BISWANATH CHARIALI, Nov 9 - “The big dams being built by China over the river Brahmaputra may pose a great threat to the entire North-East India.” This was observed by the Governor of Nagaland and Assam PB Acharya while speaking as the chief guest in the open session of the cultural awareness meet ‘Rashtra Jagaran Evam Sanskriti Sangam’ organised here by the Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad that ended on Sunday.
The Governor also observed that the problem of illegal foreigners into the State is a big threat. Lauding the contribution of Nepalis in various facets, Acharya exhorted them saying that their active participation is very much necessary to make India a strong nation. He also praised the culture and handicraft of NE India which are very unique in nature.
Another chief guest Kiran Rijiju, Union Home Minister for State said that the Nepalis have made great contribution to the development of the country and their valour and loyalty could not be compared to anyone. Talking of the development of the NE India since Independence, he said that no Government had done anything positive, due to which the people here felt deprived, but the Modi Government implemented the ‘Act East Policy’ for the benefit of the North-Eastern states. The Government has also laid ample stress on good road connectivity. He called upon the extremist groups of NE India to return to the mainstream and assured that the Union Government is always ready to help them. He also assured that as long as he is in Delhi, no one from the north-eastern region needs to be scared of racial discrimination, but at the same time the people here should also give up fighting among themselves.
The Governor released the souvenir Kalash. Dr Narayan Upadhyaya delivered the welcome address while the open session was chaired by Leel Bahadur Chetry and conducted by Virendra Rana. Biswanath MLA Prabin Hazarika, former minister Noorjamal Sarker, MP Ram Prasad Sharma, RSS member Indresh Kumar etc., were also present in the programme. Around 400 delegates from the seven NE States and Sikkim and West Bengal participated in the meet held at the Chariali HS and MP School here.