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Just because NE people look different, can one abuse and discriminate them?
People from the North East (NE) look different from the rest of India with their sharp mongoloid features, small eyes, fair skin etc. Can these features act as an invitation for abuse and discrimination? As it seems, Delhi has never treated people from the northeast fairly. They have come to the national capital, like number of people from other states, just to make a decent living, but in return, their lives are made doubly difficult.

What if NE people don’t look like many others in the country, don't have the same accent as theirs, have eyes smaller than theirs, have a flat nose and not a big one? Why is a person from a different state, but your own country discriminated? Why did Nido Taniam die? Can someone justify Nido's death, which took place due to his fancy hairstyle and appearance. How did it bother them? Why this racism?

Time and again various groups of people, particularly from the north-east part of India have been subject to racial discrimination in most metros of the country, which highlights the practice of racism in India - a country that boosts about equality despite cultural diversity. As per a study conducted by Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, it was found out that 81 per cent of people from the northeast have been harassed in Delhi. Alarming!

One question that worries me is – why does such kind of extreme, outrageous violence highlight that something is not going right in the country? What about the discrimination that the NE people face every-day, which goes un-highlighted? Where are the media in other discrimination related cases? Do you (media) always require death to increase your TRPs?

There are around two lakhs NE people residing in Delhi, majority of whom are students. It is these students, who are discriminated the most. Not a day goes, when students of north-east are not mocked, teased in their respective colleges, 'Chinki' being the most common word. Delhi residents have to understand that NE people away from their land have to be given hospitality rather than saying things, which would only hurt sentiments.

Referring to Nido's death, a citizen of the country is beaten up twice. The second thrashing could have been easily avoided by the police had they not dropped Nido in the same place where he was initially beaten. This purely points towards the irresponsible attitude of the Delhi Police, rather they asked Nido to pay Rs 7000 as compensation for the damage caused to the shopkeeper. Is this not biasness on the part of the Delhi police? Even if Nido was the initiator of the fight, breaking the glass, but was it not the fault of those people who beat him as well.

This incident is yet another black spot on Delhi police, who is supposed to be a custodian of the people of Delhi regardless of ones caste, colour, creed or religion.

It is high time that the country pens down a law, a draconian law, which states that no such act will be tolerated, assure all the people of the north east that they will be protected, respected and given equality, rather than making it a tool to gain votes by going to place of protests and offering condolences.

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