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Council of Indian Australians condemns Kyle Sandilands’s comments

I had published a blog post about this issue here. Now the Council of Indian Australians has condemned Kyle Sandilands's comments. 

They've only demanded an apology. I want to see this man Kyle terminated from his job. No apologies will suffice. That's such a waste of time in such cases of bigotry. 

Not only is Kyle's attitude (and education) a serious problem, Australians of his kind who slander India harm India-Australia relations, which are crucial to Australia's future. That's a real issue, and so I want to see Australia respond quickly. Unfortunately, that is not yet happening. Three days and no action yet.

Two years ago I defended Australia vigorously against allegations in the Indian media that racism was responsible for the attacks on Indians. That position still holds. I don't think people like Kyle attack Indians. They are not dangerous. Just bigoted. [See also my blog posts here.]

But there is RAMPANT soft racism in Australia and that must be stopped. Two ways to do that are:

(a) by India adopting good policies and becoming the superpower it is destined to become – as soon as it does so, and

(b) by Australia isolating and punishing soft racists and ill-informed bigots like Kyle.

Click on the image below to download the press release.

 

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/other-news/Austrailan-radio-host-calls-India-shit-hole-Ganga-a-junkyard/articleshow/9442148.cms

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Radio host in Australia calls India a “shithole” – thanks for “strengthening” the India-Australia relationship

Thanks to Yadu Singh for alerting me to this very stupid radio host, Kyle Sandilands. [official site here]

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. 

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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.

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Govt approves World Bank assistance to clean Ganga. The World Bank will support India by providing technical assistance and financing of one billion dollars Submitted on 09/23/2011

 

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Evidence that hard (violent) racism is fermenting in Australia

Today's news item presents the first evidence (that I'm aware of) of hard (violent) racism brewing in Australia:

Ten frightened African families have fled the area and others, without the finances to move, remain in fear of their lives.

A community leader has also told how ethnic minorities do not walk the streets of Melton alone, refuse to go out after dark and do not use public transport in an attempt to avoid horrifying, unprovoked attacks.

"We came here thinking Australia was a lawful country where everyone is protected, but that is not the case here," said Abraham Jongroor, a father of two.

"We used to go to the police all the time but nothing ever happens. Our cases are never solved and we do not get updated with what is happening."

Don Nardella, MP for Melton, commissioned a report on the issues affecting the African community. The damning 19-page document lists a catalogue of "racial intolerance". "One respondent was forced from their new rental property by neighbours determined to stop their entry into the neighbourhood," the Bridging The Gap report states.

I haven't read the report cited above (can't find it on the internet), but for this type of information to be raised in the mainstream media indicates the claims made are likely to have some basis. Fringe elements seem to be gaining strength, and gun control is clearly not working. [Apparently a copy of the report is available from Mr Nardella’s office at 3 Alexandra St, Melton, or by phoning 9743 9825 – I've left a message seeking a copy of the report.]

If the Police don't step in quickly to nip this in the bud, we shouldn't be surprised if Australia starts being genuinely perceived as a racist nation. That will have serious economic consequences.

There is PLENTY of soft racism in Australia – we don't need to be reminded of that. Those who migrate from non-"white" countries to Australia have long realised that you are simply lucky for the few occasions where merit might be recognised. For the majority of the time, merit is overshadowed by what I call soft racism. [See blog posts here]

But hard (violent) racism is an altogether different issue. It can't be tolerated in a free society. It is a crime and must be severely curbed.

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Millions of Indians forced to live in the racist West

Yes, India is a cesspool of racism, particularly if you happen to be from one of the "backwards" communities, or from the North East. Prejudice haunts you throughout life. I've written a lot about the caste system in India and why it is such a huge tragedy for everyone involved. So when writing this blog post, I'm fully aware that the kettle is black, not just the pot.

Regardless, the truth must be reported and discussed.

There is no point hiding from the fact that mankind lives today in a terribly primitive state. Racism and stereotypes predominate, thus precluding any possibility of genuinely harmonious relationships.

In India I felt unwelcome in many places because I did not perfectly "fit in". Overall, however, I was still fairly comfortable with who I was.

