India is a diverse country and very proudly we say that we have people from different cultures, religions, caste, race and language living here. However, it is also true that India is a very racist country. We often discriminate people based on these parameters described before. More often than not, it is the people of Northeast India who are subjected to such discrimination. So we have a child actor Matin Rey Tangu from Arunachal Pradesh playing an Indian of Chinese descent in Salman Khan’s film Tubelight along with Chinese actress Zhu Zhu playing his mom, and is asked by a reporter whether he has visited India before or not. Funny, no? There are people who don’t know the names of Indian states and especially not of Northeast, for them the seven states are almost the part of China. So it comes as no surprise when a Khasi lady hailing from Meghalaya named Tailin Lyngdoh was asked to leave a venue in Delhi for wearing a ‘Jainsem’ which is their traditional attire and justified the horrible act by saying that the attire made her look like a maid.
As per the information provided by an entrepreneur from Northeast India and Honorary Advisor, Health, Government of Assam, Nivedita Barthakur Tailin Lyngdoh was working as a governess for her son. The family was invited for lunch at Delhi Golf Club on June 25, 2017. The invitees ranged from philosophers and academicians to bureaucrats and doctors and entrepreneurs as well. Among them Tailin Lyngdoh who had travelled the world wearing Jainsem looked different and was subsequently asked to leave the club. Nivedita Barthakur said, “We left the club feeling stripped of our dignity, feeling vulnerable for being Northeasterners and looking different.” Tailin Lyngdoh was asked to leave because she was told that in her dress she looks like a maid. Also read Tubelight: Salman Khan’s young co-star Matin Rey Tangu was asked if this was his first time in India, his hilarious answer brought the house down
The manager identified as Ajit Pal and a lady, Sumita Thakur approached within 15 minutes of the luncheon starting and reportedly asked Tailin Lyngdoh to leave the table and the room and said, “Maids were not allowed.” Apparently they said that she looked like a “Nepali” and looked like a maid. “I pointed out that she was an invited guest, she is a Khasi lady and she is wearing her cultural dress, a Jainsem. I even said that I am from Assam and it could have been that she was my relative even; she did not carry a badge that she was a domestic worker!”, Nivedita said. However the club management refused to change their stance whereas the other guests remained merely bystanders. Also Read Woman fired for not wearing bra from the Bird & Beer pub in Yorkshire, UK!
Is it so important to be dressed in the conventional attire? India is a democratic and sovereign nation and yet we have such misdeeds happening? Incidents like these were regular during the British era but now also we have people who look down upon others because of their dressing. Is a governess not a human being and why Tailin Lyngdoh was asked to leave the luncheon when she had proper had accompanied a family which had a valid invitation? She might not be discriminated in the countries that she had visited with Nivedita Barthakur like UAE, London and Europe but she is humiliated because of her dress, facial features and profession in her own country.