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�When Assam sneezes, NE catches cold�

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, July 6 � Outgoing Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary has likened Assam as the �Mother� to all the Northeastern States and said any ill afflicting the �Mother State� invariably affects the others.

�Assam is the Mother of the Northeastern States and any problem afflicting Assam has a cascading effect on other States of the region,� Mooshahary said in a Press briefing here yesterday before bidding farewell to the Raj Bhavan and its staff and heading for home in Gossaigaon, in Assam.

He said the problems of insurgency spread from Assam to other Northeastern States, although some States like Nagaland and Mizoram are exceptions. There are other issues in Assam like influx of �non-citizen migrants� which is having a cascading effect on other States of the region. �Assam is the corridor to the region and so these issues of insurgency or influx would therefore have a bearing on other States of the region,� he added.

Mooshahary said, bandhs have become a daily affair in Assam and this phenomenon too has spread to other States. In the Bodoland Territory, he added, there is at least a day�s bandh every week these days. The number of bandhs has increased over the years and now there are an estimated 90 bandhs in a year, Mooshahary added.

On the overall scenario of the region and feeling of alienation, Mooshahary said: �perceived grievances are stronger than the actual grievances. The sense of isolation has come from distance, but unemployment and poor governance in the different States has added to the problems,� Mooshahary felt.

Mooshahary will be succeeded by former Delhi Police Commissioner Krishan Kant Paul who will be sworn-in on Monday at Raj Bhavan by Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court T Meena Kumari.

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�When Assam sneezes, NE catches cold�

SHILLONG, July 6 � Outgoing Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary has likened Assam as the �Mother� to all the Northeastern States and said any ill afflicting the �Mother State� invariably affects the others.

�Assam is the Mother of the Northeastern States and any problem afflicting Assam has a cascading effect on other States of the region,� Mooshahary said in a Press briefing here yesterday before bidding farewell to the Raj Bhavan and its staff and heading for home in Gossaigaon, in Assam.

He said the problems of insurgency spread from Assam to other Northeastern States, although some States like Nagaland and Mizoram are exceptions. There are other issues in Assam like influx of �non-citizen migrants� which is having a cascading effect on other States of the region. �Assam is the corridor to the region and so these issues of insurgency or influx would therefore have a bearing on other States of the region,� he added.

Mooshahary said, bandhs have become a daily affair in Assam and this phenomenon too has spread to other States. In the Bodoland Territory, he added, there is at least a day�s bandh every week these days. The number of bandhs has increased over the years and now there are an estimated 90 bandhs in a year, Mooshahary added.

On the overall scenario of the region and feeling of alienation, Mooshahary said: �perceived grievances are stronger than the actual grievances. The sense of isolation has come from distance, but unemployment and poor governance in the different States has added to the problems,� Mooshahary felt.

Mooshahary will be succeeded by former Delhi Police Commissioner Krishan Kant Paul who will be sworn-in on Monday at Raj Bhavan by Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court T Meena Kumari.

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