Arunachal Pradesh celebrates statehood day

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 09:30 hrs

Arunachal Pradesh recently celebrated its 27th statehood day with great pomp and gaiety.

Governor Gen (Retd.) J J Singh unfurled the tricolor amidst a showering of flower petals by three Indian Air Force helicopters to mark the occasion.

On this day in 1987, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation of Arunachal Pradesh as a state within the Indian Union.

Celebrated as a festival, the event saw people of different tribes showcasing the state's rich cultural diversity.

"aying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who laid the foundation of Arunachal Pradesh as a state within the Indian Union on this day during 1987. It was because of his (Gandhi's) personal initiative and love for the state, Arunachal Pradesh was conferred full statehood," said Singh.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who was also present on the occasion, assured the people of Arunachal Pradesh about the all-round progress of the state and maintenance of border security.

"Arunachal Pradesh is very important for us and we have been working over the years for over all development. I am so happy that infrastructure development is taking place and more development will take place in the future," Ramesh .

Arunachal Pradesh shares international borders with three countries - China, Myanmar and Bhutan. It occupies a very critical position in the geo-political mosaic of the country. (ANI)

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