DIMAPUR, April 10 - Decrying the discrimination and assault on African nationals in India, 23 Northeast students� unions extended solidarity with the people of African origin living in India and particularly those who were attacked in Greater Noida recently.
�We empathise with the violence, ordeals, and humiliation faced by Africans in India. We are distressed to learn of the ongoing situation and denial of the Indian government to term the incident as racist is worrying. Various incidents of racism against people of African origin in India from the past are not isolated incidents. They stemmed from the deep rooted prejudice mindset of the majority of Indians,� the student bodies said in a joint statement.
While condemning racial discrimination against anyone (particularly people of African origin) and caricatures people make by creating stereotypes like cannibalism and drug users/peddlers, the students� unions stated that these stereotypes are reflection of �racist mindset which we, people from Northeast India, are also at receiving end over and over again�.
They pointed out that whenever people from the North East were �racially discriminated, we see that nationalism fervour is being infused by stating that we don�t deserve to be discriminated when we are also Indian�. Statements like these are misleading, the joint statement stated while adding that �racism is committed towards any people from other race irrespective of one�s citizenry of a nation.�
The students� unions urged the Centre to take appropriate steps and measures to address this issue.