It is a sad truth that most of the Indians are ignorant and unaware of the vibrant cultural heritage of NorthEast India.However, North East still remains a part of the country that is naturally blessed with the most amazing cultural diversity.
Priyanka Chopra’s recent comment about the insurgency in Sikkim shows why we need to explore more about NorthEast India. Priyanka landed herself in a trouble after saying in an interview at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that Sikkim is a state “troubled by insurgency” and Pahuna, a film produced by her company, is the first to come out of the region.
Priyanka told ET Canada, “Sikkim is a small state in the North-east of India which never had a film industry or anyone who made a film from the region. This is the first film ever that’s come out of that region because it’s very troubled with insurgency and troubling situations.”
Ironically, Sikkim is one of the most peace loving states of India where despite getting ignored by its own country there is no insurgency, no militancy, no violence.
Infact, last year Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling had appealed to the Centre to undertake more development initiatives in the Northeast and had also demanded “peace bonus” for the state for remaining the most peaceful state in the country.
People were in no mood to forgive Priyanka and she received a lot of flacks online from Twitteratis.
Reportedly, sensing the gravity of the situation, Madhu Chopra (Priyanka’s mother) spoke to Sikkim Tourism Minister Ugen Gyatso and extended apologies for Priyanka’s comments.Pahuna — The Little Visitors is a story about three Nepalese children who get separated from their parents.
Here is the interview of Priyanka
In case you want to explore more about the Northeast India, here is a 2-minute video by us which will help you in exploring 20 amazing facts by NorthEast.
(Please don’t mistake Seven sisters in the video for Northeast India, apart from Seven sisters NE also consists of the ‘brother’ state Sikkim)
Sikkim is a state where a vast majority of people are financially dependent on the tourism industry and such irresponsible statements could cause irreparable damage to the tourism and image of the peace loving state.