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Amitabh Bachchan finally sees the truth about Australia. He should now apologise.

Two years ago Amitabh Bachchan made wide-ranging and baseless allegations about Australia, calling it a "country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow countrymen". I cautioned him against making wild allegations, suggesting: "Don't listen to the Indian media and TV. These guys are out of their mind!"

But clearly my blog's reach is very limited, for he never got my message and therefore formally declined to accept an honory doctorate from some (really lowly ranked) university (Queensland university of technology). (Btw, he shouldn't be accepting doctorates from every tom dick and harry university, anyway.)

Finally, it now appears that he has changed his mind. Good on him.

It would have been nice if this news was as prominently posted in Indian newspapers as his first allegations were.

He might also now consider apologising to the Australian people while he is here (apparently he is in Sydney at the moment). A truth-seeker changes his mind when his knowledge of the facts changes, and is not afraid to apologise.

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Soft racism against Indians in Australia, re-confirmed

Kevin Dunn a professor of geography and urban studies in the University of Western Sydney has re-confirmed the prevalence of soft racism in Australia. Basically people of Indian ,,, background were an average of 18 per cent more likely to experience discrimination and racial intolerance than other Australians.

There is NO evidence, however, to suggest that soft racism translates into violence (hard racism).

Yes, many (not all!) Australians DO discriminate on the basis of skin colour, but assault is a different matter altogether. (It would be good to apply the methodology WITHIN India. I suspect the level of soft racism within India will be found to be MUCH HIGHER.) 

 
[N]ew analysis suggested Indian and Sri Lankan-born Australians reported higher levels of racism in such areas as the workplace, in education, when renting or buying a house, at shops and at sporting or public events. [T]e findings suggested the experience of racism for Indian-Australians was high even when compared with other non-Anglo Australians.
 
The study found:
  • 40.8 per cent of Indian and Sri Lankan-born Australians said they had experienced racism in the workplace, compared with 12.8 per cent of Australian-born respondents and 29.7 per cent of overseas-born respondents.
  • 42.6 per cent of such respondents had experienced racism at a shop or restaurant, compared with 15.5 per cent Australian-born and 22.4 per cent of overseas-born.
  • 38.5 per cent had experienced racism at a sporting or public event, compared with 13.8 per cent of Australian-born and 23.1 per cent of overseas-born.
  • 28.4 per cent said they had experienced racism in education, compared with 14.5 per cent Australian-born and 21 per cent of overseas-born.
  • And 43.2 per cent said they had experienced discrimination in the form of name-calling and similar insults, and 41.9 per cent said they had been treated less respectfully because of their ethnic origin.
The study suggested people of Indian and Sri Lankan background were an average of 18 per cent more likely to experience discrimination and racial intolerance than other Australians.
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Soft racism rampant in Australia, but no, Aussies don’t single out Indians to kill

For long I have been clarifying that yes, there is significant soft racism and discrimination against Indians in Australia, but no, that doesn't mean Aussies kill Indians. (True, some of that might now be changing – see my blog post here. And it is true that if people like Kyle Sandilands are not ejected from their jobs for slandering India, then hard racism might get a boost.) 

Now to the hard racism issue – on which a COMPREHENSIVE study has now been produced.
 
Some time ago I analysed the few murders of Indian students I had come across in the press and could not detect any racist intent. Indeed, most Indians had been killed by other Indians (see this post).
 
Now a detailed investigative report (download the entire report here) shows that EIGHT Indian students were killed in Australia since 1990 (not a high figure by any means) but none had a racist motive. The report director says more research will be needed, but it is clear that no obvious relationship was found with racism. To suggest that there is under-reporting is also probably incorrect, for the Indian media is rapid in its uptake of murders. 
 
Gautam Gupta (Indian student representative) continues, however, to deny facts. Why not he make use the crimes data and analyse it himself – if he has the relevant statistitical skills – or get an Indian student skilled in this matter to check the report? The last heard of this man Gautam Gupta on my blog was here, where, upon being asked to prove his case, he fled. He should get out of his world of shadows and fiction, and focus on reality. 
 
I'm reproducing most of the press report, below: 
CRIMES against Indians living in Australia are motivated by opportunity rather than racial hatred, a new study has found, with foreign students no more likely to be assaulted on Melbourne or Sydney streets than the general population.
 
An Australian Institute of Criminology study of crimes against foreign students found they were much more likely to be robbed but concluded this was because of working in high-risk jobs such as service stations, taxis and convenience stores.
 
AIC director Adam Tomison cautioned that further research was needed on the motivations of the crimes, but said "nothing we have found lends support to the view that Indian students have been singled out primarily for racial reasons". "Robbery is an opportunistic offence that is led by a range of factors, including whether people are seen as easy targets or not," Dr Tomison told The Australian.
 
"There may be some racial motivation to seeing overseas students as easy targets, but that isn't the same as racial vilification or racial hatred."
 
He said that none of the eight Indian student murders since 1990 had involved racial vilification or discrimination.
 
The report was commissioned by the federal government.
 
ASSAULT
The study analysed raw crime statistics from 13,200 student victims of crimes between 2005 and 2009 and found the rates of assault against international students, including Indian students, were lower or in line with the general population.
 
ROBBERY
The report found Indian students were much more likely to be threatened with robbery. In Victoria in 2009, male Indian students were almost three times more likely to be robbed compared with males generally, and more than five times more likely in NSW. About 25 per cent or robberies against Indian students occurred at retail locations, of which almost two-in-three were at service stations.
 
The report was greeted with scepticism by Gautam Gupta, founder of the Federation of International Students of Australia, who warned it presented an incomplete picture and shouldn't be used as an excuse to dismiss racism as problem.
 
Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes said the research did not cast any light on the extent of racial motivation in the crimes. "There are significant issues with international students under-reporting crime and violence," he said.
 
Criminologist Paul Wilson of Bond University in Queensland said the raw data needed to be followed up with interviews of victims and perpetrators. [Source]
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Kyle Sandilands conveniently apologises and gets away with his slander of India

Yadu Singh has reported that this matter (on which I've had two blog posts here and here) has now been resolved (see his blog post). 

I'm not quite sure this is enough.

My comment on Yadu's blog:

A reasonable outcome from your perspective, Yadu, but not good enough from India’s perspective, I’d suggest.
 
Kyle should have been dismissed from his job.
 
I gather this man has a history of use of foul language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Sandilands
(this event should be added to the long list against him).
 
Kyle is simply unfit to be running a radio show. And we should not be nice to such people and accept their TOTALLY meaningless apologies. Such people never change.
 
Anyway, I do know clearly now whose radio show I’ll switch off.
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