Australian “Curry Bashing”

30 05 2009

The Times of India reports on “Curry Bashing” in Australia:

There is growing anger among the Indian student community in both the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne over the latest incidents of curry-bashing.

”That is what it is called in local lingo: let’s go curry bashing which means assaulting and robbing an Indian. The phenomenon is hugely disturbing,” says Dr Yadu Singh, a Sydney-based cardiologist who heads a committee formed by Indian consulate to look after the interests of Indian students in Australia.

Singh said there had been at least 20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month, but most went unreported. ”Students stay silent because they are worried that a police report will jeopardise their chances of getting Permanent Residency.”

Why are the Australians racist towards Indians? What makes Indians easy targets in Australia? As far as I know, the American Midwest is rather tolerant, accepting, and even curious about Indian culture. But I can only speak for myself.

I will possibly have more to say later, as I read up on this subject some more.

May 31st update: Amitabh Bachchan Weighs in on “Curry Bashing”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Indians-Abroad/Curry-bashing-worries-Indian-students/articleshow/4595911.cms

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