Itanagar, Jul 08: The former Political Interpreter (PI) Tumpak Karga, renowned for his remarkable contributions to the region, breathed his last on Friday afternoon in Itanagar after battling a prolonged illness. The news of his demise has sent shockwaves across the West Siang district and beyond.
Born to Paktum Karga of Karga Village in Kamba, Tumpak Karga’s journey from an adult education school student to a distinguished figure in the political landscape was nothing short of inspiring. His relentless hard work and exceptional acumen propelled him to prominence.
Tumpak’s political career began with his active involvement as a prominent member of the Indian National Congress Liromoba block until 1981. Following that, he served as the esteemed Political Interpreter (grade 1) from 1982 to 2010. During his tenure as PI, he became known for his ability to solve numerous local cases in the Rumgong and Liromoba constituencies. Moreover, he played a vital role as the general secretary of the Hirik-Hiru Banggo, further solidifying his impact on the region.
One of Tumpak’s most significant contributions was the introduction of wet rice cultivation (WRC) in Kamba. Inspired during one of his visits to Assam, he replicated the technique in 1964, thereby becoming the first person to practice WRC in the region. This innovation not only transformed agricultural practices but also laid the foundation for future advancements in the area.
Tumpak Karga’s integrity and dedication earned him the trust of Indian army authorities during the intense Sino-India war of 1962. Recognizing his commitment, they appointed him as the custodian of the armory. As a result, he played a pivotal role in the war efforts and provided crucial assistance by identifying key locations in the West Siang district during army surveys. The Indian army authority later honored his exceptional service with a commendation certificate.
Beyond his political and military contributions, Tumpak was also known for his passion for angling. He embraced modern angling techniques, thanks to an outsider who gifted him a rod and reel, making him one of the first individuals in the region to utilize these methods.
Tumpak Karga is survived by his wife, four sons, including the State’s DIGP Tojo Karga, four daughters, and eight grandchildren. The entire community mourns the loss of this visionary leader, whose legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
The funeral proceedings will take place on Sunday, with the mortal remains of the esteemed pioneer laid to rest at his Kamba residence. The event is expected to be attended by a multitude of individuals from various walks of life who were touched by Tumpak’s remarkable journey and unwavering commitment to his community.