The idea of who is or isn’t a foreigner manifests daily in a summary assessment of the skin colour of tourists queuing outside the ticket counter of monuments of national importance. You can call this a farcical display of discrimination based on colour, but it can be bruising nevertheless – for Indians and foreigners alike.
This shameful story of racism is an outcome of the Archaeological Survey of India’s policy to have dual pricing for entry tickets to the monuments. Under this the foreigners have to pay several times more than Indians. For instance, to enter the Taj Mahal, foreigners pay Rs 750, as against the Rs 20 Indians do. For visiting the Red Fort or the Humayun Tomb in Delhi, Indians pay Rs 10 and foreigners Rs 250.
The problem is that there isn’t a mechanism in place through which the citizenship of visitors can be determined. No proof of identity is asked for, and whether a tourist is foreigner is determined by the person at the ticket counter on the basis of his or her notion of who looks Indian in appearance. The colour of skin and facial features become the clinching factors in this egregiously flawed process of determining citizenship.
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Source Credits: Ajaz Ashraf in Scroll