|Chief minister Mukul Sangma with actor Vivek Oberoi at a youth summit in Shillong on Monday. Pictures by UB Photos
Shillong, Dec. 23: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today underscored the need for policymakers to understand the region better as “a weak Northeast would mean a weak India”.
“The potential of this region will strengthen the nation and the weakness of the region will weaken the nation,” Sangma, who addressed a youth summit here, said. He added that it was of paramount importance for policymakers to understand the people of this region, their problems and weaknesses.
Sangma felt that certain policies, which have been designed for the Northeast, have been done without having enough knowledge about the region. Policymakers must be able to capture ideas and get them right, he added.
Highlighting the diversity of the region, he said, “We have a completely different way of life. The way we eat, the way we dress and the way we live. Knowing this will help the nation and it will also help to break the mind barrier that tends to create a sense of alienation to our people within the country.”
He said it was important to reach out to every part of the country and find its potential.
“We have an opport- unity to enlighten the people of the country that there exists so many wonderful places with wonderful people in this country which need to be known and visited and where we must come together and bring out ideas,” he said.
Stressing on the importance of connecting with ground realities, he said it was important to leverage the diversity for the benefit and growth of the nation.
Going back to pre-Independence days, Sangma said the region’s GDP was ahead of the rest of the country then.
But with Partition, the Northeast was isolated and lagged behind in most socio-economic parameters. It is important that the situation be reversed, he added.