Manipal: The progress of north-eastern states will facilitate growth of the country said P B Acharya, Governor of Nagaland and Assam. He was speaking during a programme organised at the Manipal University here on November 24.
We should recognise the spirit of patriotism of the North-east people. We know of British history but we do not know about our own people. Let us change our mind-set and strengthen our ties with people of the North-east as they have raised the zenith of civilisation. We are politically united but emotionally divided.
The North-eastern states are rich in culture and heritage. The effective utilisation of resources will felicitate growth in the North-eastern states. We should promote confidence building measures to address the problems of the north-eastern people.
Government schools and hospitals need experts and this can promote feasible development. The student organisations should take lead in promoting flow of ideas between the North-eastern people. Universities should facilitate the study of culture and dialects which will create a tremendous effect on the mind-set of people.
The natural resources like oil, water, minerals are in abundance in the North-eastern states while efforts held in implementing programmes for the utilisation of such resources are in vain. The flow of ideas and approaches will necessitate the utilisation of resources.
The hospitality and care of the North-eastern people is highly commendable. One should visit these states to witness the glorious culture of North-eastern people.
We as the citizens of India should work hard in strengthening our roots to promote national interest. Unless there is peace, there is no development. We need to shift our focus to the North-eastern states. Unity in diversity is the peculiarity of India, the strength of change lies in the weakest link; the weakest link are the North-eastern states. Let us motivate ourselves to promote the welfare of the North-east people, he added.
Dr Ramdas Pai, Chancellor Manipal University; Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor; Dr H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor; Kavitha P Acharya, Monish Tourangbam Co-ordinator of North East Studies Centre and others were present.
The cultural extravaganza was presented by the Nagaland students after the formal programme.
Governor clarifies his stand on alleged controversial statements reported in local media:
Later in a press meet held at Hotel Vally View the Governor clarified his stand on his alleged statements “Hindustan is for Hindus” and “Indian Muslims are free to go anywhere, including Pakistan and Bangladesh”, Acharya said that he was misquoted. He had said that the Hindus coming into India after persecution are refugees and not infiltrators, he added.