Northeast region of India comprises of seven sister states (i.e., Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Tripura) and one Himalayan state, Sikkim. Northeast of India is known for its beauty and culture. There are lots of different tribes and languages. People of this region are very kind and they know how to enjoy each and every moment. The best part about this region is there’s no dowry system and both the genders are treated equally.
As we all know that people of the northeast have to face so many problems, basically racism. And so keeping which in mind here are some of those things which everyone should keep in mind before saying it to any person belonging to Northeast. No matter how small it seems to you but some small things can also make them feel offended.
So here I’m to tell you few things you should never say to a person belonging to the northeast!
1. “Chinki Pinky”
Calling a northeastern ‘chinki’ is very offensive. People of the Northeast are commonly the victims of hate crimes. You should know that now, the government has introduced a law under which the person who calls a northeastern ‘chinki’, would be behind the bars for five years.
2. “Does your family lives in a jungle too?”
Northeastern region has trees and plants all around but that’s what makes it beautiful. This region is counted under the seven richest biodiverse region in the world!
We should be proud and grateful that it is a part of our country. Also, Northeast consist of some big cities, like Guwahati, too. There are 5-star hotels and big malls as well.
After knowing these things I don’t think that you’re going to ask a northeastern if he/she lives in a jungle.
3. “Do you eat dogs too?”
Let me tell you, I’m living in Assam from past 16 years and I’ve never seen a single person eating dog.
4. “Do you wear clothes like normal people or your dresses are made up of leaves?”
There are lots of people who thinks that the people in the northeast are very backward and they have no dressing sense. It’s not true. People in the northeast are very fashionable and they also wear branded clothes just like anyone else. So, end this stereotype!
5. “How can you survive with Momos and chow mien?”
Some foolish people think that momos and chow mein are the only dishes that the people of the northeast consume.
So, let me put in a point here that Momo and chow mein are Chinese dishes. Some of the most famous dishes of the northeast are Khar (Assam), Kumurat diya Hanhor Mangxo (Assam), Pitha (Assam), Fish Tenga (Assam), Sanpiau (Mizoram), Vawksa Rep (Mizoram), Bamboo Steamed Fish (Nagaland).
6. “Which country are you from?”
Asking this question intentionally might hurt them. We should never judge a person on the basis of their look. It’s racism!
7. “You can easily get a seat in the entrance examination just because of reservation.”
Some people of the northeast are super talented and good at studies. It’s your stereotypical thinking that the northeastern people are always dependent upon reservation.
So, this was my opinion about this topic. I hope you agree with each and every point mentioned in here and also that this blog would in one or other way have changed your view towards the NorthEast. Let me know if I missed any of the points and don’t forget to share your opinion in the comment section below.
Stay Happy and positive!