Saturday, February 28, 2009

Is imposition of ESMA by Government to crackdown on agitating employees justified?-Poll Result

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As the government has finally agreed to revoke ESMA, I've closed the opinion poll.

Out of total votes polled, 81% were of the opinion that Government was not justified in imposing ESMA whereas 19% felt that the Government was justified.

Below is the result of Poll.




Regarding other poll on "if the handling of agitation would effect the prospect of Congress government in forthcoming election", I've kept that poll open and placed it at sidebar at Arunachal Diary Poll. Do vote and let your views heard.

Arunachal Diary congratulates Arif on being conferred with State Award

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Arif receiving State Silver Medal Award from HE Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Arif receiving award from H.E. the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh


In recognition of the meritorious services to Arunachal Pradesh for promoting Tourism through photography, involvement of youths in community development, attribution in the evolution of computer literacy programs among tribal people and placing Arunachal Pradesh on the Butterfly Map of world, Arif was conferred with State Award (Silver Medal) on the occassion of Statehood Day at Itanagar on 20th of February, 2009.

It may be mentioned here that Arif has been associated with Arunachal Diary through his photographic contribution. His work in Arunachal Diary can be accessed here.

Arunachal Diary congratulates Arif on being conferred with State Award.

CoSAAP-Government deadlock ends, agitation called off

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Finally giving respite to the common masses, CoSAAP and government reached an amicable solution and the deadlock between them has ended. The solution was arrived at after 7-long hours of marathon discussion between CoSAAP representatives and the government yesterday.

Under the agreement arrived at yesterday, which was apparently arrived at after taking into the financial health of state of which Finance Minister elaborated in detail to the CoSAAP representatives, the government has agreed to

  1. Revoke ESMA.
  2. Re-instate the two terminated employees and withdraw all the charges against them.
  3. No deduction of pay for the period under agitation.
  4. Provide six month arrears in two installment instead of three with two months arrears in cash and one months arrear credited to GPF account for the financial year 2008-09 and one month arrear in cash and two months arrears credited to GPF account for the financial year 2009-10.
  5. 30 months arrear would be released to employees as and when the government receive fund from Central government for which the government is pursuing.
On CoSAAP's part, they have agreed to
  1. Call of the agitation with immediate effect.
  2. Work 7 days a week instead of 5 to make up for the loss owing to 22 days long pen & tool down strike without claiming Over Time Allowances.

Does celebration of Festival calls for animal sacrifice?

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Norbu Lama writes in to Arunachal Diary,

Celebration of festival is life of one's culture and certainly we must celebrate our festivals with all traditional ways. But the animal sacrifice in public, specially in presence of foreign guests and media people from outside, gives an impression that we are educated barbarians. If we look into the history of any community or society we will find that all were once tribal societies like us and their culture and traditions were similar. Others have improved. Can't we?

It has made me ponder, does celebration of festival indeed call for animal sacrifice? Can we make do without animal sacrifice and celebrate the festival with same pomp and gaiety? I guess we can.

What do you say?

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Look-Arunachal Diary goes Green

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Finally, Arunachal Diary is sporting a new look based on theme Green...and I'm working to smoothen Arunachal Diary out. I'd be updating more about it later in this post. Do keep watching this space..

Update 10:23 PM

I'm totally lost... new template is totally behaving abnormally. The header image is appearing at it's will. When I checked in Mozilla browser, it is showing but when I open Arunachal Diary in IE it is not. So, what now. Would I revert back to earlier template? No. I'm trying to sort it out without reverting back to earlier template. May be posting would take a back seat. Well, just kidding...both fixing bugs and posting will go on simultaneously. So, do keep visiting.

Update 5:15 PM on 28-02-2009

Contact Us form added. Use the form to contact Arunachal Diary.

Priya Dutt for Brand Ambassador of Arunachal?

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In her maiden visit to this easternmost state, Congress MP Priya Dutt has expressed her willingness to become brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh.

Congress MP from Mumbai, Priya Dutt today expressed her willingness to become a brand ambassador to showcase Arunachal's rich cultural heritage and potential.

-Arunachal Front
(Another link to the story)
It's not the first instance when celebrities have expressed their desire to become brand ambassador of Arunachal to showcase Arunachal's rich cultural heritage and tourism potential to the outside world. Earlier also, Bollywood celebrity (was it Lara Dutta or Priyanka Chopra?) expressed her willingness to become brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh during Buddha Mahotsava. But on Government's front, we never heard them showing interest in such proposal or materializing the same.

When Arunachal Pradesh is all geared up to promote Arunachal as ultimate tourism destination, it's high time that we go professional in promoting it's rich cultural heritage and tourism potential by going all out in media campaign. And as a part of it, we may rope in some celebrity to become Brand Ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh.

So guys, what do you think of Ma'am Dutt as Brand Ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh? Is Tourism Department listening?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Vote for Tawang Monastery for 7 wonders of India

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Tawang Town with monastery in background.Image via Wikipedia

Do you want to see Tawang Monastery as one of the wonders in '7 Wonders of India'?

Tawang Monastery is among the 20 natural or man made marvels in India that has been shortlisted to make it to the final 7 of the '7 Wonders of India'- a year long campaign initiated by NDTV in association with Union Tourism Ministry to unravel the 7 best natural and man-made marvels in the country.

The three monuments that's leading the race so far are:
  1. The Golden Temple
  2. Sun Temple, Konark and
  3. Meenakshi Temple

I've voted. So if you want to make Tawang Monastery stay in the race and make it to '7 Wonders of India' do vote here. Alternately, you can vote via your mobile phone. SMS 7 to 56388 or log on to mobile.ndtv.com on your phone browser.

