TODAY -

My Seven Years Experience In Mainland India

Boboi Pukhrambam *

Manipur on India Map
Manipur on India Map :: Pix - Wikipedia



There is a Moorish saying, "He who does not travel does not know the value of men".

Bangalore, the IT City as we know had showed me many things in Seven years of stay. And in those Seven years, I had travelled a lot in mainland India from North to South and East of mainland India, although I didn't travel to the West. With a vision to excel in Life, I was compelled to travel to Bangalore in search of Utopia. Friends were the companion and Enthusiasm was the factor that led me towards the journey.

It was my second journey outside North-East, a long journey indeed, in order to pursue my graduation; the first being a few days travel to Nabadweep Dham and Howrah due to religious factor.

I had come across many movements in Bangalore during my stay, a movement against the sharing of Cauvery water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the rise of the Telugus for the state of Tilangana, the rally conducted by the Manipuris of Bangalore for the repealment of AFSPA. Speaking about that rally of AFSPA, it was suppose to be a long rally with a valid permission, but we were denied at the last moment just 5 minutes before the rally could start and we were allowed to go only a stretch as short as from Police Bazar point to DC Office of Shillong (that would perhaps be 200 mtrs. at the most; sorry, little weak in measuring distances).

I saw the so called secularism policy of INDIA during those days. The cold war between the North-Indians and the South-Indians, the hatred in South for the Hindi speaking people (esp. in Tamil Nadu), the hatred between the Kannadigas and the Urdu-speaking Muslims of Karnataka. I was told that the Tamilians wanted to make their Tamil language as the National Language of India. On being denied and Hindi being made as the National Language, the hatred between Hindi speaking and Non-Hindi speaking people started. The question that often arouse in my mind those days was,

"If the people of mainland India themselves do not have love and affection for each other who are look-alike, how can we the people of North-East expect the same from them when we are much different from them in ethnicity?"

I was undergoing BBM (3 years course) in one of the bogus college under Bangalore University, although I couldn't complete it for I was made to run from Post to Pillar for six years to get my Results and Marksheets for all the three years which I didn't get till date. And that frustration made me devoid of studies and took my interest away. Well, that's a past and I no longer worry for I came back to my hometown and took admission at the age of 30 in a regular college and completed my graduation recently. Unfortunately, we had fallen prey into the hands of a tout and that's how we fell into that bogus college.

I still remember a BBM tour of our College when we visited many places such as Ooty, Kodaikanal, Kunoor, Mangalore, Udupi, and various other places. We reached Tamil Nadu at 4 a.m. in some Holy Temple spot. The rudeness with which the Tea-Stall person replied to few of my friends, just because they asked him in Hindi to give Tea MY GOODNESS. It was the first time I saw in reality, their hatred for Hindi speaking people. With weird face and fearful eyes, he replied, "NO HINDI, ONLY TAMIL". Although in my case, he replied in a calm manner with a nodding head, because sensing the situation, I asked him in Tamil to give tea, which I had learned little bit beforehand. Comparatively, Mysore is better than Bangalore for studies and living expenses, although you may not find the Lavish lifestyle of Bangalore in Mysore. But for the people of North-East, it's more or less the same thing whether you are in Mysore or Bangalore. Unless you don't have an Aryan look and unless your skins are Black, you face trouble everywhere. A trader in Bangalore once said to me during casual talk,
"North-East mein North naam to hai naa, uss hisaab se aap log bhi North-Indians he hua naa".

Boss, we are not North-Indians but North-Easterns. And that's the reason why within the ambit of hatred for North-Indians by the South-Indians, we the people of North-East are also included just because they believe we are also one among North-Indians. Perhaps we should change the name of our region to East-Indians completely, if we go to South. :)

Karnataka has the highest settlements of Tibetan Refugees (as per Record), one being the Bylakuppe in Mysore district. Apart from this, there are six other Tibetan Refugee settlements in Karnataka, thereby, making it the highest in India. As such the South Indians give the Tibetans a different narrow look and the people of NER having the look-alike facial and similar ethnicity with the Tibetans, we the people of NER also become a pray of racial discrimination along with the Tibetans.

BHAI, in that case should we also call you people of Mainland as Africans, just because you possess look-alike skin with Africans. Well, if I would have said so, it would have given rise to ethnic argument.

'North-East', to the people of mainland symbolises nothing but BORDER, irrespective of the fact that there are seven states (eight now) with varied Flaura and Fauna, beautiful culture and people. When we mention any state of our origin, be it Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, etc. to the people of Mainland, be it a Layman or a well educated person, the first reply is, "OH! BORDER".

I wish to ask them in that case if Tamil Nadu can't be called BORDER, if RAJASTHAN can't be called BORDER, if Uttar Pradesh and BIHAR can't be called BORDER. And Why not? Tamil Nadu is at the extreme end of South India, Rajasthan is bordering Pakistan, UP and Bihar is bordering Nepal. Well, it's the mentality of each individual and the way of seeing and judging others that matters.

