'I may have my share of experiences what one can call racial discrimination,' says Agatha SangmaMay 4, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): Amid the ongoing investigations into several cases of alleged racial discrimination against north-east students in different cities, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma recently revealed that she has also faced racial discrimination as a student.
"I may have my share of experiences what one can call racial discrimination,” she said.
Agatha refused to be specific about the type of racial discrimination that she had experienced, but said: "In a city like New Delhi, a lot of north-east students face racial discrimination on a day to day basis.”
Recently Dana M Sangma, a student from Meghalaya committed suicide in her hostel room at Amity University in Gurgaon after she was caught surfing the Internet and was expelled from the examination hall.
Another Manipuri student Loitam Richard was found dead under suspicious circumstances in Bangalore.
Northeast students across the country are protesting and have demanded free and fair investigations into these cases.
Earlier Megahalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma demanded the same in the Dana Sangma’s case, who also happened to be his niece.
And recently, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said in his speech in the Parliament said that both the cases of Dana M Sangma and Richard Loiam would be handed over to the CBI if at any point of time the Union Home Ministry was not able to handle it properly.
Agatha Sangma said the media has picked up the cases because the Meghalaya chief minister had commented on the issue, and thereby, other things followed that have been able to bring to light the concerns of the north-east people.
The young Member of Parliament from Meghalaya blames ignorance to be the main reason behind the racial discrimination.
Agatha said: "We need to allow better integration to take place, improving the education curriculum where north-east states are represented in a much more diverse manner so that people come to know what Northeast is and how it has contributed to India as a nation.” (ANI)
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