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Don't brand Australia racist, say Indians

As Australian authorities face flak over a series of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne, leading members of the community spoke out against branding the country as 'racist' and said the government should be given some time to resolve the problem.

india Updated: May 31, 2009 21:03 IST

As Australian authorities face flak over a series of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne, leading members of the community on Sunday spoke out against branding the country as 'racist' and said the government should be given some time to resolve the problem.

At the same time, they expressed their deep concern over the security issues of Indian students.

Insisting that Australia was not a 'racist' country and all attacks were not racist in nature, Sydney-based cardiologist Yadu Singh said, "We believe that this is not the correct picture of the unfortunate events."

"Most of the attacks are what we call 'opportunistic attacks´ and due to the impression by the criminal elements about our students being the easy target for various reasons," Singh said.

Indian-origin CEO of leading company Primus, Ravi Bhatia, who took part in a peace rally in Melbourne, said "Australia is a very open and tolerant society. It is a fun-loving country.

"There are many examples of highly successful members in the Indian community. Just like any other society, there are small minority of miscreants and malcontents," he said.
"Voice of Indian students have been heard at the highest level of the country. I would request them to give government time to address grievances," Bhatia said.