A number of Indian students have suffered violent attacks and racial abuse in Australia in recent months prompting criticism from India’s government.
Describing the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia as “tragic”, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said the environment of fear and suspicion prevailing in that nation is not good for bilateral relations.
The violent incidents are of grave concern to us and also for parents who are mostly from the middle-class and send their children there at great cost and difficulty, she said.
“These incidents have shaken the confidence of Indian students and their parents about Australia,” Rao said in an interview to ‘Outlook’ magazine.
“It is very very important to restore that confidence. A climate of fear and suspicion is not good for the relationship between the two countries,” she said.
Commenting on Sino-Indian relations in New Delhi last week, the minister said, the cooperation between India and China at Copenhagen has helped establish a very positive paradigm.