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The National Integration camp at Puranigudam

The National Integration camp (NIC) which has been organised by Dristi Foundation under the sponsorship of Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports,Govt. of india in colloboration with NYK Nagaon, was inaugurated today at Bapuji hall in Puranigudam, some 12 kms away from Nagaon town of Assam. Deepok Jumar, the Youth officer of NSS inaugurated the camp by lightening an earthen lamp. The other distinguished guest who attended the inaugural ceremony were Ghansyam Hazarika,Rtd. RC of NYKS, Dandi Nath, DSO of Nagaon & Dr. Abu Hanifa .

In the inaugural speech, Deepak Kumar said "National Integration Camps are held to promote the feeling of unity in diversity among the youth of our nation. To this end the youth of different regions and religions are brought together for a cultural exchange". He appealed the camp participants to contribute their service in nation development.He further mentioned that the government of India has framed National Integration Camp decades ago, which basic aim is to provide opportunity to the youth, irrespective of their caste, creed, community, religion or region, to exchange their cultures, customs and traditions among themselves for better mutual understanding and coexistence.

Youths from Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh are the participants of the 7 days long programme along with the host state, Assam. The camp will conclude on 28th July.After the inauguration, the participants from different state performed folk songs and dances. The dances in colourful traditional attires enthralled the audience.

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These national integration camps are superficial, momentary exercises which fade away once the events are over. They are like the Sania Mirza-Shoaib Akhtar marriage party which is a personal experience and a short term national media hysteria. It is time we delved deeper and understood core issues. A Tamil in Chennai is least bothered about the emotions and aspirations of people in Kashmir. A Gujarati hardly understands the pain of a farmer in Singur, West Bengal. A Marathi does not share the anguish and anxiety of Assam over the construction of mega dams here. No two or more States have unitedly stood against the diktats of the power corridors in Delhi. This is the unfortunate Indian reality.

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