Is India dangerous for foreigners?
Ashley Benson, HR Manager at Vivo (2014-present)
I have visited India 2 times and believe me I enjoyed my 15 days visit a lot.
People are very kind and helpful in India and they have a very rich culture. I think everyone should go to India at least once in their life. I was an wonderful experience and I enjoy a lot especially their hospitality is amazing. If again I will get a change to visit India I would love to go there and this time I would take my mom too.
Nirmal Singh, former Consultant at Calance
Lets answer it with facts and not being an emotional Indian.
Is India safe for anyone? Yes or No.
It is safe, if you are going to restrict yourself to tourist places and do not travel solo.
It is not safe for anyone, be it Indian or foreigner if you are going to explore the streets of a small city of UP or Bihar or the infamous jungles of Jharakand with full of Naxalites or the abandoned villages of Kashir (OMG - this should really get going the Indian in us).
Nathan Kondala, Educator at iLearn IAS (2016-present)
Prejudice is Ignorance. Possibly the question must be “ Is a foreign country dangerous to foreigners….”
And the possible answer would be , yes and a no. Its circumstantial, especially in India, any foreigner and the native are bound to have certain Culture shocks.
Having said that, its completely erroneous to generalize. On the whole India is not dangerous to foreigners. On the whole its possibly the most welcoming and accomodative
Yash Mayank Modi, I. Sc from Loyola Convent School
I am a proud Indian.
It makes me sad and sometimes I feel just to cry when i see rape, stealing, murder cases of foreign tourists in India as it disglorifies the glory, pride and respect of my mother nation.
Keeping this in mind, I feel that though a little, India is unsafe for foreigners.
And upto some extent, these foreigners are responsible for this. Their invasions and wrong doings in India made some of Indians hate them which is justified.
But today is the time for not ask is india safe but we should ask how we can make it safe.
A P Sinha, Cyber Security Manager (2005-present)
At least south India is not. South India is 1000 times more secure than Africa, Latin America, East Asia(Phillipines, Malaysia etc not Singapore and Hong Kong) and South Asian countries like Pakistan, bangaladesh and Nepal. It can be compared to Western Europe and America in terms of tourist safety. Only place which is more safe for tourists than South India is Middle east Asia ( the six ex GCC COUNTRIES NOT IRAQ OR SYRIA HAHA)
Brady Campbell, Blogger at The Indefinite Journey (2011-present)
YES VERY DANGEROUS INDEED! Here are some of the most dangerous things that happened to me while in India.
Dangerous to your prejudice!
I have never been anywhere in the world quite like India in this regard. People are just simply accepted. There is a difference between acceptance and tolerance. Most places I have been in the world, people are tolerant of tourist, religions, differences and color of your skin. India is accepting. It is truly the most endearing thing about this country in my eyes.
The Indian people have assimilated for centuries of occupations that has helped to create this acceptance. From the Muslim invaders to the British most recently, this country has not lost her identity over thousands of years, yet assimilates parts of the occupiers seamlessly. This is admirable and says a lot about the Indian people.
When you go to India, you let go of your prejudices. You learn from the Indian people how to get along with others and accept, which is the enemy of prejudice.
Dangerous to your tastebuds!
The food is a balance between spicy and sweet that simply makes me happy. There is little better feeling than the curries that tickle my lips with almost a buzz after eating Indian Food. From the biryani to the curries, from pani puri (sp) to the Chole Bhature and Kati Rolls of Delhi. By no means am I a vegetarian, however this is the only country where I could eat veg and not care one bit.
The Indian food is dangerous to numbing your tastebuds.
Dangerous to your World View!
I can not honestly say that before going to India, my worldview was complete. It still isn’t complete by any means, but I thought I had a pretty good grip on it. After going to India… It exploded and made me realize how ignorant I really was to the views of others in the world.
The Indian people see life differently than the rest of the world. Not in a negative way, just very different. Maybe it is from being an ancient civilization and developing a philosophy that is tried and true. Coming from America, we have a civilization and culture of only a couple hundred years old. This is an infant to the Indians who have been entrenched in their culture since human existence practically.
So Is It Dangerous?
Go to India! See for yourself! It is dangerous for many reasons. But is it dangerous to your personal safety, (which is what the original poster was probably getting at)?
NOT IN OUR EXPERIENCE!
We never felt as if our lives were in danger, or that we were in a dangerous situation. Does it have its dangers… of course. Just like anywhere else in the world. Whoever is reading this can say the same about their own land.
There are dangers everywhere and it is up to you to be smart and travel well by avoiding the dangers or being put into dangerous positions where others can take advantage of you.
You can check out all our Indian Adventures at our Blog Page for India. We went all over India! India - The Indefinite Journey
Shahnawaz Zahid, Developer at Tata Group (2016-present)
How foreigners treated us and how we treated them.
The Portuguese nobleman Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon in 1497 on a mission to reach India and open a sea route from Europe to the East. Da Gama received a hero’s welcome back in Portugal after what he did in INDIA.
After da gama, Dutch and Britishers came and what they did to this nation is something we all are aware of.
Forcing people to participate in wars, mass killing at JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE, partition of INDIA,high taxes,loots, Bengal famine, exploitation , rapes are some of the examples of their cruelty and brutality.
