SHILLONG, May 27 – Northeast India is situated in a hostile neighbourhood surrounded by “so-called friendly countries” which are continuously funding anti-India elements to fuel unrest in the region.
Union Minister of state (Home), Jitendra Singh made the observation here during a one-day visit to review the security situation in NE. Singh pointed out that the region’s hostile neighbourhood is pockmarked by countries like China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
Incidentally, the statement came on a day when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on a historic visit to Myanmar trying to cement ties with the neighbouring country. It is the first such visit in 25 years to Myanmar by an Indian Prime Minister.
The Union Minister of State said that the Government of India is fully aware of North East’s delicate geo-political location and is therefore fully supportive of the States’ “complex and serious” problems.
“People are being funded by so called friendly neighbouring countries to infuse new ideologies. The Indian Government is aware of the situation and is therefore fully supportive towards the region’s complex and serious problems,” Singh said.
“We have a working relationship with some of our neighbouring countries, this has to be strengthened,” he stated.
On the internal security scenario, he said that again the region is mired by complex ethnic problems with different tribes, culture and terrain. “There are some situations that are not under control, but communication is the way to come out of the problems,” he suggested.
On the inter-State boundary issues between Meghalaya and Assam, Singh said, both the States must find a way out to settle the problem. “The Chief Ministers of both the States must sit down together and try finding a solution to the problems,” the Union Minister said.
Singh today paid a visit to the headquarters of the Assam Rifles, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force. He said that he wanted to meet the “last man at the last Border Out Post” and hear their problems and acknowledge their service towards the nation.