Students of Northeast India demanding to include ‘Northeast’ chapter in NCERT books. This outrage came after a 22-year-old YouTuber from Punjab Paras Singh called former Lok Sabha MP and sitting Congress legislator Ninong Ering from Arunachal Pradesh a “non-Indian” and said Arunachal Pradesh was “part of China”.
He was arrested in Ludhiana on May 25 and was brought to Arunachal Pradesh on May 26. Paras was booked under Sections 124A, 153, and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to reports, various students bodies of northeast India decided to create a ‘Twitter storm’ on Friday (June 4), asking the Central government to mandatorily include a chapter on the history and culture of the region in the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) syllabus in a bid to fight racism.
The social media campaign began at 6 pm on Friday and will see Twitter users tweeting with hashtags #AChapterForNE and #NortheastMatters.
Many student unions and organisations have started a Twitter storm demanding a mandatory chapter on the north-eastern states of India in the NCERT curriculum.
According to Lingdam Kame, president of All Arunachal Student Union of Chandigarh, this step has been taken to raise the issue of racial discrimination faced by people from the Northeast. Over 30 student unions and organisations across India have started this movement called ‘A chapter for NE’.
With the hashtag ‘A chapter for NE’ and ‘Northeast Matters’, students will be constantly tweeting on Thursday between 6 pm to 8 pm, in order to press their demands to the Union Education Ministry.
Here are few reactions on Twitter:
— NSUI Nagaland (@NSUINagaland) June 4, 2021
Mughals couldn’t invade ASSAM 17 times.
NORTHEAST is the ONLY PART OF INDIA that the Mughals failed to conquerduring their reign for over two centuries. Don’t you think #ASSAM#AHOMS#NE deserves a chapter in NCERT.@ncert @DrRPNishank @PMOIndia #AchapterforNE #NortheastMatters pic.twitter.com/7wKkEVNRrq
— Kabyashree Kalita (@kabyashree1998) June 4, 2021
The history books of the country talks of the Mughal empire. But, do you know of the existence of the land they got defeated in for 17 times by the Ahom kingdom?
— Bagmita Borthakur (@BagmitaBorthak1) June 4, 2021
The beauty of Northeast India should be there in NCERT. A humble request to
concern authorities to add a chapter on Northeast India highlighting our culture,
ethnicity & diversity #NortheastMatters #AchapterforNE @ncert @EduMinOfIndia @the_hindu @ninong_erring pic.twitter.com/zlQ2up85hn
— Oyin Komboh (@komboh_oyin) June 4, 2021
Assamese cuisine! are you aware of?
— Simron Hussain (@SimronH) June 4, 2021
Interesting Facts about Northeast India:
- Centuries-old barter system can still be seen in practice at Jonbeel Mela, Assam
- Arunachal Pradesh is where the sun can be seen first in India.
- Assam has the largest and smallest river islands in the world.
- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are the original Seven Sisters.
- Ever heard of a floating park? Located in Manipur, Keibul Lanjao National Park, which is floating over Loktak Lake.
- Sikkim, India’s first and only organic state. It was in 2004 that Sikkim embarked upon a journey to become a fully organic state.
- North-east India is well-known for producing champion sportspeople, especially female athletes. Boxer Mary Kom from Manipur is the most famous Olympian from the region. She was the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics and ended up winning the bronze medal in the competition. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar from Tripura made history as the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics. Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh is another renowned sportsperson from north-east India. She is the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice within five days.