Or as someone has said, is it yet another exercise by the Government to make some privileged few a millionaire overnight again at the pretext of bringing relief to poor customer’s? Though the government has assured transparency, it is yet to be seen how transparent would the Government be, in dealing with this initiative.

Day 5 Matches

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  1. AHSA V/s Siiro Sports Club
  2. Hari Sports Club V/s Diibo Football Association

Updates: Both the matches today were crucial. In the first match AHSA had to go all out against Siiro Sports Club in order to remain in the tournament and to make berth in the next stage i.e., Semi Finals of the tournament. The team had to atleast draw with Siiro Sports Club if not registering a win. The match started with AHSA almost dominating in the first half and almost securing a goal but for the off-side and the first half ended goal less. In the second half, Siiro Sports Club had an edge over AHSA and was able to register their first goal, which the AHSA could not equalize. The final score 1-0. With this Siiro Sports Club registered their berth for Semis and knocked out AHSA off the tournament.

The second match was do or die situation for both DFA and Hari Sports Club, as only win could have secured them berth to the Semis. However, Hari Sports Club still had advantage over DFA as even a draw could take them to Semis but a defeat could knock them out from the tournament. Both the teams attacked and counter attacked to make a lead and to have an edge over the other but couldn’t score any goal in the first half. The game was into 2 minute of the second half when Hari Sports Club scored its first goal. But Hari Sports Club couldn’t maintained it’s lead for long and DFA equalized in the 20th minute of second half. The rest of second half elapsed with both the teams trying to score a goal but without a result. The final score was 1-1. With this Hari Sports Club entered the Semis and DFA had to leave from tournament.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Day 4 Matches

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  1. Diibo Football Association V/s Diibo Football Club at 1300 hrs.
  2. Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Bulla Sports Association at 1515 hrs.
Update: Diibo Sports Club beat Diibo Football Association with 9 goals to 1 and Sojang Lapang Sports Club beat Bulla Sports Association with 3 goals to nil.

Dree Football Tourney 2007 kicks off

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The much awaited event of the year-'Dree Football Tournament' kicked off on 16th with inauguration by the Chief Guest for the occasion, Shri Nani Ribya, Hon'ble MLA of Ziro-Hapoli Constituency. The people, however, resented him for being the Chief Guest, when he is the Chairman of the CDFC Ziro by default, being local MLA.

As was expected, the shifting of tournament venue from 'Subansiri Stadium' Hapoli to 'Dree Ground' Old Ziro had it's toll on the turn out of spectators. But, nevertheless, crowd of around 5000 gathered at Dree Ground braving the drizzly weather, which could have turned to heavy downpour, to witness their 'Hot Favourite'-Hari Sports Club and the 'Hot Contender' for this year's trophy-Diibo Sports Club battling out in the inaugural match.

Inaugural Match-16th June 2007

The match started at around 2.30 pm instead of the scheduled 2.00 pm and both the teams could not break the deadlock till the end of the game and match ended in a draw.

Day 2-17th June 2007

Match 1

The second game of the event was played between Diibo Football Association and the club of yesteryear players-1948 Sports Club. The veterans couldn't match their pace with the youngsters and was beaten by Diibo Football Association with a final score of 6-0.

Match 2

The second match of the day was battled out between the defending champions-Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) and All Hija Sports Association (AHSA). SLSC downed AHSA by 3-0.


Players of AHSA and SLSC in action

Day 3-18th June 2007

Match 1

Bulla Sports Association (BSA) was beaten by Siiro Sports Club by three goals to nil.

Match 2

Hari Sports Club downed 1948 Sports Club by three goals to nil.

Update: The final of the tournament has been rescheduled to 30th June.

Day 4 Matches

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  1. Diibo Football Association V/s Diibo Football Club at 1300 hrs.
  2. Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Bulla Sports Association at 1515 hrs.
Update: Diibo Sports Club beat Diibo Football Association with 9 goals to 1 and Sojang Lapang Sports Club beat Bulla Sports Association with 3 goals to nil.

Dree Football Tourney 2007 kicks off

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The much awaited event of the year-'Dree Football Tournament' kicked off on 16th with inauguration by the Chief Guest for the occasion, Shri Nani Ribya, Hon'ble MLA of Ziro-Hapoli Constituency. The people, however, resented him for being the Chief Guest, when he is the Chairman of the CDFC Ziro by default, being local MLA.

