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Racism Down Under

June 8, 2009

Author : Harsh


Quoting from TOI ,

“Online message boards are like social registers of the New Millennium. With the dual advantage of anonymity and invisibility, hearts and minds

are bared. The posts reacting to a Herald Sun article about the recent assaults on Indian students offer interesting insights into the mind of the average Australian.

One post says Indian students are out and about at 3 am to make phone calls, thereby making themselves vulnerable. Another says their homes are disgustingly dirty. A third refers to Westerners killed in 26/11, obliquely justifying the assaults. Some barely conceal their glee at the prospect of Indians wanting to leave Australia. Overall, the majority is unsympathetic to the Indians’ plight. This, when local police figures show that four Indians on average were attacked every day in Victoria state in 2008.”

All of us are aware of the attacks on Indian students in Australia . Four Indian students were assaulted by a group of Australian teenagers last week . One amongst them  Shravan Kumar, 25,  was critically injured in the incident.
The four Indians were first subjected to racist comments and were asked to return to India, after which they were brutally attacked by the boys who used screwdriver as a weapon.

This is not the only incident . A number of Indians are being targeted every day down under . An average person is now scared to move out alone , who knows if they are next in the queue . These incidents have raised serious concerns among the students who were aspiring to continue their studies in Australia .

In reply , Indian students organised a rally to protest against the incident . About 200 Indian students and their supporters marched from the Town Hall to Hyde Park in Sydney to protest against the wave of allegedly racist attacks targeting them . The peaceful protest was organised by the Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) .

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has condemned the racial attack on Indian students and has promised to take necessary action. But it doesn’t look like any serious effort is being made . Indians are being attacked everyday . In an incident yesterday , a car belonging to an Indian was torched in Melbourne . Though police denies any racial motive behind it , no one knows any better .

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2009 12:27 pm

    Sad news.

    Do you have an opinion on what is behind the attacks? Is there some specific group that is carrying out the attacks? Is there a specific profile of the attackers?

  2. June 10, 2009 9:45 pm

    What are the reasons behind these attacks ? Were those who were attacked in any way responsible for it ?

  3. kaddhu permalink
    June 21, 2009 1:16 am

    My relatives in Melbourne say that the primary reason behind these attacks is that Indian students travel alone or live in unsafe areas. The rent in these areas is cheaper and since many of them are budgeted, they cant afford safer neighbourhoods. I also heard that the Indian media has suddenly got wind of these attacks and is blowing the issue out of proportion, provoking further outrage against Indians. Apparently, there is nothing new about these attacks.
    I also read a newspaper report saying Indian students are taking up various jobs to pay for their tuition and other expenses. As a result, many others are losing their jobs and are frustrated.
    Apparently, some Indians who were attacked unintentionally drew attention to themselves by either using their mobiles/ipods or by travelling alone in unsafe neighbourhoods.

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