25th Mar 2017 10:03:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News



The reported duplicate certificates being circulated to avail government service under sports quota in government departments is disturbing news, one which people at the helm of affairs must not take lightly.

There was a time when Arunachal was a non-entity in the field of sports however over the past few years the progress has been nothing less than dramatic given where we stood initially. Arunachal has shown immense potential in sports especially Weightlifting, Badminton and probably many other disciplines will follow suit now that both public and government attention towards sports is at a flow. It is not just rhetoric but the many medals bagged by our sporting heroes highlights that the future of Arunachal sports is indeed bright.

Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki deserves applause for turning around the legacy of sports in the state. Under him, much impetus was given to sports including the state-wide CM’s trophy for football and volleyball. Job reservation under Sports Quota, 5% reservation in other departments while 10% in Forest and Police department have definitely been the turning point for sports in Arunachal.

A sportspersons life is far from easy. Leading extremely tough and rigorous lifestyle, majority of them also have to worry about the financial implications. Therefore, misuse of sports quota must be strictly monitored as it will destroy the morale of deserving sportspersons who have given their all to bring laurels for the state.


For decades, the North-East was perceived as a hotbed of insurgency; a misnomer no doubt but one that the region could not shrug off. Despite the immense natural beauty and varied cultural experience it has to offer the damage was invariably done as the rest of the nation had already accepted the notoriety of the region in general. If things took a turnaround, kudos goes to the small but excellent sportspersons from the region who did India proud. More than any other sporting genre boxing and weightlifting has become the USP of the region. Sambu Lapang, Jimjang Deru, Kojum Taba, Laa Talar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Mary Kom, Dipa Karmakar are some of our brightest exports at the national and international scene. We need to acknowledge their contribution and respected for the turnaround they have brought to the region as a whole.

Sports quota must be off-limits for non-sportspersons and politics. Period!

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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