Melbourne, Apr 18 (ANI): According to the Australian press, the racist attacks on Indian students are still a major concern for Indians, who still believe that Australia is a dangerous place for Indian students.
Stating that most Australians often do not realise the scale of the Indian media's reaction to the student attacks, the Age added that the negative perceptions of Australia, created by the attacks, has deeply infiltrated Indian society.
According to the report, although cricket had been the first thing routinely discussed previously, following the media blitz it was the 'racist attacks', a crisis which strained relations between the two governments and had a profound effect on Australia's image in India.
The report further said that an extraordinary 62 per cent of Indians said Australia was a dangerous place for Indian students, adding that 61 per cent of Indians believe that attacks on Indian students were mostly caused by racism.
The report also said that may well-informed Indians linked the student crisis to the White Australia policy, the anti-immigration rhetoric of the One Nation party, the wrongful imprisonment of Indian-born doctor Mohamed Haneef, and political controversies over asylum seekers and unauthorised arrivals, adding that this may be contributing to the pessimistic view of Australia as a welcoming country.
The survey results are in keeping with a dramatic slump in the number of Indian students coming to Australia in the wake of the attacks, the report added. (ANI)