A day after Monika Khangembam’s Facebook post went viral, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted her apologies to the girl and promised to take the matter to the concerned authority.
Swaraj gave her word that she would speak to Rajnath Singh, who currently serves as India’s Home Minister.
Meanwhile, Monika, who’s currently touring Seoul for work, followed up her last post with a new one where she wrote:
“Last night I was just venting out my frustration on FB about what happened last night at IGI Airport and I had no idea it will get viral and some news agencies will carry the news. A lot of you came out to support me and thank you for that. But I also saw some comments in other pages saying,” stupid woman, that’s not racism. Immigration people ask all sorts of questions…don’t play victim card bla bla (sic)” (liberal Manipuris please don’t give lectures on reverse racism now. Some other time).
“Let me get it straight. I wouldn’t have minded if he asked me TRIP RELATED QUESTIONS like what’s the conference about, how long are you there, where do you work currently, who is funding, what’s the purpose etc. It’s even perfectly fine to ask where I am from but it’s not fine bossing around asking with that sarcastic smile “HOW MANY STATES ARE THERE IN INDIA?” “NAME THE STATES BORDERING MANIPUR?” This is NOT RELATED TO THE TRIP nor I am a kid. And yes I regret not raising the issue then and there as there wasn’t much time left for my departure and honestly I was worried he might not stamp my visa.”
You can read her entire post here:
people from the north-east have often been subject to incidents of racial discrimination within the country and what happened to Monika just reinforces the fact that India needs stricter laws to protect their rights.