On Indian Racism & Discrimination against People of African Origin – A ‘North East’ statement

The undersigned organisations and unions from North East India, would like to extend solidarity with people of African origin living in India and particularly those who were attacked in Greater Noida recently. We empathise with the violence, ordeals, and humiliation faced by Africans in India. We are distressed to learn of the ongoing situation, and denial of the Indian government to term the incident as racist is worrying. Various incidents of racism against people of African origin in India from the past are not isolated incidents, they stemmed from the deep rooted prejudice mindset of the majority of Indians. We condemn racial discrimination against anyone (particularly people of African origin) and caricatures people make by creating stereotypes like cannibalism and drug users/peddlers. These stereotypes are reflection of racist mindset which we, people from North East India are also at receiving end over and over again.

In this regards, we would like to highlight of what we make of our struggle against racism. Whenever we North-eastern people were racially discriminated, we see that nationalism fervour is being infused by stating that we don’t deserve to be discriminated when we are also Indian. Statement like this is misleading as racism is committed towards any people from other race irrespective of one’s citizenry of a nation. Racism cases from the past, and its dealing are far from convincing for instances Nido Tania case, and incident of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, Delhi where Africans were brutally assaulted.

We urge the Government of India to take appropriate steps and measures to address this issue. We believe that the first step towards addressing this issue, is to acknowledge the existence of racism. We also like to convey that the government and concerned authorities, and civil societies should continue to reach out to people of African origin and make their voices heard and involve them in any decision concerning their interests.

Lastly we would like to convey that we are in this together for common fight against racism. You are not alone in this fight, our support is with you and we will continue to resist the forces of racism.

In Solidarity-

  1. All Bodo Students’ Union
  2. Arunachal Students’ Union, Delhi (ASUD)
  3. Concerned Faculties, St. Edmund’s College, Shillong
  4. Delhi Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Delhi Mizo Students’ Association)
  5. Foothills’ Study Circle, University of Hyderabad
  6. Hyderabad Manipur Society (HYMS)
  7. Kuki Students’ Organisation, Delhi & NCR
  8. Kuki Students’ Organisation, Mumbai
  9. Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD)
  10. Meghalaya Students in Delhi
  11. Naga Students’ Union, Mumbai (NSUM)
  12. Naga Students’ Union Pune (NSUP)
  13. North East Students, Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi
  14. North East Support Centre & Helpline
  15. North East Students, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  16. North East Students’ Forum (NESF), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi
  17. Northeast Solidarity, Bangalore
  18. North-Eastern Hill University Students’ Union
  19. Tripura Students’ Forum, Delhi. (TSFD
  20. Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), Meghalaya
  21. Raiot Webzine
  22. DELHI ASSOCIATION OF MANIPUR MUSLIMS STUDENTS (DAMMS)
  23. NORTH EAST STUDENTS ASSOCIATION -JAMIA (NESA)

 

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