Guwahati, Feb 13: Just weeks after Arunachal Pradesh’s Governor PB Acharya commented that Indians know more about the US than about the Northeast, a little girl from Assam probably realized that the region has not been given enough attention by the rest of India and decided to apprise the Prime Minister about the same.
Its really sad that lot of the people in India are not aware of Culture, history, People and Geography of NorthEast India. Sometimes we see in social media, news, videos that many of them even think that Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and other NorthEastern states are different country or they are part of China.
Government and other NGOs have had a lot of discussion and awareness programs to make people know about NorthEast India’s Culture,People, History, Geography etc.
Though it has changed a bit but still we need a long way to go. A 12 year old girl has written a letter to the Prime Minister and the letter has gone viral.The girl has urged the PM to include Northeast India’s history in textbooks and if this is implemented it will make a huge difference.The excerpts from the letter is shown below:
Shri Narendra Modiji
The Honourable Prime Minister of India,
11th Feb 2017
Honourable Prime Minister of India,
My name is Aaira Goswami. I am 12 years old. I am from Assam. I currently stay in Jaipur. I study in Neerja Modi School. Today I wanted to tell you about something that I have been thinking about for quite a while. My favourite subject is history, unlike other students. Yet I don’t know the history of my own state! I know a lot about the Mauryans, the Mughals and the Guptas. I have even written exams on these emperors. But I know very little about Lachit Borphukon and the Ahoms who ruled Assam for 600 years defeating the Mughals 17 times soundly in battle. I know the history of almost whole of India; from Jammu & Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Mughals to the British, from Rajasthan to Kolkata. But where is the long lost glory of the seven sisters. Some students don’t even know what the seven sisters are. It is very difficult to find things about the Northeast in my books. If I could just read about my state, Assam, and Northeast in my book it would be like a dream come true. Besides all Indian children need to know Assam and the Northeast’s glorious history. If you could do something to ensure that Assam and the Northeast’s history is included in our books and also reply to this letter from a little Indian citizen, I would be very thankful.
Neerja Modi School