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...

Influx: An Expedition For Silent, Bloodless Conquest?

Migration broadly refers to change of residence across an administrative boundary, and this change can be inter-continental, inter-national, inter-regional, inter-state, rural to urban et al. Migration can be classified as voluntary movement–when people willingly leave their homes in order to improve their livelihood; and forced or involuntary movement–when people are forced to flee their homes...

Abstract Of Research Project Report: North-East Migration And Challenges In National Capital Cities- Silent Racial Attack On Own Countrymen

The case of Dhaula Kuan gang rape of 30 years old Mizo girl, an employee at BPO by five men in moving truck on midnight of November 23, 2010 had shocked the whole nation. It was not the first nor was last of the plights faced by people from North East India in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The city of Delhi has become a common place for rape and unsafe for women, particularly for those working...

Invasion From The North-East

Choto Babu – the special name by which I call my little grand-nephew, not so little considering he is in class two going on to three – cannot decide what was greater fun: India winning the cricket World Cup or his father taking the impromptu decision to take the family out to M G Road to celebrate right after Dhoni hit the six. There was a traffic jam, with hundreds of cars inching forward, not...

US Keen To Boost Investment In North-East India

Buoyed by rising investment potential in the North East, US Consul General Beth A Payne has underscored the need for increased investment in the region. ‘We encourage increased US investment in the North East as it has considerable investment potential, especially in the hydro-power, gas-based power projects, infrastructure and food processing sector,’ Payne said in an interview with...

Of Those Allegedly Discriminating And Of Those Felt Discriminated

Is it because the Northeast people residing outside the region, particularly in New Delhi arming with inferiority complex become touchy, as a fallout of the mindset problem that the mainland Indians are discriminatory in attitude towards the minority North Easterners? I opted for the term mainland Indians as no other appropriate description is available though this term too falls short of giving complete...

Geopolitics Of Look East Policy

The North Eastern States of India, comprising Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and more recently Sikkim, is a region in contradiction, when viewed from its geographical location. It is a land locked region, mountainous, with perhaps the Brahmaputra the only water way, that too within the State of Assam only and to the minds of many who matter in Delhi, it is...

Fringe States

The irony is visible and audible. It is seen on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir where young boys barely in their teens come out to engage the security personnel armed with sling shots or sheer bravado or anger and frustration. It is also seen in the North East region, especially Manipur, where women folk who play an active role in society staged a nude protest in front of the Assam Rifles gate at...

Social Profiling: Root Cause To Racial Discrimination Faced By North Easterners In National Capital

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. – Martin Niema¶ller. First sexual abuse, social discrimination...

AFSPA: Time To Ink Its Epitaph

Ideally this question should not have come up in the first place, especially in the land of the Buddha and Gandhi and which has the distinction of being the largest democracy in the world. Not only this, India is also one of the few countries of the erstwhile British Empire, where democracy has succeeded, with no tin pot dictators dictating terms, a la Pakistan. Given such a background and the present...

The Emerging Farce In The North-East Region

Given the big ‘˜magnitude’ of complexities and also taking into account the extremely delicateness of situation in the North East India region, those organizations endeavoring to get their agenda implemented must not discard the holistic approach with respect to the region as a unit and then diagnose the issues with extraordinary minuteness. Unfortunately, the people of the North East...

Economic Opportunities Or Continuing Stagnation

THE northeastern region of India has often been visualized as the remote landlocked backward region of a dynamic economy on the march. The difference between the potential and actual economic performance is most startling for the region that has large international borders with several neighbors like Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar and is close to Nepal and Indo-China. It has the potential to...