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    D.K. Thongdok, Rupa


    During the 1962 war there were many ponies and mules that were privately owned by families in Rupa. They would carry load during the annual winter migrations. D.K. Thongdok’s family had two ponies named zorpu and zamu and a mule named airpo. When fleeing down to Assam, D.K. Thongdok recalls how his father had to let zamu and airpo go into the Khellong forests with a very heavy heart. They then had to stay in a refugee camp in Assam. In his book, the War on Buddha, he gives a first-hand account of their lives in a refugee camp. The good news was that on returning, airpo and zamu eventually returned to them.

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    Pema Mosobi

    “On our migration as we walked down and went back up—we were always smiling”, recalls Pema Mosobi who has many winter migrations under his belt. Before the era of wall calendars…

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    R. D. Thongdok

    R.D. Thongdok meticulously noted down the names of the places on the besmeh route. We visited and marked (in red) many of these places and created a map to recreate the…

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    Naresh Glow

    Then the Foothill-Chaku-Tenga (FCT) road, which passes through Eaglenest, was the only motorable road which provided access to the Assam plains during the 1962 war. The FCT road was built by…

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    Chumbi Megeji

    Chumbi Megeji recalls that the Stu-pagpa puja for horses, mules and cattle that usually carried luggage, young children and older people was done on the day everyone was ready to leave…

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    R.K. Karma

    The stones used in house-building before were from the mountains and not from the river. “Unlike cement it was so strong that it could withstand an earthquake”, recalls Karma. Nails were made…

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    Kejang Yodon

    Kejang Yodon remembers how unlike today where almost everyone wears shoes, the shoes of those days (changzong) were affordable to only a few. The rest would walk bare feet; lichen and…

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    Sange Lamu Mosobi

    The Shertukpens would carry an assortment of condiments: Sichuan peppers (Xanthoxylum alatum), dried pumpkin (bumbloki), dried raddish (mooloki) and fermented soya bean (chukchro). In preparation of going down to Assam, the…

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    Nawang Norbu Khrimey

    Nawang Norbu Khrimey with his family in the 1960’s (left) and at the Rupa gompa (right) Nawang Norbu Khrimey is the head gaon burah (village chief) of Rupa. The story of Nawang…

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    Indi Glow

    Indi Glow remembers that the Asian games opened up the flood gates for the commercial demand for timber in Arunachal Pradesh, plantation and afforestation measures were pale in comparison. He remembers that…