Guwahati, April 29: In the P.D. Hall of Gauhati University on Saturday, an ICSSR-sponsored seminar with the theme “Reaching out to the Periphery: PM’s Mann Ki Baat and its Impact on North East India” was held.

Prof. Pratap Jyoti Handique, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, gave the Seminar’s opening address. He was grateful that the university had taken the effort to do an academic analysis of the Northeast’s reaction to the Prime Minister’s radio campaign. He spoke extensively about the Mann Ki Baat Programme, highlighting all of its advantages.

Assam’s educational advisor, Prof. Nani Gopal Mahanta, attended the event as the Guest of Honour. He claimed that the North East of India is no longer on the outside and that Mann Ki Baat was crucial in mainstreaming the area in Indians’ collective consciousness.

In this seminar, the Vice Chancellor released a special issue of the Guineis Journal with the theme “Mann Ki Baat and North East India” and the editor of the special issue, Prof. Sudeshna Bhattacharya, Head of the Department of Sanskrit, was present.

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Presenting theme papers on the topic of the Seminar were Prof. Dhruba Pratim Sharma, the project investigator for Mann Ki Baat from the Department of Political Science at Gauhati University, Dr. Vikash Tripathi, an assistant professor in the same department, and Prof. Nandita Saikia, a professor from the Department of Public Health and Mortality Studies at the International Institute for Population Science Mumbai.

Dr. Hemanta Kumar Nath, Registrar of Gauhati University, gave the seminar’s vote of gratitude. Academicians, administrative officials, staff members, researchers, and university students attended the seminar in confluence.

On April 30, at 11 a.m. IST, which is 1:30 a.m. Sunday in New York, the 100th episode of Modi’s monthly radio speech will air. It will be extraordinary and unprecedented to see the programme live in the early hours of Sunday at UN headquarters. It will be broadcast at the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN.