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Bachchan SR angers North East

Boxer Mary Kom has said that everyone will know her after her successful stint at the Olympics, but that may not be true for torch-bearer actor Amitabh Bachchan.

entertainment Updated: Aug 09, 2012 01:27 IST
Mary Kom. Amitabh Bachchan

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Boxer Mary Kom has said that everyone will know her after her successful stint at the Olympics, but that may not be true for torch-bearer actor Amitabh Bachchan who tweeted on Monday, “Mary Kom! wins boxing bout, insured (sic) a Bronze! What a story! A Mother of two from Assam, creates moment of pride for India!!” However, he later clarified, “Sorry correction : Mary Kom is from Manipur, not Assam .. apologies !”

Young North Easterners in the Capital say they are not surprised about his ignorance. “I’m not surprised that Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t know that Manipur is not Assam. Half of India doesn’t know a thing about Manipur,” says Natalia Ningthougam, a writer from Manipur. Fashion designer Jenjum Gadi from Arunachal Pradesh says, “People are totally ignorant about the North East. Some ask, is Arunachal Pradesh a part of Himachal?”