A possie in Aussie

June 3, 2009

Australians racist? The debate continues while another Indian student bleeds

Filed under: race relations,racism — Nayano @ 8:06 am
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There have been a string of attacks on Indian students that left one student suffering from severe burn injuries and another seriously injured, causing outrage in India. Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner has said that, while some of the crimes were racially motivated, he believed that many of the robberies and other crimes of violence were simply opportunistic. Is Australia racist? How the world sees the bashings of Indian students

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

The Online Sindh Newspaper quotes members of the Indian community as saying that some students from India do not behave properly in public places. Indians aren’t the only ones to have been attacked: Police 

 “Indian community members here point out that some Indian students do not behave properly in public places, especially in trains and market places. They play loud music and speak loudly on the phone in public transport, some can hardly converse in English and many choose to just stick to people from their own region.

While increasing attacks on Indian students in Australia must be strongly condemned, giving it racial overtones is causing much concern amongst the over 200,000-odd Indian diaspora who call Australia home, Indian community leaders here say.

“Australia is certainly not a racist country. My children study here and they have not faced any discrimination”, Moninder Singh, CEO of Australian Academy of Management & Science in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, told IANS.

Crikey (Crikey wrap: Indian press on Australia’s racism) reports that Akash Arora, chief sub-editor for the British design magazine Wallpaper, says that the racism issue is being blown out of proportion.

“In fact, I have encountered the worst form of discrimination, and most varieties of it, in my own country, India, where people are discriminated against on the basis of almost every difference: race, cast, class, gender and sexual orientation,” Arora writes. ”So it is indeed puzzling that news about Australia being racist is reaching epic proportions in countries that can hardly claim to be any better. After all, charity begins at home. And so should social reform.”

Meanwhile, breaking news this morning reports that another Indian student has been attacked in Melbourne. Indian student slashed in Melbourne.

A group of five men stopped the student in a TAFE car park, asked for a cigarette and money, and then one slashed the student across the chest with a Stanley knife.

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2 Comments »

  1. Australia shouldn’t be considered as a racist country, the attacks could be the acts of some petty criminals, drug addicts, or junkies.

    Comment by Australia Racism Victim — June 3, 2009 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

    • I agree – although, I am always on the lookout – we can’t be too complacent, even in Australia! 🙂

      Comment by nayano — June 3, 2009 @ 4:38 pm | Reply


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