As was expected, the shifting of tournament venue from 'Subansiri Stadium' Hapoli to 'Dree Ground' Old Ziro had it's toll on the turn out of spectators. But, nevertheless, crowd of around 5000 gathered at Dree Ground braving the drizzly weather, which could have turned to heavy downpour, to witness their 'Hot Favourite'-Hari Sports Club and the 'Hot Contender' for this year's trophy-Diibo Sports Club battling out in the inaugural match.

Inaugural Match-16th June 2007

The match started at around 2.30 pm instead of the scheduled 2.00 pm and both the teams could not break the deadlock till the end of the game and match ended in a draw.

Day 2-17th June 2007

Match 1

The second game of the event was played between Diibo Football Association and the club of yesteryear players-1948 Sports Club. The veterans couldn't match their pace with the youngsters and was beaten by Diibo Football Association with a final score of 6-0.

Match 2

The second match of the day was battled out between the defending champions-Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) and All Hija Sports Association (AHSA). SLSC downed AHSA by 3-0.


Players of AHSA and SLSC in action

Day 3-18th June 2007

Match 1

Bulla Sports Association (BSA) was beaten by Siiro Sports Club by three goals to nil.

Match 2

Hari Sports Club downed 1948 Sports Club by three goals to nil.

Update: The final of the tournament has been rescheduled to 30th June.

Friday, June 15, 2007

WHAT’S THE COST OF ARUNACHAL?

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-by Roto Chobin

A game of ping-pong has been playing between India and China since the first half of 20th century, in which the state of Arunachal is being used as a ball. The British, being a judge to this game, made a mess by crushing the ball and rushed out of this game in haste, leaving behind two ambivalent countries to play with deformed ball. The so-called border talks are being held at the expense of Arunachal. The debate on border issue seems incredibly long and the outcome is not on the horizon. And if today the Arunachal is being treated as a whore, the British and Tibetan must share a part of blame. The Tibetan, who had some sway over certain part, didn’t took care of the maiden, the British broke its virginity and passed it to India, and then the India kept the state like a mistress and now China wants to have it.

Let’s take a look at the historical records to unravel if Arunachal really were a territory of China or an integral part of India. The starting place of border dispute extends back into the 19th Century, when both China and British India asserted claims to remote mountain areas between China and India. But the people of Arunachal unknown to the doom, existed as a sovereign state. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the tide of development was lapping into the foot-hills. So the British drew a line along the foot of the hills which was to be called the “Inner Line” and the “Outer Line” under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873. The Inner Line was an administrative line, in the Assam tribal areas, to keep hunters and traders out of the Assam tribal areas; no taxes were collected beyond the Inner Line. The Outer Line was the international boundary of British India. However, little publicity was given to the demarcation of the Outer Line. On March 30, 1911, Noel Williamson, Assistant Political Officer of Sadiya, and a tea estate doctor were attacked and killed by Adi tribesmen in Komsing. Williamson was formally warned not to cross the Inner Line without expressed permission. Williamson's death provided for the revision of the tribal policy for which Williamson himself had argued for years. A British expedition, headed by Major General Hamilton Bower, was mounted in late 1911; the mission continued until 1913. The alleged purpose of the expedition was punitive; indeed, the Adis were punished for slaying Williamson. However, the ultimate objective of the expedition was to define a new border and to inform the Chinese of the new limits of British sovereignty. While the British were exploring Assam, the 1911 Chinese Revolution erupted. By 1912, Chinese influence in Tibet had fallen drastically. As Chinese power in Tibet waned, Chinese pressure on the Assam border ceased to exist. The British now endeavored to secure the Assam Himalayas from any future Chinese intervention.

