Does the North-East Belong to India ?

I first discovered that ‘we’ were seen as ‘different’ when we moved to Chandigarh. I was 16, and rather surprised when we were visited at lunchtime by Mrs. Khunjoo , who lived in the next apartment. Surprised because we don’t generally expect visitors at lunchtime. Certainly not visitors who spring lithely over the balconies as Mrs Khunjoo did.

“Will you have lunch” my mother , ever hospitable asked her, the first time she manifested.

“No no sister,” she said. “i just want to see.”

“What do you want to see?”,I asked.

“No, please , just what you are eating ?”

She advanced upon our table. My Mother uncovered our serving dishes. She stared at it like some mystery was to be uncovered.

“Arre!” said Mrs Khujroo. “Rice? Dal?”

We do these things. We eat rice and dal but Mrs Khujroo was hoping that she would see something exotic.

“Do people from Nagaland really eat dogs?” asked my landlady when she first learnt that I was from the North East. She was offended when I walked out of the room. Mrs Vaidya (named changed to protect the innocent, namely me) failed to even realise that what she said could be offensive. Mrs Vaidya represents mainland India’s opinion about the seven states of North East India. But at least she has given me a place to stay. Many other North-Eastern students have been turned away because they don’t “look like us”. The other thing is institutional. Don’t believe it? Consider this.

One of India’s proudest moments was at the opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games. It was one of those moments when one feels proud to be part of such a great Indian Union. The Indian contingent marched in led by Abhinav Bindra proudly carrying our Indian flag. Before him, the signboard holder was wearing the Mizo tradition Puanchei dress. Such a proud moment for the North East to be finally recognised at a event of this scale.

The very next morning the Times of India front page had a photograph of the Indian contingent. “All the teams were led out by girls wearing saris in different styles, except for the Indian team, which was heralded by a girl in a Naga dress.” So much for a “knowledgeable” leading daily.

No North Eastern student in a mainland metropolitan city would be surprised by this sheer ignorance. It has become a part of their lives and an accepted fact that they do not belong here. Nor has the mainland made them feel like they’re part of this country. Hundreds of students come every year from the North East to seek admission in Delhi University. The joy of seeking admission is often cut short by the difficulties faced in the capital. Racial discrimination, language barriers, sexual harassment and trouble finding accommodation are only some of the numerous problems.

“How do you guys contribute to the economy besides tea and a few bombs to seek attention?” says an educated, upper middle class boy in a conversation we had about the various states in India. Of course, it did not matter that just one state, Assam, produces 55 per cent of India’s tea and 60 per cent of its plywood and a substantial part of its crude oil. Of course, he failed to name three out of the seven states. Of course, he didn’t even care to know the names of the capitals of the states. His attitude was clear; how did it matter.

“With a name like Ass-am, what do you guys expect?” he says.

“Have you ever been to the North-East?” I asked.

“Are you nuts?” he asks, this brave mainlander, always willing to mock the name of a state to a woman. “Dude, you guys are like dangerous. I might get killed or abducted or something.”

But then I don’t expect much better from him. He thinks Muslims should “go back where they came from”. (I won’t go into what it is like to be Muslim and North-Eastern. Not enough room. Not enough time.)

To the mainland, the seven states of the North-East are ‘sisters’. This term reeks of paternalism, a patriarchal way of reducing seven independent and diverse states into a single identity. This is why I get really angry when the media talks about the problems of the North-East. Manipur is not Assam. The problems of Meghalaya are different from the problems of Arunachal Pradesh. Trying to work out a single solution that will be inclusive is like trying to find one cure for all ailments.

Let’s consider what happens when Shabana Azmi decides to fast for the rights of slum dwellers facing eviction. The media arrive. The politicians make promises. And within a week, Ms Azmi can return to her biriani. Meanwhile Irom Sharmila has entered the eleventh year of her superhuman fast, protesting the indefensible Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that has been imposed in Manipur and most of the Northeast since 1980.The Act allows the army to use force, arrest or shoot anyone on the mere suspicion that someone has committed or was about to commit a cognisable offence. The Act also prohibits any legal or judicial proceedings against army personnel without the sanction of the Central Government. Is this how our own country wants to treat its citizens? When the government imposes such measures, it only speaks of the centre’s failure as a governing body. Even as the entire country marks the anniversary of Mumbai 26/11, most mainland Indians remain ignorant of the fact that hundreds of their brothers and sisters that die every year of government action.

Some argue that it is the sheer physical isolation that makes it impossible for mainland India to find out about anything about the North-East. States like Tripura and Arunachal and Mizoram aren’t even connected by the railways let alone any other form of infrastructural and educational development. Nitin Gokhale, an NDTV journalist who has written extensively about the North East and its problems says, “Physical isolation from the mainland has aggravated the already existing mental quarantine”. So we don’t even exist and if we do we’re not part of India.

What does it take to qualify to be an Indian? When Nehru spoke about our tryst with destiny, was he thinking the North East? When the Jana Gana Mana was adopted as the National Anthem, did anyone think of the North East? Is anyone thinking right now ?

NB : This is post by Leilah Zeenat Hazarika from North East India, living in Mumbai.

87 thoughts on “Does the North-East Belong to India ?

  • April 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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    Loved your post. And your insight into diversity. I am from Mumbai and the stereotypes of diversity are a constant thing in my awareness. What is north east? A direction or an identity?

    Frankly, I don’t know much about the north east either, the only possible saving grace being that the not knowing is something I keep thinking about. And it took a few Manipuri friends for me to even see how much I didn’t know. I am glad to have met you.

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    • March 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm
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      YES , North -East is a direction, with respect to KOLKATA . When th British rule India,Kolkata was the Capital of British India .Those indigenous people living in N-E wrt kolkata are TIBETO- BURMAN, race and are NOT INDIAN for many centuries. When the expansion of British India colonies took placed in late 19 century, the British India rule N-E.
      After WW -II the Britisher Gave freedom in 14th August 1947.But The INDIAN GOVT. forcefully merge NE into INDIAN Teritory. AFTER THE BRITISHER LEFT .

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    • June 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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      Are you a school drop out?

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      • January 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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        Sharma:Its the truth, are you the one who is school drop out or are you too stupid to figure out the difference between Indian and northeast people

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  • April 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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    Sorry to see alienation in the NE. Always knew it existed though.

    And sadly, so many NE-ers endup forming their mainland impressions in Delhi and surrounding areas. Even for someone from down south as I am, these places come across as less than polite and abrasive. A Mumbai, a Bengaluru, a Chennai or a Hyderabad are much more likely to leave far more favorable impressions and happier memories.

