Twelve-year-old Aaira Goswami’s heartfelt letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an important request for representation – history lessons taught in schools in India should be more inclusive and ought to incorporate more information about the Northeast region of the country.
While Aaira is originally from Assam, she is currently studying in Jaipur and has come to notice a lack of diversity in her lessons. Hence she decided to directly send a plea to the one person she knew would address it.
In fact, the young girl pleads that if she could only read something about her own state, it would be like a “dream come true” for her.
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Published in Northeast Today, she writes, “I know the history of almost whole of India; from Jammu & Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Mughals to the British, from Rajasthan to Kolkata. But where is the long lost glory of the Seven Sisters. Some students don’t even know what the Seven Sisters are. It is very difficult to find things about the Northeast in my books. If I could just read about my state, Assam, and Northeast in my book it would be like a dream come true.”
Calling herself “a little India, the student from Neerja Modi School, writes that she is hopeful that the Prime Minister would not only ensure that the glorious history of Northeast is included in future books, but also that he would reply to her letter in the spirit that it was intended. There are eight states that currently encompass the Northeast region.
The contents of the letter have been widely shared on social media with many commending the young girl for her eloquence. Here’s hoping that her dream does come true.