Racism is prevalent in India. Our mistreatment of African people is a direct product of our attitude to colour.

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    1. Three students of African origin were beaten up by a mob at Raj Chowk Metro Station by chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ and ‘Ambe Maa Ki Jai’.  According to the sources, all the three men were misbehaving with women. The Black men were not sparred even in the Delhi Police kiosk. The few police officials on duty barely controlled the crowd even as the victims of the mob were being attacked. One of the men reportedly suffered a cut on his neck, which required him to be treated in hospital.
    2. An office bearer of Association of African Students in India (AASI) Oshobajo Emmanuel said, “An African girl was recently rescued from the Yamuna. They pushed her in after beating her. Her bones were broken and she was dying. Can such an attack be explained?”
    3. Babaji Hanilu, a PhD scholar at DU’s department of African Studies, says he faced discrimination upon landing in Delhi three years ago. “A man promised to rent me his house and took three months’ advance rent. But when I came to stay, he turned me away and also made me run about for weeks to get back my money.” Hanilu has learned only a few Hindi words in three years. “You can learn only if people show interest in you or want to mingle with you. I try to ignore them because I was told they are not educated. They don’t travel and have no idea of how valuable it is to learn about other cultures.” (Source: TOI)
    4. Racial abuse in Delhi and India is common both for African students and people from North East. In January 2014, Nido Taniam, a college student from Arunachal Pradesh was beaten up by the shopkeepers of south Delhi’s busy Lajpat Nagar market. He died hours after the assault. According to reports, Taniam was searching a residential address in Lajpat Nagar when a local resident commented on his hair colour. It was followed by an argument and scuffle.
    5. About 86% of people from northeast living in Delhi have faced discrimination, according to research by the North East Helpline and Support Centre based in New Delhi. Alana Golmei, the founder, says they receive 20-30 calls a month, and most complain about non-payment of salaries and assaults. “We have become immune to people calling us chinki, momo, Bahadur, Nepali, chow-chow, king-kong (terms alluding to their physical appearance),” she says. (Source: ATimes)
    6. In 2008, Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) had temporarily suspended its tour after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was banned for three matches for allegedly racially abusing Andrew Symonds, Australia’s only black player. The Australians had alleged that Singh called Symonds a “monkey” in a heated exchange during the second Test in Sydney, which was won narrowly by Australia on Sunday evening. (Source: Guardian)
    7. Earlier this year, the TRoubleSeeker Team did a racism experiment on how people would react if they see someone being a victim of racism in a public place. The aim of the video if you see is to spread the strong message of ‘Taking Action if you witness such a situation.’ by spreading the message of – “Racism starts and ends with us.”
    8. Many activists and social welfare organisations feel that an anti-racial act is the need of the hour with programmes aimed at sensitising people about the country’s plurality. “A long-term solution will be a law that penalises acts of racial abuse. The committee formed by the Centre to suggest remedial measures to address concerns of people from the northeast is also a step forward as the country has accepted that racism exists,” said activist Wanghring Rangang of Anal Upliftment Forum.

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