Misconceptions about the North East and its people are a perennial problem plaguing many Indians. Though an integral part of our country, but our lack of knowledge, ignorance and stereotyping about the seven-sister states continues to humiliate them. Recently, an elderly woman from Meghalaya was gravely insulted when she was asked to leave the Delhi Golf Club for wearing a traditional attire — the Jainsem.
“They told me, ‘Leave the dining hall, maids are not allowed.’ They were very rude. I felt ashamed and angry. I was wearing the traditional Khasi dress — Jainsem — and they told me this dress was not allowed,” the woman, Tailin Lyngdoh, told the Indian Express. “I have been to the biggest restaurants and clubs in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But before yesterday, no one had asked me to leave their premises,” an offended Lyngdoh said.
Lyngdoh, the elderly Khasi woman, who is a governess, was invited to the ‘elite’ club along with her employer, Nivedita Barthakur, by a member. Ten minutes into their lunch, two members from the management approached them and asked Lyngdoh to leave.
As the news spread, it created a huge outcry on various social media platforms. Though, initially, the club refrained from making a comment, facing severe backlash on social media, it later issued an apology. Though the club in its apology denied the charges that she was asked to leave the premises. However, Netizens were in no mood to accept it and pardon them.
People across the country accused the ‘elite’ club of the colonial hangover and their outlandish behaviour towards traditional Indian attire. Many called for a ban of these bizarre and archaic dress-codes in these elitist clubs across the country. Many people from the north-eastern states raised their voice on social media and said this is the kind of everyday racism they face in their own country.
— Naorem Mohen (@laimacha) June 26, 2017
Delhi golf club must apologise to the woman, end the attire ‘caste’ system.
Angrez chale Gaye. http://t.co/aCwwAsI7wK
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 27, 2017
— D Banerjee (@OnlySocial) June 27, 2017
— KAMPAN CHINNAM (@KAMPANCHINNAM) June 27, 2017
— Georgina Umdor (@GeorginaUmdor) June 27, 2017
— Rea (@RKharkrang) June 27, 2017
Members of d Delhi Golf Club shud visit Shillong to see 4 themselves dat the dress d lady was wearing was of Khasi tribe not Nepali.
— Easternguy (@hurricanelamp1) June 27, 2017
Meghalaya woman guest in Khasi dress told to leave Delhi Golf Club .
Looks there are no shortage of Fools in India.!!!!
— jdn (@jdngoa) June 27, 2017
Meghalaya woman in Khasi dress told to leave Delhi Golf Club because some felt she looked like a “maid”. Cultural ignorance at its extreme? pic.twitter.com/Erh2FUVKuM
— Shivani choudhry (@Shivanichou_1) June 27, 2017
— Dipankar. (@deep_anchor) June 27, 2017
these clubs are reeling under Colonial hangover
— Antevasin (@Antevasin10) June 27, 2017
Care two hoots for these racial English speaking pseudos We must start wearing it to the office every day like Bhutanese.
— Steamy Devil (@steamydevil) June 27, 2017
Delhi Golf Club is trending, all for the wrong reason. Would they have asked Mark Zuckerberg to leave if he had visited wearing t-shirt?
— Ranadip Pathak (@RanadipPathak) June 27, 2017
Btw, dear Delhi Golf Club I got married in a Jainsem. As a little tribute to my hometown Shillong.
— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) June 27, 2017
dynasty is thrown out by Indian ppl but place like Delhi Golf Club in lutyens zone feels they are British & normal looking ppl are slaves
— H Ram Choudhary (@h_ram1) June 27, 2017
— merry barua (@merrybarua) June 27, 2017
Reminiscent of Colonial past and Shameless VIP culture. Delhi Golf Club epitomizes , new feudal class. Shame. why does it still exist?
— Viraag Agnihotri (@ViraagAgnihotri) June 27, 2017
Delhi Golf Club , Gymkhana club are symbols of colonial rule .. need to be shut down or rules drastically changed http://t.co/KMzmK0iQq4
— ❅ Keep Smiling (@upma23) June 26, 2017