Integration of the North-East into the national anthemThere are some issues in our country which are barely noticeable as a problem for a long, long time. Suddenly they flare up but the din barely lasts a few days. The inclusion of the North-East into the national anthem is one such issue. The issue managed to grab at least a tiny space in national dailies as Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Ripun Bora brought a Private Member's Resolution to this purpose.
Now it is important to remember that freedom fighters like Rani Gaidinliu and music maestros like Bhupen Hazarika come from this region. The songs and dances of the Assamese Bihu have added a unique diversity into the Indian cultural fabric.
There can be debates as to why a universalist like Tagore ended up ignoring the North-East (by the way, Hazarika's greatness could not be showcased during Tagore's lifetime). But I suppose independent India can do something to recognise the presence of North-East. Inclusion into the anthem is a symbolic gesture after all, but who can deny the importance of symbolism?