Itanagar, Sep 29: Defence Minister A. K. Antony has dispelled the notion that the Himalayas are a natural barrier of the frontier border, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy said here today.
“The Himalayas is no more the natural border for sensitive border state of Arunachal Pradesh (having 1,080 km border with China) for which two divisions of Army and two battalions of Arunachal Scout have been created to guard the frontier,” Sanjoy said while addressing the joyous Onam celebration here this evening.
Arunachalees have a lot to learn from the Malayalees who have made their presence felt globally by propagating the rich heritage enshrined in India Constitution, making Kerala an example for other states to emulate, said Sanjoy, who was the chief guest.
The culturally and religiously diverse Malayalee community have not only contributed immensely to Arunachal through their universal acceptance of all communities, tolerance towards each religion and spirit of brotherhood, he said while wishing happy Onam to the huge gathering at Siddhartha Hall.
He lauded the Kerla Kala Samskarika Vedi (KKSV) for the grand celebration and the Malayalees for fluently conversing in Hindi and appreciated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that helped each Arunachalee to be fluent in Hindi and English.
Capital Superintendent of Police Seju P Kuruvila, who was the guest of honour, KKVS president Philipose George and general secretary Rajesh Kamalan also spoke on the occasion before a colourful cultural programme befitting the occasion was presented. By Pradeep Kumar (ANI)