强迫人们参加战争，JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE的大屠杀，分裂印度，高额税收，奸淫掳掠，孟加拉饥荒，这些都是他们的残忍罪行。
Now, Is India dangerous for foreigners?
NO, We Indians have been taught to respect our guests and treat them well since a very young age. We are the most humble people
Atithi devo bhava -Indians consider it a huge honor to have guests in their home and go out of their way to please them. There's nothing like Indian hospitality. For us, guests are a reflection of god.
India is a diverse country with so many religions, cultures and values. One will always get the wonderful and different expression of greeting varying from 'Namaste - the together joining of both hands' to “salaam” and “Adab” by using their right hand.
India can be very inspiring and refreshing for the soul. Many people come to India to learn yoga, meditate, or spend time at an ashram. Another moving experience is to take part in an evening Aarti (fire worship) along the Ganges river at either Rishikesh , Haridwar, or Varanasi
Home of Ayurveda and YOGA - Gaining reputation for its skilled English-speaking medical professionals, wide range of procedures and surgeries, and very low prices, India attracts med-trotters from near and far, with a recent surge in the number of American patients.We are second among the top 12 cheap health care destinations in the world saving thousands of lives daily. With hands wide open we welcome millions of people across the world.Many hospitals also offer traditional Ayurvedic treatments, where herbs, massage, and yoga comprise a system of alternative medicine.
INDIA IS BEAUTIFUL - WE HAVE TAJMAHAL OF COURSE , AND THAT IS ENOUGH TO ATTRACT FOREIGNERS.
Konstancja Mikutaniec, lives in India (2014-present)
In my opinion is dangerous for females.
Generally in, at least Europe it is common for women to go out, travel and so on, without being harrased or teased.
In India it may happend. Especially by young males.
Many Indian men belives in myth, that Western women are “easy”.
More body revealing clothes (coz of heat) may be seen as provoking, while women may not realise it.
Things seen as normal in Western-for example naked legs are kind if taboo in India.
Naked belly, seen in Europe as nudity is normal in India.
In India they must be more careful.
Also foreigners used to high level of safety, may behave naively or foolishly, (going alone in abandoned places, trusting every person they meet).
Som Saxena, Writer. at Writers and Authors (2015-present)
We were colonized by British people, so we are ready to kill them with a blink of an eye.
Last year, I went to pushkar fair with friend to spend a week. In case you don't know, Pushkar is a small town near Jaipur, India. Located just adjacent to Ajmer. Pushkar is claimed to be a holy place with religious values. Pushkar fair is huge. It takes place every year. Pushkar receves a considerable amount of tourists every year.
We met a guy there, he was an American citizen. We were just chilling on a rooftop hotel when we met have. We smoked together, he told us how much he loved India. Especially, the hospitality he received here. He said he want to spend his rest of life here in India.He has even applied for an Indian citizenship. We had a great time with him there.
So are we Indians bad people?
Do we have foreigners?
Do we hate Britishers, in particular?
No, we don't. Infact, you will find us Indians the most socializing people.
We never hold any grudges.
We spread positivity.
Welcome to India.
No!!! India cannot be Called a dangerous country, when compared to its neighbors. Now India is much more safer than many of the European nations.
Though there are some Indians who want to defame nations pride and honor but it cannot be called as a dangerous company as majority of the Indians are friendly.
India has been a favorite destination for foreigners for their holidays. Even more and more foreign companies are investing in India. Many of the IT services are increasing at a rapid growth.
Anish Kumar, Dreamer at Chirst University
India is only as dangerous to foreigners as much as foreigners are dangerous to indians abroad…
There are a few unfortunate events that get highlighted, get media attention and whole country is stereotyped.
if each of the wonderful experiences of the foreigners were to get media attention, media could do nothing else but this probably….
India is a safe and friendly place… All are welcome here.. just like the grass is greener on the other side, most of the times the unknowns are not as bad as it is made out to be…
Varun Nair, studied at Cochin University Of Science and Technology
India is not dangerous to foreigners as tourists. But yes it is dangerous to single foreign women. I totally think this statement is true because I know so many of my friends who walk out alone and come back telling stories. For all of you that say my India is incredible etc., For single women we must accept that our country isn't the best place to be in. And men do behave badly ( many time not all the time) when they spot a woman who is alone.
Rahul Shah, B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
No its not! It is one of the most visited countries by international tourists. The western media exaggerates crimes in India. The thing is the population of our country is large so the absolute numbers of crimes maybe bigger but the proportion of crimes, say per 100,000 people is really small and it is highly unlikely for you to face any sort of such troubles in our country!
Brendon Rownak Pinto, HR at Pratham Motors (2017-present)
We Indians respect everyone and everyone seems to like our culture.
You can see a lot of foreigners coming to India for vactions.
They like our food our culture and us.
India is definitely a safe and lovely place for everyone.
Incase you are a foreigner and thinking of visiting India please do come.
Kundan Dhayade, studied at G. G. Khadse Collage of Science (2017)
India is safe for tourists, for foreigners. India is the world fastest growing economy with GDP of 6.5 more than United States of America. India is a vast and big country. India ranked 7th in area behind Russia, China, Australia, Brazil, United States of America, India.