The fall of Chinese power in Tibet led to negotiations between British Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan delegates to the Simla Conference of 1913-14. The British had decided to make Tibet a genuine buffer state. The British chief delegate, Sir Henry McMahon, introduced the idea of a second buffer into the long Sino-Tibetan debates over the boundary between Chinese control and the Tibetan buffer. The Chinese government immediately repudiated the agreement. The Chinese rejection was a blow to McMahon's buffer scheme. However, McMahon had meanwhile negotiated another buffer and zone of defense for the Himalayas. He had made a separate agreement with the chief Tibetan delegate; this agreement defined the frontier line along the crest of the Assam Himalayas, based on the 1911-13 Abor Expedition. The line was marked on a large-scale (eight miles to the inch) map; however, this map and the details of the McMahon-Tibetan agreement were not communicated to the Chinese. The task of making good the McMahon Line was given to J.P.Mills, the government’s adviser on tribal affairs, who was to say that: “the tribes to be incorporated (in India) belong naturally more to Tibet than to India. In race and in language they are mongoloid. They all speak Tibeto-Burmese languages which have nothing in common with the Assamesse of the Aryans of the plains. It follows therefore that what one might call the cultural and social pull is towards Tibet …. The McMahon Line therefore suffers from the disability that though it may look well on the map … it is in fact not the natural boundary, whereas the frontier along the plains is the natural one.” The Indian government also recognized that the population along the north-east frontier was ethnically and culturally closer to Tibet than to India, but due to the strategic and geopolitical considerations that had formed Britain’s approach to the north-east border applied with equal force for the new (Indian) government. One of the last acts of the Chinese nationalist ambassador in New Delhi was to remind the Indian government in February 1947 that china did not recognize the McMahon Line, and held the simla convention invalid.

In the early1950s, a strong Assam Rifles patrol moving up the Subansiri River was warmly welcomed by one of the tribes, feasted and given shelter - and then massacred almost to a man. Under Nehru’s order, no punitive action had been taken. In 1952, G.S. Bajpai, then the governor of Bombay urges that India should take the initiative in raising the question of McMahon Line with the Chinese government, only to be told by K.M.Panikkar that the Prime Minister (Nehru) had decided that it was not in India’s interest to raise the question of the McMahon Line. By 1958, the Indians had completed the work left unfinished by the British and made good the McMahon Line. In December 26th 1959, the china implied that the Indian maps are ‘cutting deep into Chinese territory’ in the western sector, while of the eastern sector it is said that ‘the whole boundary line is pushed northward, including an area of about 90,000 sq km which originally belonged to China. In 1986, differences raise again over the McMahon line in the Sumdorung Chu area of Arunachal. After Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to china in 1988, a Joint Working Group (JWG) forum was formed to find a real solution to boundary problems and thence, the delegates from both side debated on this issue from time to time. Ironically, the JWG forum has focused more on peace along the border than on a real solution to the boundary problem. And so far umpteen JWG meeting was conducted without making much headway, and so far not even a single representative of Arunachal was invited to participate in the border talk.

The natives of Arunachal not only resisted Indian occupation when Indian officials moved into inner line, but were equally intimidated by Chinese troops when they entered in Arunachal during 1962 war. The peoples of this region never had a direct contact with China nor with India which makes the state more or less a sovereign state. But from the day Arunachal Pradesh was lifted up into the category of ‘Indian states’ from Union Territory in 1986, she has worked diligently with Indian constitution. And in these 60 years, from the Independence Day till today, the development of infrastructure is not worth mentioning which leads to grave doubt that India’s incapability to develop physical infrastructure in Arunachal lays in the reason that India cannot hold on to Arunachal for a long time. On the contrary, the Chinese has developed Tibet beyond recognition, even laid a rail tracks up to Lhasa which is situated 3
,600 meters above sea level, and which, I anticipate, will bind Tibet more close to the mainland. Apart from development of infrastructure issue; if we analyze the statement made by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Chandigarh last year and in a recent parliament session- 1. “Some adjustments will take place here and there on Arunachal Pradesh and J&K at the conclusion of the ongoing talks with China and Pakistan respectively.” 2. “India and china are exploring the framework of a final package settlement covering all sectors of the India-China boundary (May 10, 2007 Arunachal Times),” it corroborate the doubts enormously. On the other hand, China left no stone unturned to remind the people of Arunachal that they are Chinese citizen. For instance, lately, Chinese embassy refused to grant visa to an IAS officer, Ganesh Koyu who hails from Arunachal, because he comes from a disputed area and which didn’t come as a shock to me as this kind of denial had happened in late 1990’s to then the chief minister, Gegong Apang, when he sought a visa to visit China but was told by Chinese embassy that he doesn’t need a visa to visit his own country.

