Vindaloo Against Violence Is Next Wednesday

Attacks on Indian students have been a hot button topic in Australian news media in recent weeks. The Vindaloo Against Violence campaign aims to demonstrate support for the Indian community and opposition to racist violence through a simple tactic: dining out in your local Indian restaurant on Wednesday February 24.

While the idea for the event originated in and focused on Melbourne, it's a cause which you can embrace wherever you live. You can register your participation by adding your name to this Google Docs spreadsheet (a very Lifehacker solution, we might add).

Vindaloo Against Violence


    I'm sure racial violence exist in Australia, but solidarity shouldn't be shown to one group only, a broader action to stamp out racial violence is needed.

    The recent murder of indian students were alledgedly perpetrated by Indian nationals so while I support any action opposing violence I also think community education is needed about proper conduct and how to best uphold the Indian community.

      Agreed and agreed! Very, very well said!

        I'm happy to support this action.

        I would imagine that with all the negative press both here and abroad regarding the treatment of Indian students, a sign from the resident population of Australia in support of Indian residents is a very worthwhile gesture.

        I'm not Australian, but having lived in Queensland for 4 years I do find racial prejudice to be far more openly accepted than it is in Europe or India (the only two other places in this world I've lived in for long enough to rent or buy a house). I accept that the rise of the BNP in Britain and of similar fascist parties in Italy is a cause for massive concern, but the point of this paragraph is to highlight one foreigner's views of living in Australia.

        I would welcome support for this cause. Yes, it only supports one nationality but by taking this stand you help other residents (such as myself) believe that there are people out there who can see the benefit of [Australia's highly controlled and selective] migration.

      This event seeks to focus on the Indian community since they have suffered the majority of attacks and Australia's reputation has been severely damaged in India. However as stated on the website, the event aims to make all our immigrant communities feel safe and welcome.

      In terms of restaurant participation, some are offering discounts and we hope that many more will channel the community spirit and pay it forward by donating a portion of the day's proceeds to a worthy local anti-violence or anti-racism cause.

      Cheers, Mia

    According to Police, and this is unfortuante, there exists a large amount of violence to all forms of people in Australia. When statistically broken down by race, Indian's are not the most targetted (even though they are the most vocal about it). Violence is across all spectrums of race, sex and age in our society.

    I support this initiative and will gladly attend my local indian restaurant.

    But this should be about stamping out Violence in general, it shouldn't be tolerated. And it shouldn't be degraded into an issue on racism (which should also be stamped out of course), as just focussing on one area doesn't really solve the problem.

    Thousand Spices, Homebush. Best Indian in Sydney.

    Will the restaurants also give discounts on that day to show their support?

    While any violence is abhorrent, I don't wish to help propagate the mistaken view that Indians are more targeted than other races, including anglo-australians. It's a community wide problem and when we focus on a minority we are doing the wider issue a big dis-service.

    Remember when they used to show those multiculturalism ads on TV all the time? (like 5- 10 years ago?) Even with the current climate the government's not even bothering to put out something like that again (it seems the only campaigns being waged are grass roots ones from the public).

    Why is violence towards one particular group racism and violence towards others groups not? Is that group more important than the rest? Sounds like racism to me. The empty vessel makes the most noise, how about we stop listening to the clowns and try to make the streets safe for all, not just one group with an over inflated opinion of its own importance.

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