Attacks on Indian Students Down Under: An Analysis

Feb 10, 2011

In the past two or three years, whenever I visited India, time and again, much to my surprise and annoyance sometimes, I have been asked the same question by my friends and relatives: What's all this about Indian students being attacked in Australia? Are they racial attacks or just the media hype back here in India? While I did my best to answer these questions, on some occasions I struggled to come up with a satisfactory reply.

This question popped up this time as well, when I visited Mumbai and Mangalore last month. Soon after my return to Sydney last week, and after pondering over the subject for sometime and having done some research into the matter, I thought I would clarify the whole issue and put it in perspective through this forum to the best of my ability and knowledge, so that the entire matter could be put to rest, once and for all.

Before I continue with the main topic, I would like to digress a little bit and briefly touch upon the history of Indian immigration to Australia. No, the Indians did not come to this country either as war refugees or by boats as asylum seekers, as migrants from so many other countries did. Rather, they came in mainly as professional migrants and as part of family union, which should be a matter of great pride to all Indians.

About 40 years ago, in the 1970s, the Australian government opened up migration to Indians, when quite a number of doctors, nurses and teachers came to Australia. It was also about 30 years ago, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, following the tech and engineering boom, that many IT professionals, computer engineers and accountants started moving into the country. This was simultaneously followed by the arrival of many tool and die makers, machinists, turners and fitters, welders etc who were recruited by the Australian employers from reputed Indian companies and organisations like TELCO, Larsen & Toubro, MICO, HMT, HAL and Ordnance Factories. It was easy pick and readymade human resources market for Australia as they enjoyed the benefits of a fully qualified, well-trained and experienced technical and professional staff.

However, with the local manufacturing industry shrinking over the years mainly due to the high cost of labour and overheads, and with the availability of cheap imports, progressively, first from countries like Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia, and later and now largely from China, the demand for such engineering and technical staff has disappeared altogether.

Meanwhile, quite a few Indian migrants also came over to Australia from the Gulf countries during the 1980s and 1990s (the trend continues), after having worked there for a number of years. These migrants from the Middle-east found rather an easy passage compared to their counterparts in India since they brought along with them a substantial amount of money, which enabled them to settle down in the new country fairly comfortably.

All these, the so-called Indian professional migrants, and their families, have since settled down and assimilated well into the Australian society, and have, in fact, contributed a lot to the local economy and culture in several ways.

Basically, the Indians have built up a good name and reputation here in Australia and have been generally liked by everyone, with their education, good English and good conduct. They have also assimilated easily with the Australian society and cultivated the local way of life. It was only a few years ago when the Indian students started coming into Australia in large numbers, and when these students took up a lot of local jobs, that quite a bit of resentment and uneasiness set in with the Australian community, especially amongst the unemployed youth and juveniles, and so, the trouble started brewing in, as the following paragraphs will reveal.

Since the year 1998, there has been a significant increase in the number of Indian students arriving in Australia. These students pay much higher tuition fees and thus bring in the much-needed income to the Australian universities. Incidentally, income from the foreign students fees is the second highest export revenue earned by the Australian government, after coal and minerals export.

The various incidents of violence and attacks on Indian community that took place over the last couple of years have nothing to do with race or racial issues. Rather, it is just a matter of dislike being felt lately by the Australian people, especially in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, towards the Indian students, who have been studying there in large numbers, and following are the main reasons that led to those events.

The Indian students who come here for further studies, especially from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat, basically come from economically well-to-do families, and they carry with them expensive gadgets like laptops, mobile phones etc while they travel by train and walk home from station in the late-night hours on their way home after attending their college classes or from their part-time jobs. They fall prey to the unemployed youths and juveniles who travel in gangs and whose main intention is theft or robbery in order to find some cash to satisfy their addiction to drugs. The students usually work on cash jobs and quite often carry with them a good amount of money when returning home, of which the juveniles are well aware.

