articles by Daribha Lyndem

India

Unpacking 'chinki': Unlike 'dkhar', a term used for non-tribals, the slur is rooted in racial derision, power dynamics

To say that chinki and dkhar (a term used to refer to non-tribals in Meghalaya) are similar would be incorrect. While one is undoubtedly a slur, the other can be used as a slur. Moreover, a term used by a minority cannot be as damaging as one used by a majority because of the power dynamics inherent in this set up.