Atithi Devo Bhava ???

February 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm 57 comments

All over the world we Indians are known for our hospitality. We were taught the golden verse ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ in our childhood itself. But after hearing certain incidents frequently, I feel it seems our age old principle\value is only applicable for our friends\relatives who is visiting our house. The attacks on our foreign guests, weak minorities made me think about this. Though our Medias are busy condemning, accusing Australian attack on Indians, unfortunately they ignored\sidelined most of the attacks towards the foreign tourists in Goa (a major tourist hub of India) and other parts of India. Last week a 9 year old Russian girl molested by a couple of domestic tourists. It was such a disgusting incident. I just don’t understand what made those creatures to be aroused by a small kid. Last year another case registered against a high profile politician.

It is unfortunate to hear that not only tourists but also foreign NGO activists also assaulted. Many of these foreign NGO activists are in there early twenty’s (one main thing to be noted). When we enjoy our life in pubs, cinemas, with friends, tours or whatever; these people are working on our slums, orphanages, rescue peoples from brothels and child laborers\beggars(when we don’t even bothered about these underprivileged peoples) . Do they deserve something better? Even though we don’t honor them, don’t we have responsibility to offer them a safe life? When we behave like in this manner to our guest, can we expect a better hospitality from there country (Forget about the income we are receiving through tourism).I am against the attack towards Indians in abroad (though there is few reasons behind these attack in Australia which our media dutifully ignoring).But before slamming down, protest against these attacks don’t we have a responsibility to ensure safety and better hospitality for our guests.It is better to pay attention to the plank in our own eye before looking at the speck of sawdust in our neighbor’s eye (verse courtesy – Mathew 7:3).


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For Whom , For What Enna koduma saravanan idhu….

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  • 1. umsreflections  |  February 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    WOW, Anish, I am first here !!!

    Thats a wonderful thought and you’ve written well.

    Its better every Indian understands the true meaning of Adithi Devo Bhava. That little Russian girl incident is a very sad one. What kind of devils are lurking out there ???? Is it only the tourists or do they attack Indians too ????

    • 2. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      Hey welcome here Uma akka 🙂 ,

      It was such a shocking incident.Hope authorities take strict action and make sure these kinda things never repeat.
      between thanks 🙂

      • 3. umsreflections  |  February 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

        OOPS !!! Akka ????? 🙄

        me : is it that embarrassing ???? 😀 ……I always call elders akka\chechi\didhi\chetta\anna etc 😀

      • 4. Nancy  |  February 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

        Yes Uma I can vouch for it….he calls me Chechi :-D.

      • 5. Nancy  |  February 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

        I’ll tell u what Uma…..we’ll ask him to call us didi……always wanted somebody to call me that 😀

        Anish : Hey what is with these NRI dhidhi’s…I have got a cousin sister who always used to tell me ,” call her dhidhi instead of chechi” 😀

  • 6. Swaram  |  February 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Oh u r abs. rt .. its ridiculous and such a shame 😦 When we r freely accusing the Oz ppl, they r free to do it too and may be one day even they will name India as a country of rapists 😦

    Nice quote at the end.

    • 7. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      Swaram , in fact there are lot of reasons behind these Aussie attacks.But i don’t understand what made them to assault that little kid (and also other foreign tourists, especially when they bring lot of income to our countries).

      @ quote – Thanks , that is inspired\modified one from bible 🙂

  • 8. scorpiogenius  |  February 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That crime on the Russian minor has put the onus back on us now to prove that our country is safe for the foreigners before we jump guns about ourselves being treated overseas.

    Did you notice how some of the newspapers reported the crime in Australia where an Indian was burned to death? Many of the newspapers deliberately covered the fact that it was an Indian couple who was arrested for the act. Keralakaumudi, while bashing the racism in Oz, reported it as “The body of an Indian who was burned to death by perpetrators was brought back home”.

    Lets make our den safe before cribbing about much pettier things abroad.

    • 9. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      It is high time for officials to take strict action against all these craps.Else after some time our country will be branded as unsafe place for foreigners.
      yeah thats my point, lets make our place safe for them
      @ Newspapers report on aussie attack – I think manoroma gave some sensible news about the same. At least by consulting the Indians over there they tried to expose the both sides.Keralkaumadi , desabhimani and all are comic newspapers 🙂

  • 10. Nona  |  February 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Shameful act. Currently, the newspapers are trying to generate awareness on the way we treat the “athithi”s. Instead, we should always empower the “athithi”s with safest mode of transportation, safest place etc. At night, they can always call up the reputed car companies for pick up and drop etc. Unfortunately, we have to go by the adage “prevention is better than cure”.

    • 11. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      I don’t blame that Nona.If that help them to be safe , then that is good.But at the end of the day officials has to be strict.Anyways i will say no countries are safe for any foreigners.

