Interactions with Australia’s High Commissioner to India

Sydney/11 October, 2017


Australian High Commissioner to India (New Delhi), Ms Harinder Sidhu, is in Australia presently.  She is here for the mid term consultations with the Government and various stakeholders. As part of these consultations, she met a select group of Indian Australian community representatives  These reps included people from various segments and faiths. 

An hour-long session in the DIBP offices in Parramatta gave an opportunity for all of us to understand and raise relevant issues. 

From Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN), Abhijeet Martand and I participated. Mr SK Verma participated  on behalf of the Consulate General of India in Sydney. 

We emphasized the role of Indian Australian community as the bridge between India and Australia and their usefulness in enhancing the relations between Australia and India. I pointed out how we (community) took up the matters during students’ troubles in 2009-10 and helped counter “Australia is racist” campaign by Indian media.  I reiterated that then Australian Government did not utilize the community meaningfully in countering the campaign by Indian media. 

Some wanted to be listed with the Govt agencies for people to contact them when needing help, but we expressed our strong view that no such listing etc should be done without involvement of, and vetting by, the Government agencies because some “leaders” are known to exploit our own people. 

The issue involving the visa for priests was raised. It was mentioned that the standard of English requirement is onerous and excessive.  I pointed out that the matter was also raised in the Q & A session with DIBP Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke, in a recent meeting organized by FIAN, and that it will be better if we work together and raise the matter with the Minister directory. The High Commissioner agreed that the matter is in the policy domain and will better be dealt with the Government. We have a plan to organize a meeting involving key stakeholders and then meet the DIBP Assistant Minister. 

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Evil eyes on Kashmir will fail miserably

Sydney, 21 September, 2017

I received a text message about this event today.  http://www.sadaewatansydney.com/kashmirph.htm

Those who create, encourage and fund violence and terrorism in “Heaven of Earth”, Kashmir, are at it again. The whole world knows where the Jihadists come from, and where they receive their training from. Those who champion their so-called concerns for Kashmiris, they should not forget supporting the struggling and forcibly suppressed people of Baluchistan.

No prize for guessing that this so-called Kashmir Council of Australia is populated and owned by those who have close connection with Pakistan and its agencies.

No wonder that it’s upcoming function in NSW Parliament on 29 September 2017 is addressed by High Commissioner of Pakistan in Australia.  http://www.sadaewatansydney.com/kashmirph.htm


Here is the background why Jammu & Kashmir (J &K) is an inalienable and integral part of India, and it will always remain so.

Let me remind those who do not know the relevant history. J&K became an inalienable part of India on 25th October, 1947 when ruler of J&K, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the “Instrument of accession