Unlike countries in Europe and the Americas, India is almost homogeneous ethnically. An Indian can always identifying another; we all “look alike”. Which is why the people from the North-Eastern states stand-out- they look “Chinese”, not “Indian”, and are often asked to produce their passports. That the eight states are also physically isolated doesn’t help- we often forget they are a part of India.
But ignorance is one thing, discrimination is quite another. How can people originally from the North-East, but studying or working in other parts of their own country be asked to leave? Can’t there be less bigotry?