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Posted on Nov 28, 08:01PM | UNI
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the entire North Eastern Region is facing the threat of being overrun by illegal immigrants, which has changed the demography of the population and polluted the rich culture of the region.
Inaugurating the fifth General Conference of the North East Students' Organization (NESO) with a theme :Our Resource- Our Future', Mr Rio thanked students' leaders for serving the cause for the people of the region and for playing a crucial and contributory role in the social, political and economic landscape of the North Eastern Region (NER), especially against illegal immigrants into the region.
He said "If the culture is lost there will be no identity of any people, so it is the responsibility of every citizen to preserve their own culture, protect heritage and prevent population from being overrun", and added these issues need to be constantly pursued.
He said the NER was located in a crucial and vital geographical location, where 99 per cent of outer boundaries of the sister states, border foreign countries and only one per cent of outer boundary is shared with the mainland India.
With the two powers of ancient civilisations of China and India, along with Myanmar and Bangladesh bordering region, this part of the country is crucial and strategic in multiple aspects of security, trade, commerce and connectivity.
The region is the gateway for the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region and the Indian sub-continent to each other.
Mr Rio said majority of the people have yet to understand that they were living in an area that has the potential to become one of the most important regions in the planet in the present century.
The economies of India, China and the ASEAN could be centered on the sister states of the region, he said.
He said having weighed the positives and negatives, it is time for the country to realise that the NER was one the verge of becoming one of the country's most important assets on all fronts.