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THE INSENSITIVE INDIAN (LET’S STOP PRETENDING THERE’S NO RACISM IN INDIA)

This is a two-article series from the Hindu
“MOST INDIANS THINK RACISM EXISTS ONLY IN THE WEST AND SEE THEMSELVES AS VICTIMS. IT’S TIME THEY EXAMINED THEIR OWN ATTITUDES TOWARDS PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRY'S NORTH-EAST”

IS INDIA SERIOUS ABOUT THE NORTHEAST?

From a Facebook post by Malem Ningthouja (https://www.facebook.com/groups/JusticeForLoitamRichard/permalink/436304266381938/ )
Originally published in
Governance Now, December 16-31, Vol. 02 Issue 22, 2011, pp 26-27

Many in India subscribe to the idea of unity in diversity for India. Unity presupposes reciprocity among the segments. This begs a question. One may ask if the supposedly unity in the Indian context merely exhibit some semblance of institutionalised order. However, the term unity enjoys official patronage and it is particularly upheld by those who are the stakeholders of the policy of united India free from the politics of disintegration. Not surprisingly it carries forth a success story of the State in justifying and defending the existing territorial boundary. Functionally the term conceals the subjective and objective conditions of the centrifugal tendencies of the Northeast peoples.

OUTSIDERS AT HOME

by Pradip Phanjoubam This article was originally published by the Times of India, Crest Edition on May 12 2012 at http://www.timescrest.com/opinion/outsiders-at-home-7894
Two recent suicides have once again brought to the fore the vexed question whether the North-East has emotionally integrated with the spirit of India, and more relevantly, whether the India that supposedly represents this spirit has accepted the North-East.

Dana M Sangma, a 21-year old management student from Meghalaya at Amity University, Gurgaon, committed suicide on April 24. This came close on the heels of the violent death of 19-year old architecture student Richard Loitam from Manipur at Acharya NRV School of Architecture, Bangalore. Dana was apparently humiliated in an examination hall for allegedly cheating, while Richard was beaten up by fellow students for toggling TV channels during an IPL match.