North East Is It A Part Of India? Plight Of Students

One would find scant coverage of news from the North east of India.

Many are not even aware of the States in the North eastern Part of India,which in a paternalistic way called as the Seven Sisters of India.

Indian media wakes up on the issues of the North east when there is an insurgency activity, election, Rape or a Corruption case erupts up.

Many students from the North East study in Indian Universities, especially in the South, like the Manipal Group of Institutions in Karnataka ,Bangalore and Anna University in Tamil Nadu.

The students do not get the same treatment as the other Students.

In fact in some campuses thee are separate Mess facilities  for them.

In Hostel room allocations, these students are grouped together.

They do not get a chance to mingle with the other students,

On their part the North Indian Students do not make an effort to mingle with the others.

There is also a (mis) conception that they are untrustworthy.

The students who  stay out side the Hostel do not even get accommodation easily.

In the unfortunate case of a Girl from the North East getting molested, there seems to be no action unless the students resort to strike.

Unless we assimilate them we can not complain that they are being mistreated by India,

Time for us to ponder and mix with them freely without waiting for the Government to announce some useless paper schemes only to make money by politicians.

Manipur Girl rape
Girl from Manipur raped


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.”


A Khap Panchayat called by Bhagwant Singh(President), Bhartu Rathi(Secretary), and Dhiraj Tokas (husband of Counsellor) from Munirka has ordered the landlords in Munirka area to evict all the tenants from North East within 3 months, as per tweets by Bina Nepram ( twitter ID @BinaNepram), noted activist from Manipur.

Also, there is Facebook update status message by here , sent to us by Twitte handle @Jorebungley.

This Facebook update reads,

The matter was first reported last night by What’s Up Darj ? and was subsequently reported by TheDC [Details here:

TheDC has also come to know that those who called for Khap Panchayat are relatives of Ashish Tokas alias Vicky who has been arrested on the charges of raping a 14 year old child from Manipuri. Following the threat, concerned people from North East are currently gathering at the Vashant Vihar Police Station.

TheDC team and people of Darjeeling strongly condemn this RACIST act and request the Central and Delhi governments to take appropriate action against the perpetrators.

After tragic killing of Nido Tania, supposedly in a racial attack on 29 Jan 2014, students and activists from North East India have been protesting against racial discrimination in Delhi.

This incident has not been picked up by mainstream media yet.


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One Reply to “North East Is It A Part Of India? Plight Of Students”

  1. Reblogged this on gingerblokeblog and commented:
    Sad to see that Naga’s are treated so differently in their own country simply because they do not look typically ‘Indian’.

    Do those of Himalayan origin suffer the same problem?


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