An open letter has been doing the round urging all the Members of Parliament (MPs) from the eight North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura for intervention in ensuring justice to Reingamphi Awungshi and other victims of racial discrimination from the region in other parts of the country.
Negative attitude of Indian police towards the people from Northeast has contributed largely to further alienation of the region from the rest of the country, what has come even more shocking, nay, painfully hurtful is the passive nature of the elected as well as the nominated MPs from the region in the Parliament from even listening to the cry of justice of their own people who have elevated them to their present position and status.
Leaving aside the number of MPs in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House), there are in all 25 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the eight North Eastern States in the Lower House (Lok Sabha).
They include 14 from Assam, 2 each from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura and 1 each from Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
It is unnerving to note that not even a sound of whimper has been heard from the 25 MPs on the recent case of Reingamphi Awungshi, thus, necessitating writing of an open letter reminding them to exercise the responsibility and power bestowed upon by the people as their elected leaders in the Parliament.
This passivity on the part of the 25 elected MPs as well as other nominated members in the Parliament towards the problem of racial discrimination being faced by their own people is even more than dangerous than the skewed mindset of the mainland Indians, for it would only help in perpetuation of racism, one of the worst forms of crime against humanity, in India.
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