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Rest of India can learn a lot from Northeast: Vice Chief of Army

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Northeast is endowed with rich cultural heritage and but not much is known about it to people living outside the region, of Army Lt Gen said Thursday and asserted that the rest of can learn a lot from these states.

A group of 26 students and seven teachers from the seven states, who are visiting as part of a national integration tour, interacted with Lt Gen at the South Block.

"All the Northeasters states, from to and to Meghalaya, are blessed with scenic beauty, and each state has its own rich culture, but not much is known to people about it. And the rest of learn a lot from these states," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

The contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, and are popularly referred to as the 'Seven Sisters' and along with comprise the

"I have been to all the states in Northeast and each state has so much of diversity to offer. Particularly, Sikkim, where I found that it was so well-managed, including the discipline in traffic and civic sense exhibited by people in driving and parking vehicles. Besides, the region has lessons in ecological preservation too, which other parts of India can learn from," he said.

emphasised that in north India, people celebrate Holi for a day or two, but in people from the Meitei tribe play Holi for five days. The colourful festival is known as 'Yaoshang'.

"How many know about Manipuri Holi. They use natural colours and everyday wear starched white clothes and sing and dance. Isn't it something, we all should know about?" he said.

The of Army also said the the Northeast has a very rich culinary and linguistic and art and cultural heritage. dance of and Manipuri dance are some of the well-known art forms.

Earlier, during the interaction, he said the purpose of the tour was to bring the society in these states closer to other parts of India and vice versa.

"You must project your states, and tell it to others and also make friends with people from other states. You have already visited and met the at the and will visit too. So, when you go back from here, tell people in your home state about the places visited and your experiences," he told the students.

Ruby Choudhury, 17, a student from Rifles Public School in Jorhat, said she felt very happy to visit for the first time and was thrilled to meet

"I was born in but moved to Assam as child along with my parents. I love Assam and feel proud that and star are from my state. But I wish more people knew more about my state or other Northeastern states. Even in films and we don't see much of the Northeast really," she told

Judith, 16, a class 11 student from Aizawl, said she was also pleased to visit Delhi.

Choudhury and Judith, however, rued that many look at Northeastern people as if they were some "odd people".

"They term them as 'chinky people' we feel very bad about that attitude," she said.

"Even in Delhi, some of them asked if we were Koreans or Chinese. We need to bring change in behaviour, " said a teacher, accompanying them on the condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday, Gen had interacted with a group of girl students from here and exhorted them to work hard and compete for Army's 'Super 30' coaching programme and build their career through good education.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 21:00 IST