In yet another incident of bigotry attitude towards the northeasterners, a group of 29 history students were the victims this time. The students, of Guwahati’s Handique Girls’ College, were on a college excursion to Jaipur, Agra-Mathura, Vrindavan and Delhi to taste India’s historical culture. However, their erudite trip turned gloomy as soon as they reached the historic Taj Mahal. After purchasing the tickets when they produced it to the checkers for frisking, they believed the students weren’t Indians. The obvious reason to this was the students being from the north east resembling Asian features. First the students produced their PAN (Permanent Account Number) cards. To this the officials present at the entrance said that wasn’t enough as a PAN card doesn’t testify whether they hailed from Assam or not. When the students flanked their college identity cards, the officials said though the college identity cards affirms that they were from Assam, but nowhere on the card it was written that Assam is in India.
Northeast Students fall prey to discrimination at historic Taj: Taj Mahal officials questions their nationality