President laments violence in northeast

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 15:30 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday lamented that India's scenic northeast region has been witnessing conflict and violence.

"Northeast India is a rich region full of scenic beauty, flora and fauna, high culture, dance and music. Unfortunately for some time, it has witnessed conflict, clashes and violence," he told a group of 42 students from Assam's Kokrajhar and Chirang districts (Bodo region) and Manipur's Shangshak (Ukhrul region) when they called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

Mukherjee said the history of Delhi reflects the character of the people of India, which includes the people of the northeast. "This is a history of people never being cowed down and emerging from difficulties, despite downturns from time to time."

The students were part of a national integration tour for students of the northeast.

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