Participants from NE ‘discriminated’ at Nat’l Youth Festival

Participants from NE ‘discriminated’ at Nat’l Youth Festival

GREATER NOIDA, Jan 16: Participants from North East India in the ongoing National Youth Festival, organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt of India in collaboration with State Govt of Uttar Pradesh, went on a protest demonstration after organisers allegedly discriminated them during the five-day (Jan 12-16) festival at Gautam Buddha University, Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida.

The youth festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (Jan 12) through video conferencing.

Informing about the incident over phone, Sanatomba Takhellambam, team leader of Manipur State, said that they were treated in a step-motherly attitude during the course of the festival from the sides of the organisers and other fellow Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) participants from the other states of India.

The organiser is deliberately making efforts to look down the participants of North East during the festival. They were not given time for performing their performances and left in lurch without any proper treatment, alleged the team leader Sanatomba.

Another team leader from Nagaland, Asin Tep said that even one of the woman officials of the organising committee allegedly called the participants from North Eastern states as “fool” and “untalented”. The organiser also ridiculed the participants as foreigners for not knowing and speaking Hindi language.

Taking the issue to the higher authority, the participants also made a written complaint to the Director General of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, New Delhi apprising about their dissatisfaction, grievances and against the mismanagement of the national youth festival.

In the complaint, it was said that maltreatment was meted out to the participants of North East, while the Nagaland team was made waiting upto 17 hours for accommodation, besides the team was not allowed to take part in sports activities during the festival.

Around 200 participants took part in the festival, which aimed to provide an arena by creating a “Mini-India”, where youth interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness. Courtesy – Wahengbam Rorrkychand SINGH



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