And it’s controversy time once again. I must say I love it. Gives me something to blog on. 🙂
There was a recent incident in Melbourne where four Indian students were attacked in what was allegedly a racial crime. There have also been a couple of other incidents in trains in Melbourne where Indian students were attacked and robbed. And of course, following this, there has been the usual hue and cry from Indians on how racist Aussies are and how no Indians should go to Australia (Bear in mind, some of these comments were from Indians currently living in Australia!!). There are also comments on how this happens only in Australia and would never be seen in the UK or US or Canada. Well, how do you explain this? How come the Indian media did not sensationalise this news about Canada? Is that because Canada don’t have a decent cricket team but the Aussies do?
Now, as I have said before, I have so far not faced any discrimination based on my race. All my friends here are Australian. My work colleagues are Aussies with European backgrounds. In fact, I don’t really have many Indian friends here. I have been open to learning about the Aussie culture and have picked up the slang and understand the sarcasm and the culture of taking the piss out of people. And I am fine with that. At the same time, my friends are curious about the Indian culture and where possible, I have explained stuff to them.
I am not saying that no one in Australia is racist. I’m not that stupid. There are racists everywhere. All over the world. And if we are all truly honest, I’m sure we would find that we are all racist to some extent or the other.
Indians themselves discriminate based on race, religion, region/language, gender. So it’s a situation of the pot calling the kettle black. Individuals of African origin are generally discriminated in India as compared to those of Anglo-origin. Asians are discriminated against. Muslims and Christians are discriminated against in a vastly Hindu country. North Indians discriminate against South Indians. Indian men think western women are “easy” and use that as an excuse for rape. So how is what happened in Australia different to what happens almost every single day in India?
As for the current attacks allegedly committed due to racial discrimination. There is no definitive proof of that. It could just be a situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s unfortunate, no doubt. Teenagers nowadays are not like before. They are more violent. They are more feral in groups. And that is all over the world. I see clients that have been released from jail and are out on parole and they range from age 14 to 18. Not all of them are of an anglo or white background. The backgrounds vary.
I guess what I’m trying to say in this case is to not always believe the media. The media presented it as a racial attack. Not the police. The police are looking for the attackers in these cases, as they would for any case.
Having said that, it’s common sense for every individual to take precautions in any case in any city or country whether you are white, black, Asian, middle-Eastern, European, Hispanic, or Indian or from anywhere in the world. And most people do try to do that. For instance, in Sydney, when taking a train late at night, it’s just good sense to choose the compartment that’s next to where the guard is stationed.
And to those Indians claiming that every Aussie is racist — it might help if you were more accepting of their culture as well. Education is the key. You are open to education and they will be too. Also, integrating with Aussies (or Americans or British…) rather than just staying within the Indian community even outside of India might actually be more beneficial.
Think about it…
and open your minds
Until next time,