Gujaratis in AUS to form group to fight
Gujaratis in Oz to form group to fight racist attacks -
Vadodara: Gujratis studying or working in australia are getting their act together to prevent racist attack on them in future.Being the largest community in AUS along with Punjabis,Gujratis have been at the receiving end of attacks indians for over a monthApart from strengthening nuremberg,the group will voice the gujaratis concerns to australian authorities and pressure them and the police to act against racist people.
China joins India, wants Australia to ensure students' safety
MELBOURNE: China has joined India in raising concerns over a spate of attacks on foreign students in Australia, asking Canberra to provide better
protection to ensure their "legitimate rights".
In the wake a recent surge in violence on Indian students here, Chinese embassy counsellor Liu Jin said his government was actively intervening to ensure safety of their nationals.
"There are over 130,000 Chinese students in Australia. They have on the whole had good study
and living environment, but attacks on Chinese students also occurred in recent years," Liu told the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
While he declined to list the number of attacks and where they had taken place, his statement raised worries in the education sector over the future of the 15.5 billion Australian dollars overseas student industry.
Chinese students are one of the largest communities studying in Australia.
"It is hoped that the Australian government will provide better protection to international students from China and other countries and ensure their legitimate rights in Australia," Liu said.
Unversiteis fear that Australia's third-largest export industry is at risk of crippling sanctions from the Chinese and Indian governments, according to the report.
Punjab's Gandhigiri to stem attacks
CHANDIGARH: Frustrated and angry at their friends and kin facing “curry bashing” in Australia, a group of students from Panjab University decided to do something about it.
No, they didn't round up foreigners and subject them to reverse racism. Instead, they caught hold of 20-odd ‘firangs’ and gave them a lesson in, well, Indian hospitality and “universal brotherhood”.
The befuddled foreign students were garlanded with flowers and made to take part in a peace march through the campus. They were then lectured on ‘Gandhigiri’ before being treated to a sumptuous lunch. The university students even made their foreign counterparts hold placards that read ‘Treat Guest As God’ and ‘Stop Racism’.
Punjab, which reportedly sends 50,000 students abroad each year, a large number of them to Australia, is seething in rage at the turn of events Down Under. Thankfully, the university students chose a different way to vent their feelings, giving their foreign counterparts a liberal dose of Ghandigiri....
Thousands rally against racism in Melbourne
MELBOURNE: Shaken by a wave of racial assaults, thousands of Indian students and supporters rallied here on Sunday, demanding justice for victims Indians living in Australia demand justice for the victims of recent assaults. (Reuters Photo)
of recent attacks as Australia scrambled to contain the rising anger and frustration within the community. ( Watch )
The `peace rally', organized by the Federation of Indian Students in Australia (FISA) and National Union of Students among others, kicked off from outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where 25-year-old Shravan Kumar has been admitted since May 9 when he was stabbed with a screwdriver by a group of teenagers. The protesters had something to cheer about as doctors pronounced Kumar, who had slipped into a coma, ``out of danger''.
``He (Kumar) has come out of coma and moved his hands,'' said T J Rao, a former consul-general of India in Melbourne who participated in the rally.
Kumar has been taken off life support but Rao added that doctors were unsure if the 25-year-old would recover fully.
The marchers numbering over 5,000 walked down to the Victorian Parliament House on Spring street, holding placards with slogans reading `We want Justice', `We are the Economy Builders' and `End Racist Attacks'. Joined by state opposition leader Ted Baillieu and other leading community members, the marchers proposed to hand over their list of demands to lawmakers but that did not materialize.
FISA founder Gautam Gupta, who led the rally, said, ``we believe in Gandhigiri and peaceful ways to present the demands of the student community''. Among those demands were a multicultural police force for Victoria, which houses 47,000 of the 95,000 Indian students in Australia. They also demanded that crime statistics be made public and sought racial tolerance and awareness.
Attackers will be met with force, Aus PM Rudd assures India
MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday assured India that perpetrators of the recent attacks on Indian citizens here will be met
"with full force of the law" as he condemned the incidents as "senseless" and "deplorable" acts of violence.
Speaking in the Australian Parliament on Monday on the issue of safety of Indian students, Rudd recalled his telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh last week during which they discussed "some recent unfortunate events" that threaten to "impair" good bilateral relations.
"These are senseless acts of violence... I speak on behalf of all Australians when I say that we deplore and condemn these attacks," Rudd said, in an apparent damage control exercise.
"I said to Prime Minister Singh that the more than 90,000 Indian students in Australia are welcome guests in our country," Rudd told the Parliament.
Describing Manmohan Singh as a "friend of Australia, and an inspiring leader of his nation," Rudd said he told the Indian Prime Minister that "more than 200,000 Australians of Indian-descent are welcome-members of the Australian family.
"I said that the Commonwealth government was working closely with state governments to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice... as they deserve to be met with full force of the law," Rudd said.