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Indian Students Facing Attacks in Australia – BusinessWeek


A senior diplomat at the High Commission told ET that in the last six months, there have been 500 cases of assault on Indian students, registered by the police authorities across Australia. There are fears that such incidents of muggings, theft, racial abuse, car jackings and even murder are on the increase because of the economic meltdown and loss of jobs.

In fact, the Australian government’s $3.5-million campaign to attract Indian students-in an effort to combat recession-could remain a non-starter if the issue of racial attacks is not addressed. An estimated 95,000 Indian students joined Australian institutions of higher education in the first 11 months of 2008. (via Indian Students Facing Attacks in Australia – BusinessWeek).

Do we need this?

Indians are the most important part of work force planning for the entire West. To keep the declining Western economy (and aging populations) ticking, they need Indians – especially the English speaking countries of US of A, UK, Australia and Canada.

This is possibly the one thing that Indians need to understand!

Do Indians have to put up with this kind of insecurity and aggression? After all, (nearly all) Indians are legally entitled to stay in these countries – and in fact, being pursued by some of these countries. What action is the Australian Government taking to solve this problem? Nothing, as far as I can see. Some Indians have got together and a helpline was launched to protect Indian students from violence – reports the Hindustan Times.

In the US of A …

For the last few years, there has been a spate of killings of Indians in the US of A. The important part is these incidents is the common factors: –

  1. Most of thee victims are from Andhra Pradesh (in India) – which sends the largest numbers of techies and students from India.
  2. All the seven victims were students or young tech workers.
  3. These have happened with regularity. Every 45-75 days.
  4. None of these students had any criminal record or involvement in any criminal activity or groups.

Seven murders in 15 months is too many to be a co-incidence.

What’s happening?

Foreign workers being blamed for job losses in USA? Is there some racist group behind this. Is is the Ku Klux Klan? Indian groups had requested FBI to check this out.

Anybody out there?

Importance of Indian immigrants to the US of A

Repeated attacks

Repeated attacks

Each year, India loses more than 1,00,000 doctors, engineers, other post graduates to the US alone and another 3,00,000 to other Western countries – commonly, referred to as ‘brain drain.’

To get a real handle on this number, project this number to the 25-65 age group in the USA. At 100,000 students and professionals every year from India, there are nearly 3.5-4.0 million highly qualified Indians between the ages of 25-65 – holding up the US industry. The IRS of the USA processed under 100.5 million individual tax returns – from a US population of 300.5 million. Thus approximately 4% of the total US working population. Put another way, Indians comprise an estimated 10%-15% of the highly qualified and (highly paid) workforce in the US.

Who pays for this

The Indian tax-payer supports India’s higher education (English based) system to the tune of Rs.2,50,000 crores (US$60 billion). The rest of the world picks up these Indian assets at no investment – and the poor Indian tax payer continues to subsidize English language education which benefits the entrenched Westernized Indian elite. These well-trained, qualified young people at the start of their productive lives are lost to the West (and others).

What is the cost for the 300,000 people that India loses to the West each year? Just the direct cost to the Indian tax payer is US$ 2 billion, or Rs.10,000 crores annually.

India needs to end this subsidy to the West

Another attack ...

Another attack ...

The usefulness and transferability of utility would be highly reduced, if India were to completely use Indian languages in higher education. Indian investment in higher education would then start benefiting India – and the poor Indian tax payers.

A recent report on ‘brain drain’ for India Government circulation did not even mention how the use of English language for higher education in India increases transferability of utility from India to richer English using academic systems – like the USA.

Actions … and reactions

The most ‘practical’ suggestion that the Australian leader could come up with was that Indians should try and look ‘less Indian.’

But … the Islamic Council of Victoria (said) it’s all an ill-conceived idea. The Council’s Nazeem Hussein says he is disappointed more is not being done to stop the attacks and protect the foreign visitors.

“I think it’s one thing to help the victims look less like victims, sorry to look less Indian, but I think it’s another thing to really attack the core issue here which is racism,” he said.

“And we’re seeing not as much from the police that we would have probably expected.

“It’s only a particular type of crime that is on the rise and that’s crimes against people that look Indian. So really that statistic means not very much given that this particular crime is on the increase.” (ellipsis mine; brackets mine).

The other thing that the Australians decided to do was to send an official, “Leading Senior Constable Victor Robb will travel to India to brief prospective students about ways to avoid trouble.”

