What India can learn from Bali

Since my teenage years, Bali was a dream. we remember branch again and again a pages of a little photobook by Henri Cartier-Bresson, a famed French photographer and owner of Magnum Agency.

The book, Les Danses à Bali (“Dances in Bali”) was published shortly after a photographer’s revisit to a island in 1949. With his artistic art of throwing expressions, Cartier-Bresson decorated a dancing schools of a island that order some of a absolute scenes of a Ramayana, mostly portrayed by immature little Balinese girls.


More than 65 years later, many things have altered on a island, nonetheless a pacific devout atmosphere held by a lens of Cartier-Bresson’s Leica stays — with a difference, a hundreds of thousands of tourists. we could myself declare these changes during a new revisit to a “paradise” island of Indonesia.

The initial “incredible” experience is a attainment during Denpasar International Airport. Walking towards a immigration’s counters, we could see hundreds of visitors of opposite nationalities — Westerners, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, and a few Indians — queuing for a visa. we suspicion to myself, “Oh no, it might take during slightest dual hours before we get out of a airport.” We were in for a warn — in reduction than 20 minutes, we were through.


Being used to a Indian complement (which has softened in new years), we could not trust a speed with that a immigration officers were arising visa-on-arrival. They usually indicate your passport, hammered and that is it. we removed a unwieldy Inner Line Permit still in force in many states of India’s Northeast. Why can’t a supervision of India deliver such a complement in India when visitors wish to enter Arunachal Pradesh or Nagaland?

The babus of India are unfortunately incompetent to know morality and efficiency; their complement has to be formidable so that they are means to keep some “control”. It is not that Bali has not faced confidence issues. On Oct 12, 2002, 202 people (including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians) were killed in a self-murder explosve attack. Another conflict occurred 3 years later, murdering 4 foreigners.

But while “security” is taken caring of, a visitors are welcomed with a grin and a howling “How are you, Sir/Ma’am.” India has positively a lot to learn. A comparison with a Northeast is interesting.

Like a Balinese, a inhabitants are fun-loving and always smiling; they pronounce good English and are rather “relaxed”, serve they are good hosts. The Seven (or Eight) Sisters could turn a heart of domestic tourism if Delhi could know a intensity of tourism for a economy and a formation of a Northeast.

One evening, examination a Ramayana enacted by a vast organisation of Balinese dancers and a choir “in trance”, we beheld how a island has turn worldly while still being anchored deeply in a Hindu tradition. Was a approach a categorical characters of a epic perform their roles now opposite from a one witnessed by Cartier-Bresson in 1949? Probably not.


Sitting there, we was preoccupied by a vivid chants of a choir, a conflict between good and evil, with Sita restrained of a immorality Ravana and Hanuman jumping by and interacting with a crowd, to a entertainment of all. Perhaps even some-more interesting, we happened to be surrounded by assertive Muslim ladies from Malaysia, entirely participating in a high play on a stage.

It was substantially a sorcery of Hinduism to move together such a multi-coloured crowd, moving in unison.

Another engaging aspect related with a island’s benefaction conditions is a attainment of waves of Chinese visitors, related with a much-talked about One Belt One Road (OBOR) beginning of President Xi Jinping. Indonesia would like to attend in a desirous dream by attracting 10 million tourists from China by 2019.

The latest information from a Central Statistics Agency (BPS) uncover that 1.43 million Chinese tourists visited Bali in 2016, representing a 25 per cent annual boost over a prior year. The 10-million benchmark might be formidable to grasp for a Indonesian traveller industry. Moreover, a consult recently suggested that a standard Chinese traveller to Bali spends usually one entertain of what is spent by their European and Australian counterparts.

While for Indonesia tourism is a source of large revenue, for China, it means a participation in South-East Asia.


The Agence France-Presse recently spoke of China’s new arms in a mercantile war, that is, tourism, explaining: “Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, spark and salmon has prolonged been China’s approach of punishing countries that exclude to toe a domestic line. But Beijing has shown that it can also harm others by slicing a remunerative Chinese export, tourism.”

The essay quotes a instance of South Korea over a US anti-missile defense and a anathema on Chinese debate groups from visiting Korea. Similarly, tourism to Taiwan has also depressed neatly as family opposite a pickle worsened. Countries submitting to China’s final are rewarded and those who do not “behave” are punished.

Closer to us, a Pakistani journal Dawn published progressing this month a “hidden” report on CPEC. One of a chapters speaks about a growth of a “coastal tourism” industry; a prolonged belt of coastal delight attention that includes yacht wharfs, journey homeports, nightlife, city parks, open squares, theatres, golf courses and spas, prohibited open hotels and H2O sports.

The news adds: “for a growth of coastal vacation products, Islamic culture, chronological culture, folk enlightenment and sea enlightenment shall all be integrated.”

Many see this as a new form of colonisation, nonetheless this is distant from being a box in Bali as yet.

The indicate stays that India has still a lot to learn from a island in terms of liberality and cleanliness.

(Courtesy of Mail Today.)

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