An undying insurgency along with a number of issues in the north east have been forcing more than 35,000 people to leave the region in every single year. People, mostly, from Assam prefer to stay in metro cities.
Hazarika, the professor and director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Sanjoy Hazarika said the region is still lagging behind on many front. He said the rivers that act as lifeline of the region can’t serve the purpose in the present shape.
“If one drives from Bagdogra to Gangtok, one would find that the Teesta River like a big lake. It doesn’t flow properly because of the heap of debris.”
Hazarika said that Land is the heart of every dispute in North East. It may be between different groups, ethnicities or between outsider and insider.
Earlier, Mary Beth Sanate in her address highlighted the common issues confronting the north eastern region. Shengnaider Tontang discussed recent incidents of flood and landslide in the region.