    As for whether the NE belongs in India, my answer is ‘YES’. In bold capitals, underlined. The idea of India, presently hijacked by noisy north Indian masculinity is evolving into a kinder, gentler, more confident (rather than merely aggressive) avatar. About time too. In time this idea of India as a social contract between diverse peoples of living their lives on their own terms within an overarching, flexible constitutional framework I hope will extend to influence Burma (which was part of British India and accepted as separate only in 1935) and Indo-China – traditional spheres of Indic influence.

    OK, enough of my ramble. Have a nice day.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 12:34 am
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    Thanks for bringing this to my notice. It is a shame, and one feels depressed at such blatant racism. Unfortunately most of India remains in the medieval era. No amount of ‘education’ seems to change the mindset of most Indians.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 12:53 am
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    It is indeed shameful that we treat fellow Indians like this. The only solution is more contact between people of different states.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 2:20 am
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    Very poignant article, but did no one notice the irony in the author intro saying, “This is post by Leilah Zeenat Hazarika from North East India, living in Mumbai.” Why not just say which city/state she’s from?

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  • April 2, 2011 at 3:03 am
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    I agree with many points, but i disagree with the fact that this is only towards NER states. India has started to open up very recently and the cross cultural doubts are there and same. NER being isolated has problems but you can’t just throw all onus on other states.
    As far as I remember the TOI reported the state correctly.
    All my support for Sharmila.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 3:13 am
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    I completely understand your feelings, but I suggest you to give India one more chance. We are slowly learning about each other and becoming aware of each other. It was not long ago that people from South India would be made fun of by asking if they lick their Rasam/Saar from their elbows to palm. Also, with increased tourism, travel and reading people will learn about NE and make it their own. The Shilong Choir recognition etc is a positive development.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 4:07 am
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    Since it is the problem of the entire north east so we must unify ourselves to stand against it.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 6:55 am
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    funny, it reminds me of all ‘south Indians’ being called ‘Madrasis’, many north Indians can’t even name the states in the south.

    It is not so hard to understand, in foreign lands, people from entire subcontinent are either Pakis or Lankans or Indians – irrespective of their nationality. Similarly, in the west, every person from east-asia is a “Chinese”

    That is normal, someone from NE can see the subtleties, others don’t.

    Also wtf is so offensive in asking about eating dog-meat ? Nagas eat it, don’t they ? And what is so bad about eating them !

    Also, there are not so hard to understand reasons for WHY there is little infrastructure in NE, it is disingenuous to blame others for it.

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  • April 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm
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    You’re right, the NE is meant to have been independent, but the British rule brought it into india which is what happened to Tamil Nadu as well. india is, at its core, just a northern narrow minded pastureland with no room for pluralism, multiculturalism and progressive thinking. The discrimination you mention is identical to what I encountered up in the north, and I am not even different looking from the cowbelt denizens, purely because I speak Tamil and no hindy.

    It is time we looked at the future of our own countries and steer clear of india which is clearly destined to an embattled future. india’s enemies, i.e., Pakistan and China, are not our enemies. Therein lies the key.

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    • May 13, 2011 at 9:11 am
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      P. Elangovan,
      Looks like you are not educated properly. If there is a problem with certain people’s attitude whether they belong to north or middle or east or west or south it doesnt mean that the whole community is like that. There are lot of people who would have helped you during your stay in north and there would be lot of people in south who would have fooled you.

      I am sure that you would have considered people from all african nations as African only.

      You thinking is sick but you are going a step ahead and provoking others too in a wrong direction.

      If you speak in same language in front of a educated person, be ready to get your butt kicked.

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  • April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm
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    the North-east is a part of India. India was and continues to be an idea, an abstract in some sense. It accomodates more than it rejects. It’s just a matter of finding its rightful place in the mainstream India psyche and sensibility. India does not belong to New Delhi, Mumbai, UP, or West Bengal. People of the north east needs to realize that if they feel they too belong to India as much as a Bihari, Tamil, RAjput. At the same time, people in mainland needs to be considerate of the north east’s unique history, past and problems. Its a two way process. India is not defined or based on any particular religion, race, linguistic group, etc. It is plural, diverse and therefore accomodating.

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  • April 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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    I totally empathise with whatever said in the blog.

    However, aren’t you guilty of looking at India as just that Delhi region ?? … At the most you can accuse that delhiites and few dumb folks in that region are this way.

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  • April 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm
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    The main reason is the negligence shown by the main-stream media. We rely a lot on media I mean we simply go by what NDTV or TOI reports. Everyone is crying about Telengana but no one is is aware of the situation in Darjeeling.
    But u keep writing

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  • April 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm
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    What you guys told its different india is country now those who talk about division are illiterate i think.. North east boys and girls are earlily identified.. Their livin way is different same with south. Same with west indig also and almost all states has different culture so division is the correct way.. Guys education is important.. Uneducated people will not perspect expect their family and who knows they have respect for their family or not.. Lower class people auto drivers tea makers were involved in sexually harashment you will never ever heard that a student tortured a girl from north east.. Ya they will taunt.. Taunting is every where.. In every instituition.:) so guys just chill out let them barking.. Keep in touch
    with your culture.. And stop wearing explicit dress.. Ya dressmh sense should be there.. Year western dresses at some good areas.. Not in local.. Market.. Or the place where you live..

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  • April 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    What you guys told its different india is country now those who talk about division are illiterate i think.. North east boys and girls are easily identified.. Their livin way is different same with south. Same with west india also and almost all states has different culture so division is the not the correct way.. Guys education is important.. Uneducated people will not respect expect their family and who knows they have respect for their family ornot.. Lower class people auto drivers tea makers were involved in sexuallyharashment you will never ever hear that a student tortured a girl from north east.. Ya they will taunt.. Taunting is every where.. In every instituition.:) so guys just chill out let them barking.. Keep in touch
    with your culture.. And stop wearing explicit dress.. Ya dressmh sense should be there.. Year western dresses at some good areas.. Not in local.. Market.. Or the place where you live..
    our ancestors were not fool that they divide caste and religion.. Dont get mixed up.. South indian marry with south indian.. Same with all states.. What happens in mixing up.. Hits clear.. From western cultures.. Be united be in limit.. That is mantra .

