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Racism In India

This thought that In the 21st century everyone is equal regardless of their gender, caste, creed, race or ethnicity then my friend you are perhaps living in fairy tale. If people living in our society list their guilty pleasures, then being racist would certainly be a priority. People find pleasure in abasing other people. When a man is born, he is not born in a family and in fact, even before being part of a family he is part of a race, a community to be appropriate. A person is not racist from the very beginning. The similarity between a video game and racism is that itís fun and the fun increases as the level increases.

It is not false when we are told whatís around you affects you. Right from the birth of an Indian citizen, he inherits a caste, and grows up as an adult being a member of a particular caste. In the process of picking up his political orientations, attitude and beliefs, he naturally comes under the influence of the caste groups and racism. It influences his socializing and consequently his political thinking, perception and participation.

During our adolescence we are brought up by our parents so we start speaking their language and get used to living with them. As soon as we open our eyes in this world our parents or family gives us our own obvious book which gives us the guidelines of being a part of a race. For example, all Muslims are terrorists or every mongoloid is a Chinese! These are just a few examples of the most common hypocrisies or the obviously we know and practice. The harsh reality is we live in a hypocrite society where people do preach equality for everyone but still like and practice the hypocritical ideas they have.

India is home to people of different cultures and ethnicities, and yet not all the ethnicities are treated equally. Stereotypical beliefs of majority translates into forms of racism, prejudices and hate crimes across the country. Lack of exposure to cultures within India and less awareness of the different cultures in India have a significant impact on how the people of the states get along, as people's orientation changes from state to state it is necessary to understand that lack of exposure alienates people living in other states within the same country.

States due to the geographical conditions of the country have their own different privileges in accessing the rest of the country and interactions that are based on the same fact, that not all the states in India have the advantage and the privilege of easy communication and interaction with the rest of the world as in the case of the North Eastern states which are connected to India with a corridor that is only 27 kilometers wide and as theyíre not close to the Centre, the states have never really enjoyed equal representation like the rest of the states in the country.

Racist ideology in the Indian society although never recognized by the governments or the academic groups has been experienced on a day to day basis by the people of the north-east in mainland India. Unfortunate events like the deaths of Richard Loitam in Bangalore and Dana Sangma in Gurgaon in 2012 April, the stacking of experiences, events and the abundance of strong informal communication mediums have accelerated protests for justice against racism and racism itself. These expressions must be empowered, recognized at grassroots and sustained by the help of scholarly attention.

At the same time, the North-East Indians should also examine the cultures in the mainland through their own lens, in order to make fundamental changes in the relationship among the Northeastern communities that are the most common subjects to racism. Three most basic claims about race debates in India are made. First and foremost, debates about races have become subsequently more frequent within the states and at the national level.

Second, politicians now acknowledge the fact that the issue is important and wishing change and expressing desire to do something, earlier it used to be an easy denial of the fact. Third, this racism which is experienced by the Northeast communities, is a majorly reoccurring problem of the metropolitan India and not that of the everyday life in the borderland in which there is a large presence of the Indian armed forces and under an array of extraordinary laws and governance provisions full of exceptions in comparison to the other mainland states of India.

Debates are based on the political, social, and economic changes which are brought in by the migration of the people from the Northeast borderland to metropolitan India, deep concerns about the perspective of the North-Eastern people for cities of India and also about the emphasis laid on national unification and integration as a solution for the separatist activities and tendencies in the North-Eastern Indian states. After the 2012 Olympics, the female boxer Mary Kom who won a Bronze medal, achieved the status of being a national celebrity.

Mary Kom belongs to the Kom Tribe, a Tibeto-Burman community of the Northeast region in India, she represents the North-East, which is a region that people living in the mainland believed for a long time as being outside the boundaries of India. Mary Kom returned from London and on the same week about thirty thousand Northeast Indian migrants fled Indian cities, as they feared racially-encouraged attacks. This mass evacuation of people within the same country provoked rare or nearly no conversations on racism. The figure of Mary Kom was invoked repeatedly during the crisis, to challenge racism in India and to put forward paths for the better integration in of the states and India's cities.

Living in the world full of harshness and atrocities, if there is one thing that has made the man sustain the hard times, it is hope. Hope brings out the power, strength, patience and the best of all in us that we all think we never had. As mere humans all we can do is to Hope for a better society for all the people in this world. Martin Luther Jr. has rightly said in his famous public speech I have a dream where he hopes and dreams about a nation where his children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content and what they offer to others through their character, moral behavior and kindness. With this hope we shall live to educate and be educated in this global world. And as for India, it is really disheartening to hear about incidents of racism and hate crimes against communities.

The concept of mainland India too cannot be applied fully to India as the seven states of North East India arenít totally cut from India, it is just the shallow and prejudiced thinking of people who commit such offences that the states and the people native to the states are forced to feel deprived and like citizens of the second class and not fully Indians. Every state that comes under the Dominion of India is equal among every other and every person living in every state is as Indian as other citizen who lives anywhere in the country.

People of the seven sisters are just like the people living in the central, southern, northern and western India, every single earning individual contributes for the development of the country in forms of taxes just like the rest of the country and every individual has the same feeling of patriotism like that of any other stateís individual.

The contribution and the belongingness can never be questioned and therefore, the Indianness can never stand in doubt. Be it the Armed forces or the Intelligence agencies of the country, which only the brave hearts dare to join because of the selfless devotion that it demands and is considered a symbol of patriotism and nationalism, there have been martyrs and individuals who have served this country day and night, laid down their lives while defending the motherland, legends like Havildar Hangpan Dada who was martyred in action with infiltrating terrorists and was awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously, the highest military decoration during the peace time and many other patriots who are born with such desire to do anything when it comes to the nation; people who commit crimes against the North-Eastern community of India, on the basis of their appearance and ethnicity, do not realize that things like such may not matter to them but they surely demotivate the feeling of being one in the country and such acts are by nature, acts of betrayal towards the country.These acts are not only demeaning but also oppose the fundamental duties which every Indian has to follow and which to protect and uphold the unity and sovereignty of the country.

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