What the Northeast faces from Delhi is environmental racism

By Rouhin Deb
Deccan Herald

September 9, 2020

The central government’s step-motherly treatment towards the Northeast and its indigenous peoples is not a new phenomenon. Northeast India comprises mostly of indigenous tribal populations living in the hinterlands and the frontiers of the country, who are seen as being culturally different from people living in mainland India. There have been several instances of ‘othering’ and stereotyping these people by the people of mainland India. The voices of these people have also been under-represented in the political sphere. While the racism experienced by people of the Northeast does get some amount of mainstream media attention, the environmental racism against the region is yet to be recognised. It all started when the Government of India stooped to a new low with the recent environmental controversies surrounding the land and its people.

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