Students, academicians, professionals, politicians and activists from eight northeastern states join hands
GRound Report | New Delhi: A YouTuber’s racial remark against Arunachal Pradesh legislator has fueled as Students, academicians, professionals, politicians, and activists from eight northeastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura have launched a campaign on Twitter with #AchapterforNE and #NortheastMatters.
The campaign, tagging @PMOIndia, @HMOIndia, @MEAIndia, @ncert, @cbseindia, @PIBHRD, and @DrRPNishank, seeks to push the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to include a comprehensive chapter on the Northeast is intended. More than 25 student organizations from the Northeast have extended their support to the campaign.
Lingdam Kame, president of All Arunachal Students Union, Chandigarh said, this step has been taken to raise the issue of racial discrimination being faced by the people of Northeast. More than 30 student unions and organizations across India have started this movement called ‘A Chapter for NE’.
Assam student Mayur Jyoti Kaushik, who is behind the campaign, said the field deserves a chapter in the NCERT textbooks, which cover basic geography, history, ethnicity, culture, and lifestyle of the people for students elsewhere in the country. It is meant as a primer to get to know Northeast State.
He said, “If all the people of the region unite for this, then we can ask the Union Ministry of Education to include a chapter so that our counterparts from beyond the region are not ignorant about the Northeast and do not comment like a YouTuber ,” They said.
“Due to racial discrimination, many people from the northeastern states have faced problems. We as students, who go to other states for their studies, have to face racial discrimination at least 6-7 times in a month,” Kaushik said.
What is the matter
In his video, YouTuber Paras Singh, who hails from Punjab, has proved costly to describe Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China and a state leader as Chinese. A controversy started in Arunachal Pradesh as soon as this video was uploaded on Paras’ YouTube channel Paras Official. After this, an FIR was registered in this matter on the instructions of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and a special team of the state police reached Punjab to arrest them.
By the way, after the controversy intensified, Paras had apologized for his mistake in another video. But keeping in mind the growing controversy in the state and the displeasure of the people, the police have arrested Paras and brought him to the state. At present, he has been sent to judicial custody.
An Arunachal Police officer said that Paras is 12th pass. His father had died a long time ago. At this time he lives with his mother Chanda Devi. Basically, this family is from Bihar. But for the last 25 years, the whole family lives in Ludhiana. According to Paras’ mother Chanda Devi, “He was playing PUBG game for the last three years. Also, he became a video blogger after watching others.” Paras has uploaded many videos on his channel. But in a video uploaded on Sunday, he told Arunachal Pradesh is part of China.