Despite the government’s efforts to pacify the situation that has put the people of North East in a tizzy, an air of uncertainty hangs heavy in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai. But the scenario is very much different in Bhubaneswar.
“We are closely monitoring the situation. Here, we don’t apprehend anything unpleasant. My seniors told me Bhubaneswar is a very peaceful place. However, there is a fear psychosis among those staying in southern parts of the country,” said Reema, a first year integrated BA BEd student at the Regional Institute of Education (RIE) here, who is from Manipur.
Balaiada R Dkhar, a faculty member at RIE, said the state of affairs in city is perfectly alright. Quoting media reports she said, the perceived problem in most south Indian cities were due to rumours. “There is nothing to worry for anyone here. Bhubaneswar is among the most peaceful cities with no recent history of communal tension here,” she said.