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  • April 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm
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    Fellow bloggers!
    My wife is an angami from nagaland and iam a tamil brahmin!over the period of 10 years of courtship with her I have immersed in learning of geo politics and history of the north east and in my personal opinion north east is facing what i call ‘AFRICANIZATION’ rather balkanization the reason behind this is during the first decade of independent india NEFA region was present which later on after various accords broke down into different states of nagaland,mizoram meghalay etc and look at each state now we have hill councils! The root cause of the north east problem back in the fifties and even in 2011 remains single ie,CARRYING FORWARD OF THE BRITISH POLICY BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT OF LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES IN NORTH EAST, mainland indians (with no fault of theirs) fail to understand the historical identity of nagas,mizos,garos,khasis etc as the time passed by the lower count of various ethnic populations withdrew the steam from an armed fight against the indian government adding on to that extortions by various underground groups has reduced the fight for freedom into a mafioso type law and order problem in nagaland,manipur and karbi hill districts .This has dealt a death blow to the confidence of various ethnic communities a lot of youngsters have lack of confidence in there own abilities have started to accept india as a lesser evil compared to the warring factions of NSCN IM,Kor U or KNLDF or a PREPAK.The nagas and manipuris want freedom but have nowhere to turn to and all the way India government has derecognized the right to sovreignity of these people and instead look into provide more funds in the hope that these areas will develope the same case as in african countries where european powers grant aids in the hope of some development.I go to nagaland every year i run businesses there i find nagas the most hospitable honest and innocent people.I think with globalization and planned development north east will come to fore ..what others have been discussing largely is people to people behaviour with folks from north east which will change with better education and more inter community exposure which takes some time ..the larger question is what right does the union of india has to decide for the rights of nagas ,manipuris or kukis? please be in there shoes and think why did indians fight for freedom against the british..why nagas cannot take care of there own issues why they need india? if smaller countries like bhutan,swiss and luxembourg can be independent why not nagalim,manipur and tripura can be sovreign outside the framework of indian constitution?sorry for a politically long post! feel free to give opinions

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  • April 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm
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    HI Golan

    well said in a nutshell you have said it all India is an idea and if we want to make people from north east a part of this idea it has to be by mutual understanding of the aspirations of the people from north east and help them progress culturally,socially and materially which would reap benefits for india in the long run instead of picking up guns against eachother the onus is on us to make them feel indian !

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  • April 27, 2011 at 10:12 am
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    i don’t know..i am from nagaland….i went to mumbai some years before one guy came up to me and asked me from which country do u belong ? what a silly question….i told of course india…he told from where…i told nagaland…he told that…u are a guest of honour for us…as if i were a foreigner…i told what an idiot u are do we say people coming from mumbai to northeast like that he instantly came up with the question why do u people from northeast look like chinky kind u know ..i instantly walked away disgusted cause he offended me enough to make me angry….

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  • May 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm
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    historically northeast is not a part of india .the indian forcefully annexed it after their independence from the brits ,just like what china did to tibet,we have no indian quality.And now they are colonising us.

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  • May 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm
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    a pack of indian ,ugly ,blackie, dirty ,filthy,indian sucks. i am from northeast i don’t consider myself as indian we have our own identity ,we have our own history,nothing related to india. please don’t force yourself into being indian . no one like it not even the indian .

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  • July 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm
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    hello,
    Northeast peoples are educated and gentle and humble by nature.
    i respect them .they are all our brothers .we all are united.but some bad
    peoples of mainland treat them like foreigners.i have many northeast buddies .they all r great.one day when perception of mainland peoples
    change ,which i hope, India will be great place to live and work…remember this 21st century India has really great future for all of us….. To northeast friends ..we love you.do not hesitate this is our country
    Remember bad morons are everywhere(US,UK,Australia)we all are Indians and always will be.

    thanks

    Rahul(mainlander…lol)
    New-Delhi

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  • August 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm
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    A created identity will never work, they have their own identity that they have carried for hundreds of years. Indian is considered as a multiple personality disorder syndrome. Where will this madness end then ? Keep expanding the definition to cover Afghans, Arabs, Europeans, Burmese, Chinese in the end ? Somewhere the boundaries have to be drawn. Thousands of stars shine bright at night, each one having it’s own identity and own beauty, to see them the sun has to go away, in the brightness of one sun, all these stars vanish. To impose an Idea on them, of “India”, thousands and thousands were killed. A country that itself has confusion about it’s identity before the world and can’t even keep peace within itself, what sort of an entity can provide peace to occupied tribes ? Who created these boundaries? Who decides them? Hinduism? Nimrod? who ? How many of them have to die to make Indians feel good about themselves ? Murdering human beings or kidnapping some one and claiming them to be your son or daughter or brother won’t work. Let them go, and let them have a referendum to decide wether they want to join with this created super state or stand on their own. As a people they can decide that, just as “Indians”, or whatever 2000 ethnic groups in it are , don’t want europeans to decide for them.

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  • August 13, 2011 at 6:18 am
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    its better if north east is separated from india

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  • August 27, 2011 at 4:23 am
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    There shud be more interaction between people in the North East and “Mainland” (If there is such a thing). Being Indian should not mean someone from a particular race or community. Nagas are as much Indian as Malayalis, Bengali, Assamese or Ladakhis. Nagas shud be tolerant of people who exhibit ignorance towards the North east.

    Money must be spent on education in the North East. A person from the North East must have the same career opportunities as a person anywhere in India. They shud be able to maintain their identity and culture. They should be able to prosper in India.

    Being told to be chinese is not a bad thing these days. The east asian counries have made tremendous progress in our world today. Japan is the worlds second largest Hi-Tech economy in the world today and a model for Indians. You should remember that India has now started to pursue a “Look East” policy. As part of this policy, the government of India have decided to improve economic relations with countries on its east rather than the west. With such ideas, it is important that the North East not be neglected and made to feel left out.

    It must be said that the ancient Burmese, Thai, Indonesian and Cambodian empires were at one time Indian as well. We need to broaden or minds and not appear unwelcoming to our brothers in the North East. They have every right to live in our country as anyone else. So please s Hazarika, please do not feel bad. You are as much Indian to me as a Gujarati or a Bihari.

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  • August 28, 2011 at 5:29 am
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    Keep expanding your definition of “Indian’ to cover Arabs, Europeans, and Latin Americans. People arn’t interested in your created multiple personality disorder syndrome , confused of your own identity. A nation is defined by it’s culture, borders, language, heritage, blood links, ancestral identity, familial ties.

    If “South East Asians” are “Indians”, then, “Indians” are Turks , as the Turks and Afghans and Persians had their empire down there. You can take someone else’s daughter and kidnap her, and rape her repeatedly, and keep telling her, she is your daughter, won’t make it your daughter.

