I recollected a person from the Jaintia tribe in Shillong saying that people in Meghalaya know other regional Indian languages while north-eastern languages are hardly known or spoken in other states. He also quoted an instance where he said, “When people from Meghalaya go to places like Bombay and Delhi, they are forced to show their passports to prove they are Indians.”
I found myself thinking about who is a true Indian and who defines that. I didn’t know myself whether I am an Indian and if I am, what is it that makes me one?
Anushree Arora, FB


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