Comments on: Attacks on Indians in Australia: racist or recessionist? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Indian1980 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:40:43 +0000 @Rachel and all australian…Simple facts about your misconception that 15 attacks are not much how about an Indian bashing you up then it will probably be too much.

2nd point the white race considers superior on what basis through colonization all money which went into making Canada and Australia was actually the money looted from India….Red necks all of you would die hungry or not even exist if that money was not looted.

3rd point – The fact that above racist attacks are being defended shows how degraded your moral values are ethically and morally australians are the inferior race not even 10% of what India used to be 1000 s of years earlier….

By: asymeonakis Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:23:21 +0000 1. Australia is one from the less racist countries in the world, from the most opened and tolerant countries in the world.
2. The terrorist attacks in New York increased the xenophobia and they racist attacks not only against Muslims but against Jews, Sighs and other foreigners.
3. The rapid change of the synthesis of Australian population, only 35% of Australians said that they come from English ancestors ( 2006 census) and less than 18% of Australians are Anglicans created worries to extreme nationalists.
4. The international financial crisis increased the unemployment and local labors saw that they lost their job not only of cause the financial crisis but because migrants work harder for less money and worst conditions and they took the jobs.
5. last years the number of foreign students increased rapidly , hundred of thousands of foreign students, while the government has allowed them to work many hours per semester. Foreign students work with very low wages in very bad conditions and of cause the financial crisis they have created huge problems to local unskilled, low income labors. It is the unskilled, non educated people who become racists and attack the students or migrants.
6. For these reasons and much more has created a dangerous combination of conditions which expressed not only with racist attacks but with many other ways, including the increase of criminal attacks.
7. There are many studies mainly from Western Sydney University and from Australian National University about the race discrimination in Australia and especially in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. We know from these studies that the race discrimination exist and for some ethnic groups as Lebanese in Sydney or Muslims or Asians is very high, higher than the race discrimination against blacks in USA .
8. Unfortunately, Australian governments, Federal or states, Liberal or ALP instead to try to support the victims of race discrimination, instead to try to minimize the race discrimination they try to limit migrant’s role in Australia. The attacks against multiculturalism from federal governments, Liberal and ALP, the citizenship test are sound proves.
9. There is a study from the Western Sydney University about the attacks against Muslims, you can find it in a report of the Australian Human Rights Commission, from this study we learned that more than 90% of attacks against Muslims comes from Anglos, although they are less than 35% of the population, according to 2006 census.
10. Without doubt most racist attacks comes from extrem nationalists, white supremacists etc.
11. Unfortunately many migrants or foreign students do not trust the police and they do not report the attacks at all or on time, this is not helpful at all, we can not expect from the police to stop the attacks when we do not inform them for the attacks.
Antonios Symeonakis

By: bigfella Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:17:50 +0000 Hi to all on this forum. I am a proud first generation Australian. I love my country, with all its faults. I feel proud that many other races come to Australia to study, live and work. I enjoy learning about other cultures and religions. I live in Woolgoolga NSW, the town with the highest Indian poulation percentage in Australia and have no trouble with the majority of these residents. I am not a racist, but I do have trouble with immigrants that come here and will not integrate. I have lived and worked all over Australia so I cannot be accused of living in only one microcosm of Australia. I find that many immigrants are the TRUE racists. Australia is supposedly a multicultural society, but it is not – yet. It currently is a poyglot of different cultures, all in their separate living areas, with their separate shopping, education, cultural and religious “turfs” …… and to tell the real truth, there is still very little mixing going on. I am a friendly kind of fellow, but I resent the wall put up by other cultures. As a young man I tried to court a Greek girl – only to be told by her father that a serious relationship could never happen as she had been promised when she was 8 years old, and I should leave her alone or she could be considered “sullied”. I have lived in Sydney, and seen the racism by Lebanese …. I could not hold a conversation with a Lebanese woman who passed by my house each day, but Lebanese men were encouraged to chase anything wearing a skirt. Four Lebanese men raped a couple of Aussie girls, ands when caught they tried to use the excuse “We didn’t know it was illegal in your country” – as if rape is legal anywhere. My own father would not let me or my siblings learn my mothers’ native tongue – stating that we were Aussies, and only need to know Australian. So yes, racism does rear its ugly head here in Australia, but it is by ALL residents – not just the white ones. I have noticed some anti-Christian comments on here…yes, the Christian faith had much to answer for – in the middle ages. Christianity currently actively supports many residents of Australia, and excludes none. I believe every religion has it’s ratbags and extremists. I have worked in the media industry, and I know media hype when I see it. I just wish that people were not so gullible as to swallow the rubbish that sells their media on “slow news days”. I recognise that Indian students have been targeted, but so do members of all countries, including Australians!
I have also seen comments like “Australia is a racist and backward country” – well, I feel you are half right, but the racism mostly comes from those coming here as immigrants!
I saw a comment by some loon about “When in Rome….etc” about having to act like redneck Americans. Extremist remarks like these kinda makes that person look stupid, especially as rednecks are a small minority of the American population. No, all the “Romans” want is for people to mix without discord or rancour – something many immigrants are reluctant to do. Most people fear what they do not understand, OR THAT WHICH IS DIFFERENT…..this leads to all kinds of social tensions. Only time, education and INTER-ACTION will overcome these problems….escalation of these tensions by this kind of hype is detrimental to BOTH cultures. I blame the media industry for blowing this issue out of all proportion, and those that support it with inflammatory remarks are racists themselves.