However, most of the people of Arunachal are of the opinion that the Arunachal would do better under Indian constitution. But the question still refused to subdue is: does the Indian Government and Indians are ready to assimilate the state within its republic. The ‘flip-flop’ attitude of federal government and their vague opinion on Arunachal not only perplex us but also steer us into dark alley. Besides, We (Arunachal along with Mizoram and Nagaland) were accused of being a parasite state by substantial section of the populations that claims that we survives on the flesh of Indians who allegedly labours night and day at IT industry et al to make Indian economy bullish. And we have been blamed for the lack of infrastructure in their state, for the potholes, etc. as well because their money has been pumped into these three states. Perhaps, they may be right in pointing out this. And if this view is defended by Indian government and Indians, then the privilege to call Arunachal an integral part of India is wholly invalid. And the Arunachal should have been given back their earlier status of sovereign state. Furthermore, the Indians are not happy with reservation (reservation in job and educational institution for scheduled tribe and caste), and we (the youth who have been to metropolis and influenced by it) are not happy about being ‘scheduled’ tribe (ST) for so long and to be called ST makes us a part of highly caste ridden and feudal society of Aryans.

At long last, considering the dealings of the centre with our state, it does indicate that the federal government of India, who is directly responsible for corrupting our state government by fattening the wallets of our politician and their enforcement arm, will never be able to oversee our state efficiently. The failure of Indian government to administer competently must not suggest that the whole of Arunachal is for bargain. And the Arunachal and its people shouldn’t be used as pawn in order to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and China. The talk show of two giant goliaths must go on and, but, let the Arunachal be a buffer state - free from Indian and Chinese influence.

Who will be the next Prez?

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No, I’m not talking about who will be the next Prez of India but I’m talking of the photo that appeared in the lone weekly published from Ziro The Subansiri in it’s June 6th edition captioned “Who will be the next……..?”. See for yourself.



Is this what our local media left with to report, when the scribes are resolving to strengthen value based media? Will any of these candidates vying for the post of ASU (Apatani Students Union) President, who has, if I’m not wrong, spent huge amount of money for campaigning, for printing of posters, for hiring vehicles etc., indeed, work selflessly to take the Apatani Student’s fraternity ahead? Or would they just use this post to further their personal and political ambition? Well, let these two not lead the student community in a way that I apprehended about in my earlier post. And I couldn’t understand by what the scribe meant when he said, “Will they take us (who?) to the right direction let us watch and wait.” If ‘us’ is the student community, then we should indeed wait and watch if they take the student community to the right direction. But if ‘us’ is-we the Apatani community, then should we really wait and watch where they lead us-the community or should we guide them if they go the wrong way?

WHAT’S THE COST OF ARUNACHAL?

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-by Roto Chobin

A game of ping-pong has been playing between India and China since the first half of 20th century, in which the state of Arunachal is being used as a ball. The British, being a judge to this game, made a mess by crushing the ball and rushed out of this game in haste, leaving behind two ambivalent countries to play with deformed ball. The so-called border talks are being held at the expense of Arunachal. The debate on border issue seems incredibly long and the outcome is not on the horizon. And if today the Arunachal is being treated as a whore, the British and Tibetan must share a part of blame. The Tibetan, who had some sway over certain part, didn’t took care of the maiden, the British broke its virginity and passed it to India, and then the India kept the state like a mistress and now China wants to have it.

Let’s take a look at the historical records to unravel if Arunachal really were a territory of China or an integral part of India. The starting place of border dispute extends back into the 19th Century, when both China and British India asserted claims to remote mountain areas between China and India. But the people of Arunachal unknown to the doom, existed as a sovereign state. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the tide of development was lapping into the foot-hills. So the British drew a line along the foot of the hills which was to be called the “Inner Line” and the “Outer Line” under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873. The Inner Line was an administrative line, in the Assam tribal areas, to keep hunters and traders out of the Assam tribal areas; no taxes were collected beyond the Inner Line. The Outer Line was the international boundary of British India. However, little publicity was given to the demarcation of the Outer Line. On March 30, 1911, Noel Williamson, Assistant Political Officer of Sadiya, and a tea estate doctor were attacked and killed by Adi tribesmen in Komsing. Williamson was formally warned not to cross the Inner Line without expressed permission. Williamson's death provided for the revision of the tribal policy for which Williamson himself had argued for years. A British expedition, headed by Major General Hamilton Bower, was mounted in late 1911; the mission continued until 1913. The alleged purpose of the expedition was punitive; indeed, the Adis were punished for slaying Williamson. However, the ultimate objective of the expedition was to define a new border and to inform the Chinese of the new limits of British sovereignty. While the British were exploring Assam, the 1911 Chinese Revolution erupted. By 1912, Chinese influence in Tibet had fallen drastically. As Chinese power in Tibet waned, Chinese pressure on the Assam border ceased to exist. The British now endeavored to secure the Assam Himalayas from any future Chinese intervention.

