外文标题：Indians are third-class citizens of the world
Should Indian passports be called ‘stop-ports’, in that people who have them are routinely stopped from entering foreign countries, or even transiting through them?
This happens all the time. Recently, Bunny’s cousin and his wife who were going to visit their daughter who is settled in the US had their family plans ruined when the Canadian authorities refused them permission to transit through Toronto airport on their flight to the US. The reason? They did not have a Canadian visa.
They argued that since they are not going to actually enter the country, but would only be in a cordoned-off area in the airport, and as such there was no logical reason why they should require visas. Such reasoning was of no avail. If you are unfortunate enough to have an Indian passport, you cannot even pass through a Canadian airport without a visa. What next? That if you have an Indian passport you can’t even look at a map of Canada without a visa?
Canada is not the only country where an Indian passport is treated like a stop-port. A couple of years ago, Bunny was denied entry to Finland. Why? Because though she had a valid Schengen visa – which Finland accepts – it was stamped not on her new passport but on her old passport which was stapled onto the new one. The US, and all European Union countries, accept valid visas stamped in an old passport, if this is attached to the new passport. But not Finland. Bunny was turned back from Heathrow airport where she was to board the flight to Helsinki, losing out on the airfare and the hotel in Finland that had already been paid for.
To add insult to financial injury, some other passengers who were not Indians but who also had a similar visa problem were allowed entry by the Finnish authorities. The message was clear: if you have an Indian passport, you’re not just a second-class citizen of the world but a third-class citizen.
The reason for this is obvious, and known to everyone. Sixty-seven years after Independence, economic conditions for the majority of India’s population are so terrible that this country has become globally notorious for its illegal immigrants, who’ll risk any hazard to find employment and a new life in a foreign land.
It is to India’s shame that the country forces so many of its citizens to become economic refugees, to be exploited and ill-treated in alien and often hostile climes. To make matters worse, the Indian government grants visas on arrival to citizens of Finland and many other countries which discriminate against Indian travellers.
By doing this, our sarkar tacitly accepts that in the eyes of the global community, India is a third-class country of third-class citizens.
India’s new Prime Minister is known to be a no-nonsense person, who can not only talk tough but act tough when necessary. It’s time that countries which openly discriminate against Indian citizens be deterred from doing so by being given a taste of their own bitter medicine.
Canadian passport? Finnish passport? Sorry, no swagatam for you guys.
modi should talk to the finnish and canadian authorities strongly to get it solved.taking revenge will be a bad idea.
very very true. first of all we indians do not respect other indians. then how you can expect others to do the same. yes our new pm is no-nonsense person and hope he will instill a sense of hope for us all
would delhi airport allow a pakistani transiting through delhi on the way to bangladesh with a changeover flight an entry without a visa? or vice versa for a bangladeshi passport holder. we have similar laws. then why are we so touchy about laws overseas. the canadian high commission website clearly states that in case of a change of flights to a 3rd country, passport holders of some countries (incl. unfortunately india) need a visa. why not simply follow the advice. we have made the canadian authorities do that as so many of us try to enter illegally or once inside illegally stay on. whose fault is that. they are trying to protect their borders just like us is trying against mexicans or we should be doing against illegal bangladeshis. nothing wrong with that.
i do not agree with the author that indians are treated as third class citizens,then so many indians would not have settled in so many countries.i am aware of so many people known to me travelling to different countries have not experienced any of these problems and there are india centric rules except strict security check and safety standards are followed .please do not go by one specific case and generalise
Here author seems to have personal grudge with Indians.
I personally do not agree with this blog of Mr.Jug `Suriya .I never faced such problem while travelling in Europe and US with an Indian passport.The case quoted by the writer may be some specific and one can not make a negative view on this as no body knows the reality . If it is an International flight to US through Canada, you don\'t need a Canadian visa. Only if you disembark in Canada even for few hours and then take another domestic flight from Canada to US you will be required to have a Visa.What is wrong with this not able to understand?Actually speaking we Indians try to mislead and misinterpret the law of the foreign land.This is true that extra security is being taken in the case of Indian,but this may have some exceptions and can not be applied for all .Indians run the economy world over. Imagine if Indians were withdrawn from US, Canada, Gulf and similar countries, there economies will go at least a decade behind. We all indians must remain united in case of any problem .
if all indians are 'withdrawn from us, canada, gulf and similar countries', who will feed them and their families in india, certainly not modi. so before you bluff, be prepared to call it