To India to ‘counsel’ Indians students on avoiding such attacks.

And Amitabh Bachchan decided against a honorary doctoral degree by a Australian University.

Post script

Three days after this post, the dam broke.

Sadly …

Another Indian student was attacked – and battling for life, in a Melbourne hospital, after a vicious attack with a screw driver.

Internet forums – Discussions and comments

Interestingly, in a discussion group, some commented that,Australia is walking on eggshells with India probably mainly due to tensions over Cricket.” Now this is interesting. This brings me back to sports as a propaganda tool in the Anglo Saxon Bloc!

And money! Indian cricket is the only Western sport in India, where India is a global power – in terms of financial muscle and performance.Is that what is hurting the average, ‘Joe’ Australian!

The other interesting aspects that came out of this discussion group was that similar behaviour in the past was finally controlled by ‘counter aggression’. The commentator shot back with, Remember the melbourne gangs in the 80’s and 90’s formed basically to fight the skinheads.”

Yes … you can run and hide

But not at the same time.

An editorial in The Age, an Australian newspaper, further aggravated the issue. It pointed out how,

If Australia’s governments are worried that the truth has not been told, however, it is puzzling that Australian coroners have suppressed details of the deaths of more than 50 international students, and that the death toll appears to be higher than the number admitted by the Federal Government. Earlier this year, in response to a question in Parliament, the Government stated that 51 international students had died in the 12 months to November last year. Yet as an Age investigation has established, the correct figure is higher, most likely 54. And, an application by this newspaper for release of data on the students’ deaths under the National Coroners Information System was refused after an initial assurance that it would be made available. The reason for the refusal, according to a spokeswoman for Victorian Coroner Jennifer Coate, was that the data is not exhaustive: “The nationality and occupation of someone who has died is not required to be automatically recorded.” (from The greater the secrecy, the greater the anxiety, editorial in The Age, Australia).

This was picked by the media – and much coverage was given. The Australian Government had to come out with yet another statement and yet another halfhearted attempt to show that all was well in the Australian Copacabana.

Getmo’

Repeated attacks

Repeated attacks

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  1. hereis
    May 29, 2009 at 1:23 am

    nah if they think they are subsidising the west, then stay put and stop overflooding the west. what’s the point anyway going to a place where people doesn’t like you? migration should be gradual, sudden influx of any foreign race will cause anxiety and mistrust, especially in bad economy. Imagine in the course of a year or two there were swarms of white westerners flooding into India, the indians will have backlash too. This is what’s happening in the west, too many migrating in at one go. Not good.

  2. May 29, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Indian Government should take hard steps to protect Students in Australia, rather than giving statements !!!

  3. May 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

    nah if they think they are subsidising the west, then stay put and stop overflooding the west.

    My point exactly. Why waste time and money with effete and declining systems?

    what’s the point anyway going to a place where people doesn’t like you?

    hereis – I think you should verify facts …

    Australian Universities depend on Indian students to make ends meet. Indian students in Australia have been persuaded by Australian Universities to come to Australia. Indians in Australia have met all legal requirements defined by Australia.

    Are you suggesting that Indian should go to Australia after an opinion poll to see if they are welcome!

    migration should be gradual, sudden influx of any foreign race will cause anxiety and mistrust, especially in bad economy.

    There are about 400,000 foreign students who are keeping the Australian University system afloat. These foreign students were ‘influenced’ and ‘invited’ to Australia – with large half page ads in prominent newspapers.

    Imagine in the course of a year or two there were swarms of white westerners flooding into India, the indians will have backlash too. This is what’s happening in the west, too many migrating in at one go. Not good.

    Maybe before you teach us about swarming and migrations, you should ask the Australian aborigines, how they felt.

  4. APARICHIT
    May 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    INDIANS “APARICHIT” NATIONALS SHOWING STRENGTH AT FEDRATION SQUARE
    ON
    31ST MAY, 2009 at 12:00 Noon
    Wake Up Indian Government….How dare an Australia Government Can Ignore us?

    The suppressed fire in Indian nationals has summoned all in Melbourne to be present at Federation Square which has by now so many events till date; now its time for Indian Embassy at Melbourne/Australia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Affairs to get in to action; especially while India and Indian Nationals are playing such vital role in providing maximum revenue to Australian government through the students fees, taxes, Visa Fees & Immigrants.
    Does Indian government does not have value for its nationals’ lives? Recall the situation how US has reverted when ever their citizens’ lives are in danger at any corner of the world. The post of super power does not earned by gaining majorities in election but it could be gained by earning respect from the nations citizens by providing them a safe & secure environment anywhere they go.
    The ongoing attacks on Indian nationals have been increased since the cricketers Symonds – Harbhajan conspiracy in Australia. The Australian Localities majorly the youth are known as good for nothing; they are jobless since they do not possess any professional skills or proper education – their parents have brought them on earth to gain the government grant provided by Australian Government to parents on the birth of baby. The local youth is always pretend to be involved all the times in drugs & sex while the Indian nationals in Australia are doing all hardship to earn their bread butter doing jobs of house cleaning, Dishwashing or any kind of job which may help them to survive….while the local Australian organizations or any businesses such as restaurants or shops are not inclined to employ any Australian since they do not prefer to work hard.
    It is not out of place to mention that in Australia the Indian Nationals are facing danger to life for every day; and once again the Indian Government is sitting idle and watching the entire scenario; its high time now – and this time the Indian Nationals have decided to take care of themselves by thyself without asking for help from government and have called upon a protest at Federation Square to wake up the Australian Government to protect the Lives of Indian Nationals from the “JUNKIES” – That’s what the Australian youth is called as in Australia; which means the JUNK of Australia which is of no use to the Australia.
    The Indian nationals have run the SMS campaign among the KNOWN – UNKNOWN “APARICHIT” Indians and have given calls to get together at Federation Square at 12:00 noon to protest the Increment in the Attacks on the Indians in Australia; which has already made Australian Government a major shock because since years Indians are staying very peacefully without being obstacle to anyone’s lives and though they are the ONLY sufferers of such JUNKIE’s attacks; it is expected that a huge crowd is expected at Federation Square tomorrow of Indian Nationals at Federation Square and it is suppose to be a biggest protest even done anywhere in the world by Indians ever.
    If Australian Government is not ready to stop this RACISM against the Indians; the days are not far away that Indian Students will stop coming to Australia.

    Krutarth
    Melbourne

  5. Rickibird
    June 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

    “Indians are the most important part of work force planning for the entire West. To keep the declining Western economy (and aging populations) ticking, they need Indians – especially the English speaking countries of US of A, UK, Australia and Canada.”

    If you really believe this, you need to get out a whole lot more. Some Australian Universities might rely on Indian students at this point in time, but that can change very quickly. Your use to Australia in industry or as a market: zip.

    Australians are appalled at the violent crimes and exploitation of Indian students. However, there is increasing disquiet in this country at the inherent racism of many Indian people which the response in your country has exposed and your ridiculous, racist, hot-headed and poorly informed post does nothing to quell that disquiet.

    Wake up and realise that Australia is anything but a racist country. We’re the most multicutural nation on earth and proud of it. We welcome people from all over the planet and are happy to share our good fortune at living in such a beautiful land.

    Wake up and realise that the vast majority of violence on Indian students has been perpetrated by “non-whites”, including Chinese, Arabs and even Australian Aboriginals. So claims of rampaging, racist “anglos” doesn’t hold water all.

    Of course there are some racist fools in Australia (just as there are in India), but we have little tolerance for them and the criminals behind the beatings will be brought to justice.

    Meanwhile, we well remember the many Australians murdered and bashed and robbed in India (yes murdered, not just bashed, in racist and religious hate crimes by Indians). But do we say that all Indians are racists and murderers? Of course not.

    ps: even my many Indian friends think the response in India is racist.

  6. June 11, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Some Australian Universities might rely on Indian students at this point in time, but that can change very quickly. Your use to Australia in industry or as a market: zip

    Rickibird – I can understand your feelings. After all, which self-respecting, WASP (‘White, Anglo Saxon, Protestant’) Nation would like to be dependent on us dirty and crass Indians!

    Bad feeling, huh!

    Coming to your point about, Indians are of no ‘use to Australia in industry or as a market’. Like the many links that I have provided will show you, education happens to be the third largest revenue stream for Australia – after raw materials and tourism.

    Indians, by the way, are significant consumers for Australian raw minerals and tourism also. So, maybe you should check your facts.

    Anyway, you should let your Government know about your ‘new found facts’. Because the Australian Government is trying its best to attract Indian tourists to Australia – just like they tried to attract Indian students.

    I suggest – dont let your feelings get in the way!!

    inherent racism of many Indian people which the response in your country has exposed

    This is interesting.

