Ethnic relations in India
Ethnic relations or racism in India pertain to the attitude of Indians to people of other ethnicities or races. Within India, almost each province has its own distinct style and flavour in its folk form of music and dance, and mutual influences are not rare. Distinct style and character can be seen in paintings, sculpture architecture, poetry and other traditions of the country. Amongst non-Indians (and in particular non-Whites) there is an element of pervasive racism, especially towards the African population (mostly students).
- People of different religions/castes take part in each other's festivals/occasions. People from one religion has provided protection to an occasion of other religion, which happened in 12 August 2013.
- Inter-caste marriages happen and these becomes a unifying factor of the nation. Certain state governments encourage the inter-caste or inter-faith marriages by providing incentives.
- People speaking different languages live in same place (Linguistic diversity). India is one of the top 10 Linguistically diverse countries. Most linguistically diverse state in India is Arunachal Pradesh.
- People visit other religion's shrines. Some of the Hindus visit Ajmer Dargah(Islam). Some of the Muslims visit Sabarimala temple(Hinduism) and Vavar shrine. Other religion's people visit Velankanni shrine(Christianity). Any religion people can visit and take food in Amritsar Golden Temple(Sikhism).
Prejudice and racism against North-East Indians
In recent years there have been many reports of discrimination against Northeastern Indians. In 2007 the North East Support Center & Helpline (NESC&H) was started as a separate wing of All India Christian Council, with the goal of increasing awareness of prejudice and attacks against people from North-East India. Many people from Northeast face difficulty and discrimination for accommodation. Many north-easterners are called "chinky" by people in New Delhi, in reference to the appearance of their eyes, though it may not widely be applicable to Assam because of mixed demographics where equally significant number of the population are "Indo-aryan" and thus lack mongoloid phenotype. A spokesman for the NESC&H, said that abuse and harassment of north-easterners had became more.
In 2012, in an attempt to prevent racial discrimination against people from the North East, Indian government has asked all the states and union territories to book anyone who commits an act of atrocity against people from the region under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A person found guilty under this act, can be jailed for 5 years.
People from other countries
People from other countries are treated differently by some Indian people based on the country they come from and Colour. Especially African people are affected more. African people coming to India for studies are affected. Some people are denied for accommodation and improperly treated.
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