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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: On Wednesday, a two-day meeting of the first ever tribal delegation from the Naga-dominated districts of Arunachal Pradesh between Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Naga peace interlocutor R.N. Ravi, concluded with the latter assuring them that their demands would be fulfilled.

Tirap, Changlang and Longding were the districts represented in the talks.

The delegation was assured that the next step to ensure the development in those areas would be the creation of Patkai Autonomous Council.

“We, at any cost want the formation of the Patkai Autonomous Council. We have been deprived of development for so long. It is possible only if the three districts get autonomy. The political organisations are least bothered about development there,” said Nokchai Boham, a member of the delegation, after the meeting.

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Boham said: “The government cannot openly speak about the step it is taking for the uplifting of the three districts as there are high chances that the issue might be politicised and be made a factor behind the disturbances in the state.

Earlier, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had met the home minister over similar demands but this is the first time that the tribal leaders from Tirap, Changlang and Longding are included in the committee.

Previously, a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) had called on R.N. Ravi and urged him not to compromise on the territorial integrity of the state while executing the final draft of the Naga peace accord with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

NSCN (I-M) wants a greater homeland comprising of Nagaland and the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and parts of Upper Myanmar.

Speaking about the AAPSU’s meet with the interlocutor, Boham said: “Tirap, Changlang and Longding are Naga tribe dominated areas and there is no point on raising the issue with non-Nagas as they won’t understand the real problem and rather politicise the developmental issues in the three districts.”

 

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He also alleged that the funds for development of the three districts have been misused and channelized for the development of other tribes and not Nagas, which has affected the development of these areas.

Confirming the development, Rijiju told IANS: “The government is well aware of the development required in Tirap, Changlang and Longding, and will take steps accordingly. The government will do everything possible.”

The districts are economically and socially deprived inspite of being rich in natural resources because of the lack of funds. They are also considered to have several camps of extremist groups such as National Socialist Council of Nagaland -Khaplang and United Liberation Front of Assam.

It was due to this reason that the Narendra Modi-led central government had extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the three districts a couple of months back without consulting CM Nabam Tuki, who leads the Congress government in the state.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Manipuri Woman makes Naga Food a Rage in Belgium: Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen leaves people hungry for more!

Lulu's Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu's Kitchen. Image source: Facebook

Indian food has been a great hit among foreigners since a long time. Whether Indians set up food joints in other countries or foreigners visiting India, in both cases Indian cuisine is drool worthy to them. But it must be noted that most of the food across the borders is North Indian food- butter chickens and dal makhani and chicken tikkas. It is surprising to see how Lulu Pheiga, a woman from the Rongmei Naga tribe of Manipur, has made Naga food a ‘rage’ in Genk, Belgium.

Lulu's food truck reads 'Back to the roots' Source: Facebook
Lulu’s food truck reads ‘Back to the roots’. Source: Facebook

Her food truck named Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu says to theindiandiaspora.com, “It was only when I went to Delhi to work that I started trying out recipes and started looking out for the right ingredients. I would wait to go home to get the right stuff, or would wait for friends to bring along. Now that I am here, it’s the same story again! So I want to start import of local northeastern herbs which would benefit people who want to explore the cuisine as well as help the local farmers there.”

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Authentic north East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu's Kitchen @ Facebook
Authentic North-East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu’s Kitchen @ Facebook

Food from north-eastern parts of India is also famous all over the nation, especially in North India due to its simplicity and exotic flavours. With the trend of food adaptation and modification or improvisation, authentic Naga food is a unique style of cuisine. Some of them are:

Here is a list of mouth-watering food items that you will find hard to resist!

– Smoked Pork: Meat or pork is hung above a Naga kitchen’s fire for several days until it is crispy on the outside and juicy inside. The food item is usually preferred with rice but you can try it with slices of bread as well.

– Bamboo Steamed Fish: Bamboo is one of the most famous ingredients of Naga food. In Bamboo Steamed Fish, fish is stuffed inside bamboo sticks’ tubes and flavored with light spices and it is cooked in steam. It is then emptied from the bamboo shoot can be eaten with a variety of sauce.

– Eromba: This healthy dish emerges from Manipur. Vegetables are boiled and mixed with smoked or roasted fish, and the fiery flavor of the world’s hottest chilli Raja Mirchi is added. Eromba is to be eaten with rice or Manipur’s millet bread.

The Indian Diaspora Website mentions, Lulu’s primary support is her husband, and the two wish to come up with a restaurant in northeast India that serves Belgium specialty dishes, which sounds like culture exchange at its best! This year in 2016, the couple are planning to visit Nagaland during the infamous Hornbill Festival along with some of their Belgian tourists, in an attempt to show the incredible north-east India is.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani of NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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