‘Racial discrimination against NE people higher in capital’

The 11-member committee had conducted a study into the problems and recommended measures to reduce conflicts faced by people from the Northeast.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:August 21, 2014 2:58 am

Over two-lakh persons from Northeastern states migrated to Delhi between 2005-2013 and nearly 86% of them have faced some sort of “racial discrimination” in metropolitan cities across the country, says the M P Bezbaruah Committee report, which was set up to look into problems faced by people from the Northeast in other parts of the country.

The report states that people from the Northeast faced more problems in the capital than in other metros like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Further, the report states, over two-thirds of women from the Northeast have reported that they faced some sort of discrimination or harassment in Delhi.

The 11-member committee, in the over 80-page report, had conducted a study into the problems and recommended measures to reduce conflicts faced by people from the Northeast.

The committee had been created after Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania was killed in an alleged racial altercation in Delhi earlier this year.

The committee had submitted its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs in July and a copy was submitted before the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

The court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw has now directed the government to file a detailed action-taken report on the research done and recommendations given by the committee.

In its report, the committee said problems often occurred as employers in lower-paid establishments preferred to employ people from the Northeast due to their proficiency in English. This creates a situation where “educated unemployed youth” in the area feel threatened.

Further, as most job-seekers coming to metro cities live in “affordable” lower-middle class areas, there is friction with the residents as they tend to be more conservative and wary of people who have odd-working hours. Language and communication difficulties add to their problems, which is further “accentuated as they look different with their Mongoloid features,” the report states.

The committee has suggested several long and short-term measures to tackle the issue, after consultation with different ministries and departments.

It has suggested serious legal reform by changing the IPC to make “racial” discrimination an offence, and introducing special police units and fast track courts to speedily dispose of cases related to Northeast persons.

The committee has also suggested that NCERT should introduce certain aspects of the “Northeast ethos” into the curriculum to “integrate each aspect of the Northeast into the consciousness of the people outside.”

Further, resources of the Information and Broadcasting ministry could be used to create awareness about this issue, the report states.
The High Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to submit a detailed report on the measures that have been suggested by the committee by September 10.

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    Tatkal Ticket
    Jan 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm
    This kind of deals with the same issue:tatkalticketcomics/...
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      Venk
      Aug 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm
      Delhi people are ignorant and uncultured. The worst city in India. No character.
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        DSFL10
        Aug 21, 2014 at 9:35 am
        How long it will take for the Government to act on racism? Do we need international embarrment should the level racism is not dealt firmly? Why is the Government administration is so slow and lethargic to act until it become a serious issue.
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          Chetram
          Aug 21, 2014 at 3:05 am
          North East people are our brothers and sisters, any one shows racism must be punished within time frame. Govt must give strong message to those, who create racism in the nation. Instead to love them, they are doing bad.
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            Bajoy
            Aug 21, 2014 at 9:36 am
            Lets fight a war and solve issue once and for all..dependence movement have to be started soon and create a new country by seceding from selfish, vegetarian Indians
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              Pankaj
              Aug 22, 2014 at 3:23 am
              This is one side of coin the people of national capital or metro are not have the enough knowledge about NE india. Most of people dose not know the name of the northeastern states.
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                Styx
                Aug 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm
                A racist comment on an article about racism makes you an ignorant prick.
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                  Styx
                  Aug 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm
                  Interesting that you made a racist comment on an article on racism.
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                    Styx
                    Aug 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm
                    Man, seriously, just stop trolling. Racism, like a lot of other issues that prevail in India, is rooted in the mindset of people, not in lack of government policies. The only focussed solution is to run a modern ethics education programme across the nation covering issues like racism, women's rights, parenting, etc. I sent in my letter to the PM requesting this. Why do you and people like you not have the balls to do something apart from cribbing online?
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                      Styx
                      Aug 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm
                      True. I think people from the North-East are really cool. There's a guitarist or a footballer in virtually every household and they are all so fit!
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