The fall of Chinese power in Tibet led to negotiations between British Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan delegates to the Simla Conference of 1913-14. The British had decided to make Tibet a genuine buffer state. The British chief delegate, Sir Henry McMahon, introduced the idea of a second buffer into the long Sino-Tibetan debates over the boundary between Chinese control and the Tibetan buffer. The Chinese government immediately repudiated the agreement. The Chinese rejection was a blow to McMahon's buffer scheme. However, McMahon had meanwhile negotiated another buffer and zone of defense for the Himalayas. He had made a separate agreement with the chief Tibetan delegate; this agreement defined the frontier line along the crest of the Assam Himalayas, based on the 1911-13 Abor Expedition. The line was marked on a large-scale (eight miles to the inch) map; however, this map and the details of the McMahon-Tibetan agreement were not communicated to the Chinese. The task of making good the McMahon Line was given to J.P.Mills, the government’s adviser on tribal affairs, who was to say that: “the tribes to be incorporated (in India) belong naturally more to Tibet than to India. In race and in language they are mongoloid. They all speak Tibeto-Burmese languages which have nothing in common with the Assamesse of the Aryans of the plains. It follows therefore that what one might call the cultural and social pull is towards Tibet …. The McMahon Line therefore suffers from the disability that though it may look well on the map … it is in fact not the natural boundary, whereas the frontier along the plains is the natural one.” The Indian government also recognized that the population along the north-east frontier was ethnically and culturally closer to Tibet than to India, but due to the strategic and geopolitical considerations that had formed Britain’s approach to the north-east border applied with equal force for the new (Indian) government. One of the last acts of the Chinese nationalist ambassador in New Delhi was to remind the Indian government in February 1947 that china did not recognize the McMahon Line, and held the simla convention invalid.

In the early1950s, a strong Assam Rifles patrol moving up the Subansiri River was warmly welcomed by one of the tribes, feasted and given shelter - and then massacred almost to a man. Under Nehru’s order, no punitive action had been taken. In 1952, G.S. Bajpai, then the governor of Bombay urges that India should take the initiative in raising the question of McMahon Line with the Chinese government, only to be told by K.M.Panikkar that the Prime Minister (Nehru) had decided that it was not in India’s interest to raise the question of the McMahon Line. By 1958, the Indians had completed the work left unfinished by the British and made good the McMahon Line. In December 26th 1959, the china implied that the Indian maps are ‘cutting deep into Chinese territory’ in the western sector, while of the eastern sector it is said that ‘the whole boundary line is pushed northward, including an area of about 90,000 sq km which originally belonged to China. In 1986, differences raise again over the McMahon line in the Sumdorung Chu area of Arunachal. After Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to china in 1988, a Joint Working Group (JWG) forum was formed to find a real solution to boundary problems and thence, the delegates from both side debated on this issue from time to time. Ironically, the JWG forum has focused more on peace along the border than on a real solution to the boundary problem. And so far umpteen JWG meeting was conducted without making much headway, and so far not even a single representative of Arunachal was invited to participate in the border talk.

