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Are northeastern people alien in their own country?
Why do Indians fail to respect their northeastern counterparts? Or it is that fellows from northeast feel this discrimination? As a matter of fact, most people living in this country have filthy mindsets and relate everything with caste, colour, creed, religion and region.

THE RECENT cases of deaths of several north-eastern students, including the suicide of Dana Sangma of Meghalaya, alleged murder of Richard Loitam, and suicide of Jakio Heisnam, both Manipuri students in Bangalore has hit the national headlines and brought again into focus the discrimination and racial outline.

Once again it highlights the bitter question: Are Northeast citizens an alien in own country? This is not first time that Indians from the Northeast corner of the country repeatedly allegedly felt mistreated and unnoticed. There are protests, debates, write-ups and discussions about why and how India discriminates against its citizens from Northeast with no efforts to bridge divides. However, most educated Indians display it as surprise ignorance and falsehood.

“In metropolitan India, people do not think twice before cracking jokes on the Northeast citizens. The dominant image particularly of Manipur and Nagaland are such as wild frontiers,” said Nokolama, a student from Manipur. “People gaze at us in different way as if we belong to another planet,” added Nokolama merrily.  

Indian Parliament widely discussed Northeast issues during this session and some leaders spoke with much passion. They spoke of helpline numbers for the students and sensitizing the rest of India about the region. While the fact across India is that we are all branded and categorized against one way or the other based on our surnames like a Bihari, a Bong, a Mallu, a Madrasi, a Baniya, and a Sardarni etc.

Even if you are in Northeast, doubts about each other flourish. A larger community often discriminates against a smaller racial group. The surplus of students’ groups and associations formed on racial lines in the most of big cities bears proof on this reality. Mostly communities prefer to keep to themselves and try to find shelter in figures. The smaller the group in figures, the greater racial intolerance. Even in cities like Delhi, ethnic loyalties lead to isolation. Some leaders are playing the role of moral police and they do not let other citizens to enter into their own states.

“We all are xenophobes, our aim is selfish and we still have old mindsets and do not believe in live and let live,” said Bhumika Sung, an executive from Meghalaya. “The solutions rest with people, they should stop thinking of discrimination of any nature on the basis of caste, creed, region or religion.” concluded Ms Sung.

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