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Onus not only on the government, but on everyone to take care of North East people
People from North East India have been looking for a safe haven in the country, where they are free from any discrimination, sexual harassment etc, and many felt Bengaluru is the safest metro city. But with a number of attacks taking place against the North East community, they might well have to rethink.

Incidents of racial discrimination and violent attacks have been increasing rapidly in Bengaluru. Such incidents are becoming an almost everyday affair all around the country. Rachel Sangliana, daughter of a former top cop, was reportedly racially attacked and abused in a Bengaluru mall on Sunday. 

Yes, people from North East look different from the rest of India with their sharp mongoloid features. Hence, they are targeted for their looks, dressing and ways of living in other parts of the country, apart from the North East. They have been constantly told and retold to go back to their "own country," which clearly explains the fact that the people from North East are not looked upon as Indian citizens by the ignorant few, which exists in large numbers.

Isn't it a big shame for world's biggest democracy, India as a country and its citizens to be ignorant of the fact that North Eastern states are an integral part of the country? I can't understand if such incidents are happening out of ignorance or a deliberate act! Either ways, it is wrong.

In most of the cases it has been observed that people who are rowdy, have no sense of what their action would mean if they hurl racial slur at North Easterners. They are in fact indulged in bringing shame on the country by perpetuating such blunders.

If this is happening because of ignorance and due to economic insecurity as people from North East are coming out of their hometown and taking up better jobs with their expertise and better education, then it is also a failure of the government in educating people about North East.

Isn't it time for our "Achhe Din" promising leaders and government to get their act together and work towards eliminating such cases by providing better education and building a culture of rights respecting environment? It is time that the government move its focus from religious polarisation.

There is a need of stricter laws and social consciousness so that people do not ask some of their co-citizens to move out of the country where both live in. It is utterly disrespectful.

The point I am trying to make is that the government should focus more on sensitizing people about North East, that it is an integral part of India and its people are the citizens of this country. There is a need of an effective law for creating awareness and prevention of such cases.

The onus is not only on the government, but on everyone of us to take such issues seriously and intervene and not just be a bystander. Lets ensure that there is no repeat of Nido Tania incident.

Tania, a 20-year old boy, from Arunachal Pradesh died after he was brutally attacked in a marketplace in Delhi.

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