29th July 2011
Radio host in Australia calls India a “shithole” – thanks for “strengthening” the India-Australia relationship
Listen to him here (40 seconds) on yesterday's radio.
First he DEGRADES the whole of India into a toilet, then he goes on blathering RUBBISH about the Ganges and the people of India who bathe in the Ganges.
(Fortunately, Jackie was sensible. Good on her.)
Why do I care about such totally stupid people? I don't.
I know that plenty of such people exist in Australia and elsewhere, but to have an ill-informed fool like Kyle paid by some radio company to prattle like a total idiot and to CONFIRM to thousands of listeners their stupid beliefs is an issue. Not for me. But for his employer. This crass fool is fit to be fired, and sent to school.
Yes, there is free speech. And so fools should have a right to express their foolish views freely. Whether their employer pays them to prattle, is also the employers' business. If there is a market for such fools, then such fools will be promoted up the ladder.
But I would have FIRED this fool Kyle immediately had I owned a radio station.
There are stupidities of this kind that spread GREAT ill-will, and confirm the many existing beliefs of people. I've formed seriously adverse views about Australian "soft" racism, and this radio commentary confirms that such beliefs are widespread. For instance, I've met MANY ignorant and arrogant people in top positions in Australia. And I've seen and heard pretty much similar things about India from highly educated Australians, a few outstanding exceptions notwithstanding (I therefore don't intend to generalise about Australia).
With such people presenting DIRECT PROOF about widely shared Australian attitudes to India, how does Australia EVER hope to build good relationships with what is almost certain, in the coming decades, to become the world's largest economy for the rest of mankind's history?
Does Australia NOT want Indian tourists? Does Australia NOT want Indian investment? Does Australia want to have itself dogged by claims of being a boorish, ignorant, racist nation for ever?
I've experienced AGONISING ignorance about India (and this radio show conforms it), and that is NOT TENABLE.
I suggest that this fool, Kyle be sacked. And that Australia start teaching its students about India.
Additional note: In the past many incidents have been often imaginary (or accidental), whereas this case is not an accident. It is a genuine reflection of the attitudes many Australians have about India. There is is no good faith involved in Kyle's misrepresentation of Australia.