Is Australia important for India?
September 27, 2009 8:23am CST
A few days ago, an agency rang me up and invited me to take part in a telephonic survey on the recent spate of racial attacks on Indians in Australia. In my opinion, Australia is of little importance to India, except that when it comes to global bodies like the UN etc., where generally it has always voted against India. I think the Austrailans need Indians and the money that they bring in more than Indians do, and said as much to the surveyor. Just look at the way their cricketers flock to India for the Indian money that they earn India is a growing economy and Indians after the Chinese are some of the largest spenders today, maybe the Australians and other nations feel threatened by the slow and steady increase of the Indins growing economic power. Indian's are strong in fields that require a lot of logic, are generally hard workers and willing to do a job at a lower wage as compared to the local people, and that must definitely hurt. Instead of tightening their act and hlping their own nation grow by actally putting in the amount of work that they are paid for, maybe the locals have started targeting Indians..... My personal experince with Australians as a journalist, as a traveller has been mostly bad, with the first thing that comes to mind the moment I am asked about Australians is 'Rude people who lack sportsmanship and are bad losers'. I have experienced rudnesss and racism from Australians often, this includes within India too, where the Aussies are actually visitors. Probably, if I were to behave in a similar manner with an Australian in his/her own country, I'd be lynched, but then I felt that since the Australians were guests to my country, respect for the guest, hospitality should take precedence over ego, I just let it go. Do we really need to give Australia the kind of importnace that we do? There are other countries that can offer similar educational facilities at the same or lower price, with stronger anti racial laws and local attitudes, is what I feel. My final take to the surveyor was that Indians students should ban Australian education and look elsewhere, the Indian government should reduce and ultimately braek off all economic activity - maybe over 10-20 years with that country, Indian trade should gradually severe all ties with Australian companies - where their money is more welcome and they are treatd as guests, humans and peers should be. We don't really need the Australians, they need us .......
5 Oct 09
I am an Australian resident born and bred. I am offended by your post accusing all Australians of being racist. I do not watch television or read the newspaper because of a couple of reasons. 1. It's normally not based on facts and 2. I am sick of hearing about the bad things that happen all over the world. Let me ask you about these so called racist attacks on Indians. Are they occuring in major cities here or generally in every town? I read your post and it makes my blood boil. Australia is a nation of many cultures all with their positive and negative influences. I don't like the way Australians are perceived as a whole. You speak of us as if we are inbred halfwits. If you have had a look into the history of Australia you will see that they were doing fine on their own before the country was settled in the 1700's. Like in many countries you will always have the few that cause trouble towards overseas visitors - why are they like that? Because hate is in their heart for some reason. I do not speak for the general population of Australia but I do speak for myself. I do not see different races, I see individuals. A very good friend of mine happens to be a man from your country and in a way I have to agree with you in some way. He is an educated man and is a civil engineer for a major company over here. He did his education in a major city and he moved to where I live. He told me that the one thing he admires about me is the way I am noce to all people, well most of the people here are the same but he did have some problems with racism when he was living in the city. Hatred consumes your spirit - live on love. That's my motto.
19 Oct 09
No hatred, just stating facts as I know them and trying some common sense - if something is of little value to you, avoid it. If it is harmful to you and your own, then avoid it completely. Since Australia is of little importance to Indians as compared to other countries, I advise my fellow countrymen to avoid it completely. Isn't it your country's sports persons who give excuses of lack of security to avoid playing on a national level and then the same cricketers come and play on their own when the moolah is really good, despite there being no change in the perceived security situation? Well in the last couple of months so many Indians have been bashed up, a young footballer kicks an Indian cabbie for 'daring' to demand fare, your government supports his actions by saying that he is young and is feeling sorry for his actions - is such a statusco safe for Indians? Put yourself in the Indians shoes, if Australians were being bashed up in India, would you come here? I think it is you that is biased, at least that's what your response seems to indicate. Does your 'blood boil' because a brown man says something about your country, and its importance or rather the lack of it to his own country? Would it boil if a white Brit or a white American made the observations that I have? I have yet to meet a polite Australian, if they are there, they must be a minuscule minority. In my own country - India, a white Australian woman demanded that she be served first though she was in a queue, and called me a 'bloody Indian' just because she jumped the queue when I was in conversation with the bank clerk - (Bloody may be okay with you Australians, but for me it's a bad word and an insult). imagine what would have happened to me if I did the same in Australia? Another time, I had fractured my hand - it was in a cast, and was walking on the footpath in Bombay. These three Australian young men rushed by and hit me on my broken hand for not moving away to give them passage. Would they have behaved similarly with another white? I was in my early forties then, and much older than their late twenties. I could cite many examples of the rude and racist Australian closer to your home - in South East Asia-be it Bangkok or Hon Kong. Sorry, but the sad fact is that there are no polite Australians, and many (not all) are racist. You may want to check on the following discussion started by your fellow countryman, and the dialog that he's had with me. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2133868.aspx
27 Sep 09
Thats totally correct. Australia has only a bit more than half the population of kerala which is one of the smallest state in india. We really dont need that market for our survival, But Survial of autstralia is depended on countries like china and india which have huge markets. Even the value of AUD is very much correlated to the Chinese stock market these days. Lets hope the ministers of the kangaroo land will start thinking sensibly and do some thing about the racial abuse on Indians.
3 Jan 10
tarachand, I feel that there are some "fallacies" here that I have to disagree with you on a few points. Please hear me out here. 1. I do not agree that any country today is self reliant or self independent as far as staying economically viable. I think you need to agree that if India does not allow foreigners' outsourcing, I think your country will be dealing with high unemployment which can set a chain of events for the economy in your country. 2. It may be a fact that Indians may be industrious but I doubt on the willingness to work on a lower wage scale. I think there is some misconception here as your people are working on wages which are "affordable" to other countries' corporations and conglomerations. 3. With the above well established and your people economically viable, we arrive at a situation where there will be demands for the supplies the country and the world has to offer. Do you think any of your country men will have the means to be spenders when they are mostly unemployed? Would your country's economy be vibrant when your country's resources do not have a demand or are not being purchased or consumed? 4. Why do you think your people would want to consider Australia for studies and academic pursuits if their degree is not recognized internationally including your country? Would you want to send your children to overseas if the schools are no better than the ones at home? I think you are not thinking here, when schools is Australia are becoming more affordable and offer degrees which are equivalent to Europe and USA universities. 5. Would your country want anything Australia produces if they are not found reliable, high quality or most of all, value for money? I think we need to remember that for every cause there is always a reason behind it. Yes, there will always be oppressors in every victimized situations, however, if there are times where incidents are just begging to happen. I am sure you are aware what I talking about, where people just cannot stay on the low profile of things. It takes 2 to clap, so we need to remember that there is always a catalyst of things in every situation. Rudeness is rampant and present in every people irregardless of cultures, customs or race - so don't think any less of your country men when they are overseas.