This is with reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article The fall of the larrikin (Maha Bharat, June 1). The racist attacks on Indians in Australia have a simple reason behind them. It is a fact that Indians are one of the most hardworking people in the world. Indian students, similarly, are bright and diligent. It is their diligence that gives the Australians’ tough fight for jobs. So, these attacks are borne out of insecurity. The Indian government should make it clear to Australia that no more attacks on Indians will be tolerated.
Syed Salman Ghani, Patna
The racial attacks were not just ‘ugly incidents’ as the Australian authorities have stated. The attacks seem to be a part of a well-planned strategy to keep Indians out of Australia. Racism is not a new phenomenon and it is not the first time that Indians have suffered due to it. Last year, Indian cricketers, like Harbhajan Singh, were harassed by the Australian cricket team. Even then, the issue was resolved by the ICC and the governments of the two countries. It is disheartening that it is the so-called educated elite who are practising racism. We hope that the situation is resolved at the earliest.
RATAN SHARGA, via email
While the nation condemns racist attacks on Indians in Australia, one wonders why we ignore various discriminations that we practise on a daily basis. Have we forgotten how the north Indians were discriminated against in Maharashtra, or, as a result, Maharashtrians in Bihar and UP? We keep separate utensils for the servants in our homes, give them what’s left over from our meals and ask them to sit on the floor. Is this not discrimination? We don’t protest against it, but when the children of elite-Indians are harassed by foreigners, we make noises and demand equality. Is this justified?
Rahul Das, via email
Apropos of the report Bachchan turns down honour (June 1), there’s nothing significant about Big B’s ‘sacrifice’. It’s the least he could have done for the nation. In fact, any Indian in his place would have done the same. After all, why would Bachchan risk his popularity among Indian fans by accepting any honour from an Australian university at this point in time?
Pramod Narain, via email
Promoting the wrong message
This refers to news report on Movie inspires teens to kidnap, kill 7-year-old boy (May 31). The film industry should realise its error in setting wrong examples for its audience. The Bollywood is an integral part of every Indian’s life. They look up to actors and aspire to become like them. Those associated with the industry in whichever way should realise that the lure of money is making them spread wrong messages. The Censor Board should ensure that excess violence and sleaze shouldn’t be allowed as it misguides youth.
Pak should protect its citizens
The editorial The battle has just begun (Our Take, May 29) has rightly pointed out that Pakistan must ensure the safety of its civilians. The conflict between the State and extremists should not be fought at the cost of the lives of innocent citizens.
Hitin Narang, Delhi