Would you sit next to a foreigner in a bus or train?
If at all possible no. Nothing to do with foreigner though, I'd prefer not to sit next to anyone. Having people inside arms length annoys me, even if they are the same color. I always attempt to sit alone, and also give other people their own space.
Never mind foreigners people don't like to sit next to anybody here. On the local trains the seats are in blocks if 4 (Two seats facing two other seats), and what usually happens is that people will primarily try to sit in an empty block (on a seat next to the window) the next person after that will sit on the opposite side next to the aisle. Once those two seats are taken it seems people would rather stand than sit next to somebody else, leaving half of the seats empty.
Not here though. There are rare exceptions where the seats are arranged as you say. They are close enough that your knees touch the person before you if you're over 5' tall. Bloody genius who thought of putting them that way.
He still didn't get any down vote. (nobody even demanded soapbox transfer)
Well, why would anyone downvote that?
I kinda have a good guess as to who he is. Very few Indian CPians write good English with a british-slant and the fact that he's a little overly sensitive to potential racism has backed up my guess. That closely matches his character (historically speaking)
Happens to me all the time, and I'm white and live in the US. Maybe you just look unfriendly? I always assume that's why people avoid sitting near me...but then again people I've never talked to before from various classes have no problem approaching me to ask questions about the class, so I'm not so sure.