Inaccessible India


Visas are once again a sticking point for Indian diplomacy. Britain and America may soon implement policies that inconvenience Indians going abroad for tourism and work. New Delhi has protested these moves, and threatens to challenge the American proposal at the WTO.

Although these visa regimes are myopic, India cannot claim to have done much better. The Home Ministry maintains a tight grip on who can enter the country, how many times, for how long, and for what purpose. The difference between us and Britain and America is that while their motives are economic — to stem the flow of jobs and welfare payments to foreigners — ours are security related. And inexplicably, our government views workers, students and researchers as the greatest threat.

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