    On an Indian student population of 90,000 in Australia, more than a 1000 attacks, have ocurred in the last 1 year – which have been registered, documented – and not seriously investigated by the Australian police.

    After this aggression on Indians in Australia, to allege that it is the Indian response which is ‘racist’ and has created ‘disquiet’ among some Australians (including you), is mind boggling.

    your ridiculous, racist, hot-headed and poorly informed post does nothing to quell that disquiet.

    Coming to my post.

    Ridicule you may. It is a god given right. No quarrel with that.

    About the bit which alleges ‘racist, hot-headed and poorly informed’, I am curious. Can you point at any place where the post is being racist.
    With the numbers of links, facts, data, figures to say that it is hot headed and poorly informed is rather weak. Can you please point out where my data is missing, wrong, or inadequate?

    Instead of making empty allegations!

    We’re the most multicutural nation on earth and proud of it. We welcome people from all over the planet

    This is indeed news to me!!

    How many Africans did Australia admit last year? How many Muslims? What percentage of Australians are Muslims? And you think this is multi-culturalism?

    happy to share our good fortune at living in such a beautiful land

    Before you chase your own shadow in self congratulation, don’t forget to thank the (nearly) extinct population of the Australian Aborigines for your ‘good fortune’ and the ‘beautiful land’!

    Last I heard, the Australian aboriginal population had increased to 30,000!

    Wake up and realise that the vast majority of violence on Indian students has been perpetrated by “non-whites”, including Chinese, Arabs and even Australian Aboriginals.

    I do hope, you see and read what you write! If this statement is not racist, what is?

    Today’s newspapers did mention that there was one attack by a group of Lebanese on Indians. Are you sure that these Lebanese were NOT paid to ‘save the fair name of Australia’.

    there are some racist fools in Australia … we have little tolerance for them and the criminals behind the beatings will be brought to justice. (ellipsis mine)

    I will wait for the day. But I suggest that you dont take any bets on that!!

    Meanwhile, we well remember the many Australians murdered and bashed and robbed in India (yes murdered, not just bashed, in racist and religious hate crimes by Indians). But do we say that all Indians are racists and murderers? Of course not.

    I am most impressed by this Australian magnanimity and enlightenment. Most impressed.

    Your Prime Minister came out with a telling statistic – some 20 Australians were attacked, killed, murdered in India – in the last decade. Out of more than 1.1 million Australians who came to India during that decade. In a country of 110 crores.

    One of them was a gentleman by the name of Graham Staines, a religious missionary, whose ilk went about trying to change Orissa’s religious demographics. His murderer has since then been arrested, tried and sentenced to jail.

    By the way did I tell you that India has a small Christian minority. Some 25 million Christians – which is more than the entire population of Australia.

    By your logic, that does not make us multi-cultural – but racists we Indians are!

  7. DTCPU
    October 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Australia belongs to Aborigines and not White European Criminals who were deported there. The main problem in australia that dogs like white european criminals bark at vistors who come to visit their distant relatives Aborigines in that land belonging to Aborigines. As per DNA records ancestor of australian aborigines have migrated from India.
    Also, the problem in australia is that it is still slave of British, hence Indians should unite with aborigines and demand Independence of Australia.
    Bring them to open like what Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Martin Luther did, you can Intermix and intermarry with aborigines.Contest in elections. In other words kick out White European Criminals to their native land England.
    The other reason for this violence is that China wants to colonize Australia and so it is thinking that Indians can be an obstacle of it’s imperalistic idea and hence it is trying to create all these nonsense behind the scene by brainwashing Australian youth. Why no chineese are attacked in Australia?

    Start a revolution like Dr. Babasaheb Amedkar and Martin Luther King… For this mix up with aborigines generate a sense of pride in them.

    Why chineese and pakistanis are not harrased in Australia?
    China to some extent controls Australia and Pakistan is the friend of China and so both of them are not harrassed. We are their opponents and so they are troubling us by brainwashing Australian youths.

  8. manu
    June 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Dumb , drunk and racist on ABC (australian) production is a good watch – Click here… It was fun watching indians teaching a white Australian about freedom of religion in central sydney

  9. June 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    Three things.

    First – Thanks for the link.

    Two. I am beginning to believe what you say that Indians in Australia are better organized than the clowns in the US are.

    Three – The slowdown in Indian traffic to Australia has really hurt them.

    I am sure that the right people in the right places will make note.

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