North-eastern students in the City say that they will continue staying in Hyderabad in spite of the rumours and ‘threats’.
Hate mails, posters, provocative messages, and free special trains back to Assam — no one knows whether these are rumours or the truth. But whatever it may be, it has triggered tension among the people from the North-East.
However, the student community seems to be unaffected by the turmoil. Life for them is as usual and are going to continue staying in the City.
“Why should we feel unsafe? It’s our own country. The Constitution of India says that one can travel and settle anywhere in the country. We are very much a part of the country like anyone else. We won’t get scared and leave,” said Alexander Kynjing, a fourth year Nalsar Law College student.
Students living on the campus feel safe and most of them believe that they need to be cautious not scared or worried.
“The North-Eastern Students Forum also conducted a sensitisation meeting and a peace rally yesterday. We are very safe and have no reason to worry,” said Bipin, a student from the University of Hyderabad.
Students are only worried about their parents who have expressed concern about their safety. Montul Tal, from Guwahati, a fourth year Nalsar student said, “My mother keeps calling but I told them that it is okay as Hyderabad is a safe place to live. What is happening in Assam is a livelihood issue; unfortunately the other states are turning it into a communal one. We came here to study and live a free life; things like this should not affect us. For the last three years I have been going to the City to celebrate Eid and this year too I will be going.”
Students say that they are as much informed as anyone else in Hyderabad. “We did not get any messages or any threats related to the recent crisis. In fact, at the University of Hyderabad we are barely affected. We got to know about the whole issue only through the media. Moreover, we have spoken to our families back home and it appears as though whatever is being projected is hyped and fabricated,” said Samik M, an M Phil student, UOH.
A few students from Loyola Degree college which is located in the City say that they are not worried. “None of our student friends have left the City and the main question is why should we leave? We are not criminals,” questioned Rehan M, a Loyola student.
Students across the City are clear on their stand that they have not received any threat calls or messages and they do not consider this as reason
enoughleave their academics and the City. Students unions have taken the initiative and are trying to spread a positive message through a social networking site. OU students have given an open message that any North-Eastern students felling unsafe can approach them.
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