Arunachal Pradesh part of India, says Mark Tully

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 18:40

Itanagar: Noted journalist and author Mark
Tully on Sunday said Arunachal Pradesh is part of India.

"I see no reason why this part of India will be part of
China," Tully, the India correspondent of BBC from 1965 to
1994, told newsmen here today.

Tully said he is working on a book - `India since
economic liberalisation` - which will contain a chapter on
Northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh.

The hey days of ULFA in Assam, its tea industry besides
Meghalaya and Manipur will certainly find mention, he said.

Responding to a volley of questions, he said people never
opt for insurgency but become part of a compelling situation.
The situation in the Northeast has not been dealt with
effectively, particularly through political dialogue.

Nagas and Bodos want to live in peace and remain part of
India`s democratic system, he said, adding they also know that
their demand for independence is unrealistic and will never be
accepted.

Tully, who is on a visit to the state, advocated more
road and rail communication, including early opening of 560-km
rail link between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangaldesh. "The
more communication, the better it is for every one," he added.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 18:40

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