Students from the country's north-eastern states believe that communication gap is one of the major causes of racist attacks on them. The students shared these views while in town under the 'student experience in interstate living' (SEIL) programme organised by right-wing student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
SEIL coordinator Apangshu Sekhar Shil said the programme was launched in 1966 to maintain the emotional bond between students of north-eastern states and the rest of the country.
""We are also a part of the great nation India and to know each other's culture is a must," Apangshu said while talking to media persons here.
Apangshu said racist attacks on north-eastern students are condemnable and said there is a need to understand that people from the north-east parts of the country were also Indian.
Apangshu urged the government to lay emphasis on enhancing and strengthening the educational infrastructure in the north-easteren parts of the country.
"At least 1 lakh students from NE states have to migrate to other states for better education. If there were better educational infrastructure, students could have contributed for the development of region in better way," he said.
Further elaborating about SEIL, Apangshu said the programme was launched to create a "pro-people, pro-development and pro-emotional" integration mindset among those who have been posted in the north-east India.
He said a delegation of 31 students (20 boys, 11 girls) from Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal and Assam was also scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir.