Last week, Nido Taniam, a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, was killed in an alleged racial attack in Delhi. Soon after, two Manipuri girls were beaten up by goons in Delhi. Politicians like Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi were quick to condemn the incidents. The latter even spoke of there being "only one India" and saying that the country "belongs to all of us". With racial abuse now in the spotlight, stars who hail from the north-eastern states of India share their own experiences.
Lots of pain behind the laughter: Jahnu Barua"I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve faced racism. I’ve had people ask me for my passport and address me as 'chinki'. Initially, I’d get angry, but later I learned to live with it. There are people who are mindlessly ignorant and have no human character. I used to protest earlier, but today, I laugh at the people who treated me that way. There’s a lot of pain behind this laughter.”