The North-East Affairs is an independent news website, fully dedicating for and to the people of North East India.
The eight northeastern states: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – also known as seven sisters and one cousin, as they called, have covered an area of 262,230 km2, and are almost one-tenth of the Indian union. With nearly 47 million populations, Northeast India constitutes a single linguistic region with about 220 languages in multiple language families (Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, Austroasiatic) that share common structural features. Even though India shares its border with seven countries, five of them are in this region – Bhutan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma).
Apart from the fact that Northeast India houses umpteen number of a tourist attraction with its picture-perfect landscapes, cultural diversity, festivals, tradition and sports, the region is also endowed with enormous natural and human resources. “Dig boy, dig”, shouted the Canadian Engineer, W L Lake, at his men as they watched elephants emerging out of the dense forest with oil stains on their feet. So the story goes about how Digboi township in Assam, got its name, a place that ultimately grew into India’s as well as Asia’s first petroleum refinery and perhaps the world’s second such outfit.
The region is also home to some of India’s most recognised international players. Just to name a few, MC Mary Kom – 2012 Olympics bronze medallist and six-time world amateur-boxing champion, footballer Baichung Bhutia, boxer L Sarita Devi, silver medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Hima Das, Jayanta Talukdar, gold medallist and Arujna Award winner, weightlifters Sanjita Chanu, who won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, etc. Also, there are sports stars like Dingkoo, Kunjarani and many more. While Northeast India constitutes only about 3.7 percent of the total Indian population, the youth out here are well-known for their inclination towards sports, especially Manipur. Out of the entire 2016 Rio Olympics contingent, 6.72% of them belonged to the NE.
The Bihu dance of Assam, Manipuri classical (raj leela) dance are widely known. What’s more: the famous Polo game started from Manipur. In spite of all these abundant resources and rich culture, the region is cited as a conflict-stricken remote corner of India, witnessing a series of insurgencies and illustrating the alienation of the locals and from mainland India. Although the cause of insurgency in the region has been primarily political, the ambiguity related to the economic potential fuel to the turmoil. The sense of economic resources being exploited or the threat to exploitation exaggerated amongst the locals has provoked conflict in the region. Most of the armed groups fighting for secession have accused the central government of exploiting the region’s rich mineral resources, neglecting its economy and flooding it with migrant settlers. Primarily in Assam, the insurgents are fighting against the Indian Government for extorting mineral resources, particularly oil, and being insensitive to safeguarding the natives from being engulfed by migrants and illegal immigrants in search of green pastures, both from other parts of India and Bangladesh.
Also, the multicultural-multilingual society, disunity and division, lack of communication among the people and states and also absence of peace and security in Northeastern states have become a strong barrier in every sphere of the development programme. The time has come to stop this. With this brief prologue, this new news website will endeavor for a unified face among all the people and states, and will highlight its unexploited potential by showcasing its rich cultural diversity and resources, which will ultimately bring in peace and development in the region. The North-East Affairs will reach to every nook and cranny of the world and will help in advancing economic prosperity and physical development of the region. It should be able to project as an indispensable resource and subject for students’ community, researchers, the general public, armed forces, government, foreign governments and international agencies.