Also, there are a number of reasons why the Australians do not like the Indians anymore, and I have made a concerted effort to highlight some of them:

First and foremost, too many Indians have been coming to Australia over the past couple of years o study various courses, right from cookery/hotel management and hair-dressing, to accounting, business administration and marketing management, majority of them with the ultimate intention of procuring Permanent Residence (PR) in Australia. Apparently, these students, back in India, have to pay large sums of money, first to the migrant agents, and then to the educational institutions in Australia, in the form of commission and course fees, in addition to the hefty amount of migration and visa processing fees. I really do not know how these students manage to find such huge amounts – either their parents are filthy rich, or they manage to obtain large loans from banks and financial institutions.

The rents being very high, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, the students take up a flat or an apartment on lease and live in them in large numbers, sometimes as many as 8 to 10 people, which causes all sorts of problems to the other residents in the apartment building, like excessive usage of water, the cost of which is to be borne by the co-residents, as there is no individual water meter system for the flat or apartment. The constant usage of mobile phones and loud talking by these students in their balconies during the late night hours while speaking to their folks back home (India is five and half hours behind Australia) adds to the resentment and anger of the co-residents and neighbours.

The Indian students, especially from the north, generally do not conduct themselves well and follow the rules and regulations that are in place at the Strata Living Apartments and Units. For instance, they park their car in the driveways where one is not supposed to, and also, they put their clothes and washings hanging over the balcony, which is against the Strata law. Quite a few of them are rude and arrogant and carry on with their living as if it was their own home, showing disrespect to the local rules and regulations. Mind you, there are quite a number of students who are well-behaved and follow the local rules and regulations strictly, and it is only a few that are bad, but these bad guys dent the image and do substantial harm and bring in bad name to the entire Indian community.

Some Indian students have brought in the culture of bribing to the Australian society. These students, once again mostly from the north, indulge in bribe giving in various ways. For example, when they want to acquire the local driving licence, they tend to bribe the driving instructors, who incidentally also hail from the same Indian background. Also, after having done their respective courses and studies, when they apply for Permanent Residence (PR) in Australia, they bribe heavily the Indian business people.

To cite an example again, when the students complete their course, say in cookery or hotel management, they will need to achieve at least one year's working experience in Australia in order to qualify them to apply for PR. Now, in order to obtain this work experience certificate, they will approach some Indian hotel/restaurant owner and offer him quite a bit of bribe, anything ranging from AU$ 15,000 to AU$ 20,000, and the hHotel owner willingly (and shamefully as well) will oblige and do the needful.

The cost of living in Australia is very high , especially the rents and travel expenditure, and in order to support and sustain themselves with their lodging and boarding, and also to remit a regular amount of money back home to service their loan, invariably these students take up all sorts of small and menial part-time jobs like taxi driving, car washing, cleaning, cooking, as waiters, check-out assistants at supermarkets, and so on as the Australian government is allows the students to work on a part-time basis up to 20 hours a week.

Most of these small jobs are taken up by the students, who are even willing to work on cash basis on hourly rates much lower to the official rates, thus depriving job opportunities to the local workforce, and this causes great resentment, anger and frustration amongst the locals, the youth in particular, whose unemployment rate is very high, hovering around 15% for a while now.

Some Indians, being well educated and affluent, by nature, tend to have a sort of flamboyancy and superiority complex – either the way they speak or conduct themselves in public, which is not always liked by the Australians.

These are the main reasons why the Australians have taken a dislike to the Indians. Once again, I would stress that the various attacks that took place during the past few years were carried out mostly by the unemployed youth and the juveniles, the main motive being robbery and theft, and not race related, whatsoever. For the records, the Australian government has strict federal and state racial anti-discrimination laws in place, and anyone found flouting these laws is liable to severe punishment.

I would like to take this opportunity to offer a few suggestions and guidelines to the Indian migrants, especially the students, who are already here and those on the way, which will help them settle down and assimilate into the Australian community:

Be honest and truthful. Do not encourage or indulge in bribing.

Do not show off or flash flamboyancy. A little bit of humbleness will not harm.

Do have concern for co-residents and neighbours, especially if you are living in an apartment building.

Follow strictly the local rules and regulations. Leave behind some of your home culture and way of living and make an effort to adapt to the local conditions and culture. Be a Roman when you are in Rome, as the old saying goes.

