Varoon Shekhar wrote:Canada is institutionally one of the most anti-India, or India-averse, countries on earth. Without being aggressively anti-India. The problem starts with education, of course. India as a distinct culture is not taught, nor is the vital anti-colonialism. The latter would definitely make Canada hugely uncomfortable, because it lacks the historical depth and maturity to deal with it. From that essentially flows the uneasiness and opposition to India as a nuclear and missile power. India as an economic force is more readily conceded, but not by everyone. Here too, there is a feeling of inferiority because of India's sheer size and dynamism, and its relative independence and self reliance. India is a competitor in some sectors, which doesn't always sit well.
The inability to relate to Indians/ethnic Indians, in that down-to-earth, familiar, easy way, is the ultimate result. India and Indians are still largely strangers to the masses.
canada is an extension of briturdland, a vacation spot for the elizabeth & co. crowd. Having lived in Canada for a while now, I can say that canadians are quite fond of the elizabeth and everything she represents. The monarchy is well liked here, especially by the conservative crowd, and equally so by liberals I believe. Recently there was a drive by the harper (conservative) govt. that was voted out 2 days ago, to restore "her majesty (HM)" in all govt. institutions. As an extension of briturdland, it's only natural that the extended subjects will think like the subjects living across the ocean. It's a common trend in most anglo wasp countries. Despite all the boot licking the "intellectuals" in our media might do, no amount of yinglish espeaking is gonna bring us togeher, because we are fundamentally different people. Race and culture matters, especially to these wasps, that's why most of them see other cultures with a very narrow lens (east asians = rice fields and rice hats, herro, sucky sucky 5 dolla etc.), Indians (accents, curry), middle easterners (terrorists, homosexuals, "oppressive"), russians and east euros (communists and traitors), germans (nazis, beer chugging techno geeks etc). But ask them about themselves and they'll happily call themselves the most moral, "free" and logical people to ever walk the face of this earth.
Basically they have a massive superiority complex, most wasps do and cultural understanding and exchanges will only take you so far. They understand the language of force (not necessarily just military) - taking over their companies causes panic, taking over their businesses causes panic, opening shops in their lands causes panic, challanging them on their bs tirade causes panic.
You should've seen how many canadian media houses were upset and
when that chinese state run oil corp bought a few stakes in Alberta's oil fields (Alberta is northern canada, rich in oil and exports most of raw/unrefined oil to US for real cheap, then buys the refined oil from US, which ofcourse costs more). It caused some massive panic here, even when the chinese companies paid better prices for the oil than their american counterparts. Some of the panic and heartburn might have been because the chinese companies were planning to hire chinese workers, but read those articles and you'd realize there's more to it than that.
Being in Canada, it's a mix bag really, an entire economic section is based on immigration and so some of them are sympathetic to the immigration cause, others think that canada rolls out a golden carpet for immigrants and gives them everything for free, yet other group doesn't openly declare their hate but you can sense they aren't very fond of you, they keep to themselves. Not that it mattered to me, Toronto is practically full of Indians and Chinese, so making friends and getting along with life wasn't a big deal. And then these same white people here cry about immigrants not "integrating" with the local population.