Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Delhi Police or Racial Police?

Delhi Police has released a manual for northeastern students/visitors in New Delhi. The booklet is “full of well-meaning advice that should help these men and women blend into Delhi society despite the handicap of their ‘foreign’ features”. Shocking as they are, the rules even include suggestions on what they should eat: “bamboo shoot, Akhuni and other smelly dishes should be prepared without creating ruckus in neighbourhood”.

And all of it comes from a northeasterner! The introduction to the booklet, titled “Words to Seven Sisters (the seven northeastern states)”, has been written by the deputy commissioner (West Delhi), Robin Hibu, an IPS officer who is from the Northeast.


Nirmala Laiseram, who works in Delhi but is now vacationing in Imphal, said: “Girls from the Northeast wear the same kind of clothes worn by Delhi girls. So what is the big deal?”

Mukul Sangma, deputy chief minister, Meghalaya said: “There has to be a uniform code of conduct for students from all parts of the country. Why only the Northeast? This is being racist and this will further alienate the nation.”
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