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In divided neighbourhoods HARSH MANDER

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How India has come to be known as the second most racist country in the world.

“It’s sad that Nido had to die for us to be able to speak out openly of how unwelcome we feel in this city.” The tragic death of the 19-year-old college student from Arunachal after a hate attack by shopkeepers in a South Delhi market in January 2014 was like the breaking of a dam; it broke public silences about discrimination and bigotry that people from India’s northeastern states endure routinely in the country’s capital.

The majority of northeastern migrants rent apartments in the former villages of the capital because rents are much lower than in the city’s upmarket enclaves. These apartments are usually owned by the village’s original residents, often Jat and Gujjar communities, who still tend to live under the sway of male elders who are typically patriarchal and conservative.

Since these culturally diverse peoples — Jats and Gujjars on the one side and the northeastern migrants on the other — are forced to live in such intimate proximity because of mutual economic dependence, it leads to reciprocal suspicion and stereotyping. After Nido’s death, some students, teachers and rights activists constituted a North East India Forum against Racism to battle discrimination and violence, which they characterise as racism. They felt it would be worthwhile to undertake a series of dialogues between the original residents of these Delhi ‘villages’ and their northeastern neighbours, and requested us in Aman Biradari to help organise these. I moderated the first conversation on an early summer evening in Humayunpur, near Delhi’s Deer Park.
In divided neighbourhoods - The Hindu
people from north east have a more liberal mindset and many are christians. they find it difficult to transact with jat , gujjar uneducated toughies. they feel discriminated and their girls are often stalked and feel unsafe.north east boys get assaulted on minor pretexts.
north east states are not doing enough to take care of their students in delhi. those who have come for employment are in low skill jobs in hospitality , security etc. they are the first suspects even if the are innocent in any petty crime.people do not realise that they are also citizens of india due to their mangoloid features and are derisively called chinkies.
delhi is no longer a town for decent people. ladies are unsafe. senior citizens get assaulted.police are corrupt and violence is a wa of life. it is because of new affluence and rich -poor divide. delhi of fifties and sixtyees was a wondeful place to live. but not any longer
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