One was robbed and stabbed, another was burnt in a petrol
on Indian students in Australia
"Curry bashing" name is geneally used by attackers
NRI LEADERS blamed
the media in India of blowing out the issue….
Sydney, June 03, 2009
Nardeep Singh, 21, a nursing student at the Chisholm Institute in
Dandenong, in Melbourne's east, was attacked with a knife by a group
of males in suburban Melbourne after they stopped him and demanded
cigarettes and money. Mr Singh told them that he was a non-smoker,
then he was asked for money, when the student refused, he was slashed
across the chest. This incident have caused an outcry in India and
Four students from India were allegedly assaulted in Melbourne.
A student, Shravan Kumar, who hail from Andhra Pradesh is in serious
"Curry bashing" name is geneally used by attackers. The
court heard seven friends had met at a Footscray McDonald's store
on January 22 and decided to go out "curry bashing", which
meant assaulting and robbing an Indian.
• will not officially acknowledge any particular ethnic
group is a target, or that any other group is carrying out the
• But in every case the victims told police their attackers
• there was no indication the attackers had deliberately
targeted the student.
• We would say this is an opportunistic fight. It could
have happened to any individual of any nationality.
• Is reluctance to admit they have trouble with African
gangs -- or gangs of any particular ethnicity
There are approximately 90,000 Indian students studying in Australia.
In Victoria state alone, in just one year, about 1450 people of
Indian origin were attacked- punched, kicked, raped or robbed.
Accoding to local media, Dr Yadu Singh said there had been at least
20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month, but
most went unreported out of fear. He estimated over 100 attacks
on Indian students in the last 12 months.
Under instructions from the Indian Government, the Indian Consulate
in Sydney has formed a committee to address the concerns about the
welfare of Indian students in Australia, said Dr Singh, who heads
The Indian media's coverage of the plight of Indian students in
Australia has been "irresponsible" and could backfire
on Indians who have lived here for years, a local community leader
Prof. Ashok Mehta, who came to Australia in 1966,
told NRIpress that Australian are not the racists. He said:
• We are concerned about the official protests from the
Indian Government and the burning in India of effigies of Kevin
• This kind of violence that should shame and alarm us.
Keep in mind it's not just Indians being bashed, but people born
right here who are kicked unconscious at railway platforms and
• Now question rises: Where are the punishments? Where are
the police? How did we fail and break the law?
• It's only when the Indian students cleverly claimed they
were victims of racism. These muggings became an international
conflict involving the leaders of India and Australia
• Australian leaders are scrambling to protect their reputation
in the world. It is also the question of $2 billion a year earning
from these foreign students
If India media and Indian leaders are telling us we're too prejudiced,
it is happening every where. Just think in your own country- Hindu-Muslim
bloodfests, 1984 sikh riots and perfected the caste system.
We must keep patience and our leaders are working seriously:
- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd himself assured full
security to Indian students and reassured the Indian government
that Australia is not a racist country…
- The Deputy Prime Minister has already announced
that international student representatives would be invited to
a Roundtable to discuss issues affecting their study experience
including accommodation, safety and welfare.
Most of the victims say: many of their attackers are Islanders,
Africans, and sometimes Asians who are also new in this country
- Why Indian students are soft targeted by thieves and
thugs? In general, Indians/NRIs are very peaceful, soft
spoken and hard workers. Most of the students work late shifts
in 7-Eleven stores, taxis and gas stations. They live in the area
where rent is cheap and not safe. In these areas, thieves and
thugs are every where. They target the students when they walk
alone and late at night. This is the reason, the students are
bashed and robbed by thieves and thugs.
Most of the thieves and thugs bash each other and Indians but
call us a racist nation is not grossly fair.
Mr. Rajadhyaksha of livemint wrote that Indian
students are attacked on the streets of Australia is a shame. But
it is also a shame that thousands have to go there every year because
they do not have access to half-decent education in their own country.
Indian students enrolled in Australian universities, which are
not exactly the best universities in the world. Yet, thousands
of Indian students go there every year, and pay hefty fees to
do so. Why?
Indian universities have clearly failed in this task. Most are
sinks of mediocrity. While a lot of the debate on higher education
in India focuses on the elite institutions such as the Indian
Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management.
India needs both better and more universities if it is to build
future competitiveness. China is investing heavily to create world-class
universities. It is taking the elitist route.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said :
• The Victorian Government, Melbourne has today committed
to amending “Sentencing Guidelines” to make hate crimes
• For the covenience of local students, Victoria Police
has established a community reference group to facilitate communication
on safety issues with the Indian community in Victoria.
• The hotline, phone number 1800 has been set up. It is
staffed by volunteers who are fluent in English and Hindi to provide
support, information and advice to Indian students
Premier of Victoria, Mr John Brumby said today:
“I can assure the victims of these crimes and their families,
that we do everything in our power to track down the perpetrators
of these cowardly acts and bring them to justice.
“Melbourne will hold a Harmony Walk on the afternoon
of Sunday 12 July to celebrate and reaffirm our state’s
tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism. Victorians come from
more than 230 nations, speak 180 languages, and follow more than
116 religions … and we want to see everyone come together
for the inaugural Harmony Walk.”
More than 95,000 Indian students joined Australian institutions
in 2008, thereby contributing billions to the economy.Â It
has become Victoria’s biggest export earner. In Melbourne
itself, there are more than 50,000 Indian students
Federation of Indian Students of Australia Inc ( FISA )
rally with a candle-lit vigil
FISA condemns false messages
May 31, 2009
It has come to our attention that certain elements from within
the community are spreading false and misleading information. A
sample SMS reads:
"Guys show ur support and come to Fed Sqr, there's been one
more attack on Indian Students at hoppers crossing today and this
evening they entered in gurudwara beat one lady and her husband
in gurudwara after piece march. our 3 guys has been arrested but
the offenders are still free. It is the time to raise our voice.
plz forwarrd this to all."
FISA totally rejects such messages. These are spread by bigots
and fear-mongerers who want to spread fear. FISA organised a Peace
Rally on 31 May 2008 from Royal Melbourne Hospital to Parliament-
followed by a candle-lit vigil. In starting the march from Royal
Melbourne Hospital, we hoped to draw attention to the most recent
case of assault against Sravan. In labeling the rally a 'Peace March,'
we aimed to highlight FISA's commitment to only non-violent modes
of political expression.
The rally was hugely successful where there were over 6000 students,
supporters and members of community were present. The message of
non-violence and non-cooperation was received very well. Our Action
List was presented to various people during the rally. We are further
assured that the Victorian and Australian government are seriously
considering actioning some sort of a solution.
We welcome the authorities to work with Indian students to achieve
win-win for all involved. This is to clarify that FISA organised
peace rally ended at 2 pm. If you receive any such messages you
must verify facts with the Police, Consulate General of India or
FISA on (1300 FISA 4 u). We welcome all enquiries.
Please do not support any rally or protest that suggest breaking
the law and civil harmony. These acts only add fuel.
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Empowering and Representing Indian Students in Australia.
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a place where diverse cultures meet and flow together, a place where
people of different origins, different cultures merge into one whole