Northeast Bartenders in Bangalore
A couple of days back an incident in Delhi Airport grabbed headlines all over India. A Manipuri woman was asked by an Immigration officer if she was an Indian for real. And which other state does Manipur share their border with
Now, this is something we, who so call are ourselves Indians tend to do a lot with the northeast community. It’s kind of, I can do it but not others. We have learnt to nickname everyone by state wise. Eg, madrasi, bhaiya, ghati,malu, etc. It’s in our blood. But yet we stand united or are we?
But whenever it comes to the Northeast community we call them “chinki”. And we tend to use it more when we get in an argument. Many incidents in Delhi, Bangalore and across India where the Northeast guy and girls have been mistreated by locals.
India has been fighting with China and has a huge border dispute when it comes to the northeast border. All Indians feel that northeast is an integral part of India and don’t wanna lose it to China,
But yet when we see a northeast guy or girl in any other state we tend to call them ‘chinki’. We find it very hard to accept them as Indian and the tagline “chinki” is stuck with them
But many if not all of the northeast community look at the word as insulting. They feel they are as much Indian as any Indians are. They don’t consider them self as a part of China. It’s like we are shutting the door on them. In one way we call them chinki and then we get angry when China says northeast is a part of their country, or when they fight for demanding for an independent statehood. We just trying to be a perfect pain in their ass
The incident that took place at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport in even more shameful. It is hard to believe a government of India employee could ask such a question to an Indian citizen. And yeah others around it found it as something to laugh about. It really feels bad when you get treated as an outsider in your own country. We are putting our self in a situation where the army in trying fight to keep then in India, and the Indian citizen are telling them they don’t belong to India.
What is the consequence? Here in Bangalore, I have a northeast bartending colleague. And from what first-hand information I have he is as much an Indian as most of us is. He works in the bar and is one of Bangalore finest bartender. I personally have come across many incidents where quest have openly said “chinki bartender nahi mangtha” don’t want a chinki bartender(northeast bartender). Sad but it does happen. There are a huge number of northeast bartenders here in Bangalore and everyone would have their own story. And I think it’s the same issue with are the northeast citizen, irrelevant to what field they are in.
I think it’s time to give it up from our end. Stop using the word “chinki”. Let’s support the army, the nation. We need them as much as they need us. Let’s not give them an excuse to rebel, let’s make them feel comfortable and above all feel like home.
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