"The problem exists within us. We know that Northeast exists, but we fail to realise that it's a part of Indian territory. The Northeasterns have not forgotten that they belong to India and are its integral part. It's upon us to realise that the land and the people belong to us," Bhagwat said.
He was speaking at an award function here of an RSS affiliated NGO, working in Northeast.
He said there should be change in the attitude towards the people of Northeast India. He also stressed that the behaviour towards Northeastern students studying in different parts of the country should be more comforting and cordial.=
"The Northeast students leave their land on the assumption that at least the country and the countrymen are known to them. To help them adjust in a better way and make them feel at home, they should be treated in a way that comforts them," Bhagwat said.
Taking the onus on the development in the Northeast he said, "The condition of the rest of India is better than the Northeast. And it's our duty to work for the development of the Northeast. The Northeast has been neglected, and it's futile to find out why Northeast was neglected, the onus is on us to find a solution and work on it."
Later, when asked about the arrest of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, Bhagwat refused to comment.