The natives of Arunachal not only resisted Indian occupation when Indian officials moved into inner line, but were equally intimidated by Chinese troops when they entered in Arunachal during 1962 war. The peoples of this region never had a direct contact with China nor with India which makes the state more or less a sovereign state. But from the day Arunachal Pradesh was lifted up into the category of ‘Indian states’ from Union Territory in 1986, she has worked diligently with Indian constitution. And in these 60 years, from the Independence Day till today, the development of infrastructure is not worth mentioning which leads to grave doubt that India’s incapability to develop physical infrastructure in Arunachal lays in the reason that India cannot hold on to Arunachal for a long time. On the contrary, the Chinese has developed Tibet beyond recognition, even laid a rail tracks up to Lhasa which is situated 3,600 meters above sea level, and which, I anticipate, will bind Tibet more close to the mainland. Apart from development of infrastructure issue; if we analyze the statement made by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Chandigarh last year and in a recent parliament session- 1. “Some adjustments will take place here and there on Arunachal Pradesh and J&K at the conclusion of the ongoing talks with China and Pakistan respectively.” 2. “India and china are exploring the framework of a final package settlement covering all sectors of the India-China boundary (May 10, 2007 Arunachal Times),” it corroborate the doubts enormously. On the other hand, China left no stone unturned to remind the people of Arunachal that they are Chinese citizen. For instance, lately, Chinese embassy refused to grant visa to an IAS officer, Ganesh Koyu who hails from Arunachal, because he comes from a disputed area and which didn’t come as a shock to me as this kind of denial had happened in late 1990’s to then the chief minister, Gegong Apang, when he sought a visa to visit China but was told by Chinese embassy that he doesn’t need a visa to visit his own country.

However, most of the people of Arunachal are of the opinion that the Arunachal would do better under Indian constitution. But the question still refused to subdue is: does the Indian Government and Indians are ready to assimilate the state within its republic. The ‘flip-flop’ attitude of federal government and their vague opinion on Arunachal not only perplex us but also steer us into dark alley. Besides, We (Arunachal along with Mizoram and Nagaland) were accused of being a parasite state by substantial section of the populations that claims that we survives on the flesh of Indians who allegedly labours night and day at IT industry et al to make Indian economy bullish. And we have been blamed for the lack of infrastructure in their state, for the potholes, etc. as well because their money has been pumped into these three states. Perhaps, they may be right in pointing out this. And if this view is defended by Indian government and Indians, then the privilege to call Arunachal an integral part of India is wholly invalid. And the Arunachal should have been given back their earlier status of sovereign state. Furthermore, the Indians are not happy with reservation (reservation in job and educational institution for scheduled tribe and caste), and we (the youth who have been to metropolis and influenced by it) are not happy about being ‘scheduled’ tribe (ST) for so long and to be called ST makes us a part of highly caste ridden and feudal society of Aryans.

At long last, considering the dealings of the centre with our state, it does indicate that the federal government of India, who is directly responsible for corrupting our state government by fattening the wallets of our politician and their enforcement arm, will never be able to oversee our state efficiently. The failure of Indian government to administer competently must not suggest that the whole of Arunachal is for bargain. And the Arunachal and its people shouldn’t be used as pawn in order to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and China. The talk show of two giant goliaths must go on and, but, let the Arunachal be a buffer state - free from Indian and Chinese influence.

Who will be the next Prez?

0 comments

No, I’m not talking about who will be the next Prez of India but I’m talking of the photo that appeared in the lone weekly published from Ziro The Subansiri in it’s June 6th edition captioned “Who will be the next……..?”. See for yourself.



Is this what our local media left with to report, when the scribes are resolving to strengthen value based media? Will any of these candidates vying for the post of ASU (Apatani Students Union) President, who has, if I’m not wrong, spent huge amount of money for campaigning, for printing of posters, for hiring vehicles etc., indeed, work selflessly to take the Apatani Student’s fraternity ahead? Or would they just use this post to further their personal and political ambition? Well, let these two not lead the student community in a way that I apprehended about in my earlier post. And I couldn’t understand by what the scribe meant when he said, “Will they take us (who?) to the right direction let us watch and wait.” If ‘us’ is the student community, then we should indeed wait and watch if they take the student community to the right direction. But if ‘us’ is-we the Apatani community, then should we really wait and watch where they lead us-the community or should we guide them if they go the wrong way?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Down the memory lane

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The thought that I would be making a trip to the school (albeit for 1 day only) which has produced so many bureaucrats and technocrats of this state and which has reminiscence of my early school days, quite excited me. But when I embarked upon the trip, it seemed as if the thought would remain just a thought. As soon as I reached Itanagar from Ziro, I was told that the bus on which I booked the ticket for Tinsukia has been cancelled because of the 'Bandh' at Nagaon, Sibsagar and Golaghat Districts of Assam and there was no seat available for the next day. This shattered all my excitement and I was about to decide for the trip back to Ziro when a person came for cancellation of his ticket to Deomali the next day. I thought, lady luck is smiling upon me and I immediately grabbed this opportunity and booked the ticket upto Deomali for next day.

