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Delhi group tours NE to fight discrimination

Imphal, May 18: A New Delhi-based organisation, Fight 4 Your Pride, has embarked on a tour of the Northeast to unite all the students’ organisations of the region against racial discrimination against people from the region.

A nine-member team of the organisation is currently in Imphal and will hold a formal meeting with students’ organisations of the state on Tuesday to chalk out strategies to tackle the issue of racial discrimination.

Representatives of the North East Students Organisation will attend the meeting.

“We came here to reassure the people of the Northeast that they are not alone in the fight against discrimination. We also want to understand the situation and join hands to fight for our pride,” founder-director of the non-profit making organisation, Rahul Anand Singh, said.

Singh said the organisation was launched in 2010 to provide a platform for victims of racial discrimination.

“It is a small organisation with committed people. Profit is not our motive. We want to stop discrimination against Indians in India,” he said.

People from the region are also members of the organisation.

“Our country has enough laws, but the laws are not effectively enforced. It is because of this reason that discrimination continues to be a serious social problem in the country. Our organisation works to ensure that there are enough examples of punishments that can act as a deterrent to committing such crimes,” Singh said.

The team began their tour on May 1 from Delhi in a mini-bus, which is covered with pictures of protests against racial discrimination in the recent past.

They also took along festoons carrying pictures of victims of racial discrimination, including that of Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh, who was killed in New Delhi.

The team arrived in Imphal on May 12.

After Manipur, the team plans to visit Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram as part of the campaign. A Delhi-based businessman is funding the trip, Singh said.

Singh said the organisation is planning to open its office in Imphal.

The team expressed happiness at the steps taken by the Delhi government to check discrimination against northeasterners.

It, however, felt that Delhi police should act immediately on getting reports of such cases.

Singh, however, said the elimination of racial discrimination was not an easy task. It required joint efforts by the government and people.