Be friendly and affectionate to the locals – do not be rude in any case.

Do not openly display your expensive gadgets like mobiles, laptops, etc while travelling by public transport. Also, do not travel alone, especially during the night hours.

When it comes to the usage of mobile phones, computers, laptops, or any other household digital and electronic gadgets and items, Indians, especially the students, are generally good – so give a helping hand in this regard – either in their selection and/or usage.

For the record, and in conclusion, I would like to state that I have been in Australia for the last 24 years, and I am happy to say that till now I have not experienced any anti-racial behaviour and/or discrimination from the Australians, either at the workplace or in the neighbourhood that I live in. The same goes for my family members and my Indian friends. Of course, at times, there is some jealousy, healthy rivalry and competition between the Aussies and the Indians, as the Indian children generally tend to work hard and do well, first in their studies, and later at work.

I suppose this sort of jealousy and healthy competition exists in every society all over the world. Take for instance, the Indian case itself. It is an established fact that in India, people from the south do not like the north Indians, and vice-versa. Also, in the state of Maharashtra, for instance, the locals do not like Keralites, Tamilians, Kannadigas and people from northern states, as they take away most of their jobs. Similarly, I do not think that we, the Mangaloreans, like the Keralites much, as we tend to adapt rather a negative and hostile attitude towards them because the Keralites are hardworking and shrewd people who ultimately do well and outshine us.

As a concluding note, I would like to put it on record that presently there has been a sharp decline in Indians applying for student visas for Australia. This is partly due to a reduction in the visas allowed to be granted, tightening of the regulations associated with them, the strengthening of the Australian dollar and a clampdown on unscrupulous migration agents and colleges.

(Author's note: The views and statements contained in this article are based on my own personal experience and observation, and also gathered from my close friends and Australian associates).


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Comment on this article

  • Studenst in Australia, Neel,Delhi,guyana,south america

    Wed, Mar 28 2012

    I have been living and working overseas for more than 2years from south america, caribean to usa & netherlands,will eb in australia next year. I am in Retail industry & meet people every minute and people dont hesitate to shout for me,greet me on roadsor public place shere if they know me.I meet whites, amer indians & africans.My boss is a guyanes,super boss,black,country manager dutch & ceo white/spanish and we all respect each other,dont miss chance to joke on each otehr communities but same time enjoy with ecah other.

    I do face little problems once in a while but trust me far less issues than in India,stay good to your host,mix with them,learn their culture,share urs & enjoy together rather than forming little india overseas and people will love you.Follow general safety measures which is common all over and respect other communities and life is much better than India and you will get more respect than you get in India. Offcourse trouble makers are everywhere and walking lonely at 10pm in delhi gets you robbery ,thrashes and murders as well.

    I have sympathy for all the affected atudents & their families however kindly dont show patriotism in overseas,if you ahev so much passion plz come back to india and get corruption out of country and fight against injustice rather than running form India. I am an Indian and a North Indian and our mentality towards everything needs to change towards others.

  • Jithin, UK/Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 24 2012

    Dont get me wrong but I feel this is being highly hypocratic. Two aspects of this write up I would like to comment. 1) Student flashing expensive gadgets - How would one react if an Australian student is abused for flashing expensive gadgets in INdia - I am sure you say thats cheap. :) . (2) Student doing meagre jobs. I have been a student in another country and got myself a proper job after studies but can proudly say I did so called meagre jobs while studying - reason not to service a loan but I felt stupid asking cash from parents every month. Moreover its an alien country and you are a student. You can either sit and cry and fall into depression or fight all odds out. So whats wrong if students do that. They get paid for their hardwork not for being a show piece.

  • Monte, USA

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Well done Mr Rao, bahrain. Inspite being a south indian you are taking up for the Indian students.Thats a true patriotic spirit. The only reason why Indians are hated all over the world is because we are ready to put our own community down. Did you know people who migrate abroad, they will acknowledge a white person but when they see an Indian they just ignore him.

  • Michelle, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Hi Jane, Just because Kevin Rudd said "Sorry" to the Aboriginals, the same way you want the Indian govt to apologise to the Harijans. Great thought. I wish every Indian thinks the same.

  • Rao, bahrain

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    When i visit foreign countries atleast for the shame sake the people there try to give a positive signal about their countries. They never speak a word against their country however poor they are or however poor their country is. Unfortunately we indians speak bad about our people and first in condemning them.This is happening before indepence days too and nothing new .

    Unfortunaterly these very same people never speak a word against violence created by rowdy groups in australia on our young children. Rather than giving courage or advicing our children these people provide indirect support to aussies and these groups . When we are born in a country that country is like our mother who gaves us birth.Never speak against your mother or country!Please

  • Jane Fondela, Sydney/Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Sharon, Mumbai .. you would not have a clue of what Anthony means anyways because you are sitting in your little shell in Mumbai. If you were in Australia you would know what exactly it meant.Its nothing to do with being racist to North Indians.. its just how these idiots behave here in Australia. Infact the other day an Australian woman said "you Indians are fine.. its just those Punjabis who are the trouble makers" LOL now the Aussies have classed North Indians as Punjabis and the rest as Indians :)

  • Joel, Sydey

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Sharon, Mumbai,,, because North Indians are the trouble makers.. i reckon u must have even read recently tat UK had even stopped issuing Visas to North Indian Students..Y cos of this indecentsy... and they did mention North Indians In particular Not south...

  • Sharon, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Well said Mr Rao. By writing this article Mr Anthony shows that he is racist himself. Does he mean that North Indians are indecent and South Indians are humble. I don't think he says he is an East Australian. So why comment on North Indians.

  • rao, bahrain

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    I do not care if they are racist attacks or not. As long as my boys are attacked by knives,chains and sticks by these snakes/crooks i will protest and i will fight.Every parent accumulates money and sends their children to far places with a hope that they will be safe there. How bad then these children are fatally attacked by so called unknown/invisible ghosts? We in india openly condemn all racist attacks in india whether on harjans or muslims or christans.Racism is a silent killer and has no language of its own.

  • Charlotte, Pune/Australia

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    Charlotte Pune/Australia,
    Dear Jane,
    How are Harijans treated in India. The same way Aboriginals and people living in Asian countries are treated in Australia. Being a victim myself I understand the insecure feeling these students go through.

  • Jane Fondela, Sydney/Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    Rao M, bahrain, i think Indian Govt owes an apology to all the Harijans because all Indians have been racist to them calling them low class :)... you just want to make a comment dont u ?? Please travel and stay a bit in Australia before you say these were racist attacks

  • Flavian Hardcastle, South Australia

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    I'm Australian. I don't hate Indians and don't know anyone who does. I haven't seen, or even heard any evidence that Indians are being picked on, in any way, in my country. I've heard plenty exaggeration and hyperbole in the Indian media though. Near as I can tell, they are trying to cater to a large number of Indians who desperately crave victim status for some reason. Weird.

  • Rao M, bahrain

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    I am not the critic of this article or admirer. i am just giving my opinion only. There are glaring incidents ausralian citizens or residents were involved in the attacks of children.Australian government has not rendered any open apology or a proper action. We can not give any clean chit to all australians. I agree there are good and bad both.Fact is if they are bad they are terrible and as a result these fatal attacks on our children.I remember a incident in Norway a young boy was murdered by some people. Whole city of Oslo full of norwegians were assembled condemning the violence act. In case of australia there were no regret frm their govt. Improper behavior by our children( if any) must be dealt legally and not with swords or hockysticks or knifes or sharp chains. .

    I have travelled in Australia and other countries and have seen good people in australia and equal amount of perfect nasty racist people there too who have no clue of decency particularly in inside places.In other places of the world racism is decreased but australia it has not decreased looks like. When i travel around the world i feel there is lot of good points in we indians too like other countries people.

