“I am not Mary Kom… I fight outside the ring”- what it means to live in the melting pot of prejudice

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“I am not Mary Kom… I fight outside the ring”- what it means to live in the melting pot of prejudice


COLUMNS / The new age movers and shakers   /   May 04, 2015
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samreen Jawaid
She is a writer. She has done post-graduation in Lingustic from JNU. She likes writing news stories, blogs and articles. She also likes to analyze political and international events and write stories on them. She wishes to bring a change to the lives of women by attracting the attention of leaders as well as society at large through her articles. Truth is what she stands for.

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Delhi comes as a unique amalgamation of culture. A large number of people from various states have made Delhi their home.
 
A pure blend of modern and traditional, the city of Delhi has almost everything- from cultural festival, book fairs, food festivals, sports and merchandise except a sense of empathy among its people.  The natives of Delhi are often dubbed as inhospitable, insensitive and prejudiced. 
 
Here is an account of a Manipuri man, Brain Khamboi who came to Delhi sometimes back
 

Like many others, Brian too came to Delhi to start a new life. He, however, ended up being called names like Chinki and Nepali. In fact, this is not something only Brian has experienced. Being referred to as Chinki and often treated as outsiders is a reality of almost everyone from the states of Northeast who has ever come to the city. The thing is that despite being a political centre Delhi is still stuck in a racial and ethnic prejudice. The death of Nido Tania is a most significant case of racial abuse of North-easterners.
 
Seeing the abrupt increase in violence against people from the Northeast, the government was to consider proposal to add provisions to the Indian Penal Code, which will make calling somebody Chinki a punishable offence, resulting in an imprisonment of five years in jail. A similar law was passed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2012 under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
 
LET THERE BE LAW TO MAKE US MORE CIVIL 

video courtesy: Delhi Poetry Slam
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