By: gibson Thu, 04 Feb 2010 03:37:46 +0000 Indians killed the Indian in Australia.
An Indian burnt his own car and claimed it was a racist attack.

Those above that jumped to the conclusion that these were racist attacks without anymore evidence than their personal predjudices against Australains have proven themselves to be the real racists.

By: thatguy3189 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:02:24 +0000 Personally I dont think the attacks on Indians are racist. For example, while all the Tv stations in India are yelling ‘How could this happen’, there are in fact more attacks in India than Australia.

Plus, for anybody that watches the Australian news, have you every heard the Tv announcer saying ‘At about 5pm today 3 white Australians have been beaten, the whole nation is in shock.’ I can guarantee you that nobody has said that on tv. No one in Australia cares if a white man or an Asian man gets assaulted or robbed do they? It isnt reported at all in the Australian media.

Thus said, I do not believe that the attacks on Indians arent racist, and the Indian media needs to stop showing propaganda that Australia isnt a racist nation.

By: aussieman79 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:11:17 +0000 So when a major Australian Newspaper such as the Sydney Morning Herald publishes on 10 January 2010 the following:

“Indians are 2½ times more at risk of attack than other Melburnians” .

they are exaggerating facts and figures and misleading even the Australian Populace?

The Headlines read:

Horror Indian summer
January 9, 2010
Indians are 2½ times more at risk of attack than other Melburnians

and if you want to read the rest, you can at: dian-summer-20100108-lyw0.html

Having said the above, I leave it to others to judge.

By: Bob7659 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 08:28:25 +0000 To: Think again
At a glance your argument is indeed compelling and highly disturbing… but fortunately for all tolerant Australians it is incorrect. In your statement you mentioned that 16.67% of all assaults are committed against Indians per 100,000 people, a worrying figure to be sure. Yet you fail to realise that the assault of 15 Indians over the past 6 weeks is not per 100,000 people but for the entire population of Melbourne. As Melbourne populates over 3.8 million people (and 60 assaults are committed per 100,000 people in Australia) this would mean that, regrettably, approximately 2280 assaults are reported every month. This means that on average less than 0.5% of all assaults are committed against Indians. Whilst I am certain that a racist element does exist in some of these attacks I am wary to concede that this is true to all cases. While I in no way condone these acts and do in fact despise the cowards who commit them, I reject the belief that Australia is a racist country.
I do not believe Australia to be a racist country, but I certainly acknowledge the disgusting (small though it may be) element of racism that exists in Australia, along with every other country on our planet. As Rohit stated in one of his articles, on a Micro level racism exists in India, and this is true to Australia as well. The micro level of racism that exists in this country can certainly manifest itself in the form of violence, but on a Macro level this is a despised practice that most Australian’s abhor.
While I feel the utmost sympathy for all victims of these vicious assaults and believe that the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, it is offensive and wrong that all Australians should be labelled as racists because of the actions of a few fools too ignorant to realise that violence has no place in our society.

By: Vivek.Vikram Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:53:53 +0000 this article is hilarious. 1st Rachel Paul is a student in USA and she is saying there is no racist bias against indian students in USA. Rachel , I got news for you. The attacks are allegedly happening in australia not usa. you cannot take USA as a sample to determine whats going on in australia. both countries have different histories. America is one country which takes race allegations quite seriously. I wouldn’t expect same from any other nation.

another hilarious comparison is recessionist ? who in the world would have thunk (except rachel paul) that people get jealous on students because of recession ? Everybody knows students aren’t that rich. lol. they are not stealing anyones jobs. usually crime due to jealousy of prosperity happens on immigrant workers not students.

plus america has a much bigger working indian population than students. if there was any attack due to jealousy it would be on those working and not on students.

third funny comparison is india’s caste system as a bias . but rachel caste bias is not = to race based crime being alleged here. you care comparing apples and oranges.

i conclude recession hasnt struck the aussies but reuters for hiring such sub par bloggers. i had a good laugh. hope everyone did.

By: mayur rolls Tue, 17 Nov 2009 07:33:27 +0000 Being an indian , rather than criticising the issue i would like to look into the matter and see whats causing all this….i dont undrstand the hype that is being given by the media….and the result is indian students are now afraid to go and study in austrlia….how many of them actually know that this is happneing all becuase of the fraud agents tht are running in india and are responsible for ruining their career….there is a regulatory body called AAERI(Association of Australian Education Representatives in India), the self-regulatory body of education agents and an initiative of Australian Education International (AEI).They are working closely with Indian and Australian government to weed out any issues that concern the security of Indian students in Australia.Its high time people are awaare of these kind of important important information and get help taking the right decision through correct information…

By: Ron Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:46:04 +0000 Hi,

I think I know why the Australians are suddenly turning racist against Indians. I think they cant tell the difference between Indians and Lebanese(who were involved in lots of race crimes against them in the recent past). Indians looks similar to Lebanese.