Kolkata - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes, the caste system was outlawed but feelings persist. There is gender inequality in India. - Aug 2021

India is going through a Hindu nationalist govt that is stoking Hindu Muslim sentiment. - Dec 2020

Not really in Kolkata. On the whole Bengalis are more liberal than the rest of India with regards to such issues. - Sep 2015

This is an easier city for women than many other Indian cities because there is less "Eve teasing." Women dress pretty conservatively and don't go to bars. - Dec 2010

Of course, this is India. There's no need to go into details, just start reading news from here. - Jun 2009

Yes. - Mar 2009

Working women can find it extremely tough here. In some ways Calcutta is very conservative. People are generally very curious here and often ask very un-PC questions (such as asking an African-American visitor where his family was from in Africa -- they don't have the same historical context as Americans and Europeans might have). That said, Calcutta, as other places in India, occasionally has flare-ups between the Muslim and Hindu populations (though it is a very peaceful city, given its very diverse population). Those of Indian/Pakistani descent might find it difficult. - May 2008

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