Cross-cultural communication and Negotiation - Assignment 1

Journal Article 1: Indian man attacked and set alight in Melbourne This article is about an Indian man in serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being attacked and set alight by a gang. This incident took place one week after an Indian graduate student being stabbed to death in the city, prompting a travel advisory from the Indian government. The gang comprised of four men who poured fluid over the man and set him alight. Peter Batchelor, a minister for Victoria stated that whether the crime was motivated by racism or theft, it was damaging to Melbourne society as it diminishes their community, diminishes them and they are totally opposed to it. Even though, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said the government “condemns all acts of violence in the strongest possible way” and the matter is being investigated, BBC’s Nick Bryant said the latest attack is bound to increase the sense of outrage in India as it also follows the murder of the Indian graduate student. The cross-cultural implications following these incidents are that many of the Indian students deterred from studying in Australia. The federation of Indian Students in Australia are “extremely disturbed” by the attacks and feel the Australian government is dodging this issue. These issues are weakening the Bilateral ties between the two countries. At stake is the two billion U.S. dollars that Australia's education sector earns annually from Indian students, according to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Last year the sector generated 15.5 billion dollars from 430,000 international students, of whom 96,739 were Indians. India's external affairs ministry said in a statement that Australia's high commissioner in New Delhi, John McCarthy, had been told that the "continuing sense of unease and insecurity among Indian students in Australia can have an adverse effect, in a sector that holds much promise." In an interview with BBC, Sol Trujillo, a management guru who worked as chief of “Telstra” the Australian Telecom giant, said the four years he spent in Australia were like ''stepping back in time'' because of the racist attitudes. He also said, "It does exist and it's got to change because the world is full of a lot of people and most economies have to take advantage including Australia - of a diverse set of people.'' The article gives a balanced view on the incident by stating the facts. I feel even though the Australian government has taken several steps to rebuild the confidence and provide security to Indian students, however they might have to take several more initiatives to get back to a normal relationship between the two countries. References: Ranjit Devraj; June 4, 2009 ‘Curry Bashing’ in Oz Sours Bilateral Ties “http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47095” (accessed on Sept 12, 2010, 8:30 pm)

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