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    A very good article for those who wish to migrate to any country and it is cent percent true. Infact the doctors were allowed in the late 1960s and lots of them, particularly Gujarati doctors from Bombay had migrated to Australia during those period.
    As Mr. Antony Herbert Crasta said, ‘Be a Roman when you are in Rome’ don't flaunt your wealth in public places and always make it a point to travel in groups during lonely late hours. If possible do some community services during free weekends. It is fun and also will generate a lot of goodwill to you immigrants around your locality and apartment. Always try to be a good human being, be honest in your dealings and distance the mischief makers from your friends circle.

  • Edna Rodricks, Taccode / Pune

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    Well narrated facts Uncle. I hope this message reaches the right people in India. Hats off to your courage and efforts in bringing out such an article. Thank you for making us aware of the reality.

  • Charlene Dsouza, Mumbai/Australia

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    Charlene Mumbai/Australia
    I agree that Australia is a beautiful place to live in.But the White Australians are not ready to accept Aboriginals and Asians.Like one of my colleague told me "I love Indian food but I hate Indian people."Last year one of our brightest kid (South Indian)from our school committed suicide just before his TEE exams. And the letter found says he couldn't take the bullying. Not only the North Indian student's attacked, even our little schools kids are being bullied daily. I wish this article will be read and hope you fellow Indians support our kids and not blame them. Everybody has the right to enjoy their life the way they want to.

  • Juliet, Belthangady/Adelaide Australia

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    Well said and well written. I wish everyone in India reads this article. I am so with you Mr. Crasta and totally agree with whatever is written. Today I am so greatful to Australia for giving standard of life of me and my family also for all the benefits. I love and respect Australia same as my mother country India.Sameway all the Australians I have come across have shown the respect towards me and my family. I have not expereinced any racial motives or comments here in Australia. Hope all Indians in Australia agree with this. I wish this article to be published in all the newsletters across India.

  • Joel, Sydney

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    Mr vikas kotian, udupi/china.. this article is nothing to do with Mr Anthony being racist it jus says the facts for Indians to be attacked.. and everyone here knows tat as well but only one person had the courage to put it in writing...

  • Sandra , Melbourne , Australia

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    Mr Crasta a good article with accurate details ...Australia is a fair place to work and live ..I have never agreed with the "indian students attacked in Australia " hype created by the Indian media .

  • Jessy, Taccode/RosaMystica

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    Bappu, Congrats for your youthful spirit. I am proud of you and happily read your article and came to know the facts.
    With love

  • Vinolia Menezes, Puttur / Melbourne

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    Very nice article and well supported by facts . Australians are friendly people by nature and we should always remember that Be a Roman when in Rome. Thanks Mr Antony Crasta for presenting the true picture and highlighting the root cause of the problem.

  • vikas kotian, udupi/china

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    well i told my Austrailan boss that no one can be more rasict than us indians. It shows in your article itself blaming North Indians. Sorry to say but you first your self stop being a rasict.
    If its the middle east we will blame people form kerala an so on.
    Fir Bhi Mera Bharat Mahan

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    This is an excellent article
    touching all aspects of the
    situation being faced with the
    Indian expatriates in all parts of
    the world. When we try to board
    an Air India plane in any U.S.
    city, we can easily identify the psychology and mindset of the
    Indian people.

    Western countries are opening their
    doors for us to immigrate:
    they need us, but we need them
    far more than they need us.

    When living in Rome, act like a
    Roman, which is the best way to
    merge with the society. But some
    of us have a tendency to hoist
    our Indian regional cultures and
    habits, arrogant attitude and rude behaviour
    which can irritate our host country, especially the uneducated
    street people who are looking for

    Great article totally exposing
    the in and out of the root cause
    of attacks on the Indian students
    in Australia.

  • Wilfred, Shirthady/USA

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    So true. Excellent article and applies to even in US where there are lot student populations/temp workers. Keep up the good work!


    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    100% TRUE..

  • Mathew Singh, Beliz/Central America

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    People in india should not feel sorry for Indian Students in Western Countries. In all western countries laws are just & fair for everyone irrespective of nationality, religion, color and creed. For good students education is almost free in India & good students are granted scholerships & grants by western universities. for others college education is about 50 thousand US dollars. As all indians know that unless it is black money it is not posiable to spend that money for education. Indian student are exporting indian curuption, bribary, servitude illusion of superiority to western countries. mostly working for cash in south asian owned business and taking away jobs from locals and not paying the payroll tax. Indians should ask how many jobs they offer to foreign nationals in India & how many foreign students are permited to study in IIT, AIIMS etc and how long and how expensive justice system for foreigners and indians in India.

