Mainland India needs to appreciate northeast: Nagaland CM

October 29, 2012 by  
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He said the north east remained backward and underdeveloped, despite being a crucial region for India.

North-east India

Nagaland, October 29, 2012: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has called on the people of the mainland India to appreciate and understand the northeast and to make the people of the region feel part of the country.

“It is indeed true that a majority of mainland Indians have little or no knowledge of this part of the country, which is definitely India but unfortunately an unequal India,” Rio said.

He was addressing the Eclectic Young Leaders Connect-2 conference at Kisama village near Kohima last week.

The chief minister said that the feeling of distance, disconnect and neglect that the north eastern states feel with the rest of the country should be addressed as a national issue.

“Let us keep in mind that less than one per cent of the landmass of the region is directly touching mainland India and more than 99 per cent of our geographical boundary is international,” he said.

The north eastern states are surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China and the only land route accessible to these states from India is through the Siliguri corridor in West Bengal and Assam.

Rio said the north east, including Sikkim, remained backward and underdeveloped, despite being a crucial region for India.

“The infrastructure is poor, the economy is weak, there is political instability, insurgency and social unrest. These have created an environment of neglect and disappointment, where there is little or no hope,” he said.

“Unless an air of political stability is created by removing insurgency and violence, the region will continue to lag behind,” he added.

– the statesman

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