Australia is seen in India as boorish,racial and ethnocentric .
Does Australia know how much they are hated by the world , especially by the British and New Zealanders?
Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Its visible face in India is,of course, is its Cricket, and Cricketers, whom Indians love and hat at the same time.
While the Indians love Brett Lee,Don Bradman,Dennis Lillee Adam Gilchrist,Shane Warne,they respect McGrath and hate Steve Waugh,Ricky Ponting,Bill Lawry.
Look at their behaviour.
Apart from being totally uncouth and ill mannered, Ricky Ponting publicly pushed Senior Politician,Cricket Administrator and Central Minister aged Sharad Pawar in Public in front of the cameras.
Bill Lawry is notorious for his ‘Saree hides all sins’
This despite the accolades showered on them for their skills.
Who can forget the ‘Monkey gate’?
Nor have they endeared them by their pub brawls in and outside Australia.
Neither their politicians nor their Media are the epitome of culture.
Remember what the past Prime Minister has to say of the Indians in Australia or how the media treats Indian news/events?
What about the college making Indian wear colonial dress and making them serve Food?
The current “‘ television series has led a mixed group of Indian citizens on an at times hair-raising guided tour of Australia, a nation that the program’s title suggests is ”Dumb, Drunk & Racist”. does not help either.
The perception among the educationalist of the Australian Universities is no good.
They are seen as after only money and the curriculum is not up to the mark .
Indian students also contribute to an extent by not following the Australian mores and style of living and the general refrain from Australians is that the Indians do not integrate well with the Community.
A comment that appeared for following story, though may look silly, it has its point.
Unless a special effort is taken, the relation is bound to worsen.
The least they could do is to ask its Cricketers to behave like adults.
While its easy for most of us to ignore the talentless efforts of
wannabee ABC egomanics like Hildebrand, its far less easy
to ignore the constant bombardment from Indian call centres.
If India wants to do anything positive for its relationship
with Australia it should rein in this form of aural abuse.
I’ve lost count of how many Indian voices have rung
often claiming to be calling from Melbourne, while
obviously doing so via a international phone line.
- Date and time
- July 17, 2012, 9:30AM
OVER recent weeks a ”reality” television series has led a mixed group of Indian citizens on an at times hair-raising guided tour of Australia, a nation that the program’s title suggests is ”Dumb, Drunk & Racist”.
Having got our attention with this outrageous provocation, it becomes clear that the bleak label is host Joe Hildebrand‘s own creation – his Indian fellow travellers are clearly in at least two minds about the proposition.
Clever, funny and at times brave and insightful, the show entertains. It also confronts a serious issue: are Indians and Australians ready for that larger journey towards understanding each other better?
Recent signals have been mixed. Assaults and robberies that affected Indian students in 2009-10 saw them leave Australia in droves. The exodus wrought havoc in the tertiary education sector and cost Australia billions of dollars.
Aussies visiting India used to be set upon by happy crowds chanting names such as ”Boon”, ”Border” and ”Mark Taylor”. Cricket is still a shared passion, but since the student crisis travellers from Down Under have been asked, “Why do Australians hate us?”
The good news is that recent polling suggests an unexpectedly rapid recovery in Australia’s reputation in India. The AMR Research data, revealed in a report published today by the Australia India Institute, shows that Indians surveyed ranked Australia the eighth-best country in the world, up from 35th during the depths of the student crisis.
Yet similar optimistic moments in the past have turned out to be false dawns and there has been precious little solidarity between our democracies. Australia hasn’t hosted a visiting Indian prime minister for 26 years.
The AII report, Beyond the Lost Decade, reveals some of the reasons why. Influential Indian policymakers regard Australia’s foreign policy as ”erratic”, ”impetuous”, ”immature” and ”unduly mercantilist”. Australian diplomats counter that India is simply holding on to old grudges, mainly the perceived overreaction to its 1998 nuclear tests.
The report, produced by a taskforce whose members combine decades of experience in diplomacy, government and media, finds that perceived commonalities such as cricket, democracy and the English language have created a deceptive sense of familiarity that masks very different world views.
India’s need for energy security will not necessarily produce close political ties. India demands respect and prefers discrete alliances with reliable partners. It seems to move slowly, yet once its confidence is gained – as an unlikely friend in Israel has gained it – doors can open quickly.
The Labor Party’s decision last December to lift its ban on uranium sales to India created a circuit-breaker and an opportunity to advance the relationship. But since then the Gillard cabinet has not formally adopted the policy, apparently due to problems with international treaty obligations. This is creating renewed uncertainty among some Indian officials.