Case Study: TONGAM RINA
Tongam Rina is currently the Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times and is known for her bold articles on current aairs in Northeast India. She was near-fatally shot, in front of her oce in 2012 for writing on sensitive issues. In the past, Tongam and her sta has received numerous threats for her writing against NSCN(IM), corruption and super-hydro dams of Arunachal Pradesh. She has also shed light to the imbalance in distribution of food within the state, illegal developmental activities, extremism by Maoist groups, environmental scandals and also regarding the state of women in Northeast India. Born in 1979, in a very short duration, Tongam has been able to become one of the prominent journalists of Arunachal Pradesh. She also has experience as a school teacher in her early days. She led the Hunger Project’s State Unit in Arunachal Pradesh, besides teaching communication at the State University. Tongam has received several accolades for her journalistic contribution so far. Tongam also received the Young Naturalist Award by Balipara Foundation in 2014 for her contribution in highlighting important issues on communities and environment in Northeast India.
Tongam has reported and written on the discrimination and imbalance of rights and power for the local communities in Arunachal Pradesh. She also raised her voice on the atrocities against the women in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tongam’s reports and articles on current events in Arunachal Pradesh have highlighted economic viewpoints and conditions prevailing in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and also in other states of Northeast India.
Her reporting on issues like the illegal construction of hydro dams in Arunachal Pradesh helped in informing and bringing the problem under public viewing. She has also reported and wrote on multiple other environmental degradation case studies which have helped
governing authorities to take stern action against oenders.