On the other hand, in Australia I'm forced every few days to realise that I'm not one of "them", but a "foreigner" even though I'm now an Australian citizen. Indians have been forced to flee India because of its misgovernance but they end up in the West as second-class citizens.

What a fate for the proud Indians – once members of the world's richest nation for 12 out of the last 20 centuries, and the second richest for the remaining 6 out of 8 centuries. What a climb-down for India. What an INTOLERABLE shame that India has been RUINED BY MR. J.L.NEHRU AND HIS PROGENY. I do hope that FTI succeeds in my lifetime and I can finally return home. This kind of a life – living as a "foreigner" in a foreign land – often becomes quite intolerable. No self-respecting Indian, I think, would EVER live in the West if India was well-governed. But Mr. Nehru's STUPID ideas and his even more stupid and corrupt progeny and godchildren, force us to stay away.

Surprisingly, it is the "leftists" and "socialists" of the West who are the least racist. I got a job in Australia within a couple of months upon arrival because of one such "lefty" (may God bless him). It was a very lucky break since it is extremely hard for an Indian – despite all the qualifications and experience he or she may bring – to get a job in Australia commensurate with his or her skills. It doesn't matter in Australia whether you have a doctorate from a top-tier Western university, you will still be ranked on par with a local high school graduate. This bias has been demonstrated through numerous studies.  

They say that there is a glass ceiling for women in the West. Well, there's a much thicker glass ceiling for Indians in the West. It is virtually unheard of that an Indian will be considered for senior roles despite the so-called emphasis on merit in this country. 

Earlier, I wrote about least two instances of racism that I've experienced from relatively junior staff . But senior executives are heavily bigoted, as well.

a) I was having drinks after work with one of my bosses as part of a team celebration, and this boss was soon going to Darwin for a holiday. The talk turned to the weather and she said it was going to be around 32 degrees but fortunately dry, given it is winter in Australia. She added that she hated the humidity of the rainy season in Darwin. But having said that, she could not resist adding that "you may, of course, like it". Undoubtedly she knows NOTHING about the human body. But what this shows, above all, is that when she looks at me she sees my SKIN COLOUR, not who I am (and, of course, FOOLISHLY imagines that skin colour has anything to do with homeostatis or the perception of humidity or heat).

b) I was talking to a boss and tried to discuss Australia's policy on India. What he said is significant: He said that India should be treated just like Papua New Guinea. To compare India with a tiny country like Papua New Guinea is of course absurd. But from the way he said this, it was clear that he looked down upon India – despite India having now having the world's third largest GDP in PPP terms. I had taken great pains to send this boss a copy of my book, and asked him whether he had read it. He had not.

If at all there is value to Australia in "importing" Indians like me, it is in how our knowledge and experience can be put to productive use for the benefit of Australia. But that's clearly irrelevant to (at least some of) these people who still live in the racist world of the past.

c) During the last Christmas office party (which goes on late into the night – I had long left that party), one of my bosses sent me a foul-mouthed text message on my mobile phone. I asked him about this and he said his phone must have been temporarily stolen. However, he has till today not bothered to investigate this matter and report to me what actually transpired. How did someone take his phone from his pocket without his knowledge? Is this a racist incident? I'm not sure it is, but it is definitely not something anyone should have to undergo from a boss anywhere.

There have been MANY such (or similar) instances during the past ten years. All these incidents re-confirm that there is a HUGE amount of racism in the West. True, this is soft racism, not hard racism. Just because these people see my skin colour, not me, doesn't mean they will kill me. But they do, through various minor incidents, make CLEAR that I am different.

That Australia runs a migration program looking for skilled workers is a bit of a joke. If every second minute Indians in Australia are made conscious of their skin colour, and that they are different, then they won't EVER feel they are Australians. Indeed, there is a good possibility that such behaviour will ultimately backfire on Australia.

Had India followed good policies and not become such a miserable Third World dog, barely achieving ONE TENTH of its potential, I would NEVER have left India. This is not the kind of life one wants to lead – in the midst of racists.

Please join FTI. Let's liberate India and allow all Indians to return to India by making India a truly great place to live.

I don't hold grudges or hard feelings, but let me assure Australia that many of the good feelings I had for it have slowly dissipated over the years. That's NOT good for Australia. Don't lose friends, I'd say. One day you may live to regret it.

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