Attacks on Indian Students and the Harris Park Protests: A Consul General Looks Back

Amit Dasgupta

Abstract


From the end of May 2009, for about a year, academics and scholars, media, educationists, parents, students, diplomats on both sides, and the governments of India and of Australia were focused on a single issue: attacks on Indian students in Australia. It is no exaggeration to say that the frequency and number of attacks and, in some cases, the uncalled-for viciousness, was disturbing, confusing and totally unanticipated. Perhaps the single biggest failure was the collective inability of all stakeholders to anticipate the problem and to act in time. The system failure ought to have been recognized well before the keg burst. Once it exploded, it overwhelmed the system like a tsunami. 


Keywords


community; Indian students; conflict management

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/ccs.v7i3.4659