ALDOUS HUXLEY once said,
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."

We may not at all forget the exodus of the entire North-Easterns from the entire mainland which was in retaliation to a single community conflict between the Bodo and illegal Bangaladeshis (which apparently happens to be from the Muslim community). But why to target the entire eight North-Eastern states in retaliation to a single BODO community? Indeed, a person in Bangalore once said right,
"Humare liye Manipur kya, Assam kya, aur Tibetan kya. Sab to ek jaise he dikhte hai".

And who says, North-East lack in Capital and the people are financially unsound, and depend on the Centre's funding and quotas and reservations every now and then.

North-Easterns are seen to be one of prime revenue factors for the people of mainland. Colleges in Bangalore prefer students of North-East for we don't bargain much while giving donations to the College. Another factor is that much of the career aspirants of North-East do not appear for the CET or the CAT/MAT and get through to take admissions at a lower fees without giving donation; unlike our counterparts of mainland India who would lose 2-3 years of their career to clear off the CET exam to get admission in reputed colleges of Bangalore without any donation.

Lucky for those North-Easterns who didn't face much of racial discrimination in mainland India. But for people like me and few of my friends, both Day and Night were same to us. At night the DOGS barked at us, during the day our own countrymen of Mainland barked at us. Is this the Freedom which we achieved 70 years back, whereby we can't even walk freely during the day in our so called country? Is this the Freedom which we achieved where we are like strangers in our own Land? In that case, I despise this FREEDOM.


