I was born in Malaysia and today is Malaysia's national day. However, I have far greater affinity and love for Australia because living in this country has given me far more opportunities than I could ever have imagined possible.
I guess love thy Motherland has different meaning to different people. What do you think?
There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing that, awsydney, as I can relate to you. I was born in Laos but grew up in the United States myself. I consider myself a Lao-American: I love both of "My Countries" as well.
Good on you guys! It is a huge thing emergrating anywhere.. but always holds the promise of a better life. As a Kiwi; I am restricted completely to ever declare that "I'm Proud to be an Aussi." Of course Aussis are restricted to say the same of NZ.
Make the most of the opportunities in Australia, it holds more than NZ... Good Luck.
Proud to be Australian... ? It would be better if Australians learn to respect others. 1.One Australian PM put his hands around the British Queen's shoulders. 2.Australian cricket captain pulled Indian Agriculture Minister from the prize distribution ceremoney dais, just to show his face to the camera. 3.Indian students who go to Australia for higher education are being attacked frequently, just because they are Indians.
(But the students deserve that treatment... when good education is available in India, why should we go there? Let Australians come to India for higher studies. The Christian Medical College at Vellore, Presidency College in Chennai, St.Stephen's College and King's College in Delhi, Anna University (Engineering) at Chennai) are world class.)
Yes, proud. These specifics you quote are not representative of ALL Ausies. I have not insulted the queen, nor have I bashed any students. 99% of us haven't done either. If I had a choice, I would still choose Australia over ANY country, including India. Not that there's anything I dislike, but it's not for me.
Neither did I receive any blow from Aussies. My people go there and complain that they are ill-treated. Is it now enough to bring down the reputation of a country? It would have been better had you offered some condolences. Putting a lid on all those things, what good can you expect by being proud of that place?
There could be many reasons for ill-treatment of people. I don't see why anyone should stop being proud of their country just because of a few bad apples. There are bigger things in life than petty arguments.
And you sir, are a long way out of line! Things happen in all countries that none of us are proud of. You would not think it fare if people wrote derogatory statements about your country. For your volition Australia is one of the least racist and safest places. We report all our crimes!
Venugopal also said certain things about Pakistani people and other groups in the past that I thought were inappropriate. It is one thing for him to be proud of India, but he should not do it at the expense of other countries. Sadly I think he enjoys stirring the pot.
I am not directly affected by Aussie events.. but it hurts my feelings that my people are being attacked. I will not ignore anything even if it is opposite to my opinion. But you have declared that once I start a new thread, my previous comments will be ignored.... that implies that my new thread will also be ignored.
It saddens me to see this statement repeated. It seems like the Indian media are no better than the press in other countries, they all love to sensationalise.
There is no evidence that the attacks on Indian students are racist. Indian students are attacked because their working hours means they are often in dangerous places at the wrong time (more so than other students). They are also often carrying good quality equipment like laptops and mobiles (more so than other students). Common thieves soon learn that Indians are likely to be an easy target for those reasons, not because they hate Indians.
It's like when I lived in Africa. There were some Africans who might have targeted me because they hated white people. But the biggest threat came from common criminals, who knew that whites and Indians always carried more money than the local Africans. No racism involved - just commercial reality.
If we chose to be insulting to another country, I'm sure we Australians could find a lot more horrific things happening on a daily basis in India than anything happening in Australia (land of free universal heath care and education, in which every resident is guaranteed their daily bread).
However, Australians generally are a tolerant lot, and even in the face of direct and repeated provocation, tend not to engage in such ungentlemanly sport ... fish and barrels, after all ...
Britain's rule over India brought several good things to the world. The cruel muslim rule was ended. A civilised administration and education was offered by them. For that, Aussies need not take credit. Getting diarhea is a health problem. It may be due to change of weather, water and food. Next time you come here to India, take care of your health.
I am not specifically down on them. I like their land, because they are on the rim of Indian Ocean and surely in our reach. Some funny cricket boys make mess on Indian soil. Otherwise, it is a good country.
Certainly China is no match for India except in population. They lost a large portion of land to the Japanese in WW2.
No country can conquer India. England and muslims have also not conquered us. It was Indians who invited them to settle scores with one another. Now, united as one country, such things will never happen again.
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