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IN People ON 21 Oct, 2016
Issues and violence often surround the North East region of India. One of the most important parts of India being a little different in terms of climate, language, and people receives a different treatment. India celebrates diversity and respects it, but it's nowhere seen when the people from the North East are mocked and made fun of in other parts of the country. The people from the North East belong to the Mongoloid race just like the Tamils belong to the Dravidian race and the people from North India belong to Indo-Aryan race
A Quora question is based on the same issue. "Why are people from North East India still referred as Chinese? How do North East Indians feel about it?" There were some pretty shocking answers that were quite insightful.
He is Nido Taniam. You might be wondering what's special about him. Well, he 'was' an Indian who was killed by the accused Delhiites killed him. They initially mocked Nido because of his hair. He in response became furious and broke the glass of a sweet shop door. Firstly, mocking him is a clear sign of immaturity and secondly who gave them right to kill him?
This guy would certainly not be mocked on his hair as he is not from the 'North East'. Just have a look at these pictures.
You can't differentiate between them, can you? If you look closely one is married and one is not.
They both may be from India or both from China. In fact, the probability is also that the one is Indian and the other one is Chinese. Who knows? It's difficult because they both share the same race that is Mongolian.
Isn't it difficult to recognize? Why no one ever mocks them?
Can you surely tell which one is from India? No, you cannot!
Outside Asia, if you ask anyone, they will immediately say they are Asian. Asia has 73 percent countries of Mongoloid region. The North East Indians look just like of the rest of the Mongoloid race because they inherit their features.
If you ask an American or Europian, they might differentiate the Asians as Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Nepali, Laotians, Singaporeans, and so on. But when you come to India, the only ethnicity we know is Chinese. That sums up the literacy level.
According to one of the Quora users, it feels the same way when an Indian is called a Pakistani or Bangladeshi.
Amarjit Sapam, a Quora user sees it positively. He thinks if people call him 'Chinese' or 'Chinky' to make fun of his ethnicity, then there is a problem with them. His roommates asked him if he knows martial arts. They made fun of him because it was improper for a man who is Chinese and doesn't know martial arts.
Amarjit was one day walking down the street, and a dog was just wandering there. The street salesman pointing his fingers towards that dog made fun of him saying his favorite food was on the street. The people started laughing. He didn't react and just ignored it because he didn't want to be another Nido Tania.
Can we accept it? If not, then what are you going to do about it and what are we as Indians going to do about it?
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