By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Rashtriya Ekatmota Yatra under the project Students’ Experience in Interstate Living (SEIL) of the ABVP is going to conclude with a function at District Library in the city tomorrow. State Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal and ABVP’s tiol organizing secretary KN Raghundan will grace the occasion.
The yatra is part of ABVP’s SEIL under which 60 students from different parts of the country, divided into four groups, study the people of the Northeast, their culture, way of life, cuisine, tradition and the like. The students from rest of the country went to the difficult terrains of states like Aruchal Pradesh, galand, etc., lived along with the local populace so as to know them full well. According to the motto of the mission, mere knowing a region and its people is not sufficient. One has to know a region full well – its people, way of life, folk life, culture, tradition and whatnot. In order to make that possible, the students from rest of India were made to stay with the local populace.
Talking to newsmen in the city today, ABVP’s local office secretary Dipjyoti Das said a member each of the four groups of students who had their thorough study of the Northeast were also present. Each of the four – Gautam Matiyali from inital in Uttarakhand, RT Sharma from Rajasthan, Ankita Kamat from Goa and Yogendra Singh Thakur from MP shared the experience of their stay in the Northeast with the media.
According to Das, under ABVP’s My Home India project in 1962 a group of students from the Northeast did go to metropolitan cities like Delhi, Bombay, Bagalore, Cheni etc., to know the rest of India full well. The students from the Northeast had been made to stay with some families of the metropolitan cities, instead of keeping them in hotels. It, according to Das, was done to let the students from the Northeast to know the people there and their way of life thoroughly. Interstate living, according to Das, is something that lets peoples of different regions of the country know one another full well.