Model Chum Darang from Arunachal Pradesh wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of India describing the racial discrimination that she saw and experienced. Many people from North East have been vocal about the racial discrimination they face. Here is what she wrote verbatim:
“Dear Prime Minister Of India,
How long will we be treated as aliens in our own country?
A deprived citizen,
Miss Chum Darang,
Village Mirsam, Pasighat,
East Siang District,
Arunachal Pradesh, India.
It’s my 2nd month in Mumbai, the city of dreams as they call it.
But my first experience in here was a bit cold because of the scenes that I had to go through.
I am a victim of racial discrimination. I know it’s a minor thing to be called a ‘problem’ but being called names and being treated as a foreigner and getting those stares scare us, and harass us in many ways.
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It’s everywhere, I was in Delhi, and I had experienced it there as well, but Mumbai?
To my brothers and sisters of India,
We can’t take it anymore, I can’t take it anymore.
Why do you call us names?
My name is not ‘momo’, ‘chow chow’, ‘chinky’ and most importantly it’s not ‘CHINESE’ as it’s the most common name you use for us!!!!
I have a name and it’s CHUM, and the Rest of us have names too.
14 years of my life, every morning I used to sing our national anthem with pride in my heart, leading the school sometimes during assembly, I still stand up when I hear our national song play.
I studied Hindi for 14 years and it was one of my favourite subjects.
I still celebrate when India wins matches against other countries, not just cricket but in others games and sports too.
I am an Indian and nothing can change that, you cannot change that.
My state Arunachal is already in a crucial stand, like China claiming it, but on the other hand, we have been fighting against that claim, we are not Chinese, we don’t want to be, we are Indians, by birth and will be till death.
Next time you see one of us, ask whether we are from the NORTH-EAST region, ask this even if you meet an actual foreigner but don’t ask us where we are from.
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And even if you do, and if we tell you that we are from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur Government of Manipur, Meghalaya Meghalaya Tourism, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura or Sikkim you respond with, “oh! The north-east! Sure.”
Learn about us like we have learned about you. Thank you.”