* Boboi Pukhrambam ( a resident of Shillong) wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at dhakshanayashwanth(at)yahoo(dot)com
This article was webcasted on December 10, 2013.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Coup of 2021 not the only push factor
  • Ibudhou Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Kind attention 'Your Lordship' CJ of India
  • 'Opposition-less Govt in Nagaland is rhetoric'
  • Xorai - Assam's cultural symbol
  • Natural ways to lighten dark underarms
  • Is Delhi doing the right thing ?
  • Set the priorities right
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #3 : Gallery
  • Modi's arduous journey & fate of Naga peace
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • Autism: Why fit in, when you can stand out?
  • Bloodstained Masquerade :: Poem
  • Dharamvir Singh: Forgotten hero of TV
  • What is keeping the clash going on ?
  • Warning of a coming politico-military storm
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #6
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Timeline
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Gallery
  • Are we on track to end AIDS by 2030 ?
  • 3 writers from Manipur for Sahitya Akademi
  • Manipur's traffic, parking: A big nuisance
  • Career in elderly care
  • Keeping the folks under a state of confusion
  • Nothing neat about NEET
  • Aid to relief camps @ Jiribam : Gallery
  • Id Festival- 'Id-Ul-Azha' :: Book
  • World Day to Combat Desertification 2024
  • NDPP did not lose LS due to local problem
  • RSS chief says, priority Manipur
  • What if not IIT ?
  • Waiting for a response from the PM
  • The test of leadership failed
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #35: Download
  • Gastronomy tourism in Manipur : Gallery
  • Triathlon : Manipur bag 6 medals (3 gold)
  • Illegal immigrants/fugitives from Myanmar
  • Eid-ul-Adha: Embracing sacrifice
  • A solution to Meitei-Kuki-Zo conflict
  • The Power of Poppy - 35 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: R K Brojen Singh
  • Brief sketch on General Balaram Sougaijamba
  • Non-violent for peaceful, mutual co-existence
  • Homeless person ..alcoholism & defeated TB
  • Cancer on rise among young adults
  • Defending, fighting for Idea of Manipur
  • From partiality to complicity
  • Bike Rally - Sekmai to Kangla : Gallery
  • 'Modi must announce finality of Naga pacts'
  • Gliding over Brahmaputra
  • Question leaks cause stress among student
  • Home remedies for prickly heat
  • After IIT, AIIMS it is now IIM
  • Stealing spotlight from Manipur crisis
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #2 : Gallery
  • Strongly condemns violence in Jiribam
  • Lessons from outcome of LS election
  • Tumcho releases "Goodness of God"
  • Right diagnostic for antimicrobial resistance
  • 12th June is World Day against Child Labour
  • Hands of geo-politics ?
  • The row over NEET-2014
  • 2nd Annual Art Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Chilli Chicken: Film Spotlighting NE in B'lore
  • Committee of Narcotics Anonymous - Imphal
  • The Power of Meditation
  • Oceans as a career choice
  • Getting more and more audacious
  • A test of leadership
  • Education Fair @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Gifting two seats to Cong
  • Voters empowered democracy
  • Postcards from Meghalaya premieres
  • Milk : Essential nutrient for a healthy body
  • Failing in competitive exam not end of world
  • Delhi : A mere spectator
  • Abandoning Jiribam
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #5
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Mainstream in Shoes of Alternative
  • Protect the medicines that protect us
  • Lets take action for our land & our future
  • Democracy and independent media
  • Agenda at work to shut Western Gate
  • Keeping Manipur on the boil
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #34: Download
  • The Enigmatic Journey of 'Laikhutshangbi'
  • Individual and the Social
  • An Ardent Appeal to All Concerns
  • Condemnation of Attack & Govt Inaction
  • The Power of Poppy - 34 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Alien fishes spotted in Manipur's rivers
  • Training on mushroom at Langthabal
  • Digital avatars or deepfakes ?
  • 7th June is the World Food Safety Day
  • How to prepare for UPSC after 10th ?
  • The Jiri violence
  • Beginning of a new vote culture ?
  • Bimol Akoijam (Cong) wins Inner PC : Gallery
  • BJP, NPF & other NDA pay heavy price
  • Nature is one of greatest blessings of God
  • Plantation drive in Tripura, Assam & Manipur
  • Summer beauty
  • Environment conservation & over-exploitation
  • Is Modi cut out for leading a coalition ?
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #2: Gallery
  • Scholarship for Johnstone Hr Sec students
  • 1st foundation day of Interfaith Forum
  • World Environment Day: Our land, our future
  • Indonesia stronger anti-tobacco measures
  • Navigating a fragile Myanmar: India's policy
  • New breed entering electoral politics
  • The road to formation of new govt
  • International Dance Day #1 : Gallery
  • Matchbox marketing mantra
  • Stop harming nature :: Poem
  • Saving for oneself & the Nation
  • Model United Nations (MUN) conducted
  • Tobacco: Threat to health & environment
  • Candidate from ruling party biting the dust
  • The verdict
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #4
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Navigating Remal amidst Manipur conflict
  • We are #GenerationRestoration
  • Intl Day of Innocent Children Victims
  • Apparel Industry Skills & Innovation CoE
  • What's in a cyclone's name ?
  • Ongoing clash, the floods, the losses
  • Exit poll predictions
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #33: Download
  • Evading flood & rethinking urbanization
  • Manipur Flood: Health Advisory
  • Onus on civil bodies to ensure NNPG unity
  • Rats also cause flood
  • Benefits of JEE Main mock tests
  • People have spoken, now the results
  • The fury of Remal
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • The flood in our Stars
  • The Power of Poppy - 33 :: Poem
  • 'Group of people misrepresented themselves'
  • EV industry and career options
  • Scientist of Manipur: Chandrakant Aribam
  • Candy flavoured traps to hook next Gen
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #2
  • Tobacco affects health & environment too
  • Jio extend validity for Customer in Manipur
  • Students must learn about AI irrespective
  • As vote count day approaches : Floods
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Flooded : Sacrifice of Yairipok's Maiden
  • World No Tobacco Day 2024
  • Chandam Rishikanta wins NPC Nat'l C'ship
  • Flood: Helpline numbers for emergency
  • Battling body odour ?
  • Floods : Not entirely natural phenomena
  • PM Modi's purpose
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • June Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Flood: Control Rooms & Helpline numbers
  • Economic impact of ongoing conflict
  • Army Recruitment Rally for Manipur
  • Cut deficit, boom likely
  • Are Gods angry ? Wake up call for Manipur
  • Beating of the Retreat #2 : Gallery
  • We did Overcome: Mayhem of Month of May
  • Training on mushroom at Potshagbam
  • Famous female Mathematicians in India
  • Disinformation campaign thengnare
  • Human trafficking puts humanity to shame
  • Sky opens up in all its fury
  • Licypriya meets Italy PM & Pope Francis
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Combined Defence Services Exam 2024
  • Good show in Class X exams
  • Downplaying the crisis
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #3
  • Reviving Lamphelpat : Conservation : Gallery
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #1
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hojai
  • The Power of Poppy - 32 :: Poem
  • Insights from CUET-UG Counselling
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Unseen force at work: Time to unravel it
  • Sheikh Hasina's revelation
  • The Vanishing Meitei Tribe
  • Building career in defence & strategic study
  • Why example of model code of conduct ?
  • Ownership of responsibility
  • Will pressure mount on key players in NE
  • How to save your foot after an accident
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #3 : Gallery
  • Education Fair @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Project Associate @ CSE, Assam Univ
  • Understanding schizophrenia
  • Advancement in Multi Objective Optimization
  • When will women in voter list increase ?
  • Making 2 plus 2 is equal to 5
  • Changing face of drug menace
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • 25 yrs since Atal Vajpayee visit to RIMS
  • 4 Lakhs donated to support (L) Maipak Family
  • Clarification: Guwahati Meet on Humanitarian
  • Start UPSC prep after 12th for success
  • Tips to avoid melting makeup in summer
  • Giving a big solid push to ST demand
  • Time to come clean
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba: 1 occasion, 2 narratives #3
  • Khongjom Day @Khebaching #2 : Gallery
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #1: Gallery
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #2
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Regarding Human Rights Situation in Manipur
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #2: Gallery
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #1 : Gallery
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • '365 Days of Chin-Kuki Aggression' : Gallery
  • National Science Teacher workshop
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD