A group of some 150 bikers took out a rally here Sunday to protest racial discrimination against people from the Northeast.
The campaign — Bikers Against Racial Discrimination — by Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium featured several people from the Northeast and was organised against the backdrop of the recent attack on Nido Tania of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Racial violence is faced by us every day in Bangalore and other cities. The recent exodus of thousands of Northeast people from Bangalore indicates the kind of constant fear we live in. Ours is a struggle against discrimination, ours is a struggle for justice and peace,” said professor Rini Ralte, a Mizo living in Bangalore for years.
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“I have never faced racial discrimination in the biking community. I am proud to be a part of this community and want the larger society to learn to accept people who are different. If you want to understand people, you should visit their places and meet them, spend time with them. Then only one will start to understand that they are as beautiful as you,” said Bishwajit Singh Rajkumar, a biker from Manipur.
Another biker from Manipur Ringo Pebam said people from the Northeast faced constant insults, sexual harassment, physical violence and humiliation in other parts of the country.
“People here know very little about the Northeast, our history, culture, food habits, languages. People don’t know that India is home to different races. We demand changes in school and college curricula to include information about the Northeast, so that all Indians become aware of us. The government should educate society about Northeast people through mass media,” he said.