Arunachal Pradesh is geographically the largest state in north-east India but it is also one of the most sparsely populated states in the country. Most of this hilly state continues to remain barren due to harsh weather conditions and is thus inaccessible. Arunachal Pradesh is home to some of the vibrant tribes of the region, like the Adis, Apatanis, Nishis etc. Though the state is considered far-flung and backward, quite a few people from the state have gone out and excelled in sports, culture, defense, governance etc. These people have fought against all odds to emerge victorious and bring fame and name for the state. Below are listed some of the famous personalities from Arunachal Pradesh.
Tapi Mra registered her name in history by becoming the first woman from Arunachal Pradesh to scale the Mount Everest. She accomplished this feat on 21st May 2009. Mra belongs to the Tagin tribe who primarily reside in the Upper Subansiri district.
The mother of two children, Anshu Jamsenpa conquered the highest mountain peak in the world, the Mount Everest, not once, but twice in a matter of 10 days. Jamsenpa is the first mother in the world to do so. She accomplished this rare feat in 2014. She belongs to the Monpa tribe and resides in Bomdila.
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Nabam Atum is a reputed social activist from Arunachal Pradesh. He is known for his fierce voice and opinions. Atum has held several posts in the state government such as the chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. He is actively involved with several organizations such as Arunachal Vikash Parishad and Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh. In 2012 he was awarded the Our North East India Award by Narendra Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat.
From being a civil server, to making journalism her career, and finally to become a poet, Mamang Dai has excelled in numerous fields. Dai is a well-known journalist and has worked for several newspapers such as The Telegraph, Hindustan Times and The Sentinel. But it is her work as a poet which has brought her immense laurels. Her first collection of poems – River Poems – was well received. She is also the author of a non-fiction book – Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land.
Jomin Tayeng was the first direct recruit officer of the Indian Administrative Services from Arunachal Pradesh. He became a bureaucrat in 1968. From working as the secretary to the chief minister to holding several other important posts, Tayeng completely led the public life. Post-retirement, he joined politics and even won a legislative seat from the Dambuk constituency in 2009. He passed away in 2003.
Group Captain Mohonto Panging
A retired fighter pilot, Group Captain Mohonto Panging made Arunachal Pradesh proud by becoming the first person from the state, and also from the region, to fly aircrafts such as Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, Hunter, Mig-29. He is an awardee of the prestigious Vayu Sena Medal.