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Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Genders are not equal in eyes of most Indians. - Oct 22, 2017
People with dark skin may face prejudice. I heard several times the assumption that every black person is a drug dealer from Africa. From what I could most religious beliefs are accepted, at least in Delhi. For locals, there is not much gender equality, but as a foreigner it is much better. - Mar 15, 2017
Yes. Women are still not quite equals. But also depends largely on caste/status and where you are - dynamic is different in the south. - Feb 14, 2017
Yes. This is India. - Nov 8, 2016
Caste and perceived social hierarchy are alive and well in India. Without saying too much here, many people are very conscious of their own level and rank in society with the predictable outcomes. - Sep 6, 2014
This is a different culture, where the caste system is still in effect, and where many people definitely have that servant mentality that I'm not used to. But at the same time, India is very diverse, and people come from a wide variety of religious backgrounds and beliefs. So it's not uncommon or uncomfortable to have religious symbols and concepts as part of daily life and conversation. Overall I have found people to be pretty open and friendly and not prejudiced. - Sep 3, 2014
Against women. Absolutely. It's oppressive for women. - Aug 14, 2013
Yes. Americans, except for Caucasian Americans, learn to develop a thick skin. Indians (sadly) treat white people better than they treat each other. Other ethnicities are treated as a curiosity, at best. This is a country where both male and female stars endorse bleaching and fairness products. You will find women who excel in every field of Delhi society, however violence towards women, molestation, rape, and harassment are a daily reality. Indians are also very weight conscious (the former Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, was skewered in the press for taking too long to lose weight after her pregnancy), so if you are overweight, steel yourself for some harsh comments and humor. Words to identify people of various races and ethnicities that would shock an American are fairly common here. - May 18, 2013
Yes, communal violence is alive in India, but the metros are far more cosmopolitan. - Oct 21, 2012
Not from what I've seen. - Sep 16, 2012
across the board in a subtle manner I would argue - yes. the only expat group that I would have legitimate security concerns for would be females. - Aug 7, 2011
Yes, racial prejudices against Americans of color. Women are belittled and single women are especially subject to sexual assualt. - Aug 4, 2011
India is riven with prejudices, but very very rarely do they have a personal impact on expatriates. There are some places where women will be hassled if alone. - Jan 8, 2011
India is a secular country, but the religious divides are serious and deep. Foreigners don't get "hassled" unless they are involved with religious conversion activities. Gender issues abound with women at the bottom of the totem pole. - Sep 18, 2010
Many. Members of the higher castes treat miserably the people of lower castes. My Indian colleagues say that caste-ism does not exist... but I have been able to witness it on a daily basis. - Aug 30, 2010
Yes--it's difficult being a woman in India but being an American woman makes it easier. There are also racial and religious tensions. - Aug 12, 2010
Yes, big time. If you are male and white the society looks at you differently. - Aug 1, 2010
The different religions seem to get on pretty well here. Of course, again, prejudices against women are a big thing. You only have to read the Indian newspapers every day to see it. If you complain about something as a woman no one listens to you, another story if a man complians. As a woman you tend to lose confidence in yourself after a while. - Mar 11, 2008
Religious, no. Gender, yes. Women are lower on the totem pole in accordance with Indian tradition but my mom and I haven't had any negative experiences. Also according to Indian tradition and the caste system, people of darker skin color are lower on the pole. - Feb 4, 2008