Let's make Tawang Monastery a 'Wonder of India'. Vote now.


Related reading:

Tawang Monastery in the race for '7 Wonders of India'

How's Arunachal government contemplating enriching it's coffer?

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Any idea?

Well, by outright selling of complete and incomplete HUDCO Shopping Complexes at Roing, Pasighat, Daporijo, Ziro and Naharlagun and by leasing out Tourist Lodges for a period of 10 years.

Government spokesman Tako Dabi today announced the Government's decision to sell out complete and incomplete HUDCO shopping complexes at Roing, Pasighat, Daporijo, Ziro and Naharlagun.

He told media persons that the cabinet has decided to go for an outright sale to fill the state's coffer. Moreover, the tourist lodges will also be given out on lease for a period of 10 years with the same objective, he said.
-Arunachal Front

Anyone interested?

I wouldn't be surprised if politicians end up owning these structures ultimately. ;)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

(Non) Implementation of 6th Pay Commision Recommendation- Arunachal find it's partner in Manipur

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Hmm...employees in Arunachal Pradesh are not alone which is affected by (non) implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations. It has found a partner in Manipur.

The Government employees in Manipur along with it's family member has decided not to vote for the candidates of Congress and coalition partner CPI in the coming parliamentary elections, over their demand for implementation of 6th pay commission recommendation in Manipur.

Government employees in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, who have been demanding the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, have now decided to take stronger action.

The 64,000 Manipur employees have announced that they and their families would not vote for the candidates of the Congress or its coalition partner CPI in the coming Parliamentary elections.

(Source: The Hindu)

Meanwhile, there is no sign of respite to the ongoing standoff between Government and CoSAAP with government not budging from their stand and threatening to emulate Tamil Nadu where around 100000 employees were terminated under this draconian act and CoSAAP deciding to intensify the ongoing democratic movement and continuing their agitation.

Monday, February 23, 2009

How would the Arunachal Government pay 200 computer staff?

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Amidst the employees discontentment over 6th Pay Commission Recommendation implementation in Arunachal Pradesh, whose solution is yet to see the light, it is interesting to know that Government is contemplating recruiting 200 computer staff for various departments of State Secretariat.

Dabi said the government would recruit 200 computer staff in various departments of the state secretariat soon.


I wonder, with Government not able to comply with 6th Pay Commission package owing to financial crunch, how would they pay for the services of 200 Computer Staff that they are contemplating recruiting?

Any answers?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

How would the Arunachal Government pay 200 computer staff?

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Amidst the employees discontentment over 6th Pay Commission Recommendation implementation in Arunachal Pradesh, whose solution is yet to see the light, it is interesting to know that Government is contemplating recruiting 200 computer staff for various departments of State Secretariat.

Dabi said the government would recruit 200 computer staff in various departments of the state secretariat soon.


I wonder, with Government not able to comply with 6th Pay Commission package owing to financial crunch, how would they pay for the services of 200 Computer Staff that they are contemplating recruiting?

Any answers?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Would the handling of CoSAAP's agitation by the Government affect the ruling Congress Party's prospect in forthcoming Assembly Elections?

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Well, the ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has finally decided to prepone the Assembly Elections which was due in October and to go in for polls simultaneously along with Lok Sabha Elections likely to be held during April-May. The decision was taken, apparently, in order to 'save time, energy and money'.

The ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to go in for polls for the 60-member state assembly simultaneously with that for the Lok Sabha to be held either in April or May.

The state cabinet at a meeting here last night endorsed the decision of the Congress Legislature Party and its associate members to prepone the assembly polls, due in October and hold it along with that for the Lok Sabha to "save time, energy and money", government spokesman and state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tako Dabi told the press today.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who is also the CLP leader, and Arunachal PCC President Nabam Tuki would visit Delhi soon to apprise the party high command and the Election Commission of the decision, he said.
(Source PTI)

Now, with present turmoil in the state where the Government's hard stance on it's employee over the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendation has become the subject of criticism from other political parties and employees discontentment, would the decision to pre-pone the 60-seat assembly elections backfire in their face? Would the handling of CoSAAP's agitation by the ruling Congress Government affect their prospect in this assembly election?

Chip in your views through polls below or through the comments.

Would the handling of CoSAAP's agitation by the Government affect the ruling Congress Party's prospect in forthcoming Assembly Elections?

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Well, the ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has finally decided to prepone the Assembly Elections which was due in October and to go in for polls simultaneously along with Lok Sabha Elections likely to be held during April-May. The decision was taken, apparently, in order to 'save time, energy and money'.

The ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to go in for polls for the 60-member state assembly simultaneously with that for the Lok Sabha to be held either in April or May.

The state cabinet at a meeting here last night endorsed the decision of the Congress Legislature Party and its associate members to prepone the assembly polls, due in October and hold it along with that for the Lok Sabha to "save time, energy and money", government spokesman and state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tako Dabi told the press today.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who is also the CLP leader, and Arunachal PCC President Nabam Tuki would visit Delhi soon to apprise the party high command and the Election Commission of the decision, he said.
(Source PTI)

Now, with present turmoil in the state where the Government's hard stance on it's employee over the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendation has become the subject of criticism from other political parties and employees discontentment, would the decision to pre-pone the 60-seat assembly elections backfire in their face? Would the handling of CoSAAP's agitation by the ruling Congress Government affect their prospect in this assembly election?

