It seems hard to believe, but yes, this is true. When it comes to racism against Indians, no one does it better than we ourselves. Unlike every other country where racism is generally directed towards other nationalities, we love to direct it towards ourselves. Even in this day and age,there are many places in India where Indians are banned from entering.
Uno-In Hotel, Bangalore
The Uno-In Hotel was set up in Bangalore in 2012 in association with the Nippon Infrastructure company to cater to the needs of the growing corporate Japanese population in the city. But it shot to fame in early 2014 after a number incidents where the hotel staff allegedly stopped Indians from entering the roof-top restaurant. The hotel was soon shut down by the Greater Bangalore City Corporation on charges of racial discrimination.
“Foreigners Only” beaches in Goa
Some of the beaches and shacks in Goa are reported to stop Indian citizens from entering the premises. Owners of them justify it by saying they’re “saving beachwear-clad foreign guests from lusty gazes”, presumably because only Indians are capable of “lusty gazes“.
Red Lollipop Hostel, Chennai
This particular hostel in Chennai is reserved only for expats and not Indian citizens living in the country. If you log on to their website, they proudly claim that it is “a one of a kind hostel for first time visitors in India. Admission by passport only.”
Sakura Ryokan Restaurant, Ahmedabad
This is another Japanese restaurant in Ahmedabad. Instead of a low-profile restaurant, this place doesn’t allow Indians and they only serve Japanese citizens. And you will be surprised to know that the owner himself is an Indian! When asked about the reason behind this discrimination, he said that he has appointed North-eastern girls as waitresses and the constant ogling at them by the Indian guests persuaded him to implement this rule.
Russian colony, Kundankulam
According to several claims, the residential complex of the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Project has a “Russian colony” where Indians are not allowed inside. This colony accommodates many Russian citizens working for the Power Project, and is self-sustaining with houses, hotels, club houses, etc.
“Foreigners Only” beaches, Pondicherry
After Goa, Pondicherry is probably one of the most famous coastal getaways in India. The pristine beaches surrounded by the beautiful French and and Indian architecture make it a preferred location for both Indians and foreigners. But just like in Goa some beaches have been demarcated exclusively for “Foreign Nationals ”
Norbulingka Cafe, Dharamshala
According to several claims posted online, this particular cafe has been known to deny entry to anybody and everybody who “looks even remotely Indian”. In my opinion, this is the is the most quintessential example of racism.