The North Eastern region of India is known for its panoramic view and people who brave all the odds whether it’s their climate or the socio-economic scenario of their states.
We are all well versed with the seven sisters of North East-Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim which make India proud with their biodiversity, generosity and hospitality of their people. Even though India is a land of vast and eclectic culture and traditions, the North East region of India has special place in the Indian heartland.
Many people from the other parts of India have very vague and misconstrued perceptions about people from the North East due to their mongoloid looks and there have been reported incidents of racial slurs and attacks on people from the North East which remain unaddressed most of the times. It’s a far gone conclusion that the North Eastern states suffered huge setbacks under the Congress governance, with employment hitting rock bottom, weak infrastructure with zero connectivity and illegal immigrant crisis thwarting the development of the states.
Moreover, it’s the international border with China which has become a burning issue in recent months post the Doklam standoff, which India dealt with acute diplomacy blocking the Chinese attempt to build a road at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction.
This move manifested India’s firm strategic skills and concerns towards guarding North East as an integral part of India. With the assembly elections for some of the key North Eastern states around the corner, the BJP has undertaken the massive responsibility of the saffronisation and development of the North East.
With the BJP coming to power in the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, with impending elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, a new face of change awaits the states.
In May 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the longest bridge called Dhola-Sadiya over the river Lohit with a construction cost of Rs. 950 crore. This bridge is the new economic milestone of the North East region connection Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.
North East has a abundant tourism prospects given its rich flora and fauna and picturesque terrain drawing people to explore the region, which somehow still remains to be tapped due to lack of proper rail and road services.
Aroona from Arunachal Pradesh who is a student in New Delhi feels that, “she can be a free bird in her hometown compared to her life in Delhi and girls are way more safe there, so she misses her home.”
Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiran Rijuju has taken lot of initiatives to safeguard the rights of North Eastern people by checking infiltration of the Bangladeshis and the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
Tasi from Meghalaya who is also pursuing her studies in New Delhi, feels proud of her scenic abode in the hills of Meghalaya and she believes that the famous sportsmen like Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutiya and Shyam Thapa have made India proud by their sheer grit and passion for their sports.
They feel that it is the rocky terrains and the extreme climatic conditions that make people robust and thereby have produced such gems of sportsmen from North East.
These students have shown tremendous faith in BJP’s surge in leadership over the North Eastern states and they also hope that change in governance can resolve the long standing cultural and geo-political differences between the North East and the rest of India.
Asim Varah another Nagaland student studying in New Delhi has her own woes when it comes to adjusting in an alien environment in the capital, which according to her lacks the hospitability and simplicity that she finds back home.
But she definitely evokes hope when asked about the insurgency by the factional groups which has been under control ever since Prime Minister Modi conducted surgical strikes along the North Eastern borders.
She sincerely feels that BJP’s progressive government will open up channels and initiate talks towards the Burma-Thailand economic development route via North East.
According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “NE will not be known as North East anymore, but New Engine — for the new engine which will drive India’s economy forward,”.
The following inset video shows live experience of the students from North East who have pinned their hopes on the BJP’s strong governance which can transform the state of affairs in the remote areas of the terrains.