Boy wins ‘tourism’ battle for region

Union tourism secretary Pervez Dewan has asked the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to remove a sentence in a Class X geography textbook that reads tourism has not been encouraged in the Northeast “for strategic reasons”.

For Kavya Barnadhya Hazarika, a Class XI student of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here, it’s a lesson learnt that persistence pays. Kavya had written to both President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the first week of April this year about the line that upset him.

“There is vast potential of tourism development in the northeastern states and the interior parts of Himalayas but due to strategic reasons these have not been encouraged so far,” the line reads on page 92 of Chapter 7 of his geography textbook, Lifelines of National Economy, published by NCERT.

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