Tirap – a repository of inborn talents

Beyond the Horizon

By Pradeep Kumar

RGU may take lead

New vice chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Saket Kushwaha within no time has reflected his desire to do something different for giving a new direction to higher education in the state. As skill training is in his radar, the knowledge of such inborn talents could be channelized by the varsity with a win win situation for the hidden professionals and varsity.

Tirap district carries a negative impression because of insurgency imported from other side of the international border, but recent few hours’ visit to district HQs Khonsa was mind boggling.

After coming across Teman Aran to know about his inborn genius daughter Joncha Aran, I visited DC P N Thungon’s official residence on an invitation, but the wooden sculptors in his drawing room wardrobe were eye catching.

When asked from where he got these exquisite pieces, he smiled before explaining that all were locally made pieces. One 38-year-old Kijan Tincha (in picture), son of late Kemong Tincha, of Noglo village under Lazu circle, has made these pieces. He has read upto only class-V. It was difficult to accept as true but I believed as I have seen the expertise of a Monpa handicraft artist of industry department’s research and development wing located at Doimukh, who used to carve Buddha head from wooden pieces.

Regrettably, there has been no survey whatsoever conducted so far to identity such hidden talents, like Tincha. The textile and handicraft department in collaboration with research department should initiate step in this regard to tap such talents by providing avenues to solve unemployment problems to some extent.

There could not be better example than National Youth-AP, set up in 2008 by H P Biswas as president, which I joined in 2013 as vice president. NYP-AP had had encouraged 22 opium growers of Anjaw district to form farmers’ club and take up large size cardamom cultivation under its guidance and help. Their first huge harvest sold through NYP backward marketing network had fetched Rs 1.72 core making its cultivation a joonun in the district. The cash crop soon turned numerous local growers into lakpatis, which no contract works could do.

Moreover, NYP-AP only NGO in India to conduct skill development training as empanelled training provider of National Skill Development Council and Sector Skill Development Council of Divvagyan. About one lakh people of Arunachal Pradesh have been skilled so far including about 6,000 people with special ability (Divvagyan) as training provider of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Disability, who are earnable now.

Former speaker-cum-minister late Setong Sena, who had not only given a new thrust boost to agriculture and horticulture sector, but set up forward and backward linkages to benefit the farmers. As ill luck would have it, Arunachal has lost one of its proud sons. But the legacy he has left behind could be emulated to benefit the local populace.

Arunachal Pradesh would carve a special image nationally if its organic products and unique handicraft pieces are sold outside the state through foreword market linkage. Sooner policy makers give a serious thought and evolve a pragmatic plan; the better it would be for this fund-poor but nature trove state!

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