  • 12. Smitha  |  February 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I agree totally with what you have written. It is indeed shameful that people visiting our country is being treated like this. Not only are the harrased, raped or molested, they are also denied justice when local police does not work on these cases with integrity. Such a pity, that so many people associate rape with Goa now. One of our most popular tourist destinations..

    • 13. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Smitha,I don’t know when our people gonna learn to behave.Unless we curb all these crap from the root , we will loose our good name in foreign countries as well as we will loose a major source of income.

  • 14. Deeps  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    You’re spot on,Anish.It is indeed a shame that we cant treat our guests well. We dont give them the respect they deserve. And then we crib that we are being discriminated in their country. How can we expect to be treated fair when we cant ensure the same for them?
    If we keep behaving like this,people will think twice before visiting us.

    • 15. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      Deeps , that is my point .Unless we treat our guests properly how can we expect them to treat well.Its high time our people should learn to behave

  • 16. Nimmy  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Very well written Anish..

    “Before you judge another,think of your own last mistake” … 🙂

    • 17. anishthomas  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Exactly Nimmy , that is my point 🙂 . thanks

  • 18. Sakshi  |  February 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Guest or whoever!!! What devils lurk inside people who molest a 9 year old?? It’s such a shame and child molesters are someone who I think should be shot at sight…period!!!

    • 19. anishthomas  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      I don’t know what to call those people. Yeah as you said they should be shot at sight

  • 20. Dreamer  |  February 2, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Till this particular incident the powers that be got away scot-free by blaming the victims’ morals. As for the Australian attacks it seems some of them are by Indians themselves!!

    • 21. anishthomas  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      Australian attacks were actually kinda exagrated i guess.Though i’m aganist all kinda attacks anywhere

  • 22. Smita  |  February 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    What do I say!! This is seriously a sorry situation we face!!!

    On the one hand we want more tourists & there are cities which thrive on tourism but we don’t know how to take care of them!! But then the point is when we don’t value our own people how can we value others? We think we are busy handling bigger issues like which ciity is ours but in the process we forget to save the country & it’s image!!!

    me : yeah , you said it

    Only God can give our people some sense!

    me : I don’t know when our people gonna learn to behave. Yeah may god give them wisdom

  • 23. Pal  |  February 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    You are absolutely right… it is very disgusting that we (Indians) flaunt our ‘rich culture’ and then end up being perpretrators of such awful crimes. Makes one there a God afterall? Where is Justice? I mean, in the overall scheme of things, and not just a ‘court ruling’!

    • 24. anishthomas  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      yeah that is my point.Because of few insane peoples we are loosing our good name in abroad 😦 .Lets hope things will be alright in near future

  • 25. Sorcerer  |  February 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Well said..
    Its cuz..of lack of strength in implementing law systems
    😦 sad

    • 26. anishthomas  |  February 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      I echo your thoughts Sorcerer ,Thanks 🙂

  • 27. Vimmuuu  |  February 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Well written anish ! We are known to only loot our foreign friends when they come down. and we are doing it in every way possible. Sickos we are !

    • 28. anishthomas  |  February 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      Yeahh i know that , what to do…
      Thanks Vimmu 🙂 , How is the prepration going on .

  • 29. kanagu  |  February 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    True Anish.. thats what I too thought.. what makes these beasts to arouse by seeing a 9-yr old little girl… 😡

    and the comparison you have made is apt.. what we sow.. so we reap…

    • 30. anishthomas  |  February 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      I don’t know what made them do this.Anyways they should be punished properly .Yeahh exactly we will reap what we sow.

  • 31. Smilie!  |  February 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Bang on… Thoughts very well put across!
    Media and Indians (not generalizing though..) are being blind at the atrocities happening here while they are interested in blaming others, covering up our mistakes.

    • 32. anishthomas  |  February 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

      Smilie! ,Media has to do that, then only people will watch it and there TRP will raise
      Thank you

  • 33. vishesh unni raghunathan  |  February 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    now how come I didn’t know you had shifted to WP?

    I agree with what you say…we need to lok within first

    me : Vishesh welcome to my space 🙂 .
    I shifted WP almost 2 years back(and also promptly closed blogspot blog).I think you are confused with someother anish 🙂

  • 34. Ordinary Guy  |  February 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    so true man……….

    we look to fleece all foriegners of money when they come to our country………….

    not just foriegners, but tourists from other states as well……

    we are actually the biggest hypocrites 😛 😛

    • 35. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Agree with you aliya :).When our people are gonna change?

  • 36. Solilo  |  February 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Some recently tweeted ‘Goa is the best place to visit’ and the reply to it was ‘if you are not a White girl’.

    It is sad. We preach and cry racism in western world but in our own country others are looted, ridiculed, raped.

    Now we can’t even respect a fellow Indian from a neighboring state. Sad state of affairs.

