Jim Ankan Deka, becomes the first Assamese to open a music institution and a production house in Bangalore, India. Eastern Fare Music Foundation had its origination in 2007. Presently the foundation has six institutions and two recording studios. While Jim is the proprietor, two of his friends Mr Anand PM from Kerala and Miss Parmita Borah from Assam help him in running the show. So far the institution has over 400 students with six full and part time teachers. They teach mainly Guitar, Keyboard and Piano in Western Classical Style. Their students sit for Trinity exams.
Jim Ankan Deka is the son of the celebrated Assamese litterateur and economist Late Bhabananda Deka and poet Nalini Prabha Deka. Jim has been composing and arranging Music since his childhood. So far he has arranged music for various Films, Music Albums, Jingles, Video Games, Documentaries and TV Series in an array of languages including Assamese, Hindi, English, Kannada, Nagamese and Mizo. He has had a stint with "Goalporia Folk Songs" as well. He has nine albums till date and is working on three albums in Kannada, English and Assamese language.
Eastern Fare Studio has been helping the upcoming bands with the recording and promotion. They have two four piece and five piece bands in Bangalore consist of students of Eastern Fare who play retro and classic rock music in different clubs and resorts. Jim Ankan himself has a band named 'Veenar' with the renowned Kannada musician Suchethan Rangaswami who are working on their debut album to be released in November this year.
The present imbroglio on the Chakma-Hajong Rights issue is a reflection of monumental failure and mismanagement by the government. Civil organizations urge restoration of all rights to vulnerable Chakmas and Hajongs without further delay as 90 per cent of them are already citizens by birth and hence the restoration of Citizenship Rights is out of question.
Right Cause, an organization working for the marginalized and vulnerable tribal groups is concerned with the continuing denial and deprivation of legitimate democratic rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh.
The issue of citizenship in Arunachal Pradesh is a fall out of the anti-foreigner agitation in Assam and is politically motivated. Citizenship has been already granted implicitly to them when the Government rehabilitated them and allotted 5 acres of land per family in the1960s. The issue has been unnecessarily politicized and has become like the proverbial goose that lays golden eggs at the cost of vulnerable Chakma and Hajong tribal population. The population of 47, 471 (as per 2011 Census) has been blown out of proportion to 1 lakh in order to create fear and xenophobia in the state claims Mahendra Chakma, President, Right Cause.
According to him, the present problem is also a result of misidentification of Tibetan refugees who have not accepted India Citizenship and decided to go back once Tibet is free and Chakma and Hajong refugees who have come with the intent of making India their permanent home as they are anyway persons of Indian origin. Blanket labeling of refugees under one bucket and failure to recognize this distinction has led to the present crisis. The Chakmarefugees who came in 1986 and were camped in Indo-Bangladesh borders in Tripura and repatriated in 1997 are different and not to be confused with that of Chakma and Hajong refugees who are permanently rehabilitated in the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) formerly the North East Frontier Tracts.
Chakma during a press meet Saturday, demanded immediate restoration of all rights like public employment banned in 1980, issue of ration card in 1991, and reinstate the Gaon Burah/Panchayati Raj institution which was canceled in 1984.
“We at Right Cause also urge all stakeholders and political leaders not to politicize the issue further and work together towards a permanent solution to the problem. It is sad to see that the patriotism of the Chakmas and their loyalty to India has been exploited by the governments, the it settled them in NEFA to safeguard China border but 50 years after rehabilitation continue to face this ordeal suspended between the mirage of citizenship and threat of deportation,” he said.
The Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament organised in memory of Rani of Borduria Late Thansen Wanghadong culminated at Nehru Stadium in Khonsa on Saturday.
In his speech Nampong MLA Laisam Simai appreciated the organizers and the sponsors for conducting the tournament smoothly and efficiently. He said that football was the most popular game in the world and asked the youths of Tirap to take keen interest in games and sports adding that they could make a career out of sports in all categories of jobs. He urged the youths to have their inherent skills through constant practice.
Wanglin Lowangdong thanked the organisers, participating teams and the spectators for conducting the tournament in such a befitting way adding that the tournament had generated great enthusiasm and interest among the players and the spectators.
Final Tezpur police have arrested Karnail Singh Kapoor on Monday a day after the Assam Rifles jawan shot dead two people in the town for refusing to serve him liquor.
Police officials told Assam Times that the 12th Assam Rifles jawan was caught on Monday night from the town. Then he was brought to the local police station where he was interrogated for several hours.
The incident took place on Sunday night at Mission Road where Kapoor went to the house of Gautom Das asking for liquor. When denied he fired upon at Das and his wife who died on the way to the hospital.