A possie in Aussie

June 1, 2009

Australians bash Indian students

Filed under: race relations,racism — Nayano @ 8:14 am
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At 2am this morning, more than 300 protesters remained blocking streets in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD, protesting the rising numbers of incidents of attacks on Indian students. The Herald Sun quotes one of the organisers, Shavinder Singh:                                                                                                                                                                               “Most of the people, they are feeling insecurity and it’s not just the Indians. They are coming from Pakistan, from Afghanistan. All the south Asian people are getting robbed by the druggies and other people,” he said. “We’re going to be here all day Monday.”

The protest rally began at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where injured Indian student Sravan Kumar Theerthala, 25, is in a critical condition after being stabbed with a screwdriver last weekend. Indian students block Melbournetraffic A Sydney Morning Herald report quotes community leader Dr Yadu Singh who said there had been at least 20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month,  but most went unreported out of fear. He estimated over 100 attacks on Indian students in the last 12 months.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “There’s a name for [the racist attacks]: ‘curry bashing’ … [as in] ‘lets go curry bashing’,” he said.  “In the robbery cases, Indian students often became victims because they traveled home late at night, alone, after working to support their studies, Dr Singh said.

“Thieves also knew they were unlikely to report incidents to police, he said.

“They are not reporting to police because their experience of police in India is pathetic – they are corrupt, pathetic, not helpful.”

Last year a man was killed in such an attack in Melbourne. The court was told that seven friends had decided to go out “curry bashing”, which meant assaulting and robbing an Indian.

Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard has announced there would be a “roundtable” in which international students could voice their complaint.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Another Sydney Morning Herald report says that India’s Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna, is “appalled” by the attacks. The attacks have received widespread publicity in India over the past two days.

“Australia, land of racism” screamed a headline in the influential Economic Times yesterday, and some news blog sites were swamped with comments accusing Australians of racism. India outraged by brutal student bashings

The Moderate Voice of India says that  “Many Indian students visit Australia to get permanent residency. So even when they are attacked they prefer to keep quiet so that their chances of getting PR are not affected. But now with the frequency of the attacks having gone up, the lid has been removed…      “India Protests: Attacks On StudentsUnder In another report from the Herald Sun former Indian consul general Mr TJ Rao is reported as saying that the recent attacks on Indian students had nothing to do with racism.

“Australians are not racist people,” Mr Rao said.

“I have been in this country for 41 years and have never had any trouble.

“This is just the fear of the unknown and a lack of understanding of our culture,” he said. Peace rally against racism



  1. […] still say ‘Racial Terror Down Under’. Apparently the name for this kind of thing is ‘curry bashing’. Innovative; but calling somebody ‘curry’ isn’t exactly my idea of an insult, even […]

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  2. […] The Possie has been following the debate over whether these attackes are racially motivated, and indicate a deep racism in Australia. How the world sees the bashings of Indian students   Australians bash Indian students […]

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  3. I did not believe it was right bt later on after closely observing certain trends,I firmly believe that one of the many reasons of recent incidences is that Indian youth comprising of students is taking up jobs in food outlets and restaurants and taxi driving etc.Many fast food chains have upto 95% Indian staff making almost impoosible for others to enter.I have heared of instances where Indians offfered to work without wages with the hope that one day they would get permanent and wages. If you are willing to do something for lesser wages,why would someone be hired on standard wages.

    Also,where Indians are in majority, they establish monoply on jobs and make the entry of others like them impossible.This is good and bad as well. While they help other Indians,they try their best to keep other nationalities at bay.Many may be coerced to leave jobs where an Indian is ready to fill up the position.

    Employers can help avert the situation by being fair and equal opportunity employers.

    Comment by Rand Modura — April 9, 2010 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

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