Is Australia most racist country towards Indians?
May 28, 2009 5:36am CST
Recently i have heard a lot of attacks on Indians in Australia.In a span of just there days there are more than 3 attacks on Indians .I may be visiting to Australia this year end to work on my project .i have an option to say no to visit Australia .I am very much concerned about my safety and done a search on the Racism in Australia towards Indians .It is horrifying . The attitude of Australian media and Australian Govt is questionable.They dont even report these issues. 1) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Homes-of-assaulted-Indians-burgled-in--Australia/articleshow/4588083.cms 2)http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200905281532.htm 3)http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,27574,25551722-2862,00.html Have u ever visited Australia and i wanna know if Australia is a racist country.
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• New Zealand
11 Jun 09
Ypu just dont understand the feeling these students are going through. Come and stay in Australia and NZ for 2-6 years and you will know the situation and why so much frustration among them. I am staying in NZ for 6 years and its the same here. They treat all Indians be it students or PR holders as if we are not humans. When I saw these students protest in Melbourne in Youtube I felt so proud as if I was alos with them. I was jumping in my house in Auckland seeing them and thinking of all the xenophobia Australians face when they see this in the national news. Xenophobia meaning fear of something new or immigrants and in this case fear of Indians is large scale in Australia and NZ by white and non-white population. No argument to that. Jai Hind.
1 Aug 10
Yes australians are in my long experience usually deeply racist. This does not mean that all of them automatically hate people of colour, or fellow caucasian races however they have issues that clearly grate on them accepting South Asians who are not culturally just like them.However I would view it as partly down to the politics of race including their own dismal heritage founded on the sad rejection by their motherland and own race (Britain) for crimes, poverty or misfortune and the crime of bullying the true Australian nation (Aborigines) out of and in their own homeland, another sad wrongdoing. Whatever races have since migrated there, they sit in the middle of 2 great wrongdoings that created the inception of Australia the nation as we now find it. The empire created many pecking orders and the race issues Australians have with former members of the Empire, such as Indians, means that the rejected children resent the adoptive children, especially when the adoptive children are celebrated and extremely successful in Britain and the rest of the world as South Asians are now and Australians are not.It is an undestandable tension, even competitiveness in race relations for them but an undesireable experience in meeting any Australian if you are Asian. Of course the humans beneath can connect if bothered to but in most situations you meet such as work or socially, you are not forced to become friends and so gain a better respect of differences and understanding. I think there is also a cultural clash. Asians are more intense, focussed, hardworking, motivated and aim high whilst Australians are noted for being laid back, travellers and not valueing education as highly as Asian culture to whom barbies and beach life isnt the stereotypical norm unless on holiday or a dropout. So there is an educational kind of class difference and tension as Australians always seem so thick to me. Its not just the accent which to a traditional English tuned ear rises in a question at the end of every phrase as if they dont know anything and need to ask about everything.This has come into youth estuary English. Of course it is superficial as the Australian could be a brain surgeon, but its culturally something that those of us groomed to British snobberies find abrasive. The psyche of Australians also tends to be bullish, thickskinned, insensitive to the point of being crass probably forged as a mechanism of denial of their cultural heritage, history of crime as the worlds most famous open prison and the underlying stigma of ostracism. Until Australians face up to their past instead of brushing it under the carpet, especially the racism, the apparent denseness will continue to express itself because it is a form of mind numbing denial amidst deep class issues - criminal classes for instance. Disinherited caucasians disinherit the aborigines and abuse them and other peoples of colour they deem lower in the pecking order especially when they climb higher than their expectations. Asians do not hate Austrlians but I know from generations of experience repeatedly that they are extremely racist, apartheid in their history with us and form judgements about me that show their issues up and that there is a huge culture and educational clash, no matter how educated they are in their system. Its sad and I think it will be a great country in a few decades because of the amount of Asians who have migrated there bringing their work ethics and brainpower to this new country.Saying all that, Im open to better race relations but would be surprised to ever meet an Australian who didnt hate what I represent as an Asian.
