January 5, 2010

Vile, low act

Counting bodies and beatings is a vile, low act. I'll do it anyway.

Tensions between India and Australia are "running high", our export education market is at risk, and Indian students in Melbourne are living in perpetual fear and perpetual hysterics.

During the last 24 months, two Indian men were killed in acts of street violence in Melbourne.

During the last 24 months, five Indian men were bashed in acts of street violence in Melbourne.

Total assaults reported over the period: seven.

That's about one assault every three to four months. That's one death every twelve months.

Deaths of white Australian men and assaults on white Australian men on the streets of Melbourne in the last 24 months? Figures unknown. No one is interested.

Deaths of Indian men and assaults on Indian men on the streets of Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, or Delhi in the last 24 months? Figures unknown. No one is asking.

One murdered Aussie and one alleged perp, who high-tailed back to India: Australian government action - none; Indian government cooperation to haul his arse back here to face murder charges - none.

BTW - neither of the deaths were of Indian students, while three of the assaults were of Indian men studying here.

See, told you I would stoop low.

Now, if someone could pony-up with statistics (including per head of population comparisons, that is, by race, etc) then we can collectively determine if hysterics is required and legitimate.

Indian students 'fearful' after murder

9 comments:

  1. Well done, Caz.

    The hysteria in India, if the reports are true and I think they are, is baseless and totally disproportionate to the issues.

    And it's the Indians branding Australians as racist - aided and abetted by the Australian MSM which seems to delight in branding all Aussies as racist, despite the fact that Australians on the whole tend to be very accepting of people of other nationalities (used "other cultures, but that's not right), not tolerant, accepting.

    Indians and others can have chips about their nationality, an Indian work colleague of mine was cranky about the Singh murders up here and didn't understand why there had been no arrest soon after the murders. He said it could be nothing else but racism on the side of the police. I explained to him that even though the police may have suspects and someone in their sights, they couldn't make an arrest until they were quite sure that there was enough evidence to take to court for a conviction. I think that settled him down.

    Years ago my mother was involved in a car accident (a car crashed into her and two occupants were killed, the driver was left in a vegetative state and the passenger was OK). Mum was not at fault, it was greasy wet roads, a dangerous roundabout and a young, inexperienced driver. The family of one of those killed (all were from overseas) accused the Australian Police and Judiciary (coroner) of racism as no charges were laid in the case.

    The "Racism" tag, it seems to be a handy stick to beat anyone with when you don't get your own way.

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  2. Remember this?

    "In 1999, a Hindu mob killed an Australian missionary, Graham Staines, and his two children by burning them alive as they slept in their car in Orissa ..."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/3165092/India-terrorised-by-holy-war.html

    Now that's what I call a racist attack.

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  3. Kae - what a sad and shocking burden for your mother. A dreadful event to have to live with.

    The racism stick is still waived at white people with nary a mention of the racism of the Japanese, just to name a random example (try migrating and getting residency over there folks, or try buying a house there - good luck!).

    That's always been my grip: white people are battered with the racism stick, yet we are, demonstrably and historically, the least racist of any identifiable group, whether it be race, ethnicity, cultural, or even religiously based assessment.

    Anyhoo, the violence on Melbourne streets is pretty ugly, the number of brain injuries suffered by young white men in random street attacks is alarming. Not to mention the trend of glassing people in the face.

    There is nothing trivial about the seven attacks on Indian men over the last two years, but they are not self-evidently a trend, nor is there anything statistically significant about the attacks.

    India's External Affairs Minister has called the most recent stabbing a ''heinous crime on humanity''.

    Wonder how he described the murder of the Australian by the now absconded Indian visitor to our shores? It would seem that Indians killing white people is neither a crime or heinous.

    At least Simon Crean is purposefully hosing down the nonsense:

    "''It so happens that one of the victims is Indian … Melbourne is not the only city in the world where this happens. It also happens in Delhi and in Mumbai,'' Mr Crean said."

    Yes Geoff - the evidence is not hard to find, but we're all so well trained that we close our eyes to it, certainly journalists do. The framing of violence and prejudice against white people, or white Christians, is never ever framed as racism. Racism is reserved as a charge for everyone else to throw at white people. This historical oddity continues to perplex me, particularly given that white people, globally, are a minority.

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  4. Hi Geoff, I'd forgotten that. It appears the Indians have, too.

    Caz
    Mum was OK emotionally, although she was a bit concerned that she was a St John First Aid Examiner/Teacher and she was unable to assist the people in the other vehicle as her face hit the steering wheel and she was knocked out. She had two black eyes and her glasses were smashed, she also had extensive bruising from her seatbelt. This was before airbags, in 1991. She was in a Landcruiser, less than 12 months old, and saw the accident unfold in front of her. She saw the car going through the roundabout, a dinky, narrow, two-lanes-down-to-one, camber incorrect thing (demanded by a local ALP council Councillor who didn't want to have to wait to get out of his street...), and realised it was going too fast on the slippery road. She thought to change into the kerbside lane but as she thought it the other car fishtailed out of the roundabout, hit the gutter, and flew into the front of her car.

    She understood that the families of the dead and injured were upset, she said that if anything happened to her children she'd want answers, too. The passenger, who was uninjured, would not speak about the accident. And you know about the letters.

    It's a tragedy that those kids died so young, but I think that perhaps too many kids die on the roads due to inexperience and 'invincibility'.

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  5. The problem with accidents Kae - and this is what people so often refuse to grasp - is that some accidents are exactly that. Human error goes with the territory of being alive. Certainly human arrogance too, anger and vengeance. Misguided emotions and actions that serve nothing.

    Have humans always needed someone to blame? The gods, the elements, someone? I don't think I believe that to be an especially attractive quality - I understand it in certain circumstances, for sure, but quite circumscribed circumstances.

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  6. Dang, I left this bit out:

    She couldn't render assistance as when she came to another motorist was standing by her and he stopped her from getting out of the car to help, saying that it was OK, she should stay put, there were other people there helping.

    He might have been a local towie.

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  7. I was interested to see the news "reel" last night about the concerns with safety of athletes and others attending India for the Commonwealth Games. They're concerned mainly with terrorism, however, I'd imagine there'd be a bit of racism and religionism in there, too. It seems that every day in India there's some kind of attack.

    Just wondering.

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  8. I think there's a global concern over security for the Indian Games Kae. Have to admit it wasn't exactly on my radar, had no idea who was hosting the next Comm Games. It would seem that many countries are not convinced that India isn't going to be secure.

    The top ten regions for assault in Victoria were published over the weekend - note top TEN only, not all assaults. Without whipping out a calculator, the number of reported assaults came to around 12,000 to 13,000.

    Rather puts the alleged "targeted" assault of Indians and Indian students, in particular, into perspective. Statistically doesn't even register.

    More on the Indian front when I get time to do another post ...

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  9. I'll be waiting for your post about India, Indians, Aussies and assults.

    It happens. It's bad and should be stopped. Assauts on anyone are bad.

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