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Storyboard18: Passport design: Can the Indian passport be the neighbour’s envy and owner’s pride?

Passports could be a powerful reminder of our roots, our heritage and our symbols of pride. But in the rush to the future, is India losing out on evolving its design language?

February 27, 2022 / 03:18 PM IST
(Representational image) The touch, the smell and the overall feel of the passport is so tied to nostalgia. It keeps our foot anchored in our country while we explore the world. (Image: Agus Dietrich/Unsplash)

(Representational image) The touch, the smell and the overall feel of the passport is so tied to nostalgia. It keeps our foot anchored in our country while we explore the world. (Image: Agus Dietrich/Unsplash)

Though I have been in the design profession for over two decades now, it wasn’t until recently that I started to pay attention to how passports are designed. Two articles I read got me thinking about the design choices countries must make in the process of creating the blueprint of the passports for their citizens.

Belgium has launched a new passport in which the inside pages draw upon iconic characters from comic strips such as Tintin, Willy and Wanda and The Smurfs to create greater standout. Comics have a special place in Belgian culture and are considered the 9th art. The design change is also accompanied with significantly superior technology features that make duplication almost impossible.

Image source: Yahoo.com Image source: Yahoo.com

Speaking of futuristic technology, I was impressed and proud to hear the announcement by our Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, that India will be soon rolling out e-passports with embedded chips.