New Delhi: In a gruesome event, a North Eastern college student, Nido Taniam, was allegedly killed by some unruly people. To condemn this shocking and barbaric act, a condolence get-together of north east students and professionals was organized by Shri Sunil Deodhar on 5th February, 2014, at Gujarat Bhawan, with Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The leader of opposition Shri Arun Jaitley and Deputy Leader of opposition Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and former MP Shri Kiren Rijiju were also present. The program started with a brainstorming discussion on various issues and problems faced by the people from North-east India. The main concern was the disrespect to the identity of North easterners as an Indian.
Secondly, they are exploited by the police and different authorities at various levels as there is lack of sensitization and awareness about the North East. People tease them for their looks, features, appearance, hair style etc. which agitates them to react. North east has been disadvantaged politically and historically, while lesser roads, airlines and infrastructure have been developed there.
Shri Narendra Modi said that this kind of brutal act is a very serious matter. This gruesome act should develop sensitivity towards North east. “Nido's death will awaken the entire nation's sentiment. I feel and understand the North-east region, people, culture and sentiments fully, as I have travelled to North East as part of the party’s organization work. Students, I assure you that your pain and grievances are our pain and we will do all possible to help you in any issue,” said Shri Modi, while adding, “I emphasize on the development of the north-east region and this remains my focus during my upcoming visit to the region next week,” said Shri Modi.
He said that the exchange of police force especially women police, within the states, as has been the practice in Gujarat, will surely sensitize the authorities and enhance the awareness among the people of rest of India. In metropolis, there should be sufficient hostels, educational institutions and other arrangements for the people of North east India. The main focus should be on developing the resources and infrastructure in the states of North east.
Shri Arun Jaitley said that the need is to address the pain of north easterners. Some efficient mechanism needs to be evolved to address and sensitize the police, administration and leaders towards them.
Shri Sunil Deodhar assured the people of north east India that their respect, dignity and interests will be protected and action will be taken. He said that during his long stay in different states of North east India, he has observed their problems and issues very closely. With a suitable strategy, timely action and capable leadership, the problems can be solved and the situation can be improved. The get-together program concluded with a note that the north east regions are part of India and the people of North East deserve the respect of being an Indian.