Condolence meeting (शोक सभा) in Sydney for CRPF martyrs of a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, India

16/2/19

Condolence meeting

(शोक सभा)

For martyred CRPF Jawans in Jammu and Kashmir, India

Venue: Dezire Function Centre, 107-109 Main Street, Blacktown, NSW 2148

Sunday, 17 February, 2019

10am-12pm

RSVP: Dr Yadu Singh 0413375669

Rajiv Chaudhri 0404 391 599

Neeraj Yadav 0405 104 253

Navneet Singh 0406 168 111

Kiran Sirikonda +61 406 968 799

John Niven 0411 259 978

Nose piercing issue of a Hindu student in a Perth College

Aranmore Catholic College

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/aranmore-catholic-college-drama-hindu-student-kicked-out-of-school-for-a-nose-piercing-ng-b881097548z

Sanya Singhal, a Hindu student, is a student in Aranmore Catholic College in Perth, WA and was told to remove her nose piercing if she wanted to continue studying in the College. The College’s dress code does not permit any facial piercing. This matter has been covered in the media. Since nose piercing has cultural and traditional basis for Hindus, we thought we should write to the College.

———————Our letter to Aranmore Catholic College—————————

Mr Declan Tanham

Principal, Aranmore Catholic College

41 Franklin St, Leederville WA 6007

acc@aranmore.wa.edu.au

Dear Mr Tanham,

We have become aware of the news involving a Hindu girl in your college. https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/aranmore-catholic-college-drama-hindu-student-kicked-out-of-school-for-a-nose-piercing-ng-b881097548z

There is some misunderstanding among various faith-based educational systems regarding Hinduism and its culture and traditions. This is often due to insufficient knowledge and awareness of Hindu religion and practices.

This can be dealt with if there is consultation between Aranmore Catholic College and local Indian/Hindu community in Perth. If religious symbols of other religions are permitted, then there cannot be any difficulty to do so for Hindu students.  We understand that Catholic schools and other faith-based educational establishments rightly permit Sikh students to wear turbans and Muslim girls to wear Hijabs.

There might be some misunderstanding and confusion in regards to nose piercing for Hindu girls. For Hindu girls, nose piercing has cultural and traditional meaning. It is not a fashion or rebellion statement.  

We urge you to review your decision. It will be good if the Catholic Educational establishment initiates a dialogue with the local Indian/Hindu community to have a better understanding of Hindu/Indian culture and practices.

 13/2/19

Dr Yadu Singh, President, 0413 375 669

—————————Response from Aranmore Catholic College————————————-

Dear Doctor Singh

Thank you for your email.

Our school is a multi-cultural school which welcomes all cultures. We have had many Hindu students who have attended our school over the years. We also have an Intensive English programme for mostly refugee students.

We have a Hindu on our School Board and I am meeting with a Hindu priest today to seek some clarity around this matter.

As you know we are a Catholic School and when we enrol students we seek agreement from our parents to support our college policies. If they choose to do so, then the enrolment can proceed. The media and those agitating are portraying this as an issue around Hinduism. Clearly, it is not, as our policy is administered with all students. Incidentally, virtually all non-government schools in Perth have the same policy.

I am trying to gain an understanding of the significance of the nose ring as I have received conflicting views around the wearing of the nose ring (from Hindu people). The common feedback which I have received has suggested that wearing the nose ring is a choice and not a religious obligation, although it has religious significance. I am told that some do wear it and some don’t.

Given that is the case I offered the family the option of keeping the nose ring in and removing it whilst she is at the school. I feel that this is a fair compromise but the family have rejected it.

The family rejected this compromise.

There are hundreds of girls in private schools in Perth, who comply with their school expectations and agreements around uniform and do not wear the nose ring.

As you know schools have rules and we have processes for reviewing them from time to time, but not through the media. Rules are difficult in schools as students wish to select which ones they wish to comply with and which ones they don’t.

I do thank you for your measured response and the information contained within, I assure you Hindus are welcome at this school and the ones who are present are thriving.


Many believe that it is simply an issue of Catholics being unaware of Hindu traditions and cultural practices. It is possible to resolve it by a discussion with Catholic school establishment.
Indian Australian community in Western Australia and elsewhere has taken this matter up with the College. Mr Prashant Parihar from Federation of Indian Associations of WA (FIANWA) has spoken with the principal of the college. It is important that important traditional symbols of non-christian students are permitted in Catholic schools in a manner which is fair and doesn’t disrupt the environment for education. Some have indicated that Catholic schools rightly permit Sikh students to wear turbans and Muslim girls to wear Hijabs. Nose piercing is not a fashion or rebellion statement of a Hindu teenager but is a well-entrenched, although not universally practised, a cultural and traditional ritual for Hindu girls, when they achieve menarche.
Many believe that a meeting between Catholic Education establishment and Indian Australian community reps, especially those who are from the Hindu faith, will resolve the issue and misunderstanding.
Dr Yadu Singh
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Happy Diwali 2018

Sydney, 7 November, 2018

We, as family, will be celebrating Diwali at home at 8pm on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018. *Pics will be posted later.

A few pics of Diwali celebration in Sydney so far.

