‘Border residents being sensitised against anti-India propaganda’

July 16th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, July 16 (IANS) India has undertaken a motivational programme to sensitise people living along its international borders to check propaganda against the country, officials said here Wednesday. “State owned Song and Drama Division has also embarked on a massive programme to boost traditional folk music and dances in the restive northeastern region to spread the mantra of peace and development,” said Shruti Kakekar, a senior official of the centre’s information and broadcasting ministry.

“Government would carry out and support traditional folk culture in the border and far-off regions to prevent misinformation and negative campaign (against India),” Kaker said.

The ministry’s joint secretary was speaking at the inaugural function of the week-long folk and traditional dance festival in northeast here.

The festival, where folk artistes and performers from all the northeastern Indian states and various parts of the country took part, was inaugurated by Tripura Governor Dinesh Nandan Sahaya.

India’s northeastern region is home to several ethnic groups and has over 200 of the 635 tribal groups in the country with a strong tradition of social, cultural and literary identity.

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