Chip in your views through polls below or through the comments.

Friday, February 20, 2009

On implementation of 6th CPC recommendations in Arunachal, Adamant Government, CoSAAP's agitation and ESMA

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The logger-head between the CoSAAP and Arunachal Pradesh Government over implementation of 6th CPC recommendation is still continuing even after lapse of almost 2 months since the deadlock between the two parties over 6th CPC implementation reached and the solution still seems to be eluding. This tussle between the two parties, CoSAAP and A.P. Government has all the potential to bring the State to standstill and throw it into utter chaos; in fact it already has. With more than 85000 State's workforce going on 'Pen and Tool Down' agitation since January 5th, the government machinery has been brought to standstill and the common masses thrown into chaos.

With the Government not showing any interest to come to negotiation table over the December 20th pay package and taking hard-boiled stance over the agitating employees by imposing ESMA and the GBC CoSAAP not ready to take less than what was agreed upon on 10th of December, it seemed that the situation would further worsen without any solution in sight in near future. However, with the release of arrested leaders of GBC CoSAAP who were arrested under the provision of ESMA, on conditional bail, temporary suspension of 'Jail Bharo Andolan' by agitating employees in retaliation to arrest of their leaders and Chief Secretary finally relenting to reinstate the services of those employees who were terminated under ESMA and showing interest to talk with Chief Minister over the issue; it is hoped that the deadlock between the agitating employees and Government would tide over soon and an amicable solution reached.

Now after going through the press releases on the issue, it seems that this situation is the result of immature hurried promise made by the government which couldn't have otherwise been fulfilled, signing of agreement by selected few with the government as per government's wish contrary to earlier promise, which got signed, may be by putting the 'Second Party' under duress or under some personal arrangement as has been opined by some commentators, the government's adamant attitude to let it's employee follow the dictated terms which the employees couldn't come in agreement with and the crackdown technique (ESMA) that government adopted that backfired.

This entire episode has left few unanswered questions.

  • When it is said and stated by the Government that the State is not in a position to take the financial burden if the 6th Pay Commission Recommendation is implemented in toto, I wonder, why it reached upon an agreement of December 10th in first place, which was apparently arrived at after taking into consideration the financial position of the State? Was it on the basis of miscalculated financial implication that would have incurred to the State if 6th Pay Commission was implemented? Or was it deliberate move by the government to stall the agitation for time being and to buy time for preparing for next move?

  • Why CEC CoSAAP agreed to partial pay package contrary to December 10th agreement without consultation with it's District Unit's? Were they put under duress or had been subjected to some personal arrangements as has been opined by few commentators?

  • Was December 20th agreement arrived at after taking due consideration of financial implication to the State and it's financial poisition? If yes, then was the disagreement between different CoSAAP units the result of communication gap? Why CEC CoSAAP instead of clearing the differences amongst it's various units insisted upon other units to accept the pay package without giving proper reason and to bear the consequences if they goes ahead with agitation?

  • Was the Government right in using bullying tactic by imposing ESMA or did the situation indeed called for imposition of ESMA, in the first place? In fact, instead of breaking the morale of agitating employees it aggravated the agitation.

Aftermath

The Government has put itself into a very uncomfortable situation by taking 'adamant stance' and invoking Essential Service Maintenance (A.P.) Act, 1993, to crackdown on it's agitating employees. With Assembly election round the corner, this employer-employee issue has been turned into a political one by the likes of BJP, NCP, PPA etc., who are questioning the governance of the present Government and their handling of the situation and are showing solidarity with the agitating employees (though CoSAAP says it is a non-political organization and doesn't endorse any political patronage). This has also given chance to the political parties to group together and form an alliance to fight against the ruling Congress government in the ensuing Assembly elections. Besides, it has aggravated the agitation.

On CoSAAP's front, CoSAAP was disintegrated into two factions viz., CEC CoSAAP and GBC CoSAAP with one for the 20th December partial pay package and another for 10th December pay package with later faction spearheading the agitation now. Also, the hard-stance of government has brought almost all the District Units' under one umbrella called GBC CoSAAP.

And on common masses front, well.., we are only hoping that an amicable solution is reached between the Government and the agitating employees and are freed from further chaos.

On implementation of 6th CPC recommendations in Arunachal, Adamant Government, CoSAAP's agitation and ESMA

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The logger-head between the CoSAAP and Arunachal Pradesh Government over implementation of 6th CPC recommendation is still continuing even after lapse of almost 2 months since the deadlock between the two parties over 6th CPC implementation reached and the solution still seems to be eluding. This tussle between the two parties, CoSAAP and A.P. Government has all the potential to bring the State to standstill and throw it into utter chaos; in fact it already has. With more than 85000 State's workforce going on 'Pen and Tool Down' agitation since January 5th, the government machinery has been brought to standstill and the common masses thrown into chaos.

With the Government not showing any interest to come to negotiation table over the December 20th pay package and taking hard-boiled stance over the agitating employees by imposing ESMA and the GBC CoSAAP not ready to take less than what was agreed upon on 10th of December, it seemed that the situation would further worsen without any solution in sight in near future. However, with the release of arrested leaders of GBC CoSAAP who were arrested under the provision of ESMA, on conditional bail, temporary suspension of 'Jail Bharo Andolan' by agitating employees in retaliation to arrest of their leaders and Chief Secretary finally relenting to reinstate the services of those employees who were terminated under ESMA and showing interest to talk with Chief Minister over the issue; it is hoped that the deadlock between the agitating employees and Government would tide over soon and an amicable solution reached.