The next afternoon (buses depart for Deomali at 2.00 p.m) when I embarked the bus, the co-passengers were discussing that another Bandh has been called at Dibrugarh district the next day. I felt like canceling the ticket then and there but nevertheless I embarked upon the journey, after all the urge to visit the school after almost 22 years prevailed on me. I just gambled that if everything goes alright i.e., if the bus doesn't break down on the way, I would be reaching Deomali well before time the Bandh becomes effective. And the gambling was a success as I reached Deomali early morning the next day, without a hitch. I booked return ticket for the evening, normally the buses depart Deomali in the afternoon, but owing to Bandh the bus was departing in the evening that day. After freshening up and having breakfast at friend's residence (only Government Inspection Bungalows are available at Deomali and it was totally booked that day) I headed for Narottam Nagar in a Taxi (during my school days, it was difficult to get Taxi from Deomali).

And here I was, after a long 22 years, back at Ramakrishna Mission School, where I spent my 3 and a ½ years of initial schooling days.


It brought back all the memories. The memory of me standing under the shed of tree, taking shelter from scorching heat and shirking away from the compulsory football game in the evening, when my fellow mates would be totally indulged in the game. The only time I would be in the game or rather pretend to be in the game was whenever teacher came for inspection.

Mahavir Stadium

I moved to the main School Building. The building looked all the same- the class rooms, assembly area etc., except that it has graduated from 2-storeyed building to 3-storeyed one and a new structure that came up adjacent to the main building. However, it reminded me of how we used to look out through the window to search for our parents in the taxis that arrived to pick up their wards after the last paper of exam. Everyone just wanted to leave hostel as soon as possible for summer break and it was like who would be leaving the hostel first. It felt bad when you were the last to leave the hostel.

Main School Building

The Assembly Area

From there I headed towards the Hostel which is some stone throw away from the School and after taking due permission of Hostel Warden Maharaj, I went round the hostel dormitories, the mess and the prayer hall where we used to offer prayer every evening. The sound of conch, the hymns ‘Khandana Bhava…..’ reverberated in my ears.

The Prayer Hall

The Dormitory

Hostel Warden's Office and Seniors Hostel

I thanked Warden Maharaj for allowing me to relive my hostel days and bade him goodbye. I walked past the auditorium which was used for screening of movies besides other school functions and all the movies (albeit only patriotic) viz., Jhansi ki Rani, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shivaji, Rana Pratap etc., screened on sundays for our entertainment through 25 mm projector (there was no television set in the hostel in those days) flashed in my memory. I remembered the queue outside the canteen to buy biscuits and snacks to be taken during the movie.


The Auditorium

I was so deep down the memory lane that I forgot that I had to catch the bus. So, I hurried to the taxi and while on the way to Deomali, it felt like I just completed my exam
s and was heading home for summer break.

Down the memory lane

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The thought that I would be making a trip to the school (albeit for 1 day only) which has produced so many bureaucrats and technocrats of this state and which has reminiscence of my early school days, quite excited me. But when I embarked upon the trip, it seemed as if the thought would remain just a thought. As soon as I reached Itanagar from Ziro, I was told that the bus on which I booked the ticket for Tinsukia has been cancelled because of the 'Bandh' at Nagaon, Sibsagar and Golaghat Districts of Assam and there was no seat available for the next day. This shattered all my excitement and I was about to decide for the trip back to Ziro when a person came for cancellation of his ticket to Deomali the next day. I thought, lady luck is smiling upon me and I immediately grabbed this opportunity and booked the ticket upto Deomali for next day.

The next afternoon (buses depart for Deomali at 2.00 p.m) when I embarked the bus, the co-passengers were discussing that another Bandh has been called at Dibrugarh district the next day. I felt like canceling the ticket then and there but nevertheless I embarked upon the journey, after all the urge to visit the school after almost 22 years prevailed on me. I just gambled that if everything goes alright i.e., if the bus doesn't break down on the way, I would be reaching Deomali well before time the Bandh becomes effective. And the gambling was a success as I reached Deomali early morning the next day, without a hitch. I booked return ticket for the evening, normally the buses depart Deomali in the afternoon, but owing to Bandh the bus was departing in the evening that day. After freshening up and having breakfast at friend's residence (only Government Inspection Bungalows are available at Deomali and it was totally booked that day) I headed for Narottam Nagar in a Taxi (during my school days, it was difficult to get Taxi from Deomali).

