A few days back I found a petition forwarded by Richard Loitam’s parents in my inbox. The same Richard who was beaten brutally to death a few nights ago in a reputed Bangalore college. A few months in a college in the capacity of an occasional teacher made me react to this news with far more raw emotion than I would have if I had been just a mother. Over the span of the last few months, I have met young boys and girls from far flung regions of Africa, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and North-East. Of India. Though if you were to ask the North-Eastern kids what their experience has been in the India far removed from Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Tripura or Meghalaya, they will tell you it really is no different than any of their foreign peers.
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