Guwahati: A 'Storm' is brewing on Twitter. Over 30 universities, student organisations from the northeast, key politicians and personalities from the region have come together to demand that chapters on the history and culture of the northeast be included in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) curriculum.
The students, leaders, artists, and people from the region have decided to participate in a virtual gathering that would happen tomorrow (Friday, June 4) between 6 and 8 PM, they will all tweet with the hashtags #AChapterForNE and #NortheastMatters to request the authorities that the region's "history, ethnicity, lifestyle, personalities, natural resources, and patriotism" be made a mandatory in NCERT textbooks.
Popular Naga singer Alobo Naga, Tapir Gao, President, Arunachal Pradesh BJP, Kuzholuzo Azo Nienen, NPF MLA from Nagaland have already joined the 'Storm.'
Student activist Prem Taba posted a tweet, where he said, "RGURSF extends complete solidarity with #June4TwitterStorm
Our history, ethnicity, lifestyle, natural resources and patriotism have to find place in the @ncert textbooks!"
Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering retweeted Taba's post, and wrote, "Inclusion of our culture and history must be done in the curriculum. Had introduced a Bill on the same issue in 2017 in Lok Sabha."
The trigger for the Twitter Storm has been the recent incident racial slur where YouTuber Paras Singh, a 21-year-old from Ludhiana, commented on Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering's appearance saying he did not "look Indian" and said that Arunachal Pradesh was not a part of India, but in China. This had caused widespread outrage in Arunachal Pradesh and across the Northeast.
Arunachal Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao, tweeted, "I support "TWITTER STORM."
Nagaland MLA Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu tweeted, "I extend my fullest support for "TWITTER STORM."
One of the student activists Venisha G Kiba, also tweeted, "THERE CAN'T BE INDIA WITHOUT NORTHEAST."
Paras was arrested in Punjab and brought to Arunachal Pradesh and has been remanded to six days of judicial custody by an Arunachal Pradesh court. Last week, on May 29, Paras was given virtual history lessons by the state police on Arunachal's history and culture. He was imparted knowledge about the international border shared by India and China on a world map. He was taught that India and China share a 3,488-km-long border running along with Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Ladakh.