Delhi University is doing its bit to make students from North East states feel at home amid the ongoing communal tension. In a first, there’s a freshers’ bash especially for the NE community. The North East Freshmen Night, organised by the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), was expected to take place on Friday.
“This is for the first time that a freshers’ party is especially being organised for students from North East, who often feel that nothing is being done for them even though they are in large numbers. This is being done to unite students after the tension in Bangalore and other states. We are organising this party to let them know that they are safe in the city,” says Taranga Gogoi, National Secretary, NSUI.
The major attraction of the show was to be a performance by the popular Angarag Mahanta (Papon), in addition to rock acts and a DJ session.
Rival groups are going all out, too. Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have been operating a helpline number for the community after the scare in Bangalore. “We have also been holding meetings in places where NE students live, such as Malkganj and Kamla Nagar, to make sure they are not troubled,” says Rohit Chahal, spokesperson, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
While some say these efforts in the run up to the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election are self-explanatory in terms of garnering a vote bank, students who belong to the seven sister states are grateful to the groups for the goodwill gesture and see it as an effort that will go a long way in restoring peace and harmony.
“It was necessary for us. It’s a great initiative by students’ union bodies to show that they are with us and the students from the North East are safe in Delhi. We are happy they have taken a strong stand to support us,” says Jahnu Borah from Assam, a final year student at Delhi School of Economics. Irani Sonowal, a second year student at Ramjas College who is also from Assam, agrees. “It’s nice to see this. It makes us feel like there is someone out there for us and that we are not outsiders.”
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