    • 37. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      ohh yes ,Solilo.Recent MNS-Sivesana activities are really scary and disheartening.When these job less people will learn a lesson

  • 38. The Holy Lama  |  February 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Dual standards never works. Strict action and some couselling for foreigners before they start roaming around will help.

    • 39. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Welcome here Holy Lama 🙂 ,
      @ couselling – But I think that is a temporary solution only.We need to raise awareness about it

  • 40. antarman  |  February 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    It is really shamefu and disgusting..dont understand why govt doesnt show some spine here..tourism is one area where we can earn so much and atleast that should be enough incentive for a poor govt.

    But one thing I would like to say, as we are supposed to consider the sensibilities of a particular country before going there, why these tourists are so careless…I once saw that afrench girl who didnt know even english was going all alone to a nature trek in a jungle,where the guide even prohibited us saying that its a no man’s land and may be risky to go there.

    • 41. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Welcome here antraman 🙂 ,
      I know that.Lot of foreign teenage girls go for trecking and hill ranges with not so familiar people.Yeahh good awareness is required from all the sides

  • 42. bandsxbands  |  February 6, 2010 at 1:39 am

    My friend and I were recently discussing about the ubiquitousness of technology in our daily lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside… I just hope that as the price of memory falls, the possibility of uploading our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s a fantasy that I dream about all the time.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running r4i dsi DS Fling)

  • 43. ariyathe  |  February 6, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I read the title and couldn’t stop laughing… for a REALLY long time, all props to the British lady’s “Atithi devo bhava? I think that means… guests are like gods?” dialogue from Pazhassi Raja… haha that was pretty epic.

    Anish : exactly it means that .Wow u have seen pazhassi raja also.I’m yet to watch it…you guys are really faster than us

    But going on in seriousness, this is so extremely true. Especially the way Indian society looks at African Americans… It’s completely okay for us to say “oh ivide karambarundu. let’s not buy a house here” but if someone suggests the same with our adjective in place, it is immediately big news. I mean, it’s wrong either way but how can you correct someone else when you’re making the same mistake yourself? Then, the racism that white women especially find in India… my friend just returned from a trip to tamil nadu and I doubt she’ll ever go back ever. She felt like she was being objectified and was disgusted at the misogyny, especially augmented because of her white skin and thus, supposedly “loose” culture. blahh… rectangles can be cleaned from corner to corner but if it’s a circle, where do you start?

    Anish : lol @ your friend.Circle or rectangles we need to clean all this mess, right

  • 44. Happy Kitten  |  February 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Well said..

    It is better to pay attention to the plank in our own eye before looking at the speck of sawdust in our neighbor’s eye …

    nd perverts continue to roam our streets and maybe we came to know about this incident since this little one is a tourist…nd the victim of the earlier rape case in Goa is yet to get justice from our courts….

    • 45. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks HK :).
      But i don’t know whether they will get justise or not.Like how long they can stay in india and proceed with formalities.

  • 46. Nancy  |  February 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I like the ad where Aamir Khan gives us a bhashan abt tourists…….it certainly does make one think…and hopefully it will make a difference.

    • 47. anishthomas  |  February 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      yeahh exactly.Wish our people change themself…sigh

  • 48. Rajlakshmi  |  February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    it is so sick to read about these incidences… I feel so ashamed of these people…. neither they respect thenselves nor who are doing good well… hope they will rot in hell…
    very thoughtful post there…

    me : yeahh exactly,Thank you Rajlakshmi 🙂

  • 49. mathew  |  February 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    so so true…and our media is apparently very quiet about whats happening in our own backyard.. 😦

    me : Unfortunately thats the only thing they know to do…. sigh

  • 50. Destiny's Child  |  February 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    It was a disgusting thing to happen and sadly we are hearing of such things more often now. Remember the Scarlet case last year? You are absolutely right in saying that we ought to make our country safe for tourists/visitors before protesting against racial attacks on Indians abroad. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    me : yeah i know.Thanks 🙂

  • 51. kanagu  |  February 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Machi…. where r you… and how r you????

    me : I’m here only, Kanagu…Bit occupied with work and exams

    No posts for a long time… come soon….

    me : sure hopefully i will be back on next month 🙂 …between thanks 🙂

  • 52. kanagu  |  February 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Hi machi,

    you are tagged and awarded:

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  • 54. maverickshree  |  March 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    There are many more shocking incidents which keep on happening with outsiders in the country. In fact the cases of cheating them are lot..i think Aamir Khan’s ad campaign has come on the right time 🙂

    • 55. anishthomas  |  March 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      First of all welcome here mavericksree 😀 ,
      yeah hopefully things will change

  • 56. Yushmita didwania.  |  October 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    fntstic it was…

  • 57. Gungun  |  May 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    hey its a very gud essay n totaly truth nice thoughts n these types of thoughts r needed fr the developmnt of india………….


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