India should stand up and be counted for the rights of its citizens in Australia (A Climate of Fear Isn’t Good..., Jan 18). Any self-respecting country would do that. Sadly, the statements put out by the Indian government don’t inspire much confidence. It’s high time India leverages its economic muscle and pressurises Australia to do more. G.N. Seetharam, Melbourne
As things stand, a self-defence or karate course should be made mandatory for all students going to Australia! V. Seshadri, Chennai
India should take a strong stand as regards racial attacks on the Indian community in Australia. The Australian government is hoodwinking the Indian government and people by calling them "opportunistic crimes, not racial". The measures put in place by the Australian govt to protect the Indian community in general and Indian students in particular are woefully inadequate. The police in Australia are apathetic to crimes committed against Indians here. India should stand up and be counted for the rights of its citizens in Australia. Any self-respecting country would do that. The statements by the Indian govt up to now have had little practical impact on improving the human rights and security situation of Indian students in Australia. Many Indians in Australia are feeling insecure and vulnerable. It is high time India leverages its undoubted economic muscle and pressurises Australia to do more to protect Indians. For example India could ban Quantas flights across Indian airspace and reduce purchases of raw materials from Australia. India could also threaten to close Australian access to one of the largest markets in the world i.e. the Indian market. By leveraging our strengths India can see to it that Australia respects the dignity and security of the Indian community and students here in Australia. There is a saying in Australia which says that "money talks" it is high time India uses this factor. Thanking you
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