Inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations here of Gaidinliu, a Naga spiritual and political leader, the Prime Minister said India must remember the glorious heritage of the freedom struggle and ensure that the legacy of the struggles and achievements of our freedom fighters is passed on to succeeding generations.

"It is our misfortune that people such as Rani Gaidinliu have either not been remembered adequately, or have been deliberately forgotten," he said in his address.

Gaidinliu, affectionately called Rani Maa, believed that her struggle for the Naga people against the British was also a struggle for India's unity and integrity, he cited. PM Modi also credited Gaidinliu with spreading the message of Mahatma Gandhi in the northeast region. The Prime Minister stated Gaidinliu's thoughts on living in harmony with nature could provide an answer to the problem of climate change being faced by the world today.

The Prime Minister also spoke of his government's initiatives for the development of the northeast. He reiterated that the progress of the northeast will provide a big boost to the development of the entire nation.

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