We are all aware of the ongoing repeated attacks on Indian Students in Australia.Recently there was a big hue and cry and ‘Exchange of Talks’ between India and Australia when Nitin Garg,an Indian student was attacked in Australia.
External Affairs Minister,S.M Krishna intervened and warned the Australian Govt against such attacks. In reply to this, Foreign Minister Simon Crean said: “I think we have to await the full details of the police investigation”.
SM Krishna also proposed of issuing an “Travel Advisory” for Australia on account of numerous repeated attacks on Indian Students in Australia.
A travel advisory is a public notice issued by a government agency to provide information about the relative safety of traveling to or visiting one or more specific destinations.
The purpose is to enable travelers make an informed decision about a particular travel destination, and to help them prepare adequately for what may be encountered on their trip.
Travel advisories may relate to issues such as inclement weather, security matters, civil unrest or disease.
Recently there has been an observation of decrease in the percentage of Indian students opting Australia for higher studies.
Another news which captured eye balls recently was: “A Ku Klux Klan cartoon in a Delhi newspaper, which allegedly depicted a Victoria policeman as a member of hate group Ku Klux Klan with a caption:”We Are Yet To Ascertain The Nature Of The Crime”.
The Klan is an infamous white supremacist hate group that had much influence in America during late 19th and early 20th century.
Australian PM,Julia Gillard reacted to this cartoon saying that she had not seen the cartoon, but believed it would be “deeply offensive”.
Now,the ‘NEW Twist in the Tale’ is Australia’s former Defence Force chief,General Peter Cosgrove owning up and asking his country to confront ‘Racism’ stating that the attacks against Indians was a ‘major problem’ and its nature made it easy to conclude they were racially motivated.
General Peter Cosgrove said that “the number of incidents against Indians seemed “too many to be coincidences”. “Attacks recently by groups of people on individuals looks like a profiling approach to people from the sub-continent”. “Rather than say ‘nothing to worry about’, I’d rather look more closely. If you didn’t suspect a racial strand you’d be mad,”.
Updated on Jan 26th 2010:
Van Rudd, son of Prime Minster’s brother Malcom Rudd and another man staged a protest outside the Rod Laver Arena against the recent spate of violence against Indians in Melbourne.
The protest from Van Rudd came after eight men were arrested for bashing of two Indian students overnight.
Carrying banners “Let the refugees in” and “no racist attacks on Indians”, Rudd and the other man refused to move from the lawn outside the arena, saying they were protesting because the Australian Government refused to acknowledge that attacks on Indians were racist and that locking up asylum seekers was wrong.