Twitter Chat on Racial Discrimination against people from the Northeast India

Guwahati, February 27, 2014:?The recent attack on Nido Tania, a young Arunachali boy, studying in Delhi, raised several questions on the issue of racism in the country. To address the issue, Seven Sister?s Project, Northeast India?s first mobile phone based citizens news service organised a Twitter chat today on racial discrimination against citizens from the region. This was done in collaboration with GrassRoute India, an independent, non-partisan organisation that works to increase interaction between citizens & politicians. The initiative was to discuss the issues faced by the community and to identify points that can act as a tool to bridge the gap and end racial discussion. The event included panelist Polit Bureau Member, CPI (ML) Kavita Krishnan, Dushyant Arora (Advocate & Founder, Law Tree), Yanam Wahge (Fasion student and blogger at Sevendiary.com), Borkung Hrangkhawl (Rapper from Tripura), Nilim Dutta (Executive Director, Research & Operations at the Strategic Research & Analysis Organization, India) among others. The twitter chat covered various issues on racial discrimination in the country. Questions on enactment of anti-racism laws, role of media & reservations leading to discrimination were raised. Opinions on how racism can be curbed were voiced & suggestions on the same were offered. Lucknow-based journalist Jayanta Deka suggested inclusion of Northeast India in school curriculum which was widely retweeted. His tweet, ?Add NE to the curriculum, ask NE related Qs in current affairs section of competitive exams,? lead to serious discussions. Deka was also quizzed about ?why there is little or no coverage of Northeast India in mainstream media?? to which he tweeted, ?@akUlee @_GrassRoute 1. Regional media isn't in that good shape. Working journalists in NE are facing tough times. [CONTD] #NoToRacism? and adds, ?Media needs to enter the real northeast rather than reporting sitting in Delhi or say Guwahati #NoToRacism? The deliberation on how to take this forward and share the crowd-sourced opinions with members of various political parties was also discussed. On the importance of infrastructure development, @blackeesh tweeted, ?NE region is rich in flora and fauna,why not built more and more Environment related institution,help in opening up of NE region #NoToRacism.? The discussion was summed up by Deka with his tweet, ?Final comment: Education, development, tourism, sensitization, media support, introspection. And spread love. #NoToRacism? Here is the link for some of the most interesting tweets and discussions-?http://bit.ly/1mIKuX7  


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