Spiritual leader Ravi Shankar on Thursday evinced keen interest to broker peace with the rebel groups operating in the north eastern region.
Talking to media in the sidelines of the meeting of the north eastern indigenous groups in Guwahati, thr spiritual leader said hr wants the region to restore peace with active role of the rebel groups.
Flanked by ULFA(I), leader Anup Chetia he said ,“Several youth have already expressed their desire to come overground if the government ensures a respectable deal. They are watching how the government handles the case of the 68 youth who recently surrendered in Manipur with our intervention,” he revealed.
He said diverse groups have come together on a common platform to discuss the issues facing the region. “There are differences of opinions and I see it as a healthy sign. Once the basic principle of peace is established, all differences can be sorted out,” he added.
Earlier delivering the keynote address at the STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY: North East Indigenous People’s Conference, he said, “This is a new beginning for the North East. For the very first time, there is a reconnect of people of this region, which is so diverse.”
Saying that his heart goes out to the people of the region who had to undergo much suffering for decades, Gurudev observed that while the aspiration of every group that has gone into militancy has been to achieve prosperity and welfare, it cannot be achieved with conflict and has to come with cooperation. It is only this understanding that can mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the region, he remarked.
The conference saw the participation of leaders from all walks of life, including leaders who have formerly taken up arms. Several former underground leaders led by General Secretary of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) Anup Chetia were among the conveners of the event. Other prominent names include former leader of armed TripuraNational Volunteers Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl and Dilip Nunisa of Dima Halam Daogah, the Assam-based militant outfit that laid down arms in 2013.
Anup Chetia, along with the other prominent leaders at the conference acknowledged and appreciated Gurudev’s interest and commitment to the region and resolved to continue to work together to bring peace and prosperity in the region.
The conference saw the attendance of a large contingent of leaders from Nagaland, including former army chief of NSCN(IM) Lt Gen VS Atem and several other leaders from various social, ethnic, linguistic and religious groups.
R S Mooshahary, former Governor of Meghalaya was present too and hailed Gurudev as a peace ambassador.
The day long deliberations at the Conference ended with the signing of the Guwahati Declaration by The Art of Living representatives and other conference partners, including the convener committee as well as all the linguistic, tribal, ethnic and insurgent groups of North East states. Everyone present pledged to bring together the indigenous peoples and ethnic groups of the region, and work collectively to achieve the ultimate goal of genuine peace, prosperity and happiness for North East.
He will visit Arunachal Pradesh where he will attend the Maitreya Diwas celebration in the Indo-China border town of Tawang. He will also attend several programs hosted by the government of Arunachal Pradesh, including an address to ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the deputy commissioners and agriculture department authorities to firmly deal with the army worms who have destroyed crops in thousands of hectares in 12 districts in the post flood scenario.
Sonowal has also asked the authorities to visit the damaged areas to oversee the operation to bring the situation under control.
The situation suddenly took a grim turn when the army worms have damaged crop lands measuring thousands of hectares in the state
The worst-hit district is Golaghat where the caterpillar 6,671 hectares of crop field leaving the farming community in utter dilemma.
The picture is not different in Majuli where crops on more than 1700 hectares of land have been ravaged by the army worms in the flood hit river island leaving over 4000 families in dire-straits.
Majuli is followed by Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts where the menace has damage 5000 hectares and 2,800 hectares of crop lands respectively.
In a sigh of relief businessman Tinku Babaj is back to his home on Friday a day after he was kidnapped from Dimow. According to information, Bajaj returned to his home safely at around 9-30 at night. On Thursday night, a group of armed miscreants kidnapped him from Dimow.