Manas Dasgupta

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has suggested to the Centre to arrange joint meetings of representatives of the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry and the Australian High Commission in different cities in the country to reassure parents of the Indian students in Australia about their safety.

In a letter to External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Mr. Modi expressed serious concern over the racist attacks on Indian students in Australia and said the Centre needed to assure people that it would leave no stone unturned to ensure safety and protection to students abroad.

Mr. Modi suggested that the representatives of the Australian High Commission in India and Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry should hold meetings with the parents of Indian students in Australia in different cities to reassure them about the safety of their wards.

In this context, he suggested holding four such meetings in Gujarat in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, as a large number of students from Gujarat were currently studying in Australia and their parents back home were getting increasingly jittery over the safety of their children.

Soon after the attacks broke out, Mr. Modi talked to some of the students from Gujarat in Australia and advised them to get in touch with the State government in case of any difficulty. Students from Gujarat constitute about 40 per cent of the Indian students in Australia.

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