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New Delhi: Beginning next year, students from the northeast region would be sponsored for professional training in some of the best institutions abroad, particularly in fashion technology and hospitality and protocol, Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.

Addressing a seminar on “Empowering Northeast India” organised by the Northeastern Development Foundation here, the minister for the DoNER said that, to begin with, eight youths from the region would be sent for training in fashion technology, hospitality and protocol courses.

He said his main concern was the mass exodus of youths from the eight states of the northeast who initially leave the region in search of quality high education and later take jobs and settle in other parts of the country.

If we have a provision for a streamlined sponsored training outside, the youth will not only gain access to quality high education but would also have the option to go back to their native place and serve.

In the same vein, Singh said he recently also finalised an arrangement for the cost-free training of young doctors from the northeast in some of the best medical institutes outside.

To begin with, the first group of selected physicians and surgeons would start a six-month training course in onco-surgery and onco-medicine at Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai from January 1, 2016.

At the same time, considering the high prevalence of cancer in the region, he was also proposing for acceptance of Medical Council of India, exclusive seats in Doctor of Medicine (DM) and Magister Chirurgiae (Mch) in onco-medicine and onco-surgery respectively at Adyar Cancer Institute.

Singh also disclosed that he was persuading leaders of the food industry to invest in the northeast which would not only enable the production of original products with markets across the borders but would also generate huge employment avenues for the youth.

The minister said that with a view to carrying forward India’s “Bamboo Mission”, an international conference was being planned in the first half of next year, which was expected to give a boost to the bamboo industry and bamboo-related vocational opportunities in the northeast.

Singh appealed to entrepreneurs, business leaders and representatives of consultancy agencies attending the conference to come forward to enter in an arrangement with the DoNER ministry and thus contribute both professionally and financially to support the efforts to benefit the youth of the region. (IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: thestatesman)

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Stop “Stereotyping” Northeast, States Hold Strong Cultural Harmony

Anungla Longumer, a writer-musician from Nagaland, explained how her state that has 14 different tribes, has massive ethnic diversities but comes together with a "common cultural ethos".

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Northeast is filled with diversities, shouldn't be stereotyped,pixabay

Writers and intellectuals from the northeast have said that the region is full of ethnic and linguistic diversity and urged the rest of the country to stop “stereotyping” the people living there as peripheral.

Noting that the northeastern states have a  but are marred by political conflicts, they claimed that the region can become “a great force” if the political ideologies match.

“The people of northeast are evolving while people from the rest of the country have a fixed image about us as a whole. Such stereotyping is often disturbing. People just lump us together and term all of us as the ‘northeasterns’,” Anjulika Samom, an independent journalist from Manipur said during a session at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2019 here.

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Noting that the northeastern states have a  but are marred by political conflicts, they claimed that the region can become “a great force” if the political ideologies match.

Explaining the centre-periphery concept about the states, Dolly Kikon, a social anthropologist from Nagaland, said the region is conceived as peripheral due to policies made by the Central government and said such concepts should be questioned.

“The centre-periphery thing has its origin in the securitisation of the region and also the kind of policy that are made in Delhi. It has been built using a very colonial framework of remoteness. I think we need to question that,” she said.

Echoing her, Samom claimed that for the people living in those states, their habitat is the centre of their universe, while the other parts of the nation become peripheral.

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Echoing her, Samom claimed that for the people living in those states, their habitat is the centre of their universe, while the other parts of the nation become peripheral. pixabay

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Anungla Longumer, a writer-musician from Nagaland, explained how her state that has 14 different tribes, has massive ethnic diversities but comes together with a “common cultural ethos”.

“On the ground we are very tolerant about our diversity. We identify and relate with each other. There are a lot of political conflicts in the region due to the ethnical diversity but at the ground level people are bound by a strong cultural ethos. The region can become a considerable force if it can come together in terms of common political ideologies,” she added. (IANS)