I am saying this not because I own a face from Northeast India, but because both ways I have suffered from an idiotic perception that needs to be extirpated. The world is truly not divided by the boundaries. It’s not the political diplomacy or the supremacy of social and economic advancements, but precisely the races and faces. If we see a black man, then in first instance our mind unanimously creates a map of Africa. This context axiomatically speaks that the races and faces have a stronger impact in distinguishing the boundaries of the world.

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Now let’s come to India, a country renowned for its unity in diversity, a country that gives space to everyone without any discrimination of caste, creed, and color. However, apart from all such proclamations, there exists a similar perception. In India, not every Indian holds the perception regarding a person by the nationality, but by the race and face, he or she owns by birth. In this context, the people of the northeast and their Mongolian faces is the best example. Their indigenous right to the northeast region of India cannot be claimed by merely political borders. Precisely, if without any borders outlining the map of eastern Asia, that also covers even the north-eastern portion of India, almost all the people of this geographical region share the same race and face.


The perception is strongly opposed by both the sides. People from north-eastern regions still have to tolerate the piercing glares of the people from other states who make them feel like an alien in their own country. This reminds us of a famous song of Jim Morrison that said, “People are strange when you’re a stranger”.This may be called a retaliation, but it has now become more like a colloquial term, where people from North-eastern states use the word “Indian” for the people who don’t own Mongolian faces. Is it because North-eastern people do not actually love to be called Indian? Well, a close scrutiny of all reasons of the words like “Chinky”, Nepali, will answer all the questions. Now, where do these notions of such discriminations come from? Well, candidly even the Government’s role in neglecting North-East affairs has given rise to this social peril.

The hypocritical boasts of a Decentralized governing system and national media that precisely have fixed their cams and carpets to focus just the metros and glazing stars have turned their concerns away from this region. This perhaps reminds us of a story in which a child isolates from a group of children. He hides for more than a long time to win the game of hide-n-seek. In the end, all the players of the game forget the child and start a new game. Such is the oblivious situation of India, where the Indian patriotism of northeast India people is still to be unveiled or provoked. A futile incident of stars changing their profile becomes a headline news, whereas no one hears the demands of a large group of women marching naked to proclaim their democratic right.


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These are not the hypothetical perceptions, but the experienced profiles of Northeast India, where they have suffered such comments like “Chinky (That means Chinese)” in their endeavor to feel the pride of being an Indian. You can just take a while and have your own experience of the isolation of northeast in the hearts of people from other states. To prove this you can ask a question to any 5 so-called literate guys of other states, “In which state is Cherapunji  or Darjeeling located?” You will certainly feel the huge gap of innocence, people behold in them for North-Eastern region of India.

Ultimately, now how would a person from other states feel in northeast India when someone calls him, “Indian”? Noone can blame the annoyance on the people of northeast India as it is just a retaliation of the word “Chinky” they receive in Delhi, the capital of India. The time has come to explore a dark world that is truly not dark, but because of the black mask veiled around the eyes, it seems dark. It’s not the fear of terrorism that has kept people from exploring the chastened beauty of north-east, because if that would be the scenario then Jammu& Kashmir would never be called the paradise on earth. It’s all the burden of a stone on our free mind that has been gradually taking shape by our so-called glamorous involvement in trendy highlights of media and Government who talk more about themselves rather than caring about others.

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  1. I may would also like to add that during the colonialism era, the North east frontiers including Darjeeling Hills were defined as scheduled areas/excluded areas which was just a mere political stance taken up as a policy to safe guard the interest of the indigenous people, but as a matter of fact the colonial masters had shrewdly mapped a henious plan to isolate these areas from the mainland (Indian Union to be)for their nefarious and deceptive strategy which has successfully culminated to this present day situation. By scheduling these areas not only did the East India Company sow the seed of discrimination and aleniation but also cultivated a deep sense of ethno-nationalism. The then laws of the land were framed in such a way that even after post independence the adversaries seems visiable within the Union. The policies taken up by governments post Independence has still followed the same approach and the rift has only gotten wider. The journey of conflict between ”Chinkey” and “Indian” to “Jhalmuri” and “Momo” were long ago engineered within the dark alleys of the a British Parliament. The policy of “exclusion” was an exogenous condition causing value change, and thus became an “accelerator of dysfunction” and ethnic alienation within The Indian Union distinctively visiable till present day. The British were aware with such policies of scheduling and exclusions would prepetuate the ethno national idealism and would covert Independent India to become absolute super powers with matters of internal conflicts arising due to ethno nationalism.

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