Recently there was a news story in which Delhi police cop tells JNU students, who were arrested on serious charges of sedition, that people from North East eats human.
According to the two students who were arrested in the aftermath of the JNU controversy, the students have revealed to the media the mindset of the police who were interrogating them .
Popular newspaper The Telegraph was quoted as saying that the Delhi Police officer kept addressing his colleague from the Nagaland Armed Police as ‘chinki’ in front of the boys who were being interrogated .
The pathetic mindset towards the Northeastern people is clearly seen when the Delhi Police officer told Umar not to move without permission because the ‘chinkis’ did not understand Hindi and they ate humans!
In response to that news, one Mr Johnson Rajkumar wrote an open letter to Delhi Police on his FB timeline.
Here’s what he has to say to Delhi Police
Dear Delhi Police,
You might think that we, “CHINKIES” eat humans. Let me tell you what all we eat.
1. We eat PATRIARCHY. We don’t have female foeticide like you do. We don’t sell our daughters with dowry.
2. We eat FORCEFUL MARRIAGE. The concept of arranging the marriage of our son/daughters to a stranger happens only with you.
3. We eat CASTE SYSTEM. Discriminating people on the basis of birth and the idea of purity/impurity doesn’t happen in Northeast like it happens in India.
4. We eat MORAL POLICING. You tell your son/daughters what to wear, whom to love, what type of hairstyle they should have. But we don’t.
5. We eat MORONS. We don’t have morons like you in our part of our world.
We eat all of them and flush it down in the toilet just like your SHIT!
A Chinky boy.
PS: Now you can charge me with Section 124A of IPC.
(This first appeared on the writer’s Facebook page.) His facebook post went viral and were shared by many news media.
Well it also got the attention of one Angellica Aribam from Manipur and she have given a reply to his open letter!
This is her reply!!!
I read your riveting open letter to the Delhi Police.
Of course, I found the statement of Delhi Police outrageous and damning; but that doesn’t mean we counter it by presenting a false narrative of our society. Since we are both Manipuris, let me draw your attention to the things we pretend to “eat”, but not really, at least in the Manipuri society.
1. We DON’T eat patriarchy. Maybe with growing social awareness, it is dwindling but unfortunately, it is still prevalent in our society. Our previous generation still prefer that a male child be the first-born in the family, no matter how euphoric they might at the birth of a girl child but there’ll always be that yearning in their hearts for a male child. Yes, we don’t sell our daughters with “dowry”.
The term might be alien but our daughters are sent off to the groom’s house with “gifts”. Parents who can’t afford struggle hard by taking loans so that they’re able to provide with these “gifts” which range from the latest LED flat-screen, compulsory bed and furniture, fridge, washing machine and whatever else is trending in those days. If a bride doesn’t bring a gift, she’ll be mocked by the lovely aunties from the neighbourhood.
Therefore, her parents incur debts so that she isn’t laughed at. Is it any different from dowry except for the fact that the demands aren’t specified by the groom’s family but has not it been pre-decided by the society? And let us not ignore the taboo associated with menstruation. Women can’t cook for or eat with males of the household when she is on her period, anything she touches is considered impure so much so that she has to sleep separately from her husband. How is that not PATRIARCHY?
2. Maybe we eat forceful marriage but not entirely. Yes, arranged marriages aren’t the norm; but let’s not ignore the instances when a guy elopes with a girl without her consent. Of course, the elopement will be nullified by the elders by making the guy pay a ransom for stripping her off her “izzat”. And hence, she won’t be treated the same by all around.
3. We DON’T eat caste system at all. Maybe our version of caste system isn’t the same as the varna system but we do have it. Majoritarianism condescending attitude towards the minorities be it the tribals or “Lois” is evident at all spheres.
We also don’t give our children the complete liberty to marry whom they want if they come from different communities. Coming from a Meitei-Brahmin family, I can tell you first hand about how my aunt was ostracised for not marrying a Brahmin, the number of years my mother was NOT allowed to enter the kitchen for not being a Brahmin, or the hue and cry created by our relatives when my sister decided to marry a guy from Uttarakhand. The same treatment is seen wherever there is inter-community marriage – be it between Meitei and Tribal, Meitei and Nepali, Meitei and Loi, et al.
4. We DON’T eat moral policing. Our daughters are not allowed to venture out uninformed after dark, the general perception when a girl stays out after sunset is that she has ELOPED. They are not given the freedom to wear what they want once they are married. Many married women, who live in metros and wear jeans-skirts, change into “phanek” or “salwar-kameez” once they enter Manipur.
5. Of course, we would love to eat morons. Let’s start with the ones within ourselves first.
I am sorry for breaking the mainland image of the so-called “liberal” Northeast, but I am tired of this facade. Skirting issues and presenting a false narrative won’t bring about the much-needed change in our society. Our daughters should have a real chance at equality, which won’t be possible unless we acknowledge our shortcomings. Yes, we are better on many fronts than mainland India and I could list them all (maybe I’ll write a book) but I will end this letter by saying let us strive together for real change. And until then, we must continue shedding light on ignorance – be it the Delhi Police or the next-door neighbour.
A Chinky girl
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