  • David Paul , singapre

    Fri, Feb 11 2011


  • chethan rao, mangalore/ Melbourne

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    People in India please note the following facts before judjing Australians.
    1)Its against the law here in australia to find out/ ask the nationalities of either parties involved in a attack. There are hundreds of acts of violence everyday in Australia just like in any other countries. While the indian students call the indian channels and report the attack on them. The indian media has not taken into account hundreds of similiar attacks on australians of all color and nationalities.Many of these attacks are unprovoked drunken violence. So its not just 'INDIAN STUDENTS ' who are being attacked. Its street violence and not RACIAL attacks.
    2)All those so called students including the leadership of Federation of Indian students of Australia (FISA)who were appearing on tv channels and accusing australians of racism are STILL here in australia .Many of them have got permanent residency/Citizenship here. Why are they still here if australia is such a racist country?
    3)Bal Thackrey who was fully supporting these students and threatening to stop australian cricketers from entering india, claims that maharashtra is for marathiswhat a hypocricy!!!!.
    4)Most of these students who spearheaded this are from such remote locations of India they have simply not understood the culture here in australia.They view everything through the prism of racism. Its hard to believe that these are in fact "students". Many of them cant even speak or read english.

  • jimmy noronha, bellore, Lucknow

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Mr. Crasta has been successful in putting the whole matter before the public in a crystal clear way by going to the root cause for the local resentment which was hardly ever made known to the raders by any other media. Mr. Crasta deserves all the praise for his honest effort to clear the matter and derserves all the praise.


    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Thank you very much Mr.Crasta,you have taken the courage of bringing the true story & highlighted the needs of respecting the country's norms while on employment ,which is not an imposed but accepted law by us while entering to a contract of employment.Plese keep up your intention of inspiring the country men for the sole benefit of the individuals who like to migrate to any country for that matter.Nobody will accept an outsider to ruin their culture & system or indulge in spoiling their society by behaving badly.

  • Max, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    well written article Mr. Anthony Crasta....north indian students who missused migration gateway to get PR now got sever jolt after Australian Govt tighted nose on so called cookery, gardening and hair dressing colleges. Moreover, around 20,000 applications from students for PR are rejected and returned. Due to these corrupt north indian students and their parents, genuinely qualified and well experienced migrants from middle east and other parts of india has to suffer after Australia reduced skilled occupation list (SOL). Now I hope genuine experienced/professional indians can migrate again after many years of hindrance.

  • Joti, India/Aus

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Absolutely right. This is what happened. Its very true.

  • Jane Fondela, Sydney/Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    This is exactly what i try and explain when i get asked the question by my family and friends back in India... 90 % of the targeted victims are North Indians and i guess its well explained in this article as to why this happens :)
    Also i agree that there is more racism in India than in Aurtralia.

  • Irene Rego, Bajpe/Moodbidri/Sydney

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Very well written by Antony. I fully agree with every facts. We too were asked many times these questions and thank you for writing this article. I am sure many minds will be at rest after reading this article.

  • Elias Mascarenhas, Puttur, Melbourne, Australia

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Thanks Antony for narrating the factual side of the story clearing the lopsided media coverage highlighted in India. I too experienced the same barrage of questions from every person I met during my recent visit to India. Had your article appeared bit earlier, I would have printed some copies and taken it as a ready reckoner for those stereotype questions which I encountered during the visit. It's well balanced reflection of actual scenerio which I am sure would clear the clouds of anxiety hanging with our relatives and friends.

  • Fr Victor Vijay Lobo, Vittal/Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Dear Mr Crasta...Good Article... its the true facts which you have mentioned here... thanks Daiji for publishing this article..I heard the same story from my friends at Melbourne on my Visit to them in Melbourne.Hope those who were protesting against the racism in Australia read this article and understand the true story.

