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Vice President Naidu calls for a change in India’s attitude towards the North-East; regrets stereotyping

By PTI

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday condoled that despite being such a wonderful place, the general attitude towards the North East is still characterized by ignorance, lack of appreciation and conservatism in the rest of India, Vice President M Venkaiah said. Naidu on Sunday urged people to visit the region to appreciate the beauty and cultural richness of the region.

The fact that seven of the eight states in the region performed better than the country’s Human Development Index (HDI) in 2019, he underlined.

“But how many of us know about it?” Naidu asked.

He said that many people outside the region may not be aware that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report has found Nagaland as the safest state for women in India.

The Vice President also said that Assam is world famous for its tea and silk, while Manipur, a state with just 0.24 per cent of the country’s population, produces a good number of international players.

“Being true to its name, this ‘Land of Gems’ has given us rare gems like Mary Kom and Mirabai Chanu who have made India proud,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Naidu said that after a seven-day visit to the region, he returned with confidence that the North-East was witnessing a new era of resurgence.

“I have a better understanding of the men, affairs, aspirations, challenges and opportunities of the region.

A welcome development is the decline in militancy in the region.

I am confident that in view of various developmental initiatives and strong desire of the people for peace and progress, the North-Eastern region will be completely free from extremism in the near future.

Naidu urged people from other parts of the country to travel to the North-East to appreciate the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

“But it is disheartening to note that despite being such a wonderful place, the general attitude towards the North Eastern region is still characterized mainly by ignorance, lack of appreciation and stereotyping in the rest of India.

This must change,” he insisted.

“We have a lot to learn from the north-eastern states. Some time ago, I saw a video of a road in Aizawl, Mizoram and was amazed to see motorists following strict traffic discipline even when there is no traffic police . It is. A rare sight in other big Indian cities,” he said to drive his point home.

Naidu said though he wanted to cover all the states in the region, he decided against visiting Mizoram to enable the state administration to focus more on tackling the rise in COVID-19 cases Can go

He said later this month he will undertake a three-day visit to Sikkim and Darjeeling from October 20.

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