Attacks On People Hailing From NE In Mainland India – A Personal Observation

I was in Manipur during mid-October and as expected, I was bombarded with questions on the reasons for “frequent attacks against NE people in Mainland India, especially Delhi“. To make matters worse a series of incidents were reported during this week. The Bangalore incident where a student was attacked for not speaking Kannada, boys were beaten up severely in Gurgaon- NCR, a woman died...

In Pictures: India’s Gun-Violence Widows

Campaigners in the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur have been demanding that authorities withdraw a controversial anti-insurgent law which gives the security forces the powers of search and seizure. The region near the Burmese border is home to many militant groups and has seen decades of separatist violence. But rights groups accuse the security forces of using the immunity given by The Armed...

Decks Cleared For Visa On Arrival

IMPHAL, Nov 2: Visa on arrival facility would be opened ahead of the Manipur Sangai Festival 2014 at Moreh and Tulihal International Airport. Due training of officials and staff who would man the regional passport office at Imphal has also been completed. A high ranking official of Home Department informed that necessary infrastructure for opening visa on arrival facility at Moreh have been procured....

Why Are People From Northeast Feeling Alienated?

The lack of seriousness in dealing with ethnic hostility has made matters worse The recent incidents of ethnic hostility against people from the Northeast have once again exposed the glaring misunderstanding and prejudice of the mainlanders towards people from the region. In Bengaluru, three men attacked a Manipuri student because he did not speak in Kannada, while a mob racially abused and assaulted...

ILP – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Bihari migrants have taken Manipuri surnames – someone has issued the papers. Bangladeshis and Nepalis besides other non locals, possess local residential certificates and voter ID Cards– someone has issued the papers. That someone is and always will be an educated son of the soil. Following this trend, the sinister is written on the wall. The moment ILP gets its legal sanction in Manipur and the...

India Can Stop The Mauling, Harassing, And Killing Of Northeasterners—Yet Chooses Not To

The government has to create educational and employment avenues in the north-eastern states. (Image Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi) Everyone’s asking why. There’s been another spate of crimes on northeast Indians this month—attacks on Manipuri students in Bangalore, on workers from Nagaland in Gurgaon, and the death of a young woman from Mizoram in Delhi. But we’ve been here before—and convened...

Solutions Within Framework Of Constitution: Naga Peace Talks To Be Expedited

GUWAHATI, Oct 25: The format of talks between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) has been changed with both sides agreeing to expedite the talks to find an amicable solution as soon as possible. The talks have been going on for the past 17 years without making much headway and the new Government at the Centre is keen on expediting the process of negotiations...

Unrealistic Unity In Diversity Of The Indian Masses

Under the aegis of Senapati district administration, a literary competition on various disciplines based on ‘Unity in Diversity’ was held on the 10 October 2014, at block level as qualifying rounds-the final rounds of which is scheduled to be held at Senapati district head quarter on the 27-28 October, the information of which was received on the block level prize distribution day, the 15th of...

Northeast And The Fraught Question Of Racism In India

The death of Nido Taniam, a 19-year old boy from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi on 29 2014 after a racially-inspired assault has put the issue of racism within India in the spotlight. Historically, India was loath to countenance the fact of racism within its borders. This reluctance to face up to the reality of racism assumes a different character when it involves the ‘Mongolian fringe’ in the Northeast....

Indian Racism Steps Out Of The Closet

Indian racism has stepped out of the closet, on to the streets. The hidden and hence the acceptable has now got the license to attack those it finds different, and converts into objects of hate and targets of violence. Indians from the North East and Africans are facing the brunt of this in Delhi that could now be competing for the second title of the most racist city of the world, after having been...

INDIA: Denial Won’t Wish Away “Indian” Racism Against North Easterners

They did not speak Kannada, the language of the state they live in. They, therefore, were “legitimate” targets of violence in a city that has benefitted the most from India’s shift from Nehruvian Socialism to free market economy. The fact that they contribute to the city, and the province’s income, meant nothing. That they pay taxes that keep the country afloat had no value. They were, after...

Harassing A Girl From North East – Racism Experiment

Racism is prejudice and discrimination directed against someone on the superficial belief that one’s own race is superior. There have been incidents across our country when racism showed up its ugly head and the consequences were fatal. The folks at Trouble Seeker Team conducted a hidden camera social experiment to check how strangers react to racism. Turns out, we have a few good people who would...

Racial Attack In Bangalore: Manipuri Assaulted For Not Speaking In Kannada, Told ‘This Is India Not China’

Michael Lamjathang Haokip at Kothanur police station. (Image Credit: Sudipto Mondal/HT Phot) In a fresh incident of a racial attack on people from the north-east, a Manipuri student leader was reportedly assaulted in Bangalore late on Tuesday, once again raising fears among the large north-east community in the city. According to Hindustan Times, 26-year-old T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, president of...