Now after going through the press releases on the issue, it seems that this situation is the result of immature hurried promise made by the government which couldn't have otherwise been fulfilled, signing of agreement by selected few with the government as per government's wish contrary to earlier promise, which got signed, may be by putting the 'Second Party' under duress or under some personal arrangement as has been opined by some commentators, the government's adamant attitude to let it's employee follow the dictated terms which the employees couldn't come in agreement with and the crackdown technique (ESMA) that government adopted that backfired.

This entire episode has left few unanswered questions.

  • When it is said and stated by the Government that the State is not in a position to take the financial burden if the 6th Pay Commission Recommendation is implemented in toto, I wonder, why it reached upon an agreement of December 10th in first place, which was apparently arrived at after taking into consideration the financial position of the State? Was it on the basis of miscalculated financial implication that would have incurred to the State if 6th Pay Commission was implemented? Or was it deliberate move by the government to stall the agitation for time being and to buy time for preparing for next move?

  • Why CEC CoSAAP agreed to partial pay package contrary to December 10th agreement without consultation with it's District Unit's? Were they put under duress or had been subjected to some personal arrangements as has been opined by few commentators?

  • Was December 20th agreement arrived at after taking due consideration of financial implication to the State and it's financial poisition? If yes, then was the disagreement between different CoSAAP units the result of communication gap? Why CEC CoSAAP instead of clearing the differences amongst it's various units insisted upon other units to accept the pay package without giving proper reason and to bear the consequences if they goes ahead with agitation?

  • Was the Government right in using bullying tactic by imposing ESMA or did the situation indeed called for imposition of ESMA, in the first place? In fact, instead of breaking the morale of agitating employees it aggravated the agitation.

Aftermath

The Government has put itself into a very uncomfortable situation by taking 'adamant stance' and invoking Essential Service Maintenance (A.P.) Act, 1993, to crackdown on it's agitating employees. With Assembly election round the corner, this employer-employee issue has been turned into a political one by the likes of BJP, NCP, PPA etc., who are questioning the governance of the present Government and their handling of the situation and are showing solidarity with the agitating employees (though CoSAAP says it is a non-political organization and doesn't endorse any political patronage). This has also given chance to the political parties to group together and form an alliance to fight against the ruling Congress government in the ensuing Assembly elections. Besides, it has aggravated the agitation.

On CoSAAP's front, CoSAAP was disintegrated into two factions viz., CEC CoSAAP and GBC CoSAAP with one for the 20th December partial pay package and another for 10th December pay package with later faction spearheading the agitation now. Also, the hard-stance of government has brought almost all the District Units' under one umbrella called GBC CoSAAP.

And on common masses front, well.., we are only hoping that an amicable solution is reached between the Government and the agitating employees and are freed from further chaos.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Apatani Dictionary - A Review

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Apatani Dictionary: Let's write in Apatani by Habung Donyi is a milestone in preservation and development of Apatani language.
-G. Tallo

Apatani Dictionary Cover PageThe declining trend of using Apatani by young Apatanis in their day to day conversation has been a cause of concern since long. There has been an urgent need to develop, popularize and preserve the language. In response, some pioneering works on Apatani language have been done by the likes of I.M Simon, Tasso Sai, Takhe Kani, Mihin Kaning and others. Habung Donyi’s "Apatani Dictionary: Let’s write in Apatani" stood out among the best of the related works done so far. It has immense bearing on the development and preservation of the language.

This formidable work of Habung Donyi runs into second revised edition and was released on the occasion of Dree festival, 2008. It is an Apatani to English dictionary; contains around 11,000 words, has 266 pages plus 23 additional pages of explanatory notes on letters, pronounciation and word formation involving verb roots. The dictionary is priced at Rs. 150 and available at all leading bookstalls in Ziro and Itanagar. A must reference book every Apatani household should adorn their bookshelves.

The second revised edition saw some welcome improvement over the first edition. The looking for words made easier by entering the words formed from similar verb roots as sub-entry of the verb root. That is, the words aba, abo, ado, ama, ane, ato etc., are found under the verb root ‘a’ (to come). The letter ñ has been omitted and the letter n or ng are being used in its place depending upon the stress on the letter n. This author feels that the letter e (e underlined) too need to be omitted to avoid inconvenience in writing and typing. The letter e can be directly used for two different phonetic sound in Apatani i.e., e as in pet, set etc., and e /e/ as in tader /tad…r/ (1. n. intestinal worm, 2 adj. audible). Besides, this author feels that some compound words are entered in the dictionary wrongly as single words which at times can confuse the reader e.g, akhiingamii means confused (should be written as akhiin-amii or akhiing-amii), abhinanii means swing (should be written as abhi nanii or abhi-nanii), adhunarun means idiot, foolish (should be written as adhun-arun).

The dictionary being first of the kind- Apatani to English dictionary, compiling more than ten thousand words with precise meanings would have been daunting task for the author. However, he has done it commendably well. With this commendable work of Habung Donyi a milestone is reached in development and preservation of Apatani language. Nevertheless, we have miles to go before the mission is accomplished.

