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Attacks on Northeast people are politically motivated: Activists
Repeated attacks on people from the Northeast have hurt and pained them, it is no longer a case of anger. The inhumane treatment shown towards them in different parts of the country are only growing in numbers. Delhi is thought to be unsafe for NE people, but the trend is slowly gathering pace for other metro cities as well. Only some places are deemed safe now.

''We the people of North East are not angry, but are pained by things that is happening against Northeast people in metro cities. Haad se jyada chala ja raha hai (It is going out of control now)'' said social activist, Binalakshmi Nepram.

Three separate attack incidents on people from Northeast within a couple of days has sparked a debate about the safety for the number of northeast people residing in metro cities across India. Firstly, it was a Manipuri student who was beaten up in Bangalore on Tuesday night, for failing to speak in Kannada. Secondly, it was two young men from Nagaland, who were severely beaten in Gurgaon. Thirdly and the latest one being the murder of a Mizo girl in Munirka, Delhi, for which the investigations are still going on. Who should be blamed for it?

This is not for the first time, where Northeast people have fallen victim to such discrimination. In 2005, a Mizoram girl was gangraped in Southwest Delhi. In 2009, a 19 year old Manipuri was strangled to death. In December 2010, a call centre employee from Manipur was raped for 40 minutes. In May 2012, a Manipuri student was found dead in Bangalore. In a similar case in 2013 in Delhi, a Northeastern girl was found dead in Chirag Delhi. Another incident in Delhi, which caught the attention of the national as well as the international media was Nido Taniam's death, where he was beaten to death by locals.

Given above are just few cases, which has been registered and talked about by the media as well. Hundreds of attacks/assaults might not have even reached the right ears. 

Binalakshmi Nepram said, ''These attacks on the people from Northeast seem to be politically motivated. Certain groups of people are randomly attacking NE people. We are pointing fingers towards all political parties and their leaders for it.''

One fails to understand as to how can the government not put a stop to such attacks, when they are aware of the attack prone areas, i.e South Delhi, primarily the Munirka region, which comprises of a number of Northeastern people. There seems to be a kind of hatred against the people from Northeast in Munirka, as people from the Northeast were even asked to move out of Munirka once. 

If the government wants to put a vigil over such matters, they can easily intall CCTV cameras in areas, where Northeast people live in majority. These areas include Moti Bagh, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, Safdarjung, Lajpat Nagar etc. Installing CCTV cameras will help police nab culprits. But the problem arises when culprits are being caught and let off easily. This only undermines the judicial system of India. Can this be trusted?

Kavitha Krishnan, Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association also agrees with BInalakshmi stating the attacks being politically motivated. She said, ''It is not random accidents alone. All these attacks are linked up. There is prejudice against Northeast.  In fact, there is a phenomenon of organised violence against people from the Northeast. Individually people do not do anything, but active mobilisation instigates hatred. Mobilisation of hatred against marginalised communities is a feature of Indian politics.''

In most of the violence cases against people from the Northeast, it is not a one on one fights/scuffle, but a group of people beating up one or two, which just makes one curious and leads us to asks about such attacks being politically motivated!

Such attacks instills fear amongst the people of Northeast. One such person from the Northeast, Madilia, in spite of never being a subject of violence said, ''I have been living in Delhi for the past five years and I have never had a bad experience. I have never felt like an outsider, but when incidents like these shape up, it does not make me feel safe. Whether it is racially motivated or not, aggravated assaults are highly unacceptable.''

One has to understand that the people from the Northeast are very different from the rest of India. Look at their tradition, culture, lifestyle etc, they live it their own way. They have been born and brought with such lifestyle, which the locals fail to understand. While in school, one studies about various parts of India, but Northeast culture and tradition is always absent from the textbooks. Maybe, it is time for non - Northeastern people to learn about people of Northeast throught textbooks.

Eranbemo, another resident from Northeast, who has been staying in Delhi for some years now said, ''People from the Northeast are easy targets, for the way we look and also our culture.'' People from Northeast have distinct sharp features, which makes them standout in the crowd as well.

For the past five years or so, the number of cases has just seen an upsurge and there is a serious need to put a check across it. If the situation is not dealt with properly, it might get out of hand. ''There is no anti-racial law in India. The Indian government needs to come together and form an anti-racial law. We have been pushing political parties for this law, '' said Binalakshmi.

The politicians along with the police play the cover up game very well and have readymade excuses for their failures to check such crime and violence against the Northeast people. Some defend it by stating it as a regionalist case, but one look at the history of attacks on Northeast people, one can deem it to be a racist attack (not all).

Kavitha Krishnan puts it aptly, ''Undoubtedly, these attacks on the people from the Northeast is purely racist. Let's not pretend it is not.''

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