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That’s pathetic, Australia!

I, as a responsible Indian, applaud the brave step taken by Mr Bachchan where he refused to accept the honour being conferred on him by an Australian university, writes Madhur Bhandarkar.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2009, 10:14 IST
Madhur Bhandarkar column
Madhur Bhandarkar column
Hindustan Times

The news trickling down from Australia about the young men who were subjected to racist attacks was indeed sad. It was discouraging to see racism in a country as developed as Australia. In an era of globalisation attacks such as these can’t be fathomed.

Discrimination of a fellow human being on the basis of colour seems like a thing of the 18th century. It is really sad that instead of condemning these attacks and taking a stand against this cruelty, a progressive nation has become a party to it. Being a mute spectator to this kind of spitefulness does make the Australian government an accomplice to this kind of regressive act. In today’s time who can think that a country known for its advancement shall advocate a practice that is so archaic and backward. These kind of racist attacks are a direct attack on India as a country and also matter of subjugation of Indians.

It is very surprising that Australia chooses to remain quiet when disruptive elements are left open to carry out unprovoked racist attacks on a community that has been thriving there very peacefully and is a major reason for their very economic progress. Indian student’s constitute a large part of the Australian economy. The reflection of a country’s progress is it’s people and not it’s economic and scientific advancement. If the people of a country lack the basic culture and humaneness in dealing with fellow human beings then no amount of technological advancement can save the basic fabric of the country from getting disoriented. Indians may lack far behind them in terms of technological innovations but in terms of culture and hospitality we surely are miles ahead. Our culture prorogates to treat our guests at par with the Gods…. such are our philosophies and traditions…

I, as a responsible Indian, applaud the brave step taken by Mr. Bachchan where he refused to accept the honour being conferred on him by a University of Australia. This stride taken by a persona of Amitji’s stature does send very strong signals to the global community that Indian sitting thousands of miles away are not going to take the humiliation lying down.

My worries and concerns are with the parents who are drowned in anxiety about their children studying in Australia. I hope sense prevail over the Australians and harmony settles in… As I am concluding the article there is a news flash that the Australian Prime Minister at last condemned the attack… Better late than never!!!!

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