Muslim woman traveling alone in India, any suggestions?
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#16
| In charge, navel affairs
The police here in Britain............... India has an incredibly corrupt and inefficient police


Coming after the Murdoch affair was made public (known for a couple of years by even me, though) and the London Metropolitan Cops and Scotland Yard both showing up to be completely in bed with xyz, that statement is is a bit thick.

I put it to you that it is the London police that is incredibly corrupt. Or maybe both are. Next time I am wearing a hijab in London.
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#17
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@ Looking for adventure,

I'll point out that I've given an extreme example here, it was to emphasize that there has in the past been tensions between Muslims and Hindus in India. Some Indian nationals and visitors to India are in denial/ignorant with regards to Indian history.

As stated previously, you will most likely not encounter any issues based on your veil, but always consider your own safety in your final decision...
#18
| In charge, navel affairs
I've given an extreme example here,



Should I start with extreme but commonplace examples of racism against brown skinned Muslims in the UK, then? (with an interesting suggestion that everybody should wear mini-skirts, since you say they are comfortable)

Some Indian nationals and visitors to India are in denial/ignorant with regards to Indian history.


poor buggers. Lets's bring democracy to them.
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#19
| Loud Noisy Bird

Originally posted by: Rishikesh08 View Post

Maybe this article can simplify things for you and prince09. ...
Very nice of you to try to simplify things for us, but, in case you hadn't noticed (and there's no big reason why you should) I have lived here for some years now, and Prince may be in Australia, but is Indian by birth and origin. He, unlike me, has been generous enough to simplify some stuff for you in the previous post.

All I can say is that I see women wearing these clothes every day. It is not a problem.

Just thinking... I'm not sure that I would recommend a temple tour dressed like that --- or wearing an 18-inch crucifix, for that matter. I really don't know: Prince?

And if you don't think it applies, why not? Lots of members of one religion have an interest in others. I know Hindus (and no, they are not "modern," if anything, they are quite villagey) who keep Muslim festivals and say Christian prayers: they are just really, really into gods!

But to visit a religious institution whilst making an overt statement of belong to another. Is it tactful?

Anyway, that is all by the way. Yes, I know about Mumbai, I know about Gujarat, and I know about alarmist article writers as well as those who write with the very intention of causing unrest.

I've also come across foreigners who come here for (wow) a whole month before writing their in-depth reports. To be brutal, I've come across some who have spent a great deal longer here, and still write rubbish about the country

Anything to do with LookingForAdventure's trip? No.

Originally posted by: Rishikesh08 View Post

I'll point out that I've given an extreme example here
No. You gave a ridiculous example*. Almost as ridiculous as your assertions about what other posters might or might not know about Indian history, or life in India today. Bring on the Democracy, Capt! :D

No wait... Hold the democracy: I'd rather have a serving of that starry-eyed innocence I had when I was a tourist.

As stated previously, you will most likely not encounter any issues based on your veil
So you agree with us. But hey, why waste a bad argument when you can put up a major smokescreen anyway!


*In the sense of warning those who visit Japan about Atomic bombs. There is nothing ridiculous about the subject matter of the article, which is, obviously, about some of the nastier things that happen in our world, or about the communalism that does exist in India. Prince has already addressed the level of competence of the author.
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#20
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Originally posted by: Rishikesh08 View Post

but I have spoken to Hindus who firmly hate Muslims and will not be talked out of it, do bear that in mind.


The comment above is both half true and unnecessary and completely off topic here. The hatred is mutual. Muslims also hate Hindus.
At an individual level hardly any Hindu or Muslim will ever express this hatred to any individual in a one to one case.
India is a country with one of the world's largest Muslim populations. Countries that have the kind of percentage of Muslims that Hindus are here, are all Islamic states. India is a secular democracy and not a Hindu nation. The only Hindu nation in the world used to be Nepal. Even there they have done away with it after the monarchy was thrown out.
Anyway, let's not rake up these issues in a public forum. Here is a song celebrating the Hijab and Naqab.
Rukh se zara naqab uthalo mere huzoor. The song is sung by Md Rafi - a Muslim. The actors are both Hindu :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTwtrF243kY
#21
| Gone.......!

Originally posted by: Rishikesh08 View Post


I'll point out that I've given an extreme example here, it was to emphasize that there has in the past been tensions between Muslims and Hindus in India. Some Indian nationals and visitors to India are in denial/ignorant with regards to Indian history.


The example is not just extreme but totally unrelated & irrelevant to the OP's enquiry. What has wearing burkha/hijab got to do with riots in gujarat? Are you suggesting that those atrocities happened because women were wearing burkha? Iam not sure about Indian nationals denial/ignorance of Indian history, but may be you can enlighten us a bit....by linking the mumbai blasts in the 90s, the aftermath of babri masjid etc, to wearing burkha and growing beards?


Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

I'm not sure that I would recommend a temple tour dressed like that --- or wearing an 18-inch crucifix, for that matter. I really don't know: Prince?


I was about to suggest this to the OP in my previous post but got distracted by the article. It wouldn't be appropriate for me to enter a church in london with a dhoti and without a shirt. Similarly, no issues with burkha/hijab anywhere in India except religious places like temples.
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I would like to point out that the Original Poster has already visited India! This thread has taken an unnecessary turn. In the absence of Rishikesh08, maybe the retelling of the history of communalism in India is superfluous.
#23
| You know how to Yahoo?
If You're traveling in Mumbai.. then its fine.. no problems at all... but heading to remote locations might be problematic
#24
| Member
I am a lone blonde haired blued eyed female who travels extensively throughout India. I have NEVER experience any problems whatsoever!
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#25
| Maha Guru Member
an interesting suggestion that everybody should wear mini-skirts, since you say they are comfortable


If you think that is the reason you have grown old my dear captain. However, don't ask me as I am too old to remember.

My interaction with western women in India was modest indeed. However, I can't recall a single one commenting on any such problem. My sample is biased as all but one were serious researchers & travelers. That puts them in a entirely different milieu along with more support. I have known Indian women that were harassed modestly in public..

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