The another work of Habung Donyi, the Anglo-Apatani Dictionary (English to Apatani dictionary), which is already in the market, is worth a see.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Apatani Dictionary - A Review

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Apatani Dictionary: Let's write in Apatani by Habung Donyi is a milestone in preservation and development of Apatani language.
-G. Tallo

Apatani Dictionary Cover PageThe declining trend of using Apatani by young Apatanis in their day to day conversation has been a cause of concern since long. There has been an urgent need to develop, popularize and preserve the language. In response, some pioneering works on Apatani language have been done by the likes of I.M Simon, Tasso Sai, Takhe Kani, Mihin Kaning and others. Habung Donyi’s "Apatani Dictionary: Let’s write in Apatani" stood out among the best of the related works done so far. It has immense bearing on the development and preservation of the language.

This formidable work of Habung Donyi runs into second revised edition and was released on the occasion of Dree festival, 2008. It is an Apatani to English dictionary; contains around 11,000 words, has 266 pages plus 23 additional pages of explanatory notes on letters, pronounciation and word formation involving verb roots. The dictionary is priced at Rs. 150 and available at all leading bookstalls in Ziro and Itanagar. A must reference book every Apatani household should adorn their bookshelves.

The second revised edition saw some welcome improvement over the first edition. The looking for words made easier by entering the words formed from similar verb roots as sub-entry of the verb root. That is, the words aba, abo, ado, ama, ane, ato etc., are found under the verb root ‘a’ (to come). The letter ñ has been omitted and the letter n or ng are being used in its place depending upon the stress on the letter n. This author feels that the letter e (e underlined) too need to be omitted to avoid inconvenience in writing and typing. The letter e can be directly used for two different phonetic sound in Apatani i.e., e as in pet, set etc., and e /e/ as in tader /tad…r/ (1. n. intestinal worm, 2 adj. audible). Besides, this author feels that some compound words are entered in the dictionary wrongly as single words which at times can confuse the reader e.g, akhiingamii means confused (should be written as akhiin-amii or akhiing-amii), abhinanii means swing (should be written as abhi nanii or abhi-nanii), adhunarun means idiot, foolish (should be written as adhun-arun).

The dictionary being first of the kind- Apatani to English dictionary, compiling more than ten thousand words with precise meanings would have been daunting task for the author. However, he has done it commendably well. With this commendable work of Habung Donyi a milestone is reached in development and preservation of Apatani language. Nevertheless, we have miles to go before the mission is accomplished.

The another work of Habung Donyi, the Anglo-Apatani Dictionary (English to Apatani dictionary), which is already in the market, is worth a see.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Would Arunachal ever be able to produce footballer of repute?

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Jainem Memorial Football Tournament recently concluded at Jairampur which saw participation of teams from neighboring state Assam, besides the local teams. This Football tournament is being organized since past 3 years by an ASM of the area in memory of his daughter who departed for heavenly abode at a tender age of 6.

Arif mailed me some moments of the tournament that he captured during the finals, which was played between Balinong Village Club and 9th Mile Club of Assam, where Balinong Village Club defeated the Assam Club very convincingly by 3-0. The winning team carried away the trophy along with cash prize of INR 14000/- whereas runner-up team had to contend with cash award of INR 7000/-.

In his mail, Arif remarked that watching Arunachal football is an altogether different experience as he finds it more 'dynamic' and 'dashing', which I couldn't agree more and it triggered a whole lot of thought process in me.

In a State where football is followed religiously and played with great zeal, I wonder, why is it not able to produce even a single footballer of repute from the state?

Let's see what could be the reasons.

Is it because we lack talent or potential?

Like above Jainem Memorial Football Tournament, several other football tournaments are organized in the state like Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament, Dree Football Tournament etc. Having heard about the performance of teams and players in these tournaments and having closely followed Dree Football Tournament since long, where the teams displays very good coordination, skills and game tactics without any formal coaching or training, it doesn't seem that the Arunachalee footballer’s lack talent or skills. All they need is proper grooming to show competitive performance in the national event and to win the tournament. Then......

Is it that the State lacks proper training institute or coaching centers to groom the players?

May be, but then, don't we have Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy?

Does the footballer lack exposure?

Certainly, that’s what I feel. Though, the footballer of the state has the exposure to local tournaments, I feel they have very little exposure to national level tournaments or events from where they could learn and improve their game play. Also if exposed, they could show their true potential and talent to attract the potential Selectors of the football clubs or the national team.

Don’t we have Football Federation/Association to promote Football and footballers?

Well, we have Arunachal Pradesh Football Association with its office at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun and Jarbom Gamlin as President and G. Doke as Secretary. In the AIFF official website, it has been mentioned that there is lot of disparity in functioning of the State Associations with some of the Associations having only one room as it’s office where the attendance of the office bearer is irregular. Also, some of the State Associations regulation is not in conformity with the AIFF regulation.

“There is a lot of disparity in the functioning of the State Associations.

A few State Associations, which have the resources, have well equipped and well staffed office. Some have just one room office where the Secretary or any other office bearer comes after the office hours of his regular work/job.”


So, do our State Football Association fall in that category where the Association is formed and office bearer selected for the sake of it without doing much for promoting Football in the State?

Is it because the footballers have never thought of Football as their career option?

I was having a discussion with friend on what could be the reasons for Arunachalee footballers not exceeding in football despite having immense natural talent. His blunt reply was ‘physique’ which I felt, to a certain extent was true. Apart from that he said that the State Footballer has never taken Football seriously to be considered as their career option or profession and there is always no support from family to pursue the game as their profession.

Here, I would say there is lack of government support. I haven’t heard of any special initiative by the government to promote outstanding sportspersons (well, atleast not in my knowledge :)). Perhaps this has dissuaded the aspiring footballers to take football seriously to be considered as their profession and has made their parents not to encourage them to follow football seriously.

