Dr. Govind Singh participated in a Discussion Event on Diversity in India: Race Ethnicity and Culture on 21 March 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The Discussion was themed on “50 YEARS AFTER RATIFYING CERD (Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination): A Forgotten Promise” and was led by Parliamentarian Thokchom Meinya and other eminent personalities like Dr. Sanjoy Hazarika of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative among others.
Following is the summary of statements and standpoint of Dr. Govind Singh during the discussion:
“Racial discrimination is not accepted as an issue in the country. There has to be a panel law or an action plan to address the issue. There is discrimination in the Northeast within different tribal groups. Racial discrimination should be understood and defined in a specific manner as there are various discrimination on different grounds, so the issue of Racial discrimination someimes get overshadowed. There should be law equal for everyone. Myths or stereotyping needs to stop especially with reference to African nationals on grounds of drug peddling and prostitution. Our education system also needs to have a common course on diversity across all disciplines which can only happen with government initiative.”
Posters raising awareness on racial discrimination and its impact were also released during this event.