Shillong, Jun 13: Meghalaya Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Paul Lyngdoh today called upon the youth to integrate the bond of India's diversity despite the differences in language, culture and religion among the masses.
Addressing an eight-day youths camp on the occasion of the state level National Integration Camp, 2008-09, organised by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs in collaboration with Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya, and Nehru Yuva Kendra, Shillong, Mr Lyngdoh said efforts should be made not only to foster unity among the youths but also provide the right direction to lead the nation on the path of progress.
He also stressed on the need to draw as much resources from such camps and opined that youths, comprising more than 35 per cent of India's population, were a tremendous force in nation-building.
The Minister, however, cautioned that the youth should not be mishandled which could also give rise to a negative force leading to destruction.
Urging leaders to gauge the positive force of the youths, Mr Lyngdoh said the need of the hour was for each state to harness the power of the youths to reap rich dividends out of their experience that had been inculcated in them through such integration workshops.
The camp was attended by the youths of various states across the nation and during the eight-day camp various programme have been charted out to inculcate the idea of unity in diversity among the participators.