We are living in a land of diversity. There are diverse cultures, cuisines and communities which make India unique and beautiful in its own way. However, some communities like north-eastern people are racially discriminated, abused and mistreated.
One such incident took place at Taj Mahal when a group of people from Manipur had gone to visit the monument as a part of an-India educational tour but were denied entry by CISF personnel as they resembled foreigners.
The entry ticket for Indians at Taj Mahal cost Rs 40 while the entry ticket for foreigners cost Rs 1000. The CISF guards believed that they were foreigners and were posing as Indian nationals to gain entry on cheaper tickets. The students even showed their ID proofs and a letter stating that they were on an all-India tour, but that didn’t work.
Later, they were allowed to enter only when they produced their Aadhar Cards. Now, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered an inquiry after the students filed a written complaint alleging discrimination.
“The students alleged that CISF personnel misbehaved with them and that they were asked to show their nationality proof. They then called the tourism police, who reached the spot and intervened to allow the students to enter,” RP Pandey, a police officer told the Indian Express.
The Archeological Survey of India has ordered an enquiry and security staff has been asked to provide CCTV footage as well. Social media has expressed outrage over the incident.
Are we really moving towards a progressive Economy? Does progress mean a racial discrimination against a certain section of the society? This foul mentality needs to change if we really need to establish ourselves as a forward-thinking society.
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