Racism in Australia has been around ever since the 17th century; since the British came to colonize Australia. The British were discriminatory towards the Aborigines (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). Today, the racism towards them continues, but a new group has appeared, the Indians. Many Indian immigrants in Australia are subject to racism and discrimination (then delete the rest of the sentence) face racism and are discriminated on a daily basis. The amount of attacks and deaths towards Indians due to racial issues continue to rise, while the Australian government is in denial. They believe that the attacks aren’t due to racial motives and aren’t speaking up about it very often (News 24). Many are wondering why it is the Indians being attacked and when it will be stopped.
In the last 10 years, over 10 lakh, equivalent to one million dollars, Indian students have travelled to Australia to further their studies (Dictionary.com). The Australian High Commission is located in New Delhi, India to foster the education link between the two countries, which explains the large number of Indians going over seas to Australia (Australian High Commission). However, Indians, being the most targeted group at the moment, many students are involved in attacks and abuse. In Melbourne, more than 135,000 students faced racial difficulties. There have recently been over 17 deaths connected to the rising issue (Thaindian News). Both students, Baljinder Singh and Sravan Kumar Theerthala were harmed while in their houses. Petrol bottles thrown by people outside through the window hit one, and the other stabbed and robbed. These situations left both of them hospitalized, where Theerthala was in a coma. After facing the attack, Baljinder spoke out. “My advice to every Indian student now, who wants to come to Australia, is please don’t come and there’s no life here.” This isn’t the first of many warning by students. Many have even left the country scared for their safety (Merinews). Students and kids as young as twelve years old face bullying and teasing in school due to their race as well (Racism. No way.).
At the beginning of the New Year, Nitin Garg, an Indian student, was stabbed to death on his way to work at night (Deccan Chronicle), in West Foorscray, a Melbourne suburb (New Kerala). He managed to make his way into the restaurant, where he worked, to get help. He later died at Royal Melbourne Hospital (MSN News). His close family and friends say it is directly related to the many attacks on Indians and racial issues that have occurred over the past few years. The police on the other hand are not going to make any conclusions and aren’t sure. “[It was] too early to speculate,” said Kieran Walshe, Victoria Police’s Deputy Commissioner, when asked if it was related to racism (The Australian). The Indians are having out cries to get someone’s attention willing to help. Protests are being held to publicize that their attacks are in fact related to racial issues. In response, the Victorian government is stopping the protesters and ignoring their outcries. An officer of the Melbourne police suggest that Indians “not to talk loudly in their native language in public or travel around with expensive items such as mp3 players on display” (Links).
Racism is a huge issue in Australia whether it is their ancestors, or a relatively new race that has appeared. Many people are aware of the large racism towards the Indians, while the government is doing very little to make a difference. Families are speaking out about loosing loved ones, students are protesting and leaving the country due to the attacks. Australia benefits from the large amount of Indians coming to study. The $15 billion dollars a year market from the students is being hurt as the continuous racial attacks are known in India, which is expected to lead in a 20% decrease in Indian students (The Australian). The problems aren’t subsiding, but only worsening for the time being.