Arunachal Pradesh part of India, says Mark Tully

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.