Now coming to the question, ‘pan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;">Would Arunachal ever be able to produce footballer of repute?

Well, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. But, I feel with little support from government or individuals who are capable of sponsoring the talented sportsperson and little initiative of APFA we can produce footballer of repute. What do you say?

P.S. Well, I've poured in my thoughts and I would like to hear from you on whether Arunachal would be able to produce footballer of repute or on what could be the reasons that you are able to come up that is preventing the talented footballers from making it's mark. Do pour in your comments.

Would Arunachal ever be able to produce footballer of repute?

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Jainem Memorial Football Tournament recently concluded at Jairampur which saw participation of teams from neighboring state Assam, besides the local teams. This Football tournament is being organized since past 3 years by an ASM of the area in memory of his daughter who departed for heavenly abode at a tender age of 6.

Arif mailed me some moments of the tournament that he captured during the finals, which was played between Balinong Village Club and 9th Mile Club of Assam, where Balinong Village Club defeated the Assam Club very convincingly by 3-0. The winning team carried away the trophy along with cash prize of INR 14000/- whereas runner-up team had to contend with cash award of INR 7000/-.

In his mail, Arif remarked that watching Arunachal football is an altogether different experience as he finds it more 'dynamic' and 'dashing', which I couldn't agree more and it triggered a whole lot of thought process in me.

In a State where football is followed religiously and played with great zeal, I wonder, why is it not able to produce even a single footballer of repute from the state?

Let's see what could be the reasons.

Is it because we lack talent or potential?

Like above Jainem Memorial Football Tournament, several other football tournaments are organized in the state like Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament, Dree Football Tournament etc. Having heard about the performance of teams and players in these tournaments and having closely followed Dree Football Tournament since long, where the teams displays very good coordination, skills and game tactics without any formal coaching or training, it doesn't seem that the Arunachalee footballer’s lack talent or skills. All they need is proper grooming to show competitive performance in the national event and to win the tournament. Then......

Is it that the State lacks proper training institute or coaching centers to groom the players?

May be, but then, don't we have Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy?

Does the footballer lack exposure?

Certainly, that’s what I feel. Though, the footballer of the state has the exposure to local tournaments, I feel they have very little exposure to national level tournaments or events from where they could learn and improve their game play. Also if exposed, they could show their true potential and talent to attract the potential Selectors of the football clubs or the national team.

Don’t we have Football Federation/Association to promote Football and footballers?

Well, we have Arunachal Pradesh Football Association with its office at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun and Jarbom Gamlin as President and G. Doke as Secretary. In the AIFF official website, it has been mentioned that there is lot of disparity in functioning of the State Associations with some of the Associations having only one room as it’s office where the attendance of the office bearer is irregular. Also, some of the State Associations regulation is not in conformity with the AIFF regulation.

“There is a lot of disparity in the functioning of the State Associations.

A few State Associations, which have the resources, have well equipped and well staffed office. Some have just one room office where the Secretary or any other office bearer comes after the office hours of his regular work/job.”


So, do our State Football Association fall in that category where the Association is formed and office bearer selected for the sake of it without doing much for promoting Football in the State?

Is it because the footballers have never thought of Football as their career option?

I was having a discussion with friend on what could be the reasons for Arunachalee footballers not exceeding in football despite having immense natural talent. His blunt reply was ‘physique’ which I felt, to a certain extent was true. Apart from that he said that the State Footballer has never taken Football seriously to be considered as their career option or profession and there is always no support from family to pursue the game as their profession.

Here, I would say there is lack of government support. I haven’t heard of any special initiative by the government to promote outstanding sportspersons (well, atleast not in my knowledge :)). Perhaps this has dissuaded the aspiring footballers to take football seriously to be considered as their profession and has made their parents not to encourage them to follow football seriously.

Now coming to the question, ‘Would Arunachal ever be able to produce footballer of repute?

Well, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. But, I feel with little support from government or individuals who are capable of sponsoring the talented sportsperson and little initiative of APFA we can produce footballer of repute. What do you say?

P.S. Well, I've poured in my thoughts and I would like to hear from you on whether Arunachal would be able to produce footballer of repute or on what could be the reasons that you are able to come up that is preventing the talented footballers from making it's mark. Do pour in your comments.

Friday, February 6, 2009

NYOKUM YULLO 2009: Essence of Ethnicity

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Dates : 24, 25 & 26th February
Venue : Itanagar

Nyishi Girl in traditional headgear and beads
Nyokum Yullo 2009 will bring to light the terrific world of an innocuous tribe called Nyishi (a major tribe of Arunachal Pradesh) dwelling on the incredible valleys of East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and some plain clusters of Lakhimpur and Sonitpur District of Assam. Inclusively, they are the largest ethnic bevies of Arunachal Pradesh. They belong to the Tibeto-Mongoloid stock. The simplicity and humbleness of the tribe append grace to the mesmerizing meadows of their inhabitations that are sanctified with abundant natural elegance and magnificence.

The Nyokum Yullo ’09 will divulge the complex cultures and treasured traditions of Nyishis’ worldwide. Amazingly, th persistent endeavor to conserve the mesmerizing culture, cuisines, ornaments, dresses, dances and folklores of the colorful Nyishi Tribe is yielding gradual fruition and Nyokum’09 is the result of those assiduous efforts of believing in the fact that
culture and tradition is worth the hardship and handworks. It is the joyous moments of commemorating the by gone eras of the Nyishi Tribe. Nyokum’09 is like a fresh breeze of fragrant airs that reminds the lively community of their ancient roots and offers the moments to be proud of who they are. It symbolizes the dawning of a new era, an era of reliving the moments that their ancestors were so proud of.

