'I may have my share of experiences what one can call racial discrimination,' says Agatha Sangma

   May 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)

To beat the heat, Visakhapatnam residents hit the beach May 28, 3:13 pm
Visakhapatnam, May 28 (ANI): People in Visakhapatnam flocked to a beach on Thursday to get some respite from the scorching summer heat.
Full Story
Continued support, cooperation will ensure our heritage's survival, says Mysore King May 28, 2:44 pm
Mysore, May 28 (ANI): Newly-crowned titular head of Mysore, King Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, on Thursday said that continued support and cooperation will ensure the survival of the 600-year-old culture of the House of Wadiyar.
Full Story
Baba Ramdev's brother sent to 14 days judicial custody May 28, 2:39 pm
Haridwar, May 28 (ANI): A local court in Haridwar on Thursday rejected the bail plea of yoga guru Baba Ramdev's brother Ram Bharat and sent him to 14 days judicial custody in connection with a clash between Patanjali Food and Herbal Park's staff and members of a transport union, which had led to the death of one person.
Full Story
Berlin vital economic partner for India, says PM Modi May 28, 2:16 pm
New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that New Delhi sees Berlin as a vital economic partner and has invited German companies to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the defence manufacturing sector in India.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY