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- Key Interventions
Here you can find the Key Interventions (Campaigns, Events and Other Interventions) related to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Key Intervention.
Here you can find Resources (Papers, Publications and Presentations) linked to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Resource. Please do acknowledge EQUATIONS when quoting from or using these resources in any manner.
The document “North Eastern Region Vision 2020” of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) has noted “Tourism is a sector with a very high potential for generating income and employment. With its moderate climate most of the year, scenic splendour, and robust and varied cultural attractions, the region is ideal for tourism. The focus, however, should be on high-value tourism which will require close collaboration with the private sector hospitality industry, building high-quality infrastructure and well-targeted promotion. Annual music and dance carnivals held in different parts of the North East, with national and international participation, could help attract visitors at these times.”
Our work in Khonoma in Nagaland (on the first proposal which was called “Khonoma Green Village project” 2003-04) aimed at transforming perspectives and paradigms about the way tourism is constructed and implemented. Our role was in advising on and supervising implementation of ecologically sensitive and community managed tourism. We facilitated Environment Impact Assessment in the area with the involvement of a team of village youth to understand the potential environmental impacts of tourism in the region, and devise appropriate tourism products. Subsequently, some of the aspects of this project did not work out in tune with the principles that were originally planned, given the complex set of actors, stakeholders and dynamics in any such “multi-stakeholder” process. However this experience brought in many valuable paradigms and lessons. In the backdrop of the communitisation of tourism assets policy of the government of Nagaland, the aspect of community control and communities influencing the nature and implementation of tourism was one such key aspect. The other was the ecological sustainability of tourism infrastructure and products. The third was the need for tourism development to take into account the primary development needs of the community. Before rushing into souvenir shops and touristy products, the Khonoma green village project prioritised the quality of life issues of the villagers by introducing solar heating , pathways, management of waste and sanitation for the village communities first. These principles strongly influenced the design of the Endogenous Tourism project over several sites in rural India a few years later (2006-2009).
In 2008 we were engaged in two campaigns related to the promotion of tourism in the region. A campaign letter was sent to the Ministry for Development of the North Eastern Region (MDoNER) highlighting our concerns about the proposal of MDoNER of promoting the North- East as a destination for Leave Travel Concession (LTC) travellers. Our concern was based on our observation of the negative fallout of a similar strategy in the Andamans. Similarly a campaign letter questioning the withdrawal of the Inner Line Permit to facilitate tourism was based on the observation and position that in many North Eastern region states the Government at the centre and state level have not addressed long standing human rights violations and the imposition of draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. These we believe are priorities in a region ridden by violence and conflict. A seemingly naïve approach to remove barriers to the promotion of tourism in the region without consideration of its linkages to the complex geo-political situation there is what we question.
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