  • Grace D'silva, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Anthu the article was very have really thrown light on the real problems faced by Indian students and the reasons for that ,eventhough media may be misinterpreting it.Hope your article will enlighten the students visiting Australia.

  • Rahul, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Mr Anthony truly said i reckon it was all made up by the media cos they are capturing when someone is attacked but they never find out wat was the reason for them to be attacked.. I reckon this information now makes a lot of sense to all the people who have negative thoughts about western countries it we Indian who go there and do the wrong things for tat matter even here in India a north Indian targets a south Indian and vice Versa....Thank you again Mr Anthony

  • Priya, Mangalore/Melbourne

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    I too agree with Antony. Australians are kind and helpful people and sometimes prove to better than we, Indians as well.

  • arun pinto, shaithady,UK

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    hi,uncle antony,thanks for the article,which is well narrated,keep
    writing good articles.

  • richard d souza, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    I visited Australia and i can vouch like all of us blame darkness but each one of try to light a candle like Antony did here, there will be so much enlightenment. I feel in India there is more racism and castism than downunder or elsewhere.

  • Roshan Fernandes, Kundapur, Perth Australia

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    A true reflection of the issue of racism towards Indians living in Australia.

  • Joel, Sydey

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Very Very true.. and this is the actuial fact tat happened and thank you Anthony for giving the right information

  • George Lobo, Neerude/Andheri Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Hi Uncle Tony, you have systematically and reasonably made a beautiful analysis of the attacks on Indian Students in Australia. I remember, I also asked you the same question when you were in Mumbai last year. We the Indians must and should try to behave properly and respectfully in a foreign country .It is true that we should show our calibre and competence to make our living and at the same time, we should also respect the people where we live. You have done a great job. Keep it up Uncle.

  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    While in Rome be Roman is an ancient adage that holds good even today. The civic sense which so common in foreign countries is not so common among many a elite Indians. And they make mockery of our Indian identity by their lack of civic sense. Money is not everything, money with a lot of civic sense is the need of the hour. Having visited 13 countries, I know sometimes our Indian students falter. For everything we cannot find fault with a foreign country. Mea Culpa is the need of the hour.

  • Gabriel Vaz, Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Mr Antony Crasta has done a good job in analysing the reasons for the anti-Indian attacks in Australia. It is true that the locals dislike immigrants, especially when the former do well in studies or other aspects. In fact, similar attacks & feelings of animosity recur in many countries. Like he said, Mangaloreans resent outsiders, the same way as Maharastrians targeted Mangaloreans,Kannadigas, Biharis etc or Kannadigas resent Tamilians in Bangalore & in Delhi & other northern cities, it is north vs south. We need to adjust to local conditions & should not develop ghetto mentality. But then, people of a country, community, region, language tend to form closer liasons because in unity lies strength. After all, nobody likes to be targeted/attacked because of language, religion, race or nationality & such behaviour can never be supported, justified or tolerated.

  • Natasha, Goa/ Pune

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Mr. Crasta, reading your article has been an eye opener and a real pleasure. Your balanced and objective opinion is something we don't hear too often in the media. They’re out to sensationalise most of the time. I like how you took us back to the beginning and gave us a realtime snapshot of lifestyles in Australia. I subscribe to your suggestions to the youth and Indians moving to their new country.
    I've worked as an IELTS trainer for Australian and New Zealand migrants and I've always emphasised the need to take the best of yourself to your new country and absorb the best that you find there.
    My best wishes to you and your dear ones.

  • NAYAK N B, mangalore

    Wed, Feb 09 2011

    It is better to take immediate step to provide good educational
    system to stop to our students to
    go to abroad for higher studies or

  • Sanjay, Hubli/ Qatar

    Wed, Feb 09 2011

    What great way of narrating the storey. It is almost opposite to what we read or heard in media. Thanks to my Antony for different prospective to the situation in Australian. I hope this is the one of the eye opener to students who’s in pipe line to visit to Australia.


    Wed, Feb 09 2011

    Very true, in fact we had an apartment next door, where lot of punjabis were staying, the noise they create on weekends. The drink..create all was hell on weekends...were kicked out with help of police...

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