Any racial remark against Arunachalees ‘unconstitutional’: Shankaracharya

Itanagar, Feb 3: Terming Arunachalees as living testimony to patriotism, Puri Peethadhish Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshyanand Dev Tirthji Maharaj has said that any racial remark against any Arunachalee would be unconstitutional.

Arunachal Pradesh inhabited by patriots has always remained glued to Indian ethos and cultures while its people have been serving as the sentinel of the sensitive border state, said the Shankaracharya, who has visited the Himalayan state many times.

In an exclusive interview to Arunachal Front, His Holiness Shankaracharya expressed deep concern at the January 29 incident in which Nido Tania, a 19-year-old Arunachalee student, was lynched to death by traders after he objected to some racial remarks.

He said such incident would send very louder and wrong message globally against the secular fabric of ‘Bharat’, which commands high respect among the committee of nations for its principle of ‘Sarva dharma samanvaya’.

“That is why I spoke of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday, and urged them to take adequate stops to strengthen the security of students of North East states studying in New Delhi,” he said.

“Any unmindful act or racial remark against the people of North East region, particularly Arunachalees, who greet each other with ‘Jai Hind’, would not only be unconstitutional but inhuman too,” he added.

It may be recalled here that describing Arunachal Pradesh as a living symbol of Bharatiya sanskruti (Indian culture), Gandhian and National Youth Project (NYP) director Dr. SN Subba Rao today exhorted India and the fellow countrymen for wholeheartedly support to make it a model state for the whole world to emulate.

“Half-a-century ago Assam was peaceful and same was the case in most of the North East states but all NE states are disturbed today for reasons known to everyone, he said, adding Arunachal is free from that problem.

“If steps are taken conscientiously to generate employment, strengthen peace and communal harmony, the local community would be capable of thwarting all divisive forces to allow Arunachal to remain what it is today,” Dr. Rao had said in an exclusive interview to Arunachal Front on May 3, 2012. By Pradeep Kumar (ANI)