Look East: PM lauds Naga accord, LBA with B’desh

RSTV Bureau
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FILE: PM Narendra Modi with TH Muivah, chief of Naga insurgent outfit NSCN (IM) at New Delhi. Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has listed Naga peace agreement with insurgent NSCN (IM) and implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh among the prime achievements of the BJP-led NDA government. Speaking on the occasion of birth centenary of a Naga spiritual leader, the Prime Minister emphasised on his government’s priority to develop the north-eastern region of the country.

Terming the agreement reached with the Naga insurgent outfit NSCN (IM) as “successful”, PM Modi said that it will lead to the development of not only Nagaland but the entire northeast region. The Prime Minister also appreciated the efforts made by past governments to bring peace and stability in the region.

“The credit does not go to any particular government and neither should they take it. Everyone contributed towards improving the situation. It is the result (of these efforts) that today in Nagaland there has been a successful dialogue,” PM Modi said in New Delhi referring to the Naga peace accord, which he himself had called a “landmark”.

“Everybody has seen the dream of development and joining the mainstream in not only Nagaland, but the entire northeast and the country,” he said addressing a function to commemorate the birth centenary of Rani Gaidinliu, a spiritual Naga leader who fought for India’s independence.

Recalling Rani Gaidinliu’s contribution in spreading Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy in the northeast region, the Prime Minister said, “Her philosophy has the answers to the issue of global warming and other environmental matters which we face today”.

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FILE: File photo of PM Modi with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Photo – PTI

“It is the responsibility of the society to preserve the treasures of history…In most places the history is limited to royals and the rulers. But in India the efforts of the common people are valued as it is part of our philosophy,” the PM added.

Talking about the development initiatives for the north-eastern region, the Prime Minister added if the issue of connectivity is resolved then development would not be a problem. He said efforts were on to provide railway connectivity to state capitals in the region.

Speaking further at the occasion, the PM also lauded the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh. He said that the agreement will help improve connectivity of the region with the rest of the country.

The function was also attended by Union ministers and senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley besides Nagaland Governor P B Acharya and Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Manipur T R Zeliang and Okram Ibobi Singh respectively.

(With inputs from the PTI)