Wangcha Rajkumar was an Indian politician from Arunachal Pradesh who was elected as the MLA from 54 Namsang (ST) Assembly Constituency in 1995. He was also elected as the Member of Parliament in the 11th, 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from the 2-East Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency. He was assassinated at the age of 42 on 23 December 2007 by unknown assailants while playing badminton in his hometown, Deomali in Tirap district.
Wangcha Rajkumar was born on 29 December 1966 to Wangmai Rajkumar. His real name is Wangcha Lowang Medam. He is a native of Namsang chiefdom and belongs to the Nocte tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. His father served as the Acting Chief of Namsang for a considerable amount of time and played an important role in settling border disputes with the Government of Assam. Wangcha Rajkumar married Secha and had a son, Thamriat Rajkumar.
Wangcha Rajkumar did his schooling from R.K. Mission School, Narottam Nagar, Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh. He attended pre-university at St. Anthony College, Shillong, Meghalaya. He completed Part-II in Political Science from Ramjas College, New Delhi.
After graduation, Wangcha got involved in politics. The beginning of his career was a humble one. The following section highlights his long political career:
1. From 1987 to 1990, Wangcha was the Joint Secretary of Youth Congress (I), Tirap district.
2. In 1990, Wangcha became the Joint Secretary of District Congress Committee (I), Tirap. He held this post till 1994.
3. In 1995, Wangcha got into mainstream politics and was elected as a member of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. At that time, he was also a member of Public Accounts Committee.
4. Before completing his tenure, Wangcha contested in Member of Parliament election from Arunachal East (Lok Sabha) in 1996 and won. After winning the election, he became a member of Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution till 1997.
5. In 1998, Wangcha contested from the same parliamentary seat and won again. From 1998 to 1999, he was a member of Rules Committee and Consultative Committee of Ministry of Home Affairs.
6. Wangcha was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the same parliamentary constituency for the third time in 1999. This time he served for the full term till 2004 and was succeeded by Tapir Gao.
7. From 1999 to 2000, he was a member of Committee on Home Affairs and from 2000 to 2004, Consultative Committee of Ministry of Home Affairs.
8. Wangcha also served as Advisor to Chief Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh during the regime of the then Chief Minister, Late Dorjee Khandu.
During his tenure, Wangcha did lot of developmental works and some of the major contributions were:
1. Wangcha Rajkumar played an important role in shifting of Tirap’s lone government college to his hometown Deomali from Charju, Khonsa in 2000.
2. He had a stellar role in the renewal of the famous Namsang-Borduria Fund (NBF) with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for the overall development of Tirap district.
3. During his tenure as an MLA and MP, Wangcha initiated many developmental projects in the field of infrastructure and roadways in Arunachal Pradesh.
After retiring from politics in 2004, Wangcha Rajkumar became an active and influential member of All India Congress Committee (AICC). But only three years later, on 23rd December 2007, Wangcha Rajkumar was assassinated by two unidentified men when he was playing badminton at Deomali. The building in the picture is the place where he was assassinated. Another badminton player, Lomhang Kanglom, was wounded in the attack. His case is still pending.
On 12 June 2008, the Tirap Government College was renamed to Wangcha Rajkumar Government College in his memory. On 22 December 2009, General (Retired) J.J. Singh, the then Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, inaugurated a statue of Wangcha Rajkumar, built at the heart of Deomali's economic hub.
One of the first politicians of Arunachal Pradesh, Wangpha Lowang, a former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), a former Cabinet Minister and a former administrator, played a pivotal role in shaping the politics of Arunachal Pradesh and of the Nocte tribe.