And here I was, after a long 22 years, back at Ramakrishna Mission School, where I spent my 3 and a ½ years of initial schooling days.


It brought back all the memories. The memory of me standing under the shed of tree, taking shelter from scorching heat and shirking away from the compulsory football game in the evening, when my fellow mates would be totally indulged in the game. The only time I would be in the game or rather pretend to be in the game was whenever teacher came for inspection.

Mahavir Stadium

I moved to the main School Building. The building looked all the same- the class rooms, assembly area etc., except that it has graduated from 2-storeyed building to 3-storeyed one and a new structure that came up adjacent to the main building. However, it reminded me of how we used to look out through the window to search for our parents in the taxis that arrived to pick up their wards after the last paper of exam. Everyone just wanted to leave hostel as soon as possible for summer break and it was like who would be leaving the hostel first. It felt bad when you were the last to leave the hostel.

Main School Building

The Assembly Area

From there I headed towards the Hostel which is some stone throw away from the School and after taking due permission of Hostel Warden Maharaj, I went round the hostel dormitories, the mess and the prayer hall where we used to offer prayer every evening. The sound of conch, the hymns ‘Khandana Bhava…..’ reverberated in my ears.

The Prayer Hall

The Dormitory

Hostel Warden's Office and Seniors Hostel

I thanked Warden Maharaj for allowing me to relive my hostel days and bade him goodbye. I walked past the auditorium which was used for screening of movies besides other school functions and all the movies (albeit only patriotic) viz., Jhansi ki Rani, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shivaji, Rana Pratap etc., screened on sundays for our entertainment through 25 mm projector (there was no television set in the hostel in those days) flashed in my memory. I remembered the queue outside the canteen to buy biscuits and snacks to be taken during the movie.


The Auditorium

I was so deep down the memory lane that I forgot that I had to catch the bus. So, I hurried to the taxi and while on the way to Deomali, it felt like I just completed my exams and was heading home for summer break.

Match Schedules

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Finally, the schedule of the much awaited event of the year-Dree Football Tournament is out. This year the team has been divided into 2 pools. The match format will be round robin where the teams in a pool play with each other. The top two teams from each pool which would be decided by points (3 points for a win, 1 for draw and nil for loss) goes to semi-finals (there is no quarter-finals this season).

Pool A

  1. Diibo Sports Club

  2. Diibo Football Club

  3. 1948 Sports Club

  4. Hari Sports Club


Pool B

  1. Sojang Lapang Sports Club

  2. Bulla Sports Association

  3. All Hija Sports Association (AHSA)

  4. Siiro Sports Club


The inaugural match will be played on 16th at 1400 hrs between Hari Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club. The details of fixture are as below: -

Pool A Matches
16th June- Hari Sports Club V/s Diibo Sports Club – 1400hrs
17th June-Diibo Football Club V/s 1948 Sports Club - 1300 hrs
18th June-Hari Sports Club V/s 1948 Sports Club – 1515 hrs
19th June-Diibo Football Club V/s Diibo Sports Club -1300 hrs
20th June-Hari Sports Club V/s Diibo Football Club – 1515 hrs
21st June-Diibo Sports Club V/s 1948 Sports Club – 1300 hrs

Pool B Matches
17th June-Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s AHSA – 1515hrs
18th June-Bulla Sports Association V/s Siiro Sports Club – 1300 hrs
19th June-Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Bulla Sports Association – 1515hrs
20th June-AHSA V/s Siiro Sports Club-1300 hrs
21st June-Sojang Lapang Sports Club V/s Siiro Sports Club – 1515 hrs
22nd June-Bulla Sports Association V/s AHSA – 1300 hrs

25th June-Semi Final –I (Winner A V/s Runners-Up B)
26th June-Semi Final-II (Runners-Up A V/s Winner B)
29th June -Final (Tentative)

It is being heard that the CDFC Sports committee has received a request from ASU (Apatani Students Union) to defer the date for Final to 1st July as the date of ASU general body meeting-cum-election is coinciding with the date of Final of Dree Football Tourney and the committee is considering either to pre-pone or postpone the date of Dree Football Final.