Peace is important for development: Arunachal MP

KOHIMA: MP Takam Sanjay of Arunachal Pradesh said peace is a prerequisite for development and the people of northeast must resolve their issues amongst themselves instead of waiting for the Centre to intervene. "We must not wait for the Centre to settle our scores and issues but resolve it ourselves," he said.

Speaking at the Youth Fest 2012 organized by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, India at Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Kohima, Sanjay urged the people to be professional in order to progress in all aspects. The national-level fest was held on Saturday with a theme of 'National Integration - Cultural Exchange'.

He urged the northeast to take measures to develop its tea gardens and hydropower and tourism sector as these sectors had great potential. The MP said, "Without peace, no state can progress. We need to usher in peace in the region and particularly in Nagaland. We must perform and contribute to the country's greatness."

KV Pusa, MLA and NPCC president in his message called upon the youth to keep up the spirit of integration as they are the future of the nation. "The youth fest, which focuses on national integration and cultural exchange, is of foremost importance. The youth of today is the future of India and a strong youth spells a strong future," he said.

National youth coordinator, Sister Lolia said India has approximately 222 million youths between the age group of 15-22, constituting about 20% of the Indian population. "This exceptionally talented yet unexplored young people are potentially the political, economic and social decision making elites of tomorrow. They will mould the history of our country while being the subjects of history themselves," she said.