Book Review: ‘Modi’s Northeast Story’ by Tuhin Sinha and Aditya Pittie

Northeast's Evolution: A Chronicle of Transformation under Modi's Visionary Guidance

Book Title: Modi’s Northeast Story
Author: Tuhin Sinha and Aditya Pittie
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-9390260867
Date Published: Feb. 5, 2024
Price: INR 480

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Book Review

Tuhin Sinha and Aditya Pittie’s combined work, “Modi’s Northeast Story,” presents a fascinating tale that sheds light on the astonishing makeover of India’s northeastern provinces under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The book commemorates the region’s holistic development via a collection of incisive writings from leaders and intellectuals, which had been long overlooked by past governments. Sinha and Pittie eloquently demonstrate how the Modi government’s concentration on peace and development has resulted in unparalleled infrastructural expansion and connectivity, profoundly changing the quality of life in the Northeast.

The book goes into the region’s historical setting, beginning with the aftermath of the 1962 conflict with China and continuing with the Northeast’s estrangement as a result of neglect from successive central administrations. Prime Minister Modi’s innovative Act East Policy emerges as a watershed moment, defined by a genuine effort to close the divide between the Northeast and the rest of India. Over the past decade, the region has witnessed a tremendous transformation, as evidenced by demonstrable improvements in infrastructure, tourism, and general socioeconomic indices.

The authors emphasize the physical impact of transformational projects such as seamless road connections, the construction of new airports, and the extension of railway networks, all of which have transformed travel in the Northeast. Furthermore, the major drop in insurgency and the resolution of inter-state disputes have created an atmosphere of peace and stability, resulting in an increase in tourism and local economic growth. Through detailed data and firsthand testimonies, Sinha and Pittie provide readers with a thorough knowledge of the strength of political will in achieving extensive regional development.

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Modi’s Northeast Story” has comments from major players such as Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, providing an insider’s view on the region’s revolutionary path. The inclusion of a preface from BJP President J.P. Nadda emphasizes the narrative’s political backing, reaffirming the significance of the Northeast’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sinha and Pittie’s cooperation stands out as a significant literary work, providing unique insights into North East India’s socioeconomic revival and the visionary administration that is driving it forward.

In short, “Modi’s Northeast Story” is a monument to the Northeastern people’s ongoing perseverance and good attitude, as well as a celebration of their rich cultural history. This collection, positioned as a vital resource for researchers, politicians, and everyone interested in understanding India’s regional dynamics, captures a story of optimism, growth, and transformation, pushed by visionary leadership and collective commitment.

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