Who is racist? So called mainland fellow Indians or Else ?
Many Manipuris living outside the state, especially in Delhi and other metros, often face implicit and explicit forms of discriminations at various levels. Manipur is not a utopian society either.
Apart from tangible social-political issues, discriminations based on ethnic, cultural form, language, place of residing are so rampant in Manipur to the extend that some abusive words are based on ethnic and the place ofresidence.
‘ Haothu'( a derogatory abusive word based on ethnic is widely used for expression the highest form of emotion and disgust)
‘Lawaimacha’ and ‘ Lawai’ ( common abusive words used to refer people outside city or Imphal, and are widely used to mean undeveloped , savage fellow Manipuris who are not up-to-date)
Hmmm… Who is racist? So called mainland fellow Indians or Else?
So, a very good friend of mine from Manipur once said to me, ” I feel more comfortable staying in Delhi because being from an ethnic group who is not from Imphal, i find it very humiliating to hear people calling names every now and then: ‘ HAOTHU’ and ‘ LAWAIMACHA’ .”