In a video published on Twitter, Siddharth Singh, a faculty member, discusses Jhum cultivation in his lecture titled “Mission IAS 2021 | Geography by Siddharth Sir | Biomes.” He employs racist remarks against tribal farmers in the Northeast.
Talking about jhum cultivation in the UPSC training video, the faculty Siddharth Singh says “during Jhum cultivation, what happens is that these tribal people we have, these people neither have brains nor property nor land documents”.
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The usage of such racist language was quickly brought to the attention of people on social media, and as a result, Unacademy, the episode’s uploader, has removed the video from YouTube. However, a clip of the controversial portion has been shared on social media. While the problematic footage from the Biomes 2 lecture is still available on YouTube, the controversial clip from the Biomes 1 lecture has been removed.
Video goes viral
Soon after a screenshot of this video became viral on social media, it was met with extreme outrage across the country. Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman, a Tripura royal scion, slammed the video and called on all chief ministers of tribal-dominated states to get together to address the issue.
“This is the reason that impedes India’s progress. Still, people are being called out by their caste and creed. This is unfortunate,” he said.
He blamed the narrow mindset, claiming that the same mindset is responsible for the North East’s alienation from the rest of India.
“When a teacher is speaking like this, imagine its impact on the thousands of students who are learning from such platforms,” said Debbarman.
Tripura CM’s OSD Sanjay Mishra also reacted angrily to the remarks, claiming that it was due to a lack of awareness about the Northeastern region.
“These types of derogatory remarks on indigenous people are unacceptable & most of them are repeated offenders. Indigenous people are carrying forward their culture and heritage. It is the result of lack of understanding about the northeast region among mainland Indians @unacademy,” he tweeted while responding to Pradyot’s tweet.
The hashtag NorthEastMatters was trending on Twitter a few weeks ago to draw attention to the need for authorities to educate people and raise awareness about North East India.
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