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Over dinner I asked him what his current work entailed, what his day-to-day schedule was like. He looked deeply into his plate of rice and dal, not saying anything. I felt that perhaps he hadn't understood my question. But then he spoke. "I do some chores here and there, sleep, go to the department for a bit." I looked at his face closely, trying to detect any irony, or humility, or aloofness (in <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> sense!). I didn't see anything.
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For too long, Delhiites have tested Arunachalees' Indianness... How about we turn the tables and test the testers? With a milder test, to be sure: a challenge of knowledge, comprising questions not pejoratives, and ending with question marks not strangle marks.
Through his overall, multipronged efforts towards the Northeast, it appears Mr. Modi aims to change the nation's outlook towards the region - long one of indifference and paternalism. Mr. Modi's objective is praiseworthy. But he is undermining it by staying silent on terrorism in the region.
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We all need to join the business of not shutting up, and of not letting the contest of ideas be clipped; for it is simply not right, or sustainable, that a responsibility so great is having to be shouldered by so few, with consequences so fatal for them.
Two weeks ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, alerted Parliament to an astounding fact: In Delhi, instances of discrimination against people from the Northeast had increased by 226% over the previous year.