View of Itanagar at night
The contemporary influences, the modern mindsets and the busy schedules of modern life coerces to ignore or forget about the cultural heritages but the magic of Nyokum is so powerful that it binds the Nyishi fraternity together to revel the moments of pride and pleasures as well highlight the ancient heritages they are so proud of. The throngs of beautiful damsels in glistening Kochik (women traditional wear), the ferocious faces with soften hearts wearing colorful Pari/Pomo aaje ( men's traditonal wear), customary Bopia(traditonal head gear) and traditional swords dangling on the waist will hypnotize the awestruck visitors.

View of Itanagar
Nyokum being a pre-harvest sowing festival is celebrated for harvest prosperity, communal harmony, community integrations and global peace as well it also marks the advent of the Nyishi New Year. The three delectation days of the ethnic carnival offers a glance of the Nyishi Communities, divulging their ancient cultures, rituals, dances, etc. The chanting of Mantras, the mesmerizing ‘Buya’ and ‘Rikham Pada’ dances, the amusing ‘Dir-Son-BO’, the hammering by Pipa-Nekho, the preparation of Yugii (altar), the ceremonial procession Khome or Tori and the traditional animal sacrifices are the moments that will remain forever in the memories of the bedazzled onlookers. The exchange of Chimpu (packed lunch) and the trances of Opo (rice beer) served in Didu are simply superlative, likewise the Nyishi tribe is simply incredible and famous for their simplicity and gracious hospitalities.

Apart from the frenzy of the mindboggling ancient rituals, in the three fascinating days along
Toy Train at Nyokum Yullo Ground
with the pristine precinct, dramatic mountains and serpentine roads, the visitors can enjoy personal moments, boating in the quite environment of the Gekar Sinyi/Sinyik(lake)that offers quite moments, away from the maddening crowds. Re-visit history by meandering on the ruins of historic Itafort built in 1360 AD, amble on the by lanes of the zoological park enjoying
the sight of Bengal felines, impassive crocks, greedy vultures, mischievous monkeys, beautiful birds, wonderful peacocks, etc., tread across the Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary that nestle some of the rare wildlife species along with varieties of birds and orchids and to comprehend the tribes and culture of the entire state take a tour of Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and when exhausted of ambling, boating and driving, conclude the eventful day by riding upon the Toy Train watching the radiant sun fading gradually.

Words cannot illustrate the beauty of the place and reflect the emotion of being a part of the Nyokum’09. Be a part of it to comprehend the charisma of the festival and to believe the beauty of the region. Explore the beautiful thing god has created and experience the powerful magic of Nyokum Yullo 2009.

For further details contact : Chukhu Mama – +919856839238 email- mchukhu@gmail.com
or

Text by Tom Simai & Photos by Arif Siddiqui

NYOKUM YULLO 2009: Essence of Ethnicity

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Dates : 24, 25 & 26th February
Venue : Itanagar

Nyishi Girl in traditional headgear and beads
Nyokum Yullo 2009 will bring to light the terrific world of an innocuous tribe called Nyishi (a major tribe of Arunachal Pradesh) dwelling on the incredible valleys of East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and some plain clusters of Lakhimpur and Sonitpur District of Assam. Inclusively, they are the largest ethnic bevies of Arunachal Pradesh. They belong to the Tibeto-Mongoloid stock. The simplicity and humbleness of the tribe append grace to the mesmerizing meadows of their inhabitations that are sanctified with abundant natural elegance and magnificence.

The Nyokum Yullo ’09 will divulge the complex cultures and treasured traditions of Nyishis’ worldwide. Amazingly, th persistent endeavor to conserve the mesmerizing culture, cuisines, ornaments, dresses, dances and folklores of the colorful Nyishi Tribe is yielding gradual fruition and Nyokum’09 is the result of those assiduous efforts of believing in the fact that
culture and tradition is worth the hardship and handworks. It is the joyous moments of commemorating the by gone eras of the Nyishi Tribe. Nyokum’09 is like a fresh breeze of fragrant airs that reminds the lively community of their ancient roots and offers the moments to be proud of who they are. It symbolizes the dawning of a new era, an era of reliving the moments that their ancestors were so proud of.

View of Itanagar at night
The contemporary influences, the modern mindsets and the busy schedules of modern life coerces to ignore or forget about the cultural heritages but the magic of Nyokum is so powerful that it binds the Nyishi fraternity together to revel the moments of pride and pleasures as well highlight the ancient heritages they are so proud of. The throngs of beautiful damsels in glistening Kochik (women traditional wear), the ferocious faces with soften hearts wearing colorful Pari/Pomo aaje ( men's traditonal wear), customary Bopia(traditonal head gear) and traditional swords dangling on the waist will hypnotize the awestruck visitors.

View of Itanagar
Nyokum being a pre-harvest sowing festival is celebrated for harvest prosperity, communal harmony, community integrations and global peace as well it also marks the advent of the Nyishi New Year. The three delectation days of the ethnic carnival offers a glance of the Nyishi Communities, divulging their ancient cultures, rituals, dances, etc. The chanting of Mantras, the mesmerizing ‘Buya’ and ‘Rikham Pada’ dances, the amusing ‘Dir-Son-BO’, the hammering by Pipa-Nekho, the preparation of Yugii (altar), the ceremonial procession Khome or Tori and the traditional animal sacrifices are the moments that will remain forever in the memories of the bedazzled onlookers. The exchange of Chimpu (packed lunch) and the trances of Opo (rice beer) served in Didu are simply superlative, likewise the Nyishi tribe is simply incredible and famous for their simplicity and gracious hospitalities.

