ADB and the Odd International travel advisories for India


Judging by the travel guidelines issued by various countries to their citizens travelling to India – from being duped into marriage to being slain by our terrible driving skills or attacked by stray dogs – it seems that the foreign traveller has a lot to worry about.

All of the above guidelines, that were part of a concerned, comprehensive list that promised to protect one from everything from sexual harassment to hepatitis, were issued by the Asian Development Bank when 4000 of its delegates were set to visit Greater Noida for its annual meet. It also had hawk-eyed observations that would help them not hurt our feelings by their insensitive actions, such as wearing leg-baring attire or holding hands. Maybe they thought the area has had no outside contact since the Brits left us alone and were just trying to be nice, but the travel advisory was later removed from their website, after sniggers and disbelief probably assured them that we could handle it.


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Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email:

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