GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - Spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living Ravi Shankar arrived here today on a peace-building mission in the North East.
�I will interact with all sections of society. Various leaders from all the states of the North East are coming. We have to bring a new light, an atmosphere of peace to ensure fast development of the region. This can be possible only with the participation of all sections of society,� he said soon after landing at the LGBI Airport.
He will interact with people from all sections of society in his bid to seek a shared vision for addressing the issues facing the region in non-violent and democratic ways. One of the highlights of the interactions will be his keynote address at a conference of opinion-makers and thought-leaders of the region.
Christened �Strength in Diversity: North East Indigenous People�s Conference�, the event, to be held on September 7 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva International Auditorium here from 10 am, is being organised by many like-minded and prominent individuals and groups of the region. The event will bring leaders from all walks of life including leaders who have formerly taken up arms on a common platform to debate, discuss and bridge the gap among various stakeholders in the peace processes and reduce the trust deficits that exist.
Several former underground leaders led by ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia are among the conveners of the event. Other prominent names include former leader of armed Tripura National Volunteers Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl and Dilip Nunisa of Dima Halam Daogah, the Assam-based militant outfit that laid down arms in 2013.
The conference is also likely to see the attendance of a large contingent of leaders from Nagaland including former army chief of NSCN (IM) Lt Gen VS Atem and Wangtin Naga of NSCN (R) and top civil society leaders from Manipur such as president of United Committee Manipur (UCM) Elangbam Johnson and president of All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) Ph Debananda Sharma.
The conference will be followed by a media interaction with the spiritual guru at Hotel Palacio, Khanapara at 11.45 am.