IMPHAL | Nov 18
Differences in culture, religion and language should not be a hurdle in bringing unity and creating sense of oneness in the country, said chief minister, N. Biren during the observance of ‘Quami Ekta Week’ held at Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles, Imphal today.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Biren said that politicians would never succeed if they do not possess nationalistic characteristics. They should sacrifice and make commitment for the welfare, development and prosperity of the State, he added.
Mentioning the role of former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi in unifying and integration of the country, he further stated that she is often referred as ‘Iron Lady of India’ who showed the world that India has the potential and can play a pivotal role in international sphere, he said.
Stating the importance of observing “Quami Ekta Week”, Biren continued that it is our responsibility to make aware the youths about the sense of unity, oneness and solidarity among ourselves in the country.
Stressing that the sense of belongingness and integration is shrinking nowadays, Biren continued that human touch, recognition and respect should be an integral part of politics so as to bring development in the State.
The essence of bringing development is to make our lives simpler and easier, however, if there is no peace and understanding among us, then there would be no meaning of development in the country, he maintained.
In his presidential address, deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar said that on such occasion, every citizen of the country should take pledge to uphold the integrity of the nation. He stated that India was easily colonised by the East India Company due to the disunity among the princely States.
He further mentioned the contribution of Indira Gandhi to the cause of national integration in the country. One will always remember her contribution towards liberating Bangladesh in 1970’s, he added.
Joykumar stressed that India is filled with various problems and issues so every citizen should be aware about the importance and value of national integration. In such short span, India has got recognitions in various fields in international arena due to the integration and unity among us, he added.
On the occasion, chief minister administered the national integration pledge.
Cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials also attended the function.