I had to confirm it twice, before I could believe it myself that there exist places/restaurants and beaches in our FREE India where Indians are BANNED. Yes, you read it right.
But how can they do this to an Indian, in India?
Check out where all it takes place:
- Broadlands Lodge in Chennai: The entrance, a sign says “Welcome, Namaste, pray stay at this worthy lodge.” But a warm welcome exists only if you are in possession of a foreign passport. An apparent ‘No Indian’ policy is quite strictly enforced, whereby only Indians in possession of a foreign passport may stay. Over the years, this place has hit the headlines on more than one occasion because of it’s discriminatory policy.
- UNO-IN hotel in Bangalore: The hotel which was set up in 2012 in association with the Nippon Infrastructure Company, shot to limelight after it allegedly stopped Indians from entering the restaurant. The hotel was later shut down by the Greater Bangalore City Corporation on charges of racial discrimination.
- Free Kasol Cafe in Kasol: This Israeli restaurant blatantly discriminates among people on the basis of passports. A Facebook post revealed how an Israeli restaurant, ‘Free Kasol’ refuses to serve Indian customers.
- “Foreigners Only” beaches in Goa and Pondicherry: Beaches of Goa and Pondicherry seem as the most favored coastal destinations in India. Call it Pondicherry or Puducherry, the territory is still quite French, surrounded by the pristine beaches. However, they have beaches reserved exclusively for the foreigners.
According to Nishant, a Banglore based Photo editor, who visited one such beach resort in Pondicherry says, “We felt humiliated and walked out of that place. It was shocking to receive such a treatment in India for the simple reason of being an Indian. It is high time we stopped pointing fingers at the West for racial discrimination we are subjected to in foreign countries. We ourselves are discriminating our own people based on race”.
It has been 68 years to India’s independence but this information shows that it will take us many more years to be actually FREE in our own homeland! Quite disturbing but true.