    A created nation-state , created in 1947. We all have our own identities, that our forefathers gave us, not New Delhi. This whole “Indian” thing never existed in the past, forgieners put this name , in reality each nation-kingdom had it’s own identity , each tribe it’s own.

    Nations keep changing, and it’s boundaries keep changing, I am sure tomorow, russia’s boundary can extend south wards and you can become russians. But the blood in you won’t change would it ?

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  • August 28, 2011 at 6:48 am
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    the definer:

    Your post only served to highlight your ignorance and expose how big a moron you are.

    Arabs can never be Indians until they reject islam. Indian muslims do not have the same priviledges as Arab muslims.

    An Arab is allowed to buy a home and live in Mecca as long as they want. An Indian muslim does not have the privilege. All Indian muslims are in effect second class muslims.

    Europeans as well as latin America also follow a similar monotheistic ideology inspired by christianity. Monotheistic ideologies such as islam and christianity aim to destroy the diversity within India. They can never form the basis of an Indian nation and will eventually be excluded from India.

    The ideology that forms the basis of India is also the baisis of east asian countries such as Thailand, Cambodia. Have you forgotten the Ankor wat temple that lies between Thailand and Cambodia is a Hindu temple? You probably have no idea that the same Saraswathi or Ganesha we worship is also worshiped in Japanese temples. The Srivijaya empire of Indonesia also was an Indian empire.

    The north east has a history of being part of India. This has been documented. Your silly post does nothing to change that view.

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    • October 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm
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      Chitrakut,
      You claim whole Far East Asia was part of indian empire. which indiam empire are you talking about? I agree Far Eatern countires especially Khemers in combodia practised a form of “Sanatan Dharma” but they still had their own culture. It was not by any means Indian Empire.
      During the medival times there was no such thing as india or hindu, these names were given to people of sub-continent by European and Muslim invaders. Before Muslim and European invasion different kinds of “Sanatan Dharma ” was practised by people from central asia to present day combodia.
      According to you claim everything from central asia to combodia should be India which is totally bogus. Point is different people and culture can practise same religion it does not mean they are all the same people.
      Just my two cents..

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  • August 29, 2011 at 9:21 am
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    Chitrakut:’the northeast has been part of india’

    I will really pleased if you provide me with your source of facts,on what basis did come up on the conclusions,please cite some references

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  • September 1, 2011 at 4:14 am
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    Hello Chitrakut, I can tell you about many non-arabs who live in Saudi Arabia,mecca,Medina,etc. Just becoz Hinduism doesn’t allow Dalits( whom it considers filthy subhuman fouth class animals) into Brahmin temples,doesn’t mean an Egalitarian religion like Islam also has that practice. Islamic world from Spain to Indonesia has much more diversity that India has……. Although I respect India,i do not see Hindus respecting Muslim world. Islam is a great religion and some blabbering by you is doing nothing but fooling your own self! Anyways IT WAS MUSLIMS WHO RULED INDIA AND BROUGHT PROSPERITY TO IT,When we ruled,India had 25% share in the world trade and no one could even think of attacking India.It was the traitor Marathas along with Nizams who helped Brits to attack Tipu Sultan who was defending this country.This helped the Brits establish footprints in India.They themselves considered the Tipu’s ISLAMIC kingdom the Last MAJOR obstacle in their path to India’s complete capture..
    As far as NE is concerned, EVEN Aurangzeb couldn’t capture it so it must be Given Freedom as INDIA has done INJUSTICE to them.

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    • October 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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      Yor are comparing apples and oranges, Islamic world vs India. One is a religion and other is country.
      Both hardcore hindus and muslim just try to cherry pick isolated event of history for you own benefit.
      As far as histroy please check you facts it was riches of india that attracted Arab and Truks. Akbar was only great king of Mugals only during his regin Hidustan really prospered. Other Kings were very brutal to non muslims. Non muslim were either taxed or forcefully converted. If you google if you find good historical documents reagaring presecution of non muslim in indian subcontinent during muslim rule. In islamic world non muslim are presecuted and there are numerous example in our day too. One example is persecution of Coptic Egyptian Christain. These coptic christain predates muslims of Egypt, so for you claim isam respects other religion is totally false. Even Shia and Sunni do not respect each other so no way there are going respect infidels (hidus,christains, non muslims)

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  • October 1, 2011 at 2:45 am
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    Hi
    First of all I am sorry that you came across that complete a**hole “mainlander”.
    We are a completely f***ed-up nation. Not much can be expected from a country which invented castes (and caste-based politics, caste-based voting), untouchability. We spit on the roads we travel, dump garbage all around us. We have derogative names and comments for people of all states and religion. Its a lack of hygiene – both social and physical.
    As regards to North-Eastern states, the day their economies get better, “mainlanders” will remember their capitals, districts, by-lanes,etc. and claim ancestry.

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  • October 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm
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    yes i am completely agree with you. NE is completely part of India but why the Indian Govt. are regularly negotiate to the entire NE i think gvt. use only natural resources purpose not for NE. i dont no when changes come.

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  • October 11, 2011 at 4:22 am
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    wtf is the prob if we eat dogs …yes we eat silkworms …ants..any prob itz our food
    man ….if tis goes on lyk tis we dont want 2 b apart of u …
    no ones beggin for ur attention or respect

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  • October 22, 2011 at 2:05 am
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    yes ne is a part of india as others. there r people who discriminate. but not all. times are changing. people are getting liberal as they r getting educated. hope you meet nice people who doesnt discriminate on anything and treat you same as his or her fellowmen.

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  • November 27, 2011 at 9:57 am
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    I”m saddened to read about your experiences. However, rest assured that not all of us are blatantly bigoted like some of your acquaintances. (i would in fact punch that male ‘friend’ if i were you). Yes, I agree that NE states does not figure as much as it should in the national imagination and can imagine the feelings of alienation that this brings. But please don’t stop at mentioning problems, suggest what can be done to fix this.

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  • January 16, 2012 at 4:25 am
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    aftr reading all the commnts ..i
    came at a point tat indians have
    treated people of NE v.badly ..n
    nw also they do ,may be it has
    lessen but but..its v.poor thnkng
    of an Indian.
    Govt.of india should take care of
    every state especialy
    Tripura..becoz tat land belongs
    to Tripuri tribe..dan how can a
    bengali refugee is leading a
    state..n those people are
    cuming 4m bangladesh..through
    them out of country ..As Bengali
    leads in WB,Marathi leads
    Maharastra,Bihari leads Bihar
    etc etc etc dan why a Tripuri or
    Dberma is nt leading Tripura??
    if indian govt. and indian people
    cant treat or except The people
    of NE india as a true indian
    brother and sister than i think its
    better to be seperated.
    and that doesnt mean tat NE
    should Be added to China,its
    true that people looks same.but
    Chinese may also treat NE like
    Tibet. .better to form a seperate
    COUNTRY Or INDIAN
    govt.should change the
    situation Or Chinese can take NE
    giving a surety of proper
    Independence.
    No nid to fight
    What to do is v.simple just take
    public votes and comments and
    do as what the people of NE
    wants.
    thats it!
    all what i want is do not capture
    any1s right.
    i m jst talkng the reality.
    not with any1 s favour..

