Twitter storm seeks chapter on northeast in NCERT books
Students, teachers and others from 8 northeastern States bombard the microblogging website
A Punjab-based YouTuber’s racial slur towards an Arunachal Pradesh MLA fuelled a ‘know northeast’ marketing campaign through a two-hour Twitter storm on Friday.
Students, teachers, professionals, politicians and activists throughout the eight northeastern States – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – bombarded the microblogging website with #AchapterforNE and #NortheastIssues campaigns from 6-8 pm.
The marketing campaign tagging @PMOIndia, @HMOIndia, @MEAIndia, @ncert, @cbseindia, @PIBHRD and @DrRPNishank was aimed toward pushing the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to incorporate a complete chapter on the Northeast.
More than 25 college students’ organisations throughout the Northeast lent their assist to the marketing campaign.
Assam-based pupil Mayur Jyoti Kaushik, who’s behind the marketing campaign, mentioned the area deserved a chapter in NCERT textbooks as a primer for college students elsewhere in the nation to know primary geography, historical past, ethnicity, tradition and the approach to life of the individuals of the northeastern States.
“If all in the region unite for this, we can ask the Union Ministry of Education to include a chapter so that our counterparts beyond the region do not grow up ignorant about the Northeast and make comments like the YouTuber,” he mentioned.
YouTuber Paras Singh was arrested and delivered to Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar on May 27 for calling Congress MLA and former MP Ninong Ering and the individuals of the State “Chinese”. The YouTuber had ridiculed the MLA for interesting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India, a variant of PUBG.
As punishment, the Arunachal Pradesh police have been instructing geography, historical past and all different facets of the State to the YouTuber.
Mr. Ering mentioned he had in 2017 launched a invoice in the Lok Sabha on the inclusion of the tradition and historical past of the northeastern individuals in the varsity curriculum. “Sadly, things have not progressed,” he added.
An identical demand for a chapter in NCERT books was raised in 2014 after Nido Tania, a pupil from Arunachal Pradesh, turned a sufferer of a racial assault in New Delhi.