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“We are Indians and we don’t call ourselves as Bengalis or Assamese or from Arunachal Pradesh:Army chief

NEW DELHI:3/1/18; Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said that people should not get stuck in “microscopic identities” but rise together as one, as he exhorted the youth to join the force to feel the idea of India’s unity.


“You want to feel the oneness, join the Army, and see how we people, from different backgrounds, live together as Indians. Remember first, we are all Indians. We are proud of that, and the nation must come first. Then we can learn to live together,” Rawat said yesterday.


“We are Indians and we don’t call ourselves as Bengalis or Assamese or from Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.

Rawat was interacting with 27 youths from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, who were in New Delhi as part of a national integration tour.The students were visiting Delhi for the first time. They also met President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday.


The Army chief, later interacting with reporters, said: “We have to rise above the idea of microscopic identities and embrace ourselves as Indians.”


He underlined that development cannot happen if a region is affected with insurgency. He urged the Indian youth to work hard and contribute actively to the nation-building process, by becoming teachers, engineers, and doctors.


“Then go back to your villages and serve them. Assam has many good schools but not enough teachers. If there are hospitals in villages, not enough doctors,” he said.


The students presented the Army chief a ‘gamocha’ — a traditional Assamese cloth, and a ‘xorai’ – a traditional offering tray with a stand at the bottom.


Of the 27 youths, 25 are from Assam and the rest from Arunachal Pradesh, an Army official accompanying the group said.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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