The people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh must be congratulated on the occasion of their respective Statehood Days observed on February 20. Mizoram, previously a district of Assam, was first made a Union Territory in 1972, and then a state of India on 20 February 1987. Arunachal Pradesh, on the other hand, was originally known as North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) till January 20, 1972, when it was given the present name and converted into a Union Territory. It was on February 20, 1987 – along with Mizoram – that Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state. The people of Mizoram must be commended for the role they had played in ensuring that every underground armed rebel had surrendered after signing of the Mizo Accord on June 30, 1986. Today Mizoram is one of the most peaceful states of the country, apart from being one of the top two most literate states. Social harmony and collective community responsibility are also two traits in which the Mizos are unparalleled, and the people of the rest of India have lot to learn from them. It was also from Mizo society that the Election Commission of India had picked up most of the ideas for formulating the Model Codes of Conduct. The people of Arunachal Pradesh, on the other hand, have made significant strides despite having joined the democratic system of electing its own Assembly and Government only in 1972. Moreover, it was only during the past few years that the frontier mountainous state which shares 1,080 kilometres of international boundary with China has seen what development means. The people of Arunachal Pradesh have stood loyal to their motherland through the most difficult times. They were left to their fate by the Jawaharlal Nehru Government on a wintry night in 1962 after the Chinese troops had mowed down the brave yet unprepared and uncared-for soldiers of the Indian Army.