Imphal, May 28,
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) condemns historian Romila Thapar’s callous remark on Bodo community.
In a lecture delivered in 2004 at FICCI auditorium in Delhi, which is reprinted in the second edition of her book, ‘Ancient Indian Social History’, a mention is made of Bodo community among different so-called terrorist organizations organized along lines of community and ideology. Despite the correctness of her stance which criticizes targeting of Muslims by their identification with terrorism on the basis of their religion, she mentions Bodo ‘community’ among terrorist ‘organizations’.
Romila Thapar is a widely acclaimed left-wing historian, and left is known for espousing the cause of marginalized communities. Such callousness regarding marginalized communities is unbecoming of her as a left-wing intellectual. It is expected of her to tender a public apology.