Indian students in Australia have been in a mid of potential racial storm. Four incidents of attacks on Indian students have been reported in the past week. It has been reported that anger has been mounting among Indian students in Australia. The Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) has called for a peace rally on Sunday in response to the growing anger in the community against increasing hate crimes. The rally will start from the Royal Melbourne Hospital where Shravan Kumar is lying in coma, who was stabbed earlier with a screwdriver by a group of teenagers is battling for life, and will conclude at the Victorian Parliament House.
Another student, Baljinder Singh, stabbed by two attackers early this week, has been discharged from hospital, while Rajesh Kumar, who suffered 30 per cent burns after a petrol bomb was hurled at him in his home, is being treated in a Sydney hospital.
The Australian media and the police have been accused of down playing the attacks. In Australia, the attacks are referred to as “curry bashing”. To “curry bash”, is to go out find an Indian and target him. The term completely downplays the attack, giving it a ‘fun’ connotation, which it is not. Pure racist terrorism is being alleged.
Sanjeev Sablok, an Indian working in Australia disagrees with the racism angle to the attacks. He has some interesting observations on his blog.
Bad behavior is not an excuse to beat or stab anyone. Racism, isolated or widespread, in many countries against Indians has been largely ignored by everybody, including Indians themselves. In the present India economic superpower of future times, and with many young Indians growing up without any colonial baggage, these kinds of incidents are likely to get much more prominence and evince much lower tolerance than before.
These kind of attacks will increase as the world economy continues in a recession. Immigrants or even potential immigrants, as many students are, are seen as threats by the minority of people. As general intolerance in our world increases, as it has and as it will be more, and the victims fight back. Our prejudices surface faster under pressure and fear. The only way prejudice reduces is when one exposes the morons in any society to the potential victims.
At stake is Australia’s reputation as a safe destination for Indian students