Art of Living representative, Prashant Kumar during a press conference in Kohima today.
‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is keenly interested to work towards peace in Nagaland’
Kohima | September 6
The Art of Living, which has been working towards conflict resolution in the North East over the past decade, is organizing Guwahati Conference on September 7 at Guwahati.
The Art of Living has been working towards conflict resolution in the North East over the past decade.
Recently, close to 68 militants from Manipur surrendered their arms after the efforts by a dedicated Art of Living team.
There are various ongoing conflict resolution initiatives in different part of North East.
Talking to media persons here at Hotel Vivor, Prashant Kumar, representative (Art of Living International Organization) said the conference will also be attended by Naga National Political Groups, Naga Hoho, GBs Federation, UNC, ENPO etc.
As a part of his global endeavors, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is keenly interested to work towards peace in Nagaland, said Kumar.
He said the purpose of this peace conference is to talk about the different initiatives Art of Living is doing for peace in Nagaland.
The Art of Living, under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravishankar ji, has successfully led peace initiatives in many conflict areas around the world, Kumar said.
Referring to the Guwahati Conference, Kumar said the inherent diversity of the north east region is under severe strain from raising influx of migrants and illegal immigrants. The unchecked influx of illegal immigrants has vastly infringed upon political and economic rights of the indigenous people of the region. This has often caused social and communal tension in the region, he added.
“At a time when such external threats are looming large, there is also a marked lack of co-operation among the indigenous population of the region. Often the politics of narrow identity takes the centre-stage and the region gets mired in inter-state, inter-community, communal and inter-ethnic conflicts,” he said.
Kumar hoped that the presence of many leaders in the conference will provide an impetuous to this endeavor for setting a collective and positive agenda for peace, development, prosperity and co-existence in the region.
Kumar said the North Eastern region of India is much more than a mere political construct. It is like a unique civilization in itself with its own rich historical and cultural foundation.
The region is also very strategic for the country as it shares 99 per cent of its border with Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and China. And being ethnically, linguistically and culturally very distinct from the mainland India, the region is often misunderstood by and misrepresented to the larger world.