YINGKIONG, Oct 12: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today announced to constitute a consultative committee (CC) to safeguard rights of indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh following the GoI’s proposal for enactment of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
Joining the BJP’s Sankalp Yatra here on Saturday to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Khandu said the CC will bring all community based organisations (CBO), civil societies and the students union of the state for consultation on CAB.
Addressing a huge gathering, he said the CC will take inputs from the civil society organisations on adding ‘safeguards’ to the proposed CAB so that the protections given to state’s tribal people under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and Chin Hill Regulations Act, 1896 is not diluted. The CC will also be responsible for interpreting various provisions of CAB and to add protective clauses for the people.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during recent NEDA meeting at Guwahati had assured that CAB will not override any provisions that have for long protected the rights of tribal people of North East, he said, adding the GoAP had earlier opposed the CAB expressing its objection that the Bill should not be tabled in the Parliament without properly addressing concerns of state’s indigenous people.
On boosting state’s investment, he announced to hold an investment summit focused at Arunachalee entrepreneurs. The objective of the summit will be to encourage Arunachalee entrepreneurs to start investing in their own state in newer areas other than constructions, he said. The next step, he said will be directed at outside entrepreneurs. The GoAP also wishes to attempt at different model of investment that aims at joint investment by local and outside entrepreneurs, he disclosed.
On tourism prospect of Upper Siang, he said Pemakod region in the district is set to attract large number of tourists from within and outside the country as it is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in 7th century. He also said Buddhist circuit all over the world attracts huge inflow of tourists besides huge importance being given to it by the GoI for its development.
H&FW Minister Alo Libang and BJP MP Tapir Gao also spoke earlier.
The CM, while taking part in Gandhi Sankalp Yatra, visited a fish farm of a progressive farmer and appreciated him for optimally using the land for pisciculture, animal husbandry and rice cultivation. He also met local BJP workers and interacted with them. (CMO)
The Hidden Land
The sacred region of Besyul Pemakod, known as ‘The Hidden Land’, is located on a secluded plateau in the Himalayan mountains. This exquisite, ancient land was once part of Tibet. But today, the northern portion (known as Upper Pemakod) is annexed by China, and the southern portion (known as Lower Pemakod) is annexed by India. Upper Pemakod is the main subject of Ian Baker’s book The Heart of the World.
The phrase “hidden land” is significant and has three meanings in the context of Pemakod. The first, secret meaning of the phrase implies the ultimate nature of this mind: the infinite enlightened qualities of Buddhas are, by nature, hidden, or beyond this dualistic mind from the beginning. Therefore, the merit of any Dharma practice one performs in this hidden land will be tremendously effective for revealing the hidden, inherently pure nature of one’s mind. The second, inner meaning of this phrase implies that this is a place where maha yogis and yoginis gathered to practice secret tantras and ganachakras. Thus, except to such highly realized beings, this place is hidden.
The third, outer meaning of this phrase refers to Guru Padmasambhava, who blessed this land with numerous treasures, setting it aside in this degenerate time for only those fortunate beings who are karmically connected to it, ordaining that it remain hidden “the treasures and the blessings” unavailable to others.