CRB Tech Reviews came across a news about racial discrepancy that was wisely handled by External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
The victim of racialism, Monika Khangembam wrote on her Facebook wall that when she went to the immigration desk at IGI around 9pm on Saturday, an official looked at her passport and said that she doesn’t look Indian.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj promised on Sunday to look into the alleged harassment and racism faced by a Manipuri woman at the immigration desk at Delhi‘s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The action was taken after Monika Khangembam alleged on Saturday that an immigration official asked her a series of offensive questions in an apparent bid to ascertain her nationality as an Indian.
The incident triggered widespread displeasure on social media. Hours later, Swaraj tweeted that she would speak to cabinet colleagues and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to sensitize immigration officials.
When Monika told the official she hailed from Manipur, the official allegedly asked her to name the states Manipur shared its border with.
When Monika said that she was really getting late then the person sarcastically said that the aircraft won’t leave without her. So she can answer with ease.
Scores of users on social media condemned the allegations, this being the latest in a string of racist incidents against northeastern people.
Minika’s sister told ANI that such type of treatment is unacceptable and concerned authorities must look into it.
Monika Khangembam’s experience is definitely not an isolated incident. People from the Northeast have regularly complained about the racial discrimination and harassment they face in different parts of India.
In December, a group of men in Gurgaon brutally assaulted a 29-year-old man from Manipur. Earlier that year, 19-year-old Nido Taniam succumbed to ‘serious injuries’ after being brutally beaten in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar locality.
Northeastern citizens say they face violence and discrimination for being “immigrants” and are regularly bullied and called names.
Sushma Swaraj is known for promptly dealing with various international crisis and helping a number of people in distress in India and abroad. No sooner she took charge as the External Affairs Minister in 2014, her Twitter feed has turned into a news bulletin of different sorts. Admirable is the way she keeps everyone updated on the issues handled by her ministry.
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