A tutor affiliated with the online education platform Unacademy had to issue a public apology after his remarks about indigenous tribes sparked outrage on social media.
Excerpt from the apology video posted by Lalit Yadav | Facebook
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An online tutor’s remarks about indigenous tribes sparked outrage. In recent weeks, this is the third such incident where an educator makes insensitive comments about tribes during online lessons.
Identified as Lalit Yadav, the tutor is affiliated with the online education platform Unacademy and identifies as a UPSC educator, social worker and motivational speaker. Yadav is also president of an NGO – Lalit Yadav Ki Pathshala, according to a East Mojo report.
Controversy erupted on Wednesday after a video from one of Lalit Yadav’s online classes went viral on social media.
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In the video, he can be heard saying about the indigenous tribes: “When you travel to a tribal area, they reside in their natural area, the poor. Today they have at least some knowledge; in the 80s, where did they know it? The poor lived with their communities in the jungles.
Yadav goes on to say, “They sang Jhingalala hoo and would live their lives. They didn’t care about the lives of people outside their communities. They didn’t care who was righteous, dark-haired, Indian or British.”
Many Twitter users called Lalit Yadav for portraying indigenous tribes in a bad light.
A Northeastern Student Organization (NESO) adviser, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharjya, also took to Twitter to demand action against the e-learning platform following Lalit Yadav’s callous remarks.
Reacting to the backlash, Lalit Yadav posted a Facebook video message in which he apologized for his comments.
Alleging that “just a little clip” of his class is being circulated to mislead people, Yadav said, “Whatever words were used in this video, they were wrong and it was not done on purpose.”
He also said there was a need to change the education system and “make people aware of these stereotypes from the start”.
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