At a time when racial crimes is on an increasing high and most of the populace suffer from ‘chalta hai’ attitude, people like NV Singh stand out. In a rare act of bravado, he stood up for a man from north-eastern state of India. As reported, this incident took place in a yellow-line metro at around 10:45 pm on Sunday.
Reportedly, a man from north-eastern state of India was being harassed by a group of men in the metro. The entire coach was full of people but no one came to his aid, as the men kept calling him ‘chinki’ (a derogatory term) and kept on troubling him. The victim when tried to speak for himself was asked to ‘return back from where he came’ and was questioned about his place of birth as ‘he did not look Indian.’
While everyone chose to ignore, Singh did not, being a good samaritan came forward and asked the group to keep off and not trouble him further. The group reportedly, misbehaved with Singh too and it was only after Singh raised his voice and warned of reporting the matter, the group backed off. An employee of the power sector, he is an ‘ordinary’ man who is capable of ‘extra-ordinary’ things and this incident is a perfect example of it.
This problem is not new in Delhi as earlier too, an Immigration officer asked a woman from Manipur, “Indian toh nahi lagti ho” and “Pakka Indian ho?”,”see… you yourself need to know your Indianness. How many states are there in India?”, “so tell me how many states Manipur shares borders with.”
Monica Khangembam, a corporate communications professional who was travelling to South Korea was the victim then and she described her experience through a Facebook post that went viral and has reached the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj who took notice of the incident.
Kudos to Singh and may his tribe increase!