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
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 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.

  • Marangwon @Kangkhui Khullen #2 : Gallery
  • Cordillera in North Philippines : Gallery
  • Ithai Barrage and popular resistance
  • Moral education for a harmonious Society
  • Bad unity
  • Career in nutrition and dietetics
  • Locally made product- 'The Lois' launched
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • The want for more
  • Only catchy phrases & alluring documents
  • Expedite FA Rally #1 : Gallery
  • Merger & Manipur State Congress #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 41 :: Poem
  • A recreation park for elderly
  • High-time NE recreate itself as brands
  • Natural skin detox
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • 72nd Independence Day by AR
  • Independence Day - for whom
  • Nongpok Thong Hangba
  • Khubak Eeshei @Kang festival : Gallery
  • Punsi Sangba, Mathiupuang :: eMing
  • Arresting decline of higher education
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Tripura
  • Silence :: Poem
  • AFSPA took my father
  • Dark Net: Underbelly of the internet
  • Alternative Arrangement, Article 371A
  • Petition challenging dilution AFSPA
  • Rio for integration of Naga areas
  • Brought NE closer to Delhi: PM
  • Independence Day celebrated in NE
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #1
  • Compressed Earth Blocks: Housing
  • Support breastfeeding among adolescent
  • Ithai: Development Decision Gone Awry
  • Who made the sports university ours?
  • An Unoccupied Forehead :: Poem
  • 'NRC should not be a political issue'
  • Independence Day : Govt needs trust
  • Apprehensions before final pact
  • NNC stand to protect Naga sovereignty
  • 'Delay in solution irks people'
  • Patriots' Day- Floral Tribute : Gallery
  • A shot at survival
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Baishalgarh
  • E-Commerce to help access new markets
  • Manipur Heart Foundation Anniversary
  • Artist lineup for NH7 Weekender
  • Kakching World War-II Memorial Run
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • AMPWA observed Patriots' Day
  • Real homage or just showmanship
  • Drama of political clout at MU
  • Patriots' Day @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Historical War fought by Manipur
  • Where are the nurses in HIV response?
  • Understanding false smut of rice
  • The love song of autumn :: Poem
  • Help Underprivileged Sports Youngsters
  • Police : List of Awardees on I-Day
  • NSCN-IM word on Naga unity
  • Scribes demand colleague's release
  • Jadugi Mingsel :: Folk Tale
  • Patriotism Redefined [On 13th Aug]
  • Karate Winners felicitated at Kumbi
  • Of Citizenship & Manipur People's Bill
  • Seminar : Path & Pattern in Northeast
  • 42nd Indian Social Science Congress
  • Certificate Distribution at Tripura
  • Failure by WPS-IE to arrest rapist
  • Resolutions : People's Democratic Alliance
  • ..Will it burnt the state again
  • ..Now get the killers !
  • 'Homecoming', Painting Exhibition : Gallery
  • Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highland
  • Woke Up, But You're Nowhere :: Poem
  • Resurgence of Sanamahism
  • Nagas & Meiteis must live together
  • No change in 1951 as Base Year : JCILPS
  • B. Voc. at DM Community College
  • Young Scholars Conference 2018
  • ..legitimacy of remaining to power
  • The precursor of things to come
  • Khangkhui Cave , Ukhrul #4 : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #2 : Gallery
  • Reform Manipur's Education System
  • Friendship
  • Cry of a Dying River - 40
  • World's Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Chandigarh students' solidarity with MU
  • MU agitator should withdraw their agitation
  • Repercussion of a prejudice attitude
  • Regulate school vans/buses
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Seven Breaths of Dragon :: Book Rvw
  • Chronological framework of NRC
  • Buttering Najmaji in public
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Manipur Tourism : Festival Promotion Award
  • The uneasy shift
  • Well co-ordinated rallies across dists
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #1 : Gallery
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #2 : Gallery
  • Up against the saffron brigade
  • My unsailed ship :: Poem
  • Mathematics and Science Competition
  • General Strike by ATSUM on August 10
  • Drawing Competition at Wapokpi, Bishnupur
  • ADBU delivers course to Indian Railways
  • One man that put Manipur in frying pan
  • Relax MU shut down !
  • Khumang Pokpa Haraoba #2: Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Territorial integrity of Manipur
  • The string :: Poem
  • General Strike by KIM on August 8
  • Robert Naorem at Bangalore Fashion Week
  • Dr. Monisha Behal's work in North East
  • Registrations for IIT Techniche workshop
  • PDA on situation in Nagaland
  • The politics of divide: MU
  • Significance of August
  • Mukna Khong Kangjei #3 : Gallery
  • Greater Nagaland or Mini Nagaland? #2
  • Paint Your City : Campaign at Kakching
  • Pemberton line in Kabaw is our boundary
  • Awakening :: Poem
  • Coffee Plantation : In-lieu of Poppy
  • Recalling of AK Pandey by HRD Ministry
  • TSA's reply to KNO/KNA's allegations
  • 21st Manipur Integrity Day : Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #3 : Gallery
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #3
  • Swindling Manipuris in solving Naga issue
  • The Last of the Romantics :: Poem
  • 'Thoughts on MU strategies'
  • Concerned about continued closure of MU
  • Fear factor
  • No takers for 1 month leave
  • View from Shirui Hills #1 : Gallery
  • Manipur as seen by Meiteis, Nagas, & Zo
  • Certificate Distribution at Nirjuli, ArP
  • Contract Jobs available at NIELIT HQs
  • Cry of a Dying River - 39 :: Poem
  • Banana flower vada
  • Entrance for Free Residential IAS Coaching
  • Resolution of NPF Consultative Meeting
  • Concerned about militants' interference
  • Issues : From ILP, MU to FA
  • Emergence Nongda Lairen Pakhangba #2
  • MU Rally at Canchipur : Gallery
  • News Analysis 0f Akashvani Imphal
  • ILP: A Genuine Idea Lost in Translation
  • Tryst with an Alzheimer's patient #2
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • Female DTP faculty reqd at Protocol
  • In between :: Poem
  • Sowing the seeds of Greater Lim
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #1 : Gallery
  • Student is important or AP Pandey
  • Article 371A is sui generis
  • Protection on Land, Environment at TML
  • Press Conference on MU Crisis at Delhi
  • Oppose extension of Article 371(A)
  • DTP-Desktop Publishing course at Nambol
  • Certificate Distribution at Namsai, ArP
  • Rejoinder to KNO/KNA on Moreh attack
  • Issues which burn Manipur State Assembly
  • The brand of politics in MU crisis
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #3 : Gallery
  • August Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Protest against MHRD @Delhi : Gallery
  • People's Strike greets this August
  • Slump in fight against #AIDS
  • What does moonlight want ? :: Poem
  • MU students protest against MHRD
  • An Unknown killer - "E-Waste"
  • Talking peace and threatening others
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #1 : Gallery
  • Dismal Politics in Universities
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #1 : Gallery
  • Engulfing Uncertainties
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #2
  • Certificate Distribution at Dibang, ArP
  • EEVFAM case: Report for 30 July
  • Pertaining to statement of T. R. Zeliang
  • Issues plaguing the state
  • What is the stand of BJP Govt ?
  • Monsoon Assembly Session : Gallery
  • Election 2019: end of road for Modi
  • The absurd baby talk :: Poem
  • Assam University BTech, MTech Admission
  • Saving the Rhinos - Campaign
  • Arrest perpetrators of Moreh attack
  • Training programmes of NCC
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #2 : Gallery
  • MU: Students clash with Police #2: Gallery
  • Prospects of coffee in Manipur
  • Why ILP should not be implemented
  • Hill students get alert on Trafficking
  • IBSD Meghalaya inaugurated
  • Conference on India-Vietnam
  • Govt's strategically pre planned conflict
  • Heart ruptured but life saved
  • Pseudo intellectuals should stop thinking
  • Mass sit-in protest : How about Nagaland?
  • Folklore genres of Meetei community
  • Kang Khichri chaba : Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram at United Nations, NY
  • Out to clear her name
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #1 : Gallery
  • Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do #3
  • Pay Nareckpi : Funga Wari
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Story telling
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao: Walking from Delhi..
  • Ningol Pali at Kang Festival : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Art Exhibit @Imphal Art College #1 : Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba @Kwakeithel : Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • HSLC 208 Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic