Recently, 29-year-old fitness enthusiast and actor Milind Soman‘s wife Ankita Konwar, who belongs to Assam, posted about the racism that North-East Indians face in their own country. While sharing her powerful message, she mentioned that the only time north-east Indians get accepted as Indians is when they win medals for the country.
As per TNIE, this statement was reportedly made in reference to Manipur wrestler Mirabai Chanu, who won a silver medal for India at Tokyo Olympics.
While making her point, Ankita Konwar mentioned:
“If you’re from Northeast India, you can become an Indian ONLY when you win a medal for the country. Otherwise we are known as ‘Chinky’ ‘Chinese’ ‘Nepali’ or a new addition ‘Corona’. India is not just infested with casteism but racism too. Speaking from my experience. #Hypocrites (sic)”
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Many people agreed with her point of view, and shared their personal experiences of facing or having witnessed racism:
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