Do you work here?
Yes. But aren’t you Indian? No, I am from Nepal. You are from Nepal?
Yes No, no… Stop it… In this journey of Sadak se Sansad, we have reached Anantapur,
which is in Andhra Pradesh. On reaching Anantapur,
we were informed… by my colleague Amrit, we got to know that… KIA Motors has
installed a huge plant here. The plant houses 4-5 restaurants… that are exclusively for Korean nationals. Indians aren’t allowed there. Also, this village… where KIA Motors is located, and
the nearby area… is a village called Penukonda. -Penukonda.
-Penukonda. In Penukonda too… there are about 15 to 20 restaurants… and some guest houses where… only Koreans are allowed, Indians are not. We have also come to see this. Right now, we are near the
Kangnam Korea restaurant. Let’s go inside and see… whether this information, this news… is true or not. Come, let me show you. Can we have a cup of tea? It is not business time,
so it is not possible now. When is it possible? No! No! When? When do we come? When do we come? What time do we come? Just… don’t… Is it only for Koreans, Sir? -Yes.
-Why? Why that policy? Why… that policy? Ya… but you cannot
discriminate like that. Amrit, what did they say? Can you tell us more? I feel that the manager here, he said that only Koreans are allowed.
-Hmm. He has contacted the owner… and now that the owner knows
that we are from… a media organisation, he says, “no problem,
you can have some food here”. But the problem is that we have told them
that we are from the media and have cameras with us… and so we are allowed. They fear that this may be broadcasted
and they may land in trouble. So, I feel that… this is the only reason why we are
allowed to eat here. And any other ordinary Indian
is not allowed here? That is the issue, and secondly… some Telugu people had come and
immediately went away on seeing him. Yes.
He asked about the purpose of our shoot. They were on the upper floor, but they didn’t say that the food… They didn’t say anything like that. So, in this restaurant,
the information seems to be true… that Indians are not allowed here. Please come here for a minute.
My name is Prakash. Where do you work? Here itself. So, you work here?
Yes. Ok. But aren’t you Indian? No, I am from Nepal. -So, you are from Nepal?
-Yes. Now, we have come out of
Kangnam restaurant. Our experience was exactly
as we were told to expect. Whatever Amrit had told us
was absolutely true… that Indians were not allowed
to enter there.. and only…Koreans are allowed. This is racial discrimination… faced by the people here. We came to understand two things. Some people said,
“we don’t want to eat that food… and so we don’t want to go”. But it is also true… that they are not allowed,
so why would they go? Well, tea is also available there… and you may also have some soft drinks. But you are not allowed
and so you cannot go. Even after living in India and being an Indian, if you cannot enter a
restaurant in India, then this is quite strange. Isn’t it Amrit? Yes.
Last year, journalist Rahul M who works with PARI, also shared the same experience on Facebook… when he was not allowed
to enter the restaurant. They said that only Koreans were allowed… and Indians were not allowed. It seems that it was true. But the restaurant where Rahul went
is closed now. A complaint was filed after that
and the restaurant was shut down. But there are about 15 to 20 restaurants
in this Penukonda village itself… where one can see
this discrimination even now. Ok, tell me what did the owner tell you? The owner said, “Which channel
are you broadcasting it on?” I replied that we are just recording. He assumed that this would
be highlighted in the media… and then after that he said, “you can have food, no problem”. But if you want to go
as an ordinary person then… Yes, if you don’t have that camera, then… you cannot enter. We met some other people… who bring guests, may be the employees of KIA Motors
or some other clients, and they are allowed to go there. The people working there… some of the employees are from Nepal, Koreans are undoubtedly
working there. But Indians are not allowed…
to eat there. -This is clear?
-Yes, absolutely clear. -And there are many such restaurants here?
-Yes. People say that there are at least
15 restaurants in this village itself. One more thing that I cannot understand is… that this property definitely
belongs to an Indian… and they have rented it out. Why don’t they protest in any way? Because… these Koreans pay more rent… compared to that
paid by a normal citizen. And because of this, the KIA Motors factory,
many IT professionals come to work here… many engineers also come. Because of this, the rent… which previously was Rs 3,000
has soared upto to Rs 12,000. The people are getting more rent
and so… they… are not making an issue out of it. They’re alright with it as long as they get more rent… And also the attitude of not
wanting to eat there… and then they say,
“we don’t prefer Korean food anyway, and so why should we go?”. But isn’t it outright racial discrimination? Yes, we do have our constitutional
right to go there… They don’t want to go there,
and that is a different issue… but even if they want… they cannot enter
and that is basically… discrimination based on your
race or identity and so this… Let us understand it this way…
The cameraman, Sarjit who was with me had to face the most… as he was repeatedly asked
to stop recording. Had he gone without the camera, like an ordinary Indian, then he wouldn’t be allowed to go
and this is clear? Yes, and I feel that… And he told us on camera that
it is only for Koreans, not for Indians. First, the manager told us that
it is only for the Koreans… and… when after talking to the owner,
he understood that we are from the media, the topic was immediately changed and now… the manager says… that he didn’t understand what
I was saying. He was making some excuse that… Yes, basically this is the matter. We have told you that… in Anantapur, after the establishment
of the KIA Motors plant, the number of Koreans is constantly
increasing day by day, and then there was an increase in
the number of restaurants and guest houses. A sort of racial discrimination is seen
that Indians are not allowed to go there. Only Koreans are allowed there. The local or government bodies
should take cognisance of this. Anybody who can raise a question
regarding this issue, who can feel and understand this, should immediately take
cognisance of this issue. I’ll say it clearly, this is
nothing but racial discrimination… and this was clearly visible to us. We have experienced this
and presented it before you.