Apart from the frenzy of the mindboggling ancient rituals, in the three fascinating days along
Toy Train at Nyokum Yullo Ground
with the pristine precinct, dramatic mountains and serpentine roads, the visitors can enjoy personal moments, boating in the quite environment of the Gekar Sinyi/Sinyik(lake)that offers quite moments, away from the maddening crowds. Re-visit history by meandering on the ruins of historic Itafort built in 1360 AD, amble on the by lanes of the zoological park enjoying
the sight of Bengal felines, impassive crocks, greedy vultures, mischievous monkeys, beautiful birds, wonderful peacocks, etc., tread across the Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary that nestle some of the rare wildlife species along with varieties of birds and orchids and to comprehend the tribes and culture of the entire state take a tour of Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and when exhausted of ambling, boating and driving, conclude the eventful day by riding upon the Toy Train watching the radiant sun fading gradually.

Words cannot illustrate the beauty of the place and reflect the emotion of being a part of the Nyokum’09. Be a part of it to comprehend the charisma of the festival and to believe the beauty of the region. Explore the beautiful thing god has created and experience the powerful magic of Nyokum Yullo 2009.

For further details contact : Chukhu Mama – +919856839238 email- mchukhu@gmail.com
or

Text by Tom Simai & Photos by Arif Siddiqui

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Arunachal Festival

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To commemorate the Statehood Day, Arunachal Pradesh Government is all set to organize ‘Arunachal Festival’ from 20th to 22nd of February, 2009. This 3-day festival will see Cultural Shows, Food Bazaar, Handloom & Jute Expo, Flower Show and Sports events.

In order to have logo for the event, the administration has put up a ‘Logo Designing’ Contest, the winner of which will be awarded a cash prize of INR 2000/- during the Statehood Day Celebration.

Who can participate and what are the Terms & Conditions?

  1. Any resident of Arunachal Pradesh can participate.

  2. Entry should be in form of logo (obviously as the contest is a 'logo designing' contest :)) that will be used during the event.

  3. Entry should depict the theme of celebrations.

  4. It should be original work, not plagiarized one.

  5. Selected logo will be property of administration.

  6. Decision of the committee for selection of logo shall be final.

But alas, you have only few hours left to submit your design as the last date of receipt of entry is today. However, if you are creative enough and can come up with a design in an hour or so, dash in your entry via email to festivalofarunachal@rediffmail.com or if you are at Itanagar, deliver the entry personally to Sibo Passing, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Naharlagun or you can even fax your entry at 0360-2351232. Only question is how they are going to judge the faxed B/W entry, because color in a logo conveys so much meaning. Well, they might be having the answer :)

Do let me know if you were able to come up with a design and was able to submit your design subsequent to this post. 

Arunachal Festival

3 comments
To commemorate the Statehood Day, Arunachal Pradesh Government is all set to organize ‘Arunachal Festival’ from 20th to 22nd of February, 2009. This 3-day festival will see Cultural Shows, Food Bazaar, Handloom & Jute Expo, Flower Show and Sports events.

In order to have logo for the event, the administration has put up a ‘Logo Designing’ Contest, the winner of which will be awarded a cash prize of INR 2000/- during the Statehood Day Celebration.

Who can participate and what are the Terms & Conditions?

  1. Any resident of Arunachal Pradesh can participate.

  2. Entry should be in form of logo (obviously as the contest is a 'logo designing' contest :)) that will be used during the event.

  3. Entry should depict the theme of celebrations.

  4. It should be original work, not plagiarized one.

  5. Selected logo will be property of administration.

  6. Decision of the committee for selection of logo shall be final.

But alas, you have only few hours left to submit your design as the last date of receipt of entry is today. However, if you are creative enough and can come up with a design in an hour or so, dash in your entry via email to festivalofarunachal@rediffmail.com or if you are at Itanagar, deliver the entry personally to Sibo Passing, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Naharlagun or you can even fax your entry at 0360-2351232. Only question is how they are going to judge the faxed B/W entry, because color in a logo conveys so much meaning. Well, they might be having the answer :)

Do let me know if you were able to come up with a design and was able to submit your design subsequent to this post. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tawang Monastery in the race for 7 wonders of India

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Tawang Monastery has made it to the shortlisted 7 from North-Eastern States in the race for "7 Wonders of India"- a year long campaign initiated by NDTV in association with Union Tourism Ministry to unravel the 7 best natural and man-made marvels in the country.

Below is the video where the shortlisted 7 from the cluster Maharashtra & Goa and North-Eastern States were announced.



Let's see if Tawang Monastery makes it to final '7 Wonders of India'.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tawang Monastery in the race for 7 wonders of India

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Tawang Monastery has made it to the shortlisted 7 from North-Eastern States in the race for "7 Wonders of India"- a year long campaign initiated by NDTV in association with Union Tourism Ministry to unravel the 7 best natural and man-made marvels in the country.

Below is the video where the shortlisted 7 from the cluster Maharashtra & Goa and North-Eastern States were announced.



Let's see if Tawang Monastery makes it to final '7 Wonders of India'.