Hope soars over dreams unmet

As we welcome a new year, with or without resolutions, yours truly just wishes that this state is at par with any other developed...

Tirap massacre and NSCN (IM)’s silence

The arrest of Anok Wangsa, the NSCN (IM)'s area commander of Longding in Arunachal, Charaideo in Assam and Mon in Nagaland, is a major...

Elections and the NSCN

39-year-old former zilla parishad member Seliam Wangsa was killed last Saturday at Nginu village in Longding district. According to his friends, he was killed...

Difficult times ahead for Arunachal, Chakmas and Hajongs

More than 50 years ago, the Chakmas and Hajongs were forced to flee the Chittagong Hill Tracts because of displacement following construction of the...

Shaky bureaucratic boat

It appears that in Arunachal, bureaucrats at the top have stepped onto each other's foot; pushing the entire bureaucratic boat to a wild tempest....

Borders too far

It's rare for common Arunachalees to reach the last Indo-Tibetan border posts unless invited by the Indian Army during formal occasions like peacetime border...

Pakke Paga Festival: How not to celebrate a conservation festival

On a whim, I decided to attend the Pakke Paga (great Indian hornbill) Festival, which was held at Seijosa in Pakke-Kessang district from 18...

Disconnected elite sixty

Ever wondered what our politicians are up to these days? Nothing creative, or worthwhile, or for the good of the state, of course. The last three...

The irrelevance of Article 371 (H)

During his Independence Day speech at IG Park in Itanagar on 15 August, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, "I would like to assure the...

Ineffectiveness of ILP and CAA

Home Minister Amit Shah, palpably nervous and angry as he defended the citizenship amendment bill (CAB) on 9 December, said that the northeastern states...

RING SIDE VIEW 2016

April 27, 2016Public Distribution System minus the publicIn a state like Arunachal where agricultural produce is minimal, there is an overwhelming dependence on subsidised...

RING SIDE VIEW 2015

2015   December 30, 2015A season of hope and convictionThere is something very mystical about the year end with festivity in the air. Even though the...

Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy

When the state cabinet decided to adopt the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy in August last, it probably had no idea that organisations and political parties...

Resettlement of Chakmas

In his address to the people of the state on the 75th Independence Day, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that "all illegal immigrant Chakmas...

Negotiating road traffic in Capital

Getting stuck in the traffic is the new normal in the capital. It could be anywhere from half an hour to hours together. One...

RING SIDE VIEW 2016

July 27, 2016Game of wait and watchThe swearing-in ceremony of council of ministers, scheduled for Wednesday has reportedly been postponed hours after invitation cards...

The dismantling of Kashmir and its implications

On 3 August, Amarnath Yatra, the pilgrimage to the Hindu shrine located some 140 kilometres from Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, was called off...

RING SIDE VIEW

August 30, 2017Their culture and our languagesThe Arunachal Pradesh government has approved creation of Department of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Affairs to “preserve and...

RING SIDE VIEW 2014

(22. October, 2014)Soon, roads will be roads againEnough have been written about bad roads in the Capital Complex and elsewhere in the state and...

Bury the CAB

The controversial citizenship amendment bill (CAB), amending the Citizenship Act of 1955, is set to make a comeback even as the Northeast of India...