This poem, written by Dr. Gumlat Maio is based on the recent racist attack on an Arunachali student Higio Gungte by his landlord that took place at Bangalore on March 6, 2017. The poem deeply expresses the plight that the poor Arunachali student had to undergo at the hands of his landlord in Bengaluru and how insensitive some mainland Indians are towards the Northeast Indians.
Sometimes I wonder
Walking down the metropolitan street.
North-easterners and mainland Indians,
Why do our wavelengths never meet?
Why does my face induce so much allergy
in your mind?
Why am I treated
Like a filthy swine?
And looked down upon
As a lesser kind?
When I tried to stop my landlord
For dragging the neck of my friend,
He assaulted me all over
With his violent, merciless hand.
He kicked my belly so many times,
I choked and writhed in pain.
Punched my face, kicked my chin,
He went on like a man insane.
My tongue got cut, cheeks burned.
Spat blood out of my mouth.
He then tried to kick my genitals
And shouted out loud,
That I was a dirty tribal
From the North-east.
That we didn’t deserve respect,
Not even the least.
‘I will fuck your mother and sister!’
He continued with his abuse.
He made me tie his lace
And lick his dusty shoes.
He threatened my roommates, he’d continue
To rap me,
If they didn’t follow his order
To slap me.
I was shamed and maimed.
And all this murderous rage
For a crime I was blamed.
And the crime was that
I used ‘extra water’.
My name is Higio Gungte.
I am from the North-east.
Do I really feel like a proud Indian? —
After what I suffered at the hands of that beast?
By Dr. Gumlat Maio,
The poet can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org