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  • January 16, 2012 at 4:44 am
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    aftr reading all the commnts ..i
    came at a point tat indians have
    treated people of NE v.badly ..n
    nw also they do ,may be it has
    lessen but but..its v.poor thnkng
    of an Indian.
    Y Govt.is not removing AFSPA??
    Y Govt.is not putting NE language in money?
    y Govt.is not taking any proper effective action towards the crisis going in Manipur?
    y the people of manipur is taking Petrol @ 100Rs/ltr?
    and y cooking gas is Rs.1500/cylinder?where the price is Rs.400 in other part of country?
    and many more problems.
    Govt.of india should take care of
    every state especialy
    Tripura..becoz tat land belongs
    to Tripuri tribe..dan how can a
    bengali refugee is leading a
    state..n those people are
    cuming 4m bangladesh..through
    them out of country ..As Bengali
    leads in WB,Marathi leads
    Maharastra,Bihari leads Bihar
    etc etc etc dan why a Tripuri or
    Dberma is nt leading Tripura??
    Who wants other person to lead his/her home?
    if indian govt. and indian people
    cant treat or except The people
    of NE india as a true indian
    brother and sister than i think its
    better to be seperated.
    and that doesnt mean tat NE
    should Be added to China,its
    true that people looks same.but
    Chinese may also treat NE like
    Tibet. .better to form a seperate
    COUNTRY Or INDIAN
    govt.should change the
    situation Or Chinese can take NE
    giving a surety of proper
    Independence.
    No nid to fight
    What to do is v.simple just take
    public votes and comments and
    do as what the people of NE
    wants.
    thats it!
    all what i want is do not capture
    any1s right.
    i m jst talkng the reality.
    not with any1 s favour..

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  • February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am
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    This is to Khasiman and James. I think both of you are behaving like racists.

    To Khasiman, I think that you need to go throgh the history of your own state, before saying that India forcefully merged the NE with itself. Before the merger, The NE states were nothing but helpless pockets of tribal people, who could not defend themselves. But now, you are being protected by the government and you are given all the benefits that are generally enjoyed by the citizens of this country. I also dont think that you are that fair skinned that you can call the mainlanders dark. It looks like you are a Khasi, who are quite dark. If you hate calling yourself an Indian, then please call yourself a DOG.

    To James- It is true that some mainlanders have behaved poorly with people from NE but that does not mean that we are all racists. In fact we aren’t. It is the people of the North East who during the Fifities and Sixties wanted to join India for their own safety. The Indian government never exercised any force at that time and never told anyone to join it. Your ancestors made a choice. if you are not convinced, why not ask them?

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    • February 24, 2016 at 11:30 am
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      Subhodid or whatever the fuck your name is,Nagas and some northeast states are not Indian.Prove is we are a pure mongoloid race while you Indian bastards are Dravidian or caucasian whatever it is i dont care.We Nagas are christian and we have different unique culture, Indians will someday pay for what the deed to Nagas and to northeastern states of mogoloid race. Indian armforce invaded us, exploit us, torture us, thousands of women were rape etc.Your Indian expansionist policy will someday lead to failure,sooner or later “India” will desintegrade.

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      • April 24, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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        Naga Nation, it is true you are a pure mongoloid race, but putting out the statement like “you Indian bastards” is a decisively repulsive statement. The majority of the Nagas are Christians, I have Naga friends, I been to Nagaland and my friend’s grandfather has been a headhunter himself. But to be honest, the infrastructure there was chaotically poor. I know that you people have your own culture. It is unique in its own way, your land is yours, the concept is quite common there. But saying, India cannot be disintegrated by a couple of people like you. If there are 2-10 punks thinking like that, there are 100’s of other Nagas who don’t think like that. Yes, some feel the rampant racism, and mainland Indians should work on that, but no! India won’t disintegrate!

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  • March 5, 2012 at 10:08 am
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    I am from NE India and i am proud to be Indian..jai hind. This is for those NEians who ridicule themselves not being an Indian.

    I know how we treat mainlanders in NE India( in boarding we used really torture them) Racism is a part of human nature…just be patience…things will be better.

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    • December 20, 2014 at 10:02 am
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      hey that was good, we are also proud to have north east a part of india

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  • April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm
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    i am from madhya pradesh, i am feeling really sorry for how we treat our own countrymen. If some bollywood actress face racism in a British show, we all feel like Indian’s are being offended, but why don’t we ask how discriminatory & racist we are ourselves. We need a gold medal in olympics from Mary Kom of Manipur, We don’t want Baichung Bhutia of Sikkim to leave indian football, but why don’t we care for the 7 states of north east which are no way in tune with shining India?

    Why in the world than, people from NE do not get agitated, why will not they be angry when they are discriminated against in their own country?

    But I beg u to not divide our country in the name of mainland or NE states. All the NE states are as much as part of India as others.

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  • April 22, 2012 at 5:11 am
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    Interesting article. I too study in delhi university and is very well aware of the discrimination north east people face here. But talking about discrimination, what the blogger forgot to mention was the fact that assam isn’t a very friendly state too when it comes to welcoming people from north india. Every now and then i read reports on bihar and UP labourers and workers thrashed up, abducted and even killed. bengalis too have faced their wrath. Sure enough people in new delhi and north india do look up at north east people in a very prejudiced way .but it just doesn’t mean that people start finding excuses to alienate themselves from this feeling of being an indian citizen .

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  • April 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm
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    Subhodip u r wrong about north east states begging to merge with india for protection.maharaj budhachandra of manipur was forced to sign at gun point.
    Now we r part of india.

