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Sydney Morning Herald report on this week's magazine cover story:
IT IS a magazine cover that will make the hearts of Australian university bosses and diplomats sink.
"Why the Aussies hate us" screams the cover of this week's influential Indian news magazine Outlook.
The editor-in-chief of Outlook, Vinod Mehta, defended the coverage and denied allegations that the Indian media were overreacting. He told the Herald: "We sent two correspondents to Australia and they found that an overwhelming number of these incidents were racial and they found that Indians in Australia live in fear. There is tremendous outrage in this country. I don't think the Australians realise that."
Mr Mehta said one reason for the anger was the "smug and superior attitude of the Australian government for denying there was racism and then telling the Indians not to hype this up".
Mr Mehta said he published the story with great regret.
"I like Australia a great deal but you have to see there is a problem, and by denying it you won't get anywhere."
Read the full story at SMH
R. Jagannathan in the DNA makes a very timely reminder:
Over the last few weeks, the world has come face to face with Australian racism. Australia has some of the toughest anti-racial legislation in the world, just as we have some of the most draconian anti-casteism laws. But legislation does not make a society less racist, less communal or less casteist.Read more at DNA
Only steady social change, continuous interaction between communities, a liberal education system and empowerment of the downtrodden can do that. But that's a long process.
What the race attacks Down Under tell us is that no one in the world is immune from us-versus-them tribalism. Racism and xenophobia have been a part of the human mental make-up for thousands of years.