Mr Farrukh Dhondy is a UK-based writer/editor of Indian background. He was interviewed by the ABC AM team today [see the link above].
He is advising students and Indian Australians to retaliate and take law into our hands. Any sane person would see the futility of his argument. How are we going to achieve what we want if we go the direction recommended by him?
His advice to us and Indian students in Australia is totally inappropriate. It may even be crazy and irrational. It is not going to solve the problems.
I give following arguments against his advice:
1. Indians are a small population on numerical strength and can not be expected to win the retaliation game.
2. Indians are not going to become idiots like those thugs who bashed 3 Indians in Epping, Melbourne.
3. Students have come here to study, not to fight in retaliation which would cause more and serious troubles for them.
4. Taking law into our hands will itself be illegal and may end up sending us to jail.
5. Taking law into our hands will destroy any goodwill, Indian Australians have from the general Australian community.
6. Taking law into our hands will be totally counter-productive.
We reject his suggestions as irresponsible, insane, impractical and inappropriate.
We do have to understand the difference between retaliation and self-defence.
We have to find solutions to these problems within the systems of Australia and within the Laws of Australia.
Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd is right in advising the students to not take laws into their hands [see the link above].
I would categorise Mr Dhondy’s comments as ill-advised statements.
He does not live in Australia and would not know the situation in Australia.
We are parts of Australian society and we have to find solutions to the troubles in co-operation with other constituents of Australian society.
Let me re-state that the overwhelming majority of Australians are excellent citizens. They are as frustrated and angry with a miniscule fraction of our people who are racist and do not hesitate to harm others because of the race reasons. To me and other decent Australians, this tiny minority does not qualify to be called “Human”.
Mr Dhondy, please butt out from Australian troubles and issues. You are inflaming the situation.
Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/17th Sept, 2009