But people of the Seven Sisters are not just the ones who live through the scourge of racism in our country. People from the state of Bihar and neighboring states have been subjected to racism in states like Maharashtra and other states. As foreigners, India’s track record for treating its guests hasn’t been to stellar as well. Ironically, people of African origin are some of the worst affected in India. The irony lies in the fact that Mahatma Gandhi, as a barrister sought to remove the scourge of racism in apartheid South Africa and we, his children indulge in the same wrong which he tried so hard to right.
But all is not lost in our country. People from the all parts of our country play a very vital role in our day to day lives. People from the North East, Bihar and other states form a force to be reckoned with called the Indian Armed Forces, men and women who protect our borders and keep us safe. People from different states are responsible for providing essential services that help us run our daily lives as well.
While racism is a crime of the mind, it is not too hard to root it out. We can prevent it by:
- Interacting more with people from different states and countries at our office, college, school or workplace
- Appreciating the diversity in our country by travelling and discovering more people and their culture
- Applauding and respecting the contributions made by people of different states for maintaining national integrity
- Educating our children to be more receptive and tolerant towards people of different races
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