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Ninong Ering breaks silence on Paras Singh controversy; here’s what he said

Itanagar: Arunachal MLA Ninong Ering, who was targetted by YouTuber Paras Singh for his opposition to PUBG Mobile’s return as Battlegrounds Mobile India, has said that people of Arunachal “will not forget easily.”

Talking to InsideNE over the phone, Ering today, “The way he depicted the people of Arunachal and Northeast is condemnable and I don’t think the people of Arunachal will forgive easily. It is very unfortunate that he stated this. He can say anything in his personal capacity, but he covered the entirety of Northeast. Not only Arunachalese people, but people from many other states from the region have chinky eyes.”

Ering said that this is especially concerting since China is always seeking to establish its presence in the frontier state which it considers a part of South Tibet. “It is especially disparaging because someone from the Indian mainland itself has depicted us in an unflattering manner. This fulfills the Chinese agenda — as even Indian people are calling us Chinese,” he added.

Commenting on Singh’s apology after receiving backlash, Ering rued that it “did not seem genuine enough.” “This is not how one seeks forgiveness and I saw it as highly inappropriate. He should apologize properly as the sentiments of all the people of Arunachal Pradesh are connected.”

The Pasighat representative also rued that anti-Northeast racism is still rampant in many parts of India. “Even when the COVID-19 first surfaced in India, they were subjected to racial profiling,” he pointed out.

An alleged racial slur made by a Punjab-based YouTuber where he said Arunachal is a part of China and against former Arunachal Pradesh MP and sitting Congress legislator Ninong Ering has not gone well with a large section of Arunachalees.

YouTuber Paras Singh, who goes by the name ‘Paras Official’ on his YouTube channel, has allegedly termed “Ering as a non-Indian and Arunachal Pradesh, a part of China,” in one of his videos posted on Sunday.

Paras made the comments while reacting to a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ering recently, wherein the latter had asked the PM to ban the re-launch of PUBG Mobile India’s new avatar Battlegrounds Mobile India.

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Ering, a vocal critic of the Chinese communist regime, had reasoned that the game was aimed at deceiving the government and citizens and should be banned in the country.

“Now, many employees of Tencent games of China have been posted in South Korea. However, this is quite the same — the same thing in a different package,” Ering said, continuing to oppose the move.

Ealier today, a video in which Paras’s mother is seen apologizing on her son’s behalf was uploaded from his channel. She claimed that he has been “picked up” and broke down right in front of the camera.

Although a large section of netizens felt sympathy for the plight of the mother, many also claimed that this video was a stunt by Paras to gain sympathy.

“Just because you have so little knowledge and so much ignorance in you, your mother has to face this. So sad to see this. I hope you learn a lesson,” popular Assamese YouTuber Harpal Saikia commented on the video.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed that a case has been registered on the YouTuber who mocked an Arunachal MLA as well as the state in a video.

Taking to social media, Khandu informed that the state police department has registered the case against the YouTuber identified as Mr. Paras u/s 124A/ 153A/ 505(2) IPC.

The CM further informed that the social media account of the person is being thoroughly investigated for details about his activities. Technical resources are also being employed to gather YouTuber’s current whereabouts, added the Chief Minister.

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