Duty of north Indians to merge with North East: Rijiju

Shillong: Stating that the North East was also mainstream, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said that it was the responsibility of the north Indians also to merge with the people of the North East.

Pointing out that a country is defined by its border, Rijiju said, “Delhi is the capital of India but Delhi is not the beginning of India… We (the north-east) are the sentinel of this country, we protect and safeguard this country.”

“My concept of looking at the country is that a country begins from the borders. The country doesn’t begin from the Centre,” the Minister of State for Home Affairs said here.

Referring to people who stress on the need for bringing the north-east to mainstream India, he said, “But I differ and disagree with that by saying if Delhi is the mainstream, the N-E region is also the mainstream of this country and everybody must respect and adjust with each other.”

“I need not adjust with the people of Delhi, because it is also duty of people of north India to merge with us (NE). It is responsibility of everybody,” Rijiju, an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said.

The Minister also announced that the Centre is all set to come up with a stringent law against ‘racial discrimination’ besides introducing a subject on the north-east region from the primary to PhD level, to commence from next year.

“After long deliberation for the first time we are sending this proposal to Cabinet to introduce a law that ‘racial discrimination’ will be penalized in this country in the strongest possible term. It is going to be made a provision in the Indian Penal Code,” Rijiju said.

The Minister was addressing the Mega Arunachal Tribe Festival – 2015 cum cultural exchange programme in the city here today.