We all have heard, seen and enjoyed the campaign called ‘!ncredible India’ by tourism department of India. In fact they did a great job in creating a brand campaign that reached masses around the globe. It is also true that this campaign made a huge impact globally. But have you ever wondered about what the reality is? Let me share my experience here. These events date back to a couple of years. I was accompanying foreign guests on a trip to various places around Mysore. Any place you visit will have a disgusting difference in entry fee for Indians and Foreigners. See the images below.
Revealing the precise place details is out of question right now to save the little left pride, but these two images should give you an idea on how well we treat our guests. Is this the way to honor our guests by saying “Atithi Devo Bhava” (अतिथि देवो भव – meaning ‘Guest is God’)? Believe this or not, it was such an embarrassing moment whenever I had to purchase entry tickets when guests are around.
I still fail to understand why we have such a racist discrimination towards the foreigners. Since they are so called ‘Gods’, is our governments planning to reap the most from them? For our culture sake, please do refrain from acting as if we are racists towards our guests.
I do understand maintenance cost does matter a lot for most of our tourist spots given the kind of corruption that prevails all over multiple bureaucrat levels. Can we fix the root cause and save ourselves from shameful times in front of our Gods please? If we don’t know how to respect our guests, at least let us stay away from letting them feel bad about us.
I haven’t visited many tourist spots in the North, is it the same kind of treatment? What is your thought on this topic?