By Neeraj Nanda
Melbourne: The two Indian origin councillors in the Wyndham Council differ over the Victorian government’s upcoming Trade Mission to a few countries including India. The differences cropped up between Cr Gautam Gupta and Cr Intaz Khan during a Council meeting on 24th February, 2014 during discussion on a motion, ‘Job losses in West’ moved by Councillor Gautam Gupta and Cr John Gibbons. In fact, Cr Intaz Khan seconded the motion for urgent discussion.
Cr Intaz Khan supported the Victorian Trade Mission saying it will help enhance trade between India and Australia and create jobs. This came in response to Cr Gautam Gupta’s submission that the money spent on such missions should instead be spent ‘to create programs that support employment in the West’.
“I believe that the State Government had good intentions in running such multi-million dollar programs however they could not manage the outcomes. We need good intentions and more importantly we need good governance. I want to know if these programs have led to job losses via outsourcing or a net investment, “Cr Gupta said.
Though the motion was carried unanimously, the shadow of recent job losses and its impact on Wyndham City and the broader Western metropolitan region in relation to recent announcements by key manufacturers including Ford, Holden, Toyota and Alcoa was evident.
Cr Intaz Khan is part of the Victorian Trade Mission’s education section representing his college Western Institute of Technology (WIT).
- SAT News Service
Mr. Gautam Gupta (left) and others in ABC2 serial ‘Dumb, Drunk and Racist’ SOURCE: ABC2
By our reporter
Melbourne, 10 July: Mr.Gautam Gupta, a practising hearing specialist and former leader of the Indian youth movement in Melbourne has defended his position on the controversial ABC TV series ‘Dumb, Drunk and Racist’. The series is exploring the notion if Australia is racist from an Indian perspective. The next part of the six-part series will be telecast on Wednesday 11 July on ABC2. It explores the Australian binge drinking culture.
Mr. Gautam Gupta has highlighted in one of the episode that in 2009 Indians were over-represented as victims of crime by almost 4 to 1. Joe, the presenter said that he was bashed in Dandenong and that Dandenong was unsafe in general. Gautam clarified that what Joe lacked in understanding was that the diversity and ethnic mix of Dandenong was very different when Joe was growing up. Indian students acted as a buffer and were, in fact, protecting the mainstream majority from being bashed. Hence the statistical over-representation.
He was questioned whether Melbourne was more unsafe than many Indian cities such as Meerut. To this Gautam replied that Australia cannot be compared to any under-developed or developing country. Melbourne in the most liveable city and it should be most liveable for everyone.
Some sections of the Indian community are concerned thinking Mr.Gautam Gupta has belittled India. SAT queried Mr. Gautam Gupta to clarify his position. He says his statement was not about India. It was about Melbourne and only Melbourne. He suggests India faces issues faced by many developing nations such as clean drinking water, corruption, lack of infrastructure etc.Most of these issues are absent in Melbourne. On most liveability indices, Melbourne is rated amongst the best in the world and hence Melbourne should be compared with only with cities such as London, Zurich and Oslo.
Mr. Gupta further said that he has always defended Indians and India for their achievements. I will continue to defend the right of every Indian in Australia he told SAT.
The serial can be viewed at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/dumbdrunkracist/episodes/ep03.htm.
By our correspondent
Melbourne: The Indian students in Australia has asked the Shiv Sena to withdraw its plan to stop Aussie players from playing in Mumbai during IPL matches.
In a letter to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thakeray, Gautam Gupta of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) says: “It is the Indian student’s strong desire that there should be no violence or protests against Australian cricketers and instead the Australian Cricketers should be invited to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Indian students and become FAIR GO Ambassadors for all Indians especially when they return to Australia.”
Earlier, the Shiv Sena had announced not to let Aussie players play in IPL matches protesting against attacks on Indian students in Australia.
By news bureau
Melbourne, Feb 7: Victoria’s Police Commissioner Simon Overland has been slammed by Indians for advising Indian students living in Australia that they should not work as taxi drivers and should look as poor as you can to avoid being assaulted. The comments were made by the top cop at an international students safety forum attended by about 150 people in the city on Saturday.
However, Federation of Indian Students of Australia spokesperson Gautam Gupta blasted the advice, saying that Indians should not have to look poor to feel safe. What is he saying’ Indians don’t have the right to be rich’ and if they look rich, do they maybe have to get bashed’ on one hand, everyone should look poor. On the other, don’t live in poor areas. I don’t understand, The Age quoted Gupta, as saying.
He further said that taxi drivers had a right to feel safe no matter what their nationality is. Its a workplace. Every workplace should be safe. I think it’s a ridiculous idea. It is blaming the worker. It is blaming the victim, Gupta said.
The Victorian government has enlisted the support of Australian all-time spin bowler Shane Warne to turn the country’s sagging reputation around and help soothe anger in India by doing some promotional work.Warne met with Premier John Brumby in this regard behind closed doors Friday but the leg-spinner refused to speak to the media on the outcome of the talks.Brumby repeated the possibility of a “friendship cricket game” and did not rule out a taxpayer-funded ad campaign to contain the fallout over continuing attacks on Indians.
The Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) spokesman Gautam Gupta said Warne was a good ambassador and his work should be focused on tackling racism locally, rather than promoting Australia overseas.
“He’s got a lot of young followers and he sends the right message,” Gupta added.
- Oz Media