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Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. A special feature of the 9th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in New Delhi, India was the participation of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern
22 Jan 2011 12:00

image Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. A special feature of the 9th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in New Delhi, India was the participation of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and eight North-East Indian states.
Hundreds of boys and girls were present at the PBD convention held at the Vigyan Bhawan over a period of three days.
When one looks across the country, especially Delhi, one can find people from North-East region in great numbers. It is like they have come out of their isolation.
Some people think they are Chinese because of the similar facial features and only the people of India are able to identify or confirm that they are from the North-East region.
The North-East of India is known as a ‘Land of Eight Sisters’ because it comprises of eight states.
They are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
It has over 2000 kilometres of border with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh and is connected to the rest of India by a narrow 20 kilometers wide corridor of land.
One of the most ethically and linguistically diverse regions in Asia, each state has its distinct culture and tradition.
North-East Asia is the home for over 166 separate tribes speaking a wide range of languages.
It has been the meeting point of many communities, faith and cultures.
A place renowned for its magical beauty and bewildering diversity with thunderstorms sweeping across the hills, valleys and plains during the monsoon.
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs of India Vayalar Ravi said that for the first time they included the North East Region to be part of this PBD, annual gathering of people of Indian origin.
“It is a region that is waiting to be given opportunity to bring out in broard daylight the potential to transform into a commercial hub and tourist paradise,” Mr Ravi said.
He said that he was very happy to have the North-East young generation participating at the convention and contributing
their effort towards making this PBD a success.
“We provided them the privilege to be part of the exhibition also, where different


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