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22 February 2014

Include NE studies in all school curricula, says NESO

Shillong, Feb 22 : The North East Students Organisation (NESO) today demanded that details of the eight states of the region should be included in the school curricula of all state and central boards to check racial discrimination against the people of the region.

"We insist that the Centre take steps to include the North East -- its geographical location, its people, its culture, its ethos etc -- in the curricula of schools of all state and central boards to address discrimination of its (North East) people to some extent," NESO president Samuel B Jyrwa told PTI.

Jyrwa, who led a delegation of student leaders of the eight north eastern states, met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi and handed over to him a petition also demanding a stringent law to end racial discrimination.

The NESO said the discrimination stemmed from the fact that North East, despite being part and parcel of the country, did not reflect in the school curricula in the whole country.

"Nothing of the north east was even mentioned in the national anthem. Our petition, if agreed, would go a long way towards improving national integration," Jyrwa said.

Angered by the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania after he was attacked by a mob in Delhi last month and the subsequent assault on two Naga girls and rape of a minor girl from Manipur earlier this month, the NESO sought short term and long term measures for the Government to take up.

To improve people-to-people contact, the student body suggested the government make a one-time recruitment policy for at least 5,000 Delhi Police personnel in the state capitals in the north east.

"At least one Special Police Station should be established in Delhi for dealing with cases related to racial discrimination and atrocities on NE people, with a provision that it is manned by police officers from NE states," the NESO petition said.


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