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Sushma Swaraj's 'flat nose' comment in Parliament adds insult to injury to North East community

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 5:59pm IST | Agency: DNA web desk
The BJP leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha was aiming to defend the community after the death of Nido Taniam, a youngster from Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Sushma Swaraj AFP

The first day of the resumption of the Lok Sabha's Winter session saw Sushma Swaraj who is the BJP leader of the opposition in the lower house speak passionately about the problems people from the North East of the country faced in the metro cities and towns of India.

Swaraj was speaking in the background of the death of Nido Taniam, a youngster from Arunachal Pradesh. Taniam was beaten to death in Delhi in an alleged racial attack.

While speaking in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Swaraj said, "People with flat noses are as much Indians as those with sharp ones." 

This stereotype being used by Swaraj is shocking. The BJP leader said, "Congress Vice President, Delhi CM are sitting on a dharna instead of ensuring people's safety. Arunachal Pradesh is also a part of India and children of the Northeast are as Indian as anyone else." 

Speaking in Parliament and being such an influential leader, Swaraj using such words reaffirms the stereotype rather than quashes it.

 


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