Racism against Indians in Australia…
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Racism against Indians in Australia…

I recently read with interest about the news of Indian students being beaten up and subjected to racial abuse in Australia and the whole uproar that followed in India. I myself have lived and studied in Australia and believe I may know the reason as to why it happened and continues to happen. I went to Australia to study in 1995 and was there until 2000. When I left India the country was not exposed as much to the western culture as it is now. So naturally one went with a lot of hopes and dreams of a life in a western liberal culture and the education of course. However, upon arrival I understood very quickly what the reality was. At that time most Indians tended to stick together with their own little groups, cooking their Indian curries and playing their bollywood music and movies. Now, how would anyone feel about a bunch of foreigners doing that, time and again in your neighbourhood. Antagonising? But obviously! I failed to understand why one would travel so far and not want to experience the culture there, try to make it an exchange of values and consequently a richer life. I was very clear of my agenda and befriended the locals, hung out with them and really experienced life in that country. When in Rome do as the Romans do.
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/>So after a while I discovered that people from the subcontinent were associated with 7elevens, taxis and restaurants – and that really bothered me. I have seen 7eleven workers and taxi drivers to a certain extent being subjected to disgraceful treatment at the hands of the Aussies, being scoffed at and called ‘curry-munchers’ and such names – but for me what is worse is that my brethren stand there with a smile saying “please come again sir”. I thought to myself what spineless pieces of shit. So okay, you are in a foriegn country, that does not mean that you have to take that shit lying down. It is our inability to stand up for our own dignity in the name of earning a few bucks or a university degree that is the real disgrace. It is this kind of submissive behaviour which has encouraged people to get more aggressive with foreigners, making them soft targets. I stood up for my dignity once and no one messed with me again. I’m not condoning or encouraging violence but simply saying its more important to stand up and let the other person know that its not alright. My experiences were not in my mind incidents of racial discrimination but more a challenge of individual assertion of mental and physical superiority. The general academic inclination of a society as opposed to an overall mental and physical application of a human race. 
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/>What about the incident where 17 Indian students were having a party and two Aussies came to their door and beat two of them? What the hell were the other fifteen doing when this was going on?! I can bet they were running and jumping out of the windows. What happened to sticking up for each other!! The Chinese do it, the Vietnamese do it. Its simply because back home too we are segregated by our regional biases due to the self exploitative nature of our political system. Moreover who are we to complain about discrimination as in our own country, we have had the class system for centuries where discrimination of basic human rights has been in question?
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/>The point is to get tough inside out, play a sport apart from cricket, have heart and stand up in unity and say “we’ll not take shit”. All it needs is a few pioneers and I’m proud to say that I tried (and will continue to do so ) and I hope a few others do that too. 
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