1. Diwali Fair, Holroyd Gardens, 28 October by Federation of Indian Associations of NSW:

2. Diwali hosted by the NSW Premier at Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA):

3. Diwali by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Sydney Olympic Park:

4. Diwali by SAISH group, Strathfield:

Earlier post with information about Diwali: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/yadusingh.com/2016/10/28/happy-deepavali-october-30-2016/amp/

Bhartiye Mandir Hindu temple should receive Fair Go from all including Cumberland Council

Sydney, 2 November, 2018

Most of us, particularly members from Indian Australian community, know how Bhartiye Mandir Hindu temple in Regents Park, Sydney was vandalised on Sunday, 14 October, leading to desecration of idols and damage to the property in the tune of $50,000.
https://yadusingh.com/2018/10/18/fian-condemns-the-desecration-and-damage-to-a-hindu-temple-in-sydney/

The temple management doesn’t have resources to find this money without support from the community and the local Council.

Bhartiye temple falls under the Cumberland Council, which has a reputation to be comprised of caring, responsive and good-hearted Councillors.

Fundraiser for Bhartiye Mandir: 👇

While few from our community including I will be hosting a fund-raiser on 16 November for the temple in a few days, it is equally pertinent for the Council to chip in with some monetary support. After all, one of the goals of the Council is to encourage and support a diverse neighbourhood. Helping a vandalised and damaged temple to stand on its feet will not only be a noble job by the Council, it will also be within the key priorities of the Council for the diversity and multiculturalism.

Money for this support can come from the Mayoral Community Fund and Community Grant Program.

It was noteworthy that the Cumberland Council supported our farmers against their drought hardship with substantial amount of money, for which the Council deserves our appreciation and gratitude.

Some support for the temple from the Council will also be an entirely justifiable and well-deserved action.

Our community is waiting for a positive outcome and a noble gesture from the Councillors of Cumberland Council.

We hope to have this temple to be restored in its original shape. 👇👇

Dr Yadu Singh

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Karwa Chowth in Sydney

Today, 27 October, is Karwa Chowth, which many Indian women, especially from the northern India, celebrate.

There are many such ceremonies going on in Sydney too.

This festival celebrated by women in Kartik month of the Hindu Calendar. Women hold a fast, followed by prayers for the long life of their husbands. From dawn, women spend time in company of other women, family and friends. Fasting women assemble in a common place as part of the ceremony, involving storytelling and singing and worshipping. As the moon rises, women traditionally view the moon through a sieve or veil. This can also be done by the reflection of the moon on water. Prayers for the husband’s life and health is offered as the concluding part of the ceremony.

समस्त नारीशक्ति-मातृशक्ति को पावन पर्व *करवाचौथ* की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं व मंगलकामनाएं..!!

*मनुष्य सदैव आपका ऋणी रहेगा..आपने – जन्म दिया, शिक्षा दी..इंसान की प्रथम गुरु हैं आप..!!*

*कभी – माँ बनकर जन्म दिया, विजय तिलक लगाया तो कभी बहन बनकर राखी बांधी..कभी सुहागन बन के लंबी आयु की कामना की तो पुत्री बनकर गौरवान्वित करवाया..तो सच्ची मित्र बनकर जीवन को नई दिशा दी, हौसला दिया, सहयोग किया..!!*

*हम या समाज आपका यह ऋण कभी उतार नही पाएंगे..!!*

*नारीशक्ति आपको सहस्रों नमन..!!*

*यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता:*✍☘💕

Karwa Chowth is a family event, in which everybody joins in.

More details:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karva_Chauth

FIAN condemns the desecration of and damage to a Hindu temple in Sydney

Sydney, 18 October, 2018

Press release: 18 October, 2018

FIAN condemns the desecration of and damage to a Hindu temple in Sydney

FIAN Press release Bhartiye Mandir attack

 

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) condemns in the strongest words the desecration and destruction of a place of worship for Hindu community in Sydney.

A Hindu Temple, Bhartiye Mandir, situated at Regents Park in Sydney, Australia was set on fire and all statues and icons of Indian Godheads have been smashed and left in ruin a few days ago. It has caused a lot of pain and anguish to members of Hindu community.

The temple has been there for about twenty years and but for an incident of stone throwing ten years ago, the  devotees of this temple have not had any problems until now. When devotees came at 6pm to open the temple on Sunday evening of 14th October 2018, they found smoke coming from inside their temple. Upon investigation, they found some people inside and when challenged, the miscreants jumped out of the window and vanished.

http://www.theistimes.com/political-leaders-condemn-desecration-of-hindu-temple-at-regents-park/?fbclid=IwAR30sobe0mRKpPjiWfq81dvGuiKulTqovAl8tjK12L3b0YrCCLvpuNmuB98

FIAN president, Dr Yadu Singh, has been in touch with the head priest of the temple, Pandit Paras Ram Maharaj and offered support and assistance in getting the culprits brought to the justice.

After a coup in Fiji, a large number of Fijians of Indian descent had migrated to Australia. About twenty years ago, some of them collected funds for the temple.

It is time for leaders of all faiths to come in their support and condemn this criminal act by a few vandals who do not represent real Australia.

It is time for elected local, state and federal representatives to stand in solidarity with the Hindu community.

It is time that political leadership in state and federal Parliaments to do everything to send out a message that there is no place for this type of hateful activities in Australia, and people are free to follow and celebrate their religions in this country.

It’s totally unacceptable to do this to places of worship of any religion.

NSW Police should do everything to find out the culprits and charge them. Let’s make sure it never happens again.

We are deeply anguished and saddened to see this happen in a peaceful, tolerant and a multicultural nation.

Our thoughts and solidarity are with the Hindu community in Australia.

More info: Dr Yadu Singh, President, president@fian.org.au