• United States
5 Jun 09
Hi deepika201, I think you will find that Australia is not a racist country. But there are a few racist people in Australia, just like in any other country. In Melbourne, where those attacks happened, 40% of the population was born outside Australia or had parents born outside Australia, so there is a big mix of different cultures. In fact, in a sad display of Australia's multiculturalism, one of the gangs that attacked one of the Indian students was made up teenagers of Southeast Asian, Anglo and Southern European descent. It is hard to explain to someone who does not know Melbourne, but the areas where some of the students are living are pretty bad areas. I would never catch a train on a Saturday night to these places because I would fear for my safety (and I am Anglo Australian). The problem is mostly one of troubled youth and bad policing - in those areas there have been attacks on all sorts of people, not just Indians, for years. Sadly, again, I'm somewhat grateful to the Indian students for bringing this problem into the spotlight so that something might actually be done about it. And I think because this issue has hit the headlines in India, every attack on an Indian is being reported but the attacks on anyone else are not so it seems like it is just Indians being attacked. Also, I don't know why you think that this issue hasn't been reported by the media in Australia because I've seen it everywhere, it's in Melbourne's two main newspapers The Herald Sun and The Age every day. Lastly, one of my best friends is Indian Australian, she's lived in Melbourne for about 15 years and loves it.
2 Jun 09
Subha, enough already please. You can't be making generalizations of my country or it's people like this. What happened was wrong, the people responsible were wrong and I hope they get punished severely for their actions. This is NOT a true representation of my country, it is an isolated incident that unfortunately gets mimicked throughout the world, including India. I lived in Mumbai for a year or so and witnessed many instances of discrimination. Should I generalize ALL Indians because of it? Of course not! What I CAN'T tolerate, are generalizations and stereotypings based on the actions of a few. Please take a step back and think about what you are saying here.
2 Jun 09
Subha, all due respect, but you HAVE been. I understand your frustration and pain concerning such a situation and especially when you consider that I'm an Australian with a strong connection with India, I feel just as horrified by it as you do. The key here is to acknowledge it's negative impact (which we are all doing) and then prove together that this is NOT a global phenomenon by leading the way in positive interaction between us all.
2 Jun 09
Australia is NOT a racist country! I am an Australian that has lived and worked in a number of countries to date and Australia is one of the most multicultural of them all. Of COURSE you can find instances of racial abuse when you specifically search for them! I could do a search on similar cases in India right this minute and argue along similar lines, but that would NOT be a true representation now would it? (I lived and worked in India for over a year by the way). You are making generalizations based on the actions of a few. These are bad people that deserve to be severely punished and made an example of. They are NOT representing the overall nature and attitudes of my country. If you DO visit Australia, you will be made to feel most welcome. These consistent references to Australia being a racist nation is not onlt ridiculous, it's insulting.
28 Jan 10
James72, my experience with your fellow countrymen has been exactly the opposite. During all my travels, I have yet to meet a polite and good Australian - more so in the Orient where most Australians carry a superior attitude, while in the west in a white country, the same Australian is subdued and behaves himself.
3 Feb 10
I've was racially abused in Australia when i went on holiday 2 years ago. I'm British Asian and my girlfriend is white American, we've never had any problems when it comes to race. But the holiday i had was one of worst i had ever due to constant abuse i got from white Australians. There was also an incident where a group white males wanted to start a fight but luckily i managed to get away in time. It was a horrible experience and a waste of a holiday which i was looking forward to. I don't think it'd ever be able to visit Australia again, not only because of the holiday i had but from the racial violence against Indian students has put me off Australia. I've also heard the cricket matches, some people in the crowd monkey chant at the Indian and Pakistani players recently.
28 Jan 10
I suggest that you stay away from that country. The Aussie authorities have been contradicting themselves - one Aussie government department says that the attacks are not racially motivated and are just normal crimes where the victims unfortunately happened to be Indians, while one of the Police bog wigs says that the attacks have racial connotations. There were warnings from private groups given to the colleges a couple of years ago about racism, but were ignored by the concerned authorities. You must remember that Australians have all but destroyed the native Australian, the present occupants of that land are descendant of immigrants from the UK mostly. There are many other countries that you could visit and complete your project where you would be treated as a fellow human and not mistreated just because your were of a darker color or had strange manners and way of life and spoke differently. As an alarmed Indian, I suggest that you desists from going to Australia and also advise anyone else you know not to visit that country.
28 May 09
Well, I have never been to australia and so I don't know any news out there but I think they are kinda baised about racism towards India. Also, it reflect from the incident when andrew symmonds accused harbhajan singh of calling him monkey and they ill-treated him at first and now the same andrew is sledging fearlessly in ipl 2 when the new kid on the block sensation manish pandey came into batting at the final. You should consider your safety first!!