#NorthEastMatters and #AChapterforMe are all set to trend to grab the eyeballs of the Twitterati and NCERT. This ‘Twitter Storm’ is an initiative by the students to pull the attention of the Government of India to include a chapter about Northeast India in the NCERT curriculum. The initiative is drove by the increasing number of racist incidents recently.
The Motto of the Initiative
The motto of the initiative is to make the students learn about the culture, demographics, ethnicity, traditions, and geography of the Northeast so that the fellow citizens of the Northeast do not have to face any discrimination.
When and How?
The movement is to take place on the microblogging site, Twitter, on June 4th evening between 6 PM to 7 PM.
To bring the trend to the notice of higher authorities, it is being decided to tag the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, and the respective chief ministers of the northeast states in all the tweets for the trend.
The Official Statement
The initiative is being led by Nagaland University Students’ Union. An official statement issued by the NUSU president read, “Starting from facial abuse to racial abuse, even to the extent of accusing us of being Chinese is not a new topic. Many incidents from the past and till today are provident enough of the negligible information that the mainland Indians have on the 8 states of Northeast India.”