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New Zealand, one of the most progressive and tolerant nations in the world, barred a Member of Parliament from speaking in the House on February 9 and expelled him from Parliament.

The MP representing the indigenous Maori community was Ravi Yitti.

The reason was that the MP did not wear a tie. Instead of a tie, the YTT wore the Maori community’s cultural costume, the Hei Tiki. When he refused to wear a tie, he was expelled from Parliament by the Speaker. Until that day, it was mandatory for male MPs to wear a tie in the New Zealand Parliament.

The next day, after the news spread, the New Zealand Speaker said that the tie was no longer mandatory for him to speak in Parliament. It was described by Raviri YTT as a victory for future generations. He also said that in the last 181 years, there has been a victory against the Mori community.

History winners write.
In 1948, Churchill told Parliament, “Leave history to the past, don’t worry about it, I will write history as I wish.”

Professor Edward Saeed, in his book Orientalism, mentions that the history of the West during the colonial period was biased and aimed at feeding its center of power.

The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman first visited the land on December 13, 1642, on behalf of the Europeans during the colonial period. This history was written by Europeans. The land was new to Europeans, but history has persecuted millions of natives.

The history of Mori states that the land was first explored by a Maori tribal leader called ‘Kupe’ in the 12th century. At that time the land was empty. They named it ‘Autiaroa’.

Gradually they established their gods there and used the fertile land and land. But when the Europeans occupied the land with modern weapons, a war broke out between the Maori and the Europeans.

Maori did not have the capability to fight with modern weapons. Thousands of Maori were enslaved, and many were killed. After the defeat, the oppression of the Maori tribes began.

One of the cultural symbols of the repression was the rule that male parliamentarians should wear a tie in the parliament building. It was an attack on the cultural dress of the tribals. Ravi YTT had protested in Parliament for his identity.

Such histories written by the winners have often insulted minorities. Progressive New Zealand certainly needs to learn from this.


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