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  • May 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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    Oh come on man! North east is not a part of india.just accept it

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    • December 20, 2014 at 9:59 am
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      it seems your not part of india,,oh man just accept it

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  • May 10, 2012 at 3:20 am
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    According to survey, northeast is a part of tibet bt tibet was a part of India n tibet doesn’t belongs to china , so northeast is a part of India accept manipur because manipur itself was a country along with some parts of assam like Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi which were parts of manipur. Some parts of upper assam also which were parts of myanmar. The thing is tat manipur can be seperated frm India but northeast cannot be seperated from India

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  • May 17, 2012 at 9:49 am
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    Go sister 🙂
    I’m proud of you

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  • June 30, 2012 at 9:17 am
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    Ok, I’m confused, is NorthEast India part of China or India?

    Gautam- about Tibet being part of India, if Tibet used to be part of India, then wouldn’t that make the giant panda an Indian animal also? Because Tibetans claim that the giant panda is part of Tibetan culture.
    Source:
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3322/3448904156_d0cb35dc2e_z.jpg

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  • July 17, 2012 at 5:09 am
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    I am from South , happily married to a Khasi. I agree to most part of your post. But there is also another side of the story

    There are plenty of factions in the so-called 7 sisters who try to break away from India..I was shcoked to learn that Jan.26th and Aug.15th are pre-declared bandhs in many parts in North East.

    Just like you get offended, when people generalize you as “north east” , the same happen when you brand all South Indians as dark and unclean people…During a visit to my in-laws , I heard a lady ask my wife -” I thought your husband is from South , but he is fair”. Its a notion which they have , just like others might have about the north east.

    Also ,it would be pushing the dirt under the carpet , if so called non-tribals , enjoy the same status as natives, in the north eastern states. In fact so much so that , there are still locations , where you cannot build a house , if you dont belong to the community.

    The trouble here is that , from a very long time , our communities have not mingled, and we have not shared our cultures. There are plenty of pre-conceived notions…A few decades back when South Indians started taking up jobs in North , the entire concept of Madrasi came up – But over decades , with exposure this has come down..

    Over the past decade , we have seen more and more job seekers and students , migrate from North East , to other part of the country.Which for many are novelty- Once people start interacting and with mutual integration , this will get marginalized.

    The crucial factor is that Integration should be from both ends.,..Just like a person from Nagaland/MEghalaya/Assam/Manipur, expects others to treat them with respect and accept them as Indians and respect the culture..They should also try and accept other cultures and ensure , and consider themselves to be part of India and rather than creating hubs , try to mingle and spread accepance as well

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  • July 28, 2012 at 10:13 am
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    Loved your blog.
    Continue writing.

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  • June 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm
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    Well.. It will be much more better when NE joins with the China Mainland. Stronger economy and 10times more powerful than India.

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    • December 20, 2014 at 9:57 am
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      no friend, its just outer shine , see how tibetians,and uigyers are treated there…
      except a few , no west indian discriminates east indians, i on the other hand envy northeastindians as there region is so beautiful and ascetic, also we all know how womens are respected in nagaland, they are treated above men, its very encouraging, as far as racial comments, those who do have limited cultural opening, not all
      its just a few “diseased” fish pollutes the sea,
      what you eat is absolutely not a concern, its your regional diet , its just media hype and some”diseased fishes in clear water”

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  • February 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    just read this and completely agree with you on all points.
    for the mainland dwellers, Its ignorance mixed with a sense of superiority, and basic lack of respect for a fellow human being.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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    I agree with your coment for the North-East in India.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 10:43 am
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    I really agree that the people from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya face discrimination and it is indeed sad and condemnable…….but, the arguments some people belonging to those states are making in this post are in fact discriminatory……..because of a handful of people you are describing all the people of North-India as racist……I am a Bengali from West Bengal, so don’t think that I am saying this because I’m a North-Indian, which I’m not…….I have an open question to my fellow citizens from North-Eastern states……just tell what we Bengali people eat apart from Fish-Rice, or what a Punjabi person eats apart from Roti-Ghi-Paneer-Dahi, or what people in Gujarat eats…….do you know every bit of such details?…….do you ever feel what it feels when you openly use slangs in front of non-NE crowd in non-NE part of India agaisnt their race and state????………..if you can’t feel then stop calling each and every person from any particular area as racist because then you are racist as well………..there have been many protests (and obviously, there should be) against the racial discrimination against people from NE India, has there been any against the killing of non-North Eastern people in those areas???…….I think we all should stop being ignorant and improve ourselves rather than criticising others alone……don’t you get that NE India represents a region just like Eastern India, South India, West India, Central India or North India? You don’t like people referring a person form 8 states of NE India as a person from NE India, but ironically you call people from Souther States as South Indians or all the people living in different North Indian states as North Indians………it’s really a shame……

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  • July 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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    Dear all,
    this is not a Racism so please stop using the horrid word. i am from Delhi and here is what i have observed, this is more of a cultural clash or conflict or whatever you may call it, if you feel that you are being targeted because you look different or you speak a different language or some other thing like that then you are going in the absolutely wrong direction. Let us take these things one at a time
    Myth No. 1
    North eastern people eat dogs so they are hated
    NO, you are not hated for those , in order to understand the discomfort that is caused to you , you must understand the problem , basically majority of the population in the mainland is not very culturally open minded by instinct we have learnt to tolerate things that our leaders have taught us overtime to tolerate anything new to that list and we don’t know what to do, as you must be aware that the hindu population is basically meat averse in the north (why , well let us not go into that) we have over a period of time learnt to tolerate and enjoy basically three meats fish (taught by southerners probably Bengalis I don’t know, chicken and mutton muslims and more muslims) , you bring a new item on the list and we again don’t know how to react. So here’s the deal before you the Bengalis were taunted and scolded for the smell of the fish and what not muslims were a fifty years ago were not allowed near kitchens some places like Jain families you were not allowed to drink water in a muslim house ), but you know they understood that it had nothing to do with racism , I mean if you would know that some delhi friend of yours has been instructed by his family to not drink water from your house you would feel I don’t know what, but here is the thing the main reason was not that they hated them you could easily have two best buddies where one would not touch the water or food of the others house, the thing is you need to go beyond these things and gradually they would disappear and die their own natural death, anything new and it is human tendency that people will react sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.
    Chinky is a slang used to insult us.
    Ooh noo, people all across the country have these habit of type casting people what else do you do when you are meeting a hundred different kind every day, eg .just a few years ago every person from south india was called madrassi , well, was it racism? NO a big no , Non madrassis made it clear they did not like being called that so now they are reffered to as south Indian , which meant a person with a not so fair or dark complexion a different accent of a particular type and good at studies and honest and religious. In your case chinky will probably be replaced with north easterner and you will call us northerners or Punjabis or delliwallah which would not be a racist slang but a word simply used to define a person from a particular area, remember in the west being called a black or slope or any such thing is bad or foul because the imperialist countries baring the “white man’s burden” did a lot of in- human things to the people world over and that is why these slangs bring such negativity our case is limited( by gods grace to occasional scuffles and incidents in a very very large population plus we never did any such things to each other) , (you are well aware I hope of the racism the likes of imperialist brits and Europeans, (hitler) brought about ) so there is first of all no reason to feel hated, you are from the north east and you are being called people from the north east why worry about it , sardars strong and every thing in the north are still called surds , jokes are made about them , before them pundits were targeted and mocked until they mixed in the crowd and it(the fun making) all just died its natural death, so seriously you don’t have to worry about that. Simply keep a simple face and tell them ‘chinky mat bulao ‘ and other than the occasional menace maker people will stop. It really is that simple.
    North eastern women are targeted
    Ok this is a really serious issue so no beating about the bush. Here the mindset is conservative , mini skirts and shorts are a strict no no , no matter how hot and humid the weather , shorts etc in this part of your country are not worn by normal ordinary women and is considered provocative clothing . Period.
    North east people are made fun of
    Yes if you will colour your hair yellow/purple , not mix with people , always be listening to hard rock – you Are being a weirdo and you will be targeted and made fun off…. Anywhere . these people are mostly too much Hollywood like and too much attitude , we don’t know if you were accepted as such in your home state or if it is normal if you are completely sort of a person with purple hair like jap vedio game character may that vedio game is your world and that virtual world is closer to you tha the real world but not considered ok here you need to go out a little talk peacefully to people basically get out of the Japanses , Hollywood movies, vedio games and hard rock and join the people in the real world to overcome this problem. Don’t expect the people at large to accept this passing phase of your life with open arms if you need your space stay in your room with your internet connection ad ipod .
    A few things you need to change
    People from Nagaland openly say we are not Indian because we are different , well india is a cluster of different so that makes you very ordinary. This obviously does not go down well with people.
    In the north east people from other states are often told to stay in their ‘country’ so much so that we have a lot of cases where people on tourist visits even have had to get out of the north east because they were told they are not welcome in no unclear terms that is why businesses prefer to stay out of north east and the interaction that could have taken place does not.

