As many as 500 out of 17000 different varieties of orchids known world over are found in Arunachal Pradesh. The only floating national park of the world is located in one part of Loktak sweet water lake which is spread over 25 sq. kilometres area. Moirong is the place where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose defeated the British Army and unfurled the flag of Independent India in 1944 much before 1947. Only one state provided more than 2.5 crores sleepers to Indian railways? There is a butterfly museum with domestic and foreign samples. Where the tea plantation did first started in India? Majuli is world’s biggest island in the river. The area which does not have any indication of what pollution means.
Are you able to identify these places? All this is very much the part of our great nation ‘India’. This is North East regions very few of us know about. North East India is the home for more than 166 separate tribes speaking a wide range of languages. This is the area where the most developed concepts of democracy and governance are practiced for centuries. Its jungles are dense, its rivers powerful and rain, and thunderstorms sweep across the hills, valleys and plains during the annual monsoons. It is here we easily find the animals like Cheetah, Clouded Leopards, and Snow Leopards, Hog dear, Rhinos, Red Pandas, Elephants and medicinal plants not found anywhere else.
Students’ Experience in Inter State Living, (SEIL) is a voluntary organisation operational in this area since 1966 which promotes national integration and is continuously working to strengthen the unity amongst the people across the length and breadth of our great nation. “One Nation-One People-One Culture” is our credo. The vision of SEIL is to establish communication, to create awareness between border areas/remote areas and other parts of India. We are confident that experience makes one realize and realization leads to conviction- a firm conviction about the essential oneness of India.
SEIL has been organizing National Integration tours, Career Guidance Courses and Personality Development Camps especially for the students of the North Eastern states and other boarder areas of India. To us therefore, unity and integrity is not a mere slogan. It is a commitment to be fulfilled; an experience to be enjoyed. Thousands of Students from North East visited many places in other parts of India, stayed in local host families experienced oneness of culture … a home away from home for ever even into next generations in some of the cases!