I daresay,with India growing at 6% + while the world’s leading economies are in recession,there is a growing ‘Protectionist’ sentiment led by even USA’s President Obama,who cries “Buy American!”
In this context, the growing incidents of Indians being physically assaulted in Australia is more a ‘giving vent’ by a few misguided Australians to an increasing frustrated and a prejudiced mindset that simply is unable to accept this reality of India’s increasing Economic Prosperity and their own Economic Deprivation that’s leading to their Depravity
The perception is that the natives are losing jobs…and jobs that are currently being taken up by Non Australians,especially Indians would have been available for Australians had these guys not have migrated or come into Australia
But Why attack Indian Students !?…Over 90000 Indian Students are actually paying Top Dollar to Australian Universities and Educational Institutions and actually boosting Australia’s Economy….In fact,Australian Representatives of these Institutions are 24/7 passionately wooing Indian Students to study in Australia…It’s lucrative for them
A few Years ago,Australia’s ex PM,John Howard had shown his aggressive and narrow mindset when he had sent out a strong warning to all those who had migrated or wished to migrate to Australia to become Australian in every sense….or just go back to where they come from…He needs to be reminded that they too are not the Original Inhabitants of the Australian Continent…and that they had not come out of their own choice too over 200 years ago from United Kingdom!
Sadly,John Howard finds support in many Australians who think the way he does….they have a closed view of what constitutes ‘Patriotism’……Howard’s message was a veiled threat and had done some damage to the general acceptance that Australia is a progressively democratic nation and is a melting pot of many cultures
And Sadly,as India gets more and more economically prosperous,more and more of such intolerant mindsets will give vent to their feelings…some violently.
I daresay the last India v/s Australia Cricket Series in Australia,is a nasty case in point…the Sydney Test was in India’s grip…Unsporting Umpires and Australian Cricket Players,desperate not to lose led to an Australian Victory…in fact so intense was this behaviour that the Australian PM,Kevin Rudd,had to warn the Australian Captain,Pointing to play the game in the true sporting spirit…The Tour was on the verge of being called off.
Indian Super Stars,Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachhan have come out strongly against these attacks…Aamir has blogged on this…interestingly, his hit movie ‘Dil Chhata Hai’ had him play the role of a young Indian business tycoon in Australia and the movie showcased the brilliance and vibrancy of the Sydney landscape for all of us to admire….Big B had initially accepted to receive an Honorary Doctorate from an Australian University…In light of these attacks,he has now declined to do so.
It is therefore imperative that Australia quickly bring the culprits of such attacks to book and showcase them repeatedly in the media around the world to act as a strong deterrent to others like them
Come on Australia !…don’t let a few misguided hooligans get away with this ! They surely do not represent what Australia stands for !
Cheers ! Mate ! is one of the most welcoming and friendly greetings in the world…Don’t let the world change it to Jeers ! Mate !