KHONSA, Sep 10:
The 3rd Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament organized in memory of the late Rani of Borduria by Tirap District Sports Association and sponsored by Lowangdong family of Borduria village, kick-started at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today amid a huge gathering of football aficionados by CO 16 Assam Rifles.
Altogether, 28 teams from all over Tirap district are participating in the tournament. The winning team will be awarded by Rs one lakh including other fascinating individual prizes.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Col. Virendar Siddhu, CO 16 Assam Rifles said that conducting the mega TWMFT in memory of the Rani of Borduria was in itself a befitting tribute to the mothers who sacrifice their lives for the well-being of their children. While appreciating organizing committee of TWMFT,2017 and Lowangdong family for giving an platform and opportunity to the youths of Tirap with a theme “ Drugs & Alcohol Free Tirap” inculcating in the field of games and sports which would definitely help the youths of the district to participate in various tournament in state level sports competition etc. While underscoring the importance of games and sports, CO 16 Assam Rifles lamented that the youth of Tirap must stay away from bad food habit like Drugs & Alcohol as Tirap – Changlang and Longding region were lacking sportsmen and not taking it as seriously as they should thereby depriving themselves of many job opportunities under sports quota in spite of many hidden talents which are unexposed.
The chief guest, who later declared the tournament open, passionately exhorted the youth to accord due importance to sports and asked them to shun opium, drugs and alcohol which were detrimental to healthy growth and appeal the youths to channelize their youthful energy in positive way.
Speaking on the occasion, Adviser to HCM cum MLA Wanglin Lowangdong, the main force behind the sporting event who sponsored the TWMFT for last three consecutive years, thanked the Chief Guest CO 16 AR Col. Virendar Siddhu, DC Tirap P.N. Thungon,, SP, Tirap Jitendra KuMar Meena, IPS, ZPC Sontung Bangisa, PRIs, District Administration, Police Department, Punjab Regiment , officials and urged the players of total 28(twenty eight) Football teams to play the beautiful game in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
While throwing light on the main objectives of organizing the tournament, Lowangdong urged youths of Tirap to stay away from Drugs & Alcohol as Tirap is one of the worst districts in drugs and alcohol addictions and opium kani cultivation, he added that it was to encourage and enthuse the youth of Tirap district to take up games and sports seriously, stating that apart from providing job avenues sports fostered love, brotherhood, integrity among the people. Lowangdong further said that he with MLA-Wanglam Sawin has initiated with HCM Pema Khandu for sanction of Rs. 30 crore for construction of Nehru Stadium, Khonsa saying that HCM has forwarded the matter to central government for early approval.
Prominent public leader Loanhang Wangha while giving a brief history of late Thansen Wangchadong said that the Rani of Borduria was endowed with all the queenly attributes who effectively managed the administration during the erstwhile NEFA days. Endowed with all the queenly attributes, Thansen Wangchadong, affectionately addressed as ‘Rani Maa’ or ‘Borduria Rani’ by the Noctes of Tirap district is synonymous with woman empowerment in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. At a time when even the men living in the inaccessible and hostile Tirap district during the pre-independence era hesitated to venture out of their villages, Thansen Wangchadong efficiently managed the administration of all the villages under the Borduria group of villages. She had to interact with the Officers coming from outside which was not an easy task those days when language was a great hindrance. But the ‘Raani’ could manage it without much fuss. The erstwhile NEFA administration was totally dependent on the chiefs of Borduria and Namsang for smooth administration because the chiefs exerted great influence over the Noctes then and they commanded great respect in their respective areas. The Noctes are broadly divided into two major groups; Borduria group and Namsang group each having a number of villages paying allegiance to both of them. In fact, even to this day, all the traditional systems revolve around the two chiefs. Born in the chief’s family of Khela village in the year 1933, Thansen Wangchadong married late Towang Lowangdong (Chopha), paramount chief of Borduria. After the untimely demise of her husband Towang Lowangdong in the year 1964, Thansen Wangchadong took up the onus of running not only the village administration of Borduria but of the whole Borduria area. She willingly accepted the daunting challenges and started showing her administrative acumen. Soon she became very popular amongst the people. She was a strong lady who was generous but at the same time dignified and strict in dealing with the affairs of the villages. She was affectionate and took great care of the poor and the needy during those difficult days when modern amenities were as good as non-existent. She even took up some welfare schemes like Bharat Seva Mission under the aegis of the Merbil Chaliha Bare Ghar Satra in Assam. She was also instrumental in starting new schools in her area. Thansen Wangchadong took the reins during the turbulent period when there used to be frequent feuds between the villages over land, river and forest and so on and so forth. But her inherent acumen and resolve enabled her to weather the storms and the darkest tempest with élan.
Thansen Wangchadong successfully carried forward the welfare schemes initiated by her husband late Towang Lowangdong for the overall development of Borduria area in particular and of the Noctes in general. She was closely involved in the functioning of the famous Namsang-Borduria Fund Trust (NBF) founded by the former chiefs of Borduria and Namsang. During the time when Thansen Wangchadong was holding the helms of affairs of the people, the district administration was vaguely run with no Police and a very few staff. So, she had to play a pivotal role to help the administration in dealing with various issues confronting the society. In the process she became an undisputed symbol of woman empowerment and woman’s emancipation during 60s and 70s, the formative years of transition from the old and archaic systems to an age of modern era. She was a strong propagator of the rich Nocte cultural heritage and actively participated in all the age-old traditional rituals, festivals and other social events pertaining to the Noctes. She was also keen to show-case the rich and varied Nocte traditional systems outside her society. This strong urge in her enabled her to produce the popular Assamese feature film ‘RASHMI REKHA’ in which the most popular Assamese actor of those days Biju Phukan played the lead role and the legendary singers Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Khogen Mahanta rendered the ever melodious Assamese songs. This film used to be screened all over the state by the field publicity department. She was probably the first film producer in the state. The film produced in 1973 was based on a love story between a Nocte boy and an Assamese girl. Thansen Wangchadong passed away after a prolonged illness on the 4th February-2005 at her village Borduria but not before she had created a niche for herself. As the first woman village administrator and the ‘Rani’ of Borduria, her name will be inscribed in golden letters.
He said that to commemorate her immense service been rendered during her lifetime as “Rani of Borduria”, which encouraged youths of Tirap in the field of games & sports, the ‘Lowangdong family” led by present Paramount Chief and present Rani of Borduria Wanglin Lowangdong and Smti Chasuam Wangchadong respectively are sponsoring “Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament” for the last 3 consecutive years.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, Secretary TWMFT,2017 Nahang Tangjang said that youths all over the world had taken up sports as a career and urged the youth to make a gainful career out of sports.
Later, Noah Mongku, Athletic Coach administered the oath to all the captains of the participating teams. Tirap DC P.N. Thungon, ADC, SP, ZPC, HoDs, PRI leaders and hundreds of football lovers witnessed the inaugural match played between CRAZY SOCCER FC V/s. CHINKOI FC. The opening 3rd TWMFT Match won by CRAZY SOCCER 2 – CHINKOI – 0.
A formal inaugural programme of 3rd TWMFT was concluded with vote of thanks from ADC Techu Aran. In his vote of thanks Aran wishes best of luck to all the participants of the tournament.
An attractive Welcome song and traditional Nocte dance performed by Borduria Youth Association “BYA” marked the programme more colourful.