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  • July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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    If you feel like an isolated child just try saying am i not a part of this family , am i not india, and see the furor it creates.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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    I appreciate the feedback.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 10:37 am
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    Tibetans were mistreated in China? I know this is the narrative parroted by the West and India. Here is a study comparing how China and India treats its ethnic minorities by some academics in Canada and Sweden. Unsurprising India is found out to treat its ethnic minorities much worse than China.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5JKfzxBc4k

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  • October 28, 2014 at 3:49 am
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    I treat all Indians as equal. Rather, not just all Indians, but all people. Anyone that lives in or comes to our land, regardless of where they are from or what they look like, should be treated the same and genuinely acknowledged as equal. This racist philosophy of having some sort of superiority complex (or fairer or looking “more European” is better), already there due to the caste system and aggravated by the British, is getting us nowhere. Assamese, Tamilian, Punjabi, it’s all the same, if not culturally, then being-people-wise. Therefore, I believe Northeasterners are, in fact Indians, and just as much so as, say, a Bengali or a Uttar Pradeshi. Also, Northeast India has always been a part of India, not, like some of these comments say, separate and annexed forcefully by India. I understand what Northeasterners are going through, and I hate it. And it’s not just the Northeasterners that are discriminated against that come to North India. South Indians and blacks are all treated in the same way, in fact, usually worse (this is more of the case for the blacks who come to study in India, who are stereotyped as dark, ugly, evil, and criminals). This is not at all true; I have seen many beautiful black men and women. I am proud of my country, but I am ashamed of it as well in certain aspects.

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  • December 20, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    though the article gives a good insight to this grave issue, but its “select” few who acts this way in west india. just like a few anti social elements ( like terrorists make a bad name for entire community) , so is some by attacking on east indians.
    however, most indians dont feel this way,, and as far as calling east indians with diffetent names, friends ive lived in four states for considerable years, they all call eachothers with different names
    for instance, punjabi’s call people from UP and bihar as” bhaiya”, though it literally means brother, but its used in a very derogatory sense,showing how economic backward and unskilled people from up and bihar are
    similarly word “sardarji” and “panditji” is sometime used with humour though they are respectable literally,
    as far as AFSPA is concidered, people from whole india( at least intellectuals) love and respect irom ji, but as far as i know insurgency is still largely present in states like manipur, MARY KOM movie was also banned….there
    i really dont want to offend any one with my comment, but truth is this, people do immitate gujrati accentt so do they south indian accent, and also bhojpuri(up) accent ( atleast in punjab and haryana) it doesnt mean that we hate each other

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  • February 9, 2015 at 4:32 am
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    First of all India is an artificial country created by Britain, not unlike many other post colonial countries in the Middle East and Africa. Historically there is no single unified polity existed in the sub continent. (Don’t believe in the Bharat nonsense propagated by the Hindus). Since India is created under the auspices of the Britain, it was diplomatically protected by Britain and India exploit this fact for its hegemony and stole the Northeast. The Northeast does not belong to India. Northeast belongs to the Northeasterners.

    Here is a list of India’s land grabbing since its creation:

    1947 Annexation of Kashmir
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/06/indias-shame/

    1949 Annexation of Manipur
    http://www.tehelka.com/manipurs-merger-with-india-was-a-forced-annexation/

    1949 Annexation of Tripura
    http://www.crescent-online.net/2009/09/the-myths-of-one-nation-and-one-hinduism-in-india-zawahir-siddique-2316-articles.html

    1951 Annexation of South Tibet:
    http://kanglaonline.com/2011/06/khathing-the-taking-of-tawang/

    1961 Annexation of Goa:
    http://goa-invasion-1961.blogspot.in/2013/09/india-pirated-goa-china-is-regaining_16.html

    1962 Annexation of Kalapani, Nepal:
    http://www.eurasiareview.com/07032012-indian-hegemony-in-nepal-oped/

    1962 Aggression against China:
    http://gregoryclark.net/redif.html
    http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/news-events/podcasts/renewed-tension-indiachina-border-whos-blame

    1971 Annexation of Turtuk, Pakistan:
    http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/nation/suddenly-indian

    1972 Annexation of Tin Bigha, Bangladesh
    http://www.dhakatribune.com/op-ed/2014/feb/20/killing-fields

    1975 Annexation of Sikkim:
    http://nepalitimes.com/issue/35/Nation/9621#.UohjPHQo6LA

    1983 (Aborted) Attempted invasion of Mauritius
    http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/when-india-almost-invaded-mauritius/

    1990 (Failed) Attempted annexation of Bhutan:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/07/world/india-based-groups-seek-to-disrupt-bhutan.html

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    • November 20, 2015 at 11:32 pm
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      @brook Listen North-east is a part of india and like all indians are my brothers and sisters north east people are also my brothers and sisters. And i can’t withstand anyone saying anything bad about my country. I love north east! I went to Sikkim once and since then i’ve been dying to go there again. I am also very sad to learn that north-east people have to suffer such discrimination. I don’t know what my point is but i felt bad after reading your comment! so I replied..

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  • April 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm
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    Who wants to stay with a country like India ?? If the Indian Government has the guts then let them hold a Plebiscite, I can assure you 99% of the Citizens of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal, Manipur will vote to separate from India…. British annexed Assam through a faulty piece of Treaty of Yandaboo, and in 1947 India annexed Assam. India is not a democracy but it is the most tyrannical, hypocrite country. The Indian Govt refused to use the Indian Army against Maoist in mainland India stating that it would be improper to use Army against it’s “own citizens ” . But the same hypocrite Indian Govt used the Indian Army to kill the ULFA rebels, to execute the secret killings of the family members of the ULFA cadres. More then 14,0000 young Assamese have died from the bullets of the Army. The Indian Govt even went a step further in Mizoram. It used the Air Force to kill the rebels….. Why did India use Army against Us if they consider the Northeastern ppl as it’s own citizen ?? So you mainlanders keep your mouth shut. We had enough of this crap

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    • December 20, 2015 at 1:23 am
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      Hello guys what about me n my country , an i’m from Mehgalaya north east of india ….
      Do chinese cliam us too or just for arunachal pradesh only????

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    • April 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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      Are you protecting the ULFA cadets? Really? Is that what you want? I am an Assamese too and NO I DON’T SUPPORT ULFA! No educated person would support such a course of action. ! So don’t estimate any number to 99% of total population. I dare you get that number close to even 30% in lower assam and Guwahati!

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  • May 21, 2015 at 4:37 am
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    I loved singing the National Anthem as a kid.infact Jana Gana Mana was the tirst song that i can sing without uhhhh….uhmmmm in the middle..matter of fact i memorised the rhymes even though i didn’t know what it meant.
    Now im in Pune..studying….. We all stand up in class when The National anthem is played..one fine day..we stood up on hearing The National anthem,i was singing along.. My Maharastrian friend was shocked..he asked me frm where on earth i’d learnt..

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  • May 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    Comment: Northeast was never been part of india, even the ahom, koch, meiteis were never been hindus

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  • May 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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    After being in NE for two years, I’ve realised how opposite the labour here are, compared to the mainlanders.
    A normal shopkeeper gets happy when he sees increased customers. Shopkeepers over here feel threatened and sad, when their customers and income increase.
    Shopkeepers here let go too many of their customers, by closing their shops at wrong timings and wrong manner, even when not required.
    Normal people eat gutkha and start working like horses. People here eat gutkha to chill out.
    Clearly, the underdevelopment is an avoidable issue.
    **This is only my opinion and I’m not instigating riots or anything.**

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  • November 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm
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    I went to Sikkim once and I’ll just say one thing:
    I LOVE NORTH EAST INDIA
    And although i’m not from north east I’m from Kolkata actually, i can’t withstand anyone saying anything bad about north-east India…if anyone says anything bad they’ll surely get a good smack on their faces…And i would really really really love to try north-east traditional food…so amazing!
    And i’m really hurt to learn that north-east people have to suffer such discrimination!!!! Is it really that bad? 🙁
    When i went to Sikkim like a year ago i was treated with such hospitality and people there are so so so friendly. I almost made a boyfriend 😉 We also went to Lachung and we stayed there with a family who are originally from there (and that was their house). Let me tell you one thing they were so so so damn nice. But sadly i had to leave. But my parents promised me if i score 90 in my board exams they will take me to Sikkim, which i did. So yay I’ll be going to Sikkim next year. I can’t tell you how excited i am and I’m also going to study in Sikkim manipal university when i grow up!
    And also how dare that guy say ass-am! He is an ass!
    But right here in kolkata, there are so many north-east student here and they seem happy and they also have a lot of friends who are not north-east. I never thought people would treat them so badly.I wish i could do something about it.

    I also am a regular customer of Meghalaya house here in Kolkata and let me tell you the food in their canteen is amazing! And the care taker Aunty-Wa i just love her she is an amazing woman.
    Anyways my point is anyone who thinks that north-east India is a bad place is out of their mind.
    #<3north-east

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  • January 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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    Northeast India has never been a part of India and will never be except through force occupation. But their sense of nationalism for seperate nation will never die

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  • January 24, 2016 at 11:13 am
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    Dear friends from northeast, I as an Indian have never regarded people from north east any different from me. We may have cultural differences but we are one family. As far as discrimination is concerned not only northeastern people but people from other states face it too. Like Biharis and people from UP face it almost everywhere in the country. People from Punjab especially the sardarjis are ridiculed often. Then many have unjust prejidices about the people from the south. But at the end of the day it is our own country. And it is the way we look at makes all the difference.

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  • January 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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    It is so shameful that we being an indian we don’t know how many states comprises north east but we do know how many countries are there in foreign land…

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  • January 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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    its very to say that those who discriminate north east people from rest india are uneducated or illiterate because every town every village is having education facilities…it just that these people consider themselves superior and hence they humiliate north east people thinking them inferior..but in reality I guess everybody knows that is 21st century india and every indian is equal.

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  • February 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm
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    Nagalim and some northeast states are never an Indian, we are different in every aspect i.e. physical difference, cultural difference, religious differences etc.Naga and some northeast states were forcefully occupied by Indian armforce through torture, harrassment, rape etc.Indian will someday repay for what they had to us

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  • May 17, 2020 at 8:08 am
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    Say whatever you like but facts will remain facts. Indian soldiers under Jawaharlal Nehru invaded many small independent countries of Northeast and establish their rule. The Indians of today’s era have finally expanded their empire to the far northeast region. According to the speed of their expansion rate, they will likely expand even further to Myanmar, Vietnam and upto the great steepe of Mongolia. Can you quess what they will say after they conquered these countries? “They will say you are all a part of India and as much an indian ad we are” how funny! This is the logic and reasoning of Indians!

    Congratulations to Indians! No ancient Indian kingdom in the past had ever set their foot in the Northeast region but now You have successfully conquered the 7 countries of Northeast in a short period of 5 years.

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