Written by Ningombam Bupenda Meitei.
EAM Sushma Swaraj has apologised for an act whose control is not under her ministry while PM Modi and the minister concerned, Home Minister Rajnath, are maintaining a stoic silence. Under which IPC, a criminal offence case can be filed for racism committed against a non – ST indigenous people, having Mongoloid features, of the North East India? If he or she belongs to ST/SC, then there is an act to safeguard ST/SC but for OBCs or Unreserved category of indigenous people of the North East India, there is no law, as yet, in India to protect and safeguard OBCs/UR people of the North East India from racism? So, how can a racial act is said to have been committed in a court of law when there is nothing in IPC to book a criminal under anti – racial act of India? When will Parliament enact an anti – racial act of India?
I can also make a mockery of PM Modi asking him, “PM Modi, you look like a Pakistani. Are you a pakka Indian? Do you know all the capitals of the North East India if you are an Indian?” in front of a public gathering. The point is, PM Modi may charge me that I have racially discriminated him. But, under which IPC, can PM Modi file a criminal case against me and lodge an FIR in a nearest police station against me? The legal point is: PM Modi is neither ST nor SC, he is in OBC. Can an OBC PM Modi file a racial attack case against anyone who is perceived and considered to have committed an act of racial attack on him in India?
Will PM Modi be contended if I tender my apology for my Pakistani remark against him?