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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!

Sincerely,

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.

Always,

A Chinky girl

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human

Thank God but my place is freed from all your argumentative statement.

Temsu
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Temsu

Let us all Walk the Talk for our better future. Be it Chinky Female/Male.

jim
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May be that is the narrative of a chinky meitei gal, but that ain’t the case of Nagas. You can’t bring into accountability the whole liberal North East just because of your conservative meitei mindset, the so called a chinky girl.

ela
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ela

Omg! I’m lucky dat i’m born in Arunachal Pradesh not manipur as here we dont follow what ever the other letter said.

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So Boiyo
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So Boiyo

I think u are a fool. Instead of showing others that Northeast is united and strong u r showing your people’s weakness n conflict among brothers and sisters. Uff….girl, After reading all the comment n arhuments made made coz’ of you…Damn you….coz’ u set a fire to sell Northeast people.

nyato maling
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nyato maling

Well it happens only in manipur. . Im from arunachal n my state is exactly what johnson described

Rajashree Chowdhury
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This is something which can be termed as an over exaggerated issue. I don’t find any point in discussing such an opinion under the banner of “popular narrative” get your facts clear and corrected about the term popular narrative. I respect both the person’s opinions and ideas regarding the practices in their community. But one should be reminded that these are simply opinion based articles and whether it holds and empirical backing is ambiguous. First, even for a lay people’s proper understanding of the society requiers one to refer to the intensive emperical research and until the opinions expressed are… Read more »

Himalay Ramchiary
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I always enjoy listening arguments of others over any issue….feels lik am living in a very smart society…

Blah
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Blah

You two should take it outside the internet. Meh.

JN Lai
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JN Lai

The things are rather facts than opinions to me as I have been doing nonacademic kind of observation for 20 years

1. North East has been undergoing relatively less (in some cases least)Patriarchal, Caste, Marriage and Moral Policing related violence.
2. But since Hinduisation or connection with mainland India began the violence in the question and also many more incivility like offensive garbage habbit, brute traffic behavior, mens ‘ oggling eyes on women are on rise.

Romojeet Wahengbam
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Romojeet Wahengbam

U Guys Can Imagine Hows The State Manipur Is By This Argumentation. This Thing Always Happening Since Time Immemorial. And It Shows That We Manipuri Are Good In Argumentation And Always Bothering And Disturbing To Anybody For Doing Anything That Is Good To Our Society. But Never Take His/Her Own Decision Until We Quarrel Among Ourselves.

Its Shameful!

Another 'chinky' girl
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Another 'chinky' girl

Dear ‘chinky’ girl While I applaud your eloquence and tencity to reply to this Chinky boy. I wish you only that you would have done your research a little but more. The matters that the boy talks about are true for most north-east society esp tribal North East . hindu majority meiteis Nd Assamese are culturally very similar to the rest. Having said that, I am glad that you have rightly and poignantly pointed out the ills that prevails in meitei society but I must request you to kindly put a blanket on generalisation : 1) most tribal societes these… Read more »

Richard Gold
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1. nupi chenba is a consesual act mutually agreed by the two party not a forced marriage to any unknown strangers 2.awonpot is an optional gift not any fixed demands . 3. grooms bore all the expenses of marriage which is way more than any of the bride family expenses i bet there was a marriage ceremony in our neighbor where groom spend around 9 lakhs but his brides family expend roughly around 5 lakhs including awonpot 4. lastly about the moral policing we don’t want our daughter and sisters to be easily befooled or cheated by those fraudulent male… Read more »

Ananta Singha
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the topic is ruined by this girl and take away to other side.

loganray
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loganray

I think we should treat everyone equal. There should be some proper disciplinary action against any person who treats people ill mannered.If it is a government official who has such a ill mannered thinking then he must be taught some manners. And we are one nation we say blah blah. But at the end we try to protect our own state.I m from here and i m from there. Phew wen we die we are not judged as a tribe , culture or rituals . We are judged by our human nature towards other humans.

Jyotirmay Das
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I am from Assam and whatever Angellica Aribam says is true for most communities in Assam, at least among the Assamese-Hindus (both General and Scheduled Castes) and the Muslims.It may be present at a lesser degree than rest of India but we cannot deny the fact that these practices do exist. Among Scheduled Tribes in Assam it may be less common. Assamese Hindus and Muslims together being the largest number so it can be said that patriarchy and dowry etc. are the norms in at least Assam. So whatever Mr Johnson Rajkumar says is may be a norm for most… Read more »

richard
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richard

I mostly disagree with her even though I am a bamon too. 1) Patriarchy – Unlike other states in India, Manipuri considering as a group of people, we never encourage PATRIARCHY. We never feel and experience that male predominate female in any fields. For instance, in sports and social activities, female seems to overpower the male. Nobody cares at least in our generation in Manipur. I have many friends who are happy with the only daughter they have. 2) Forceful Marriage – Eloping must not be considered an issue. When a male elopes a female, there is almost negligible chance… Read more »

Richard Gold
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First of all the saddest part of your context is I’m seeing lots of hate and anger. Secondly I don’t know what was/is the scene here. I found some of the point you’ve mentioned is not what I have experienced. I’ve not seen the world like you did sister but i did some. *Stop complaining about the society. You live in the society. If you want the better society, You need to change yourself first. As of my knowledge women in developed countries during 16th,17th, 18th centuries were not treated the same way they are treated now. People change with… Read more »

Richard Gold
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1) Patriarchy – Unlike other states in India, Manipuri considering as a group of people, we never encourage PATRIARCHY. We never feel and experience that male predominate female in any fields. For instance, in sports and social activities, female seems to overpower the male. Nobody cares at least in our generation in Manipur. I have many friends who are happy with the only daughter they have. 2) Forceful Marriage – Eloping must not be considered an issue. When a male elopes a female, there is almost negligible chance that the female doesn’t incorporate the male. Some way or the other,… Read more »

Alungpashi
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Alungpashi

Well said. You(sis) need to do more research before you expose your foolishness.

Opinionated Introvert
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Opinionated Introvert

This is quite relevant in Assam too. Good to know finally someone’s speaking about this.

Crystal lir
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Crystal lir

Iam also a chinky from manipur , just want to drop a line for you Angillica Aribam , I think u should send this message to your own meitei culture not here in the NE post. You just ruin everything the face of NE, next time be careful on your statement. Don’t be over smart again.

Skhem
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Skhem

A chinky boy’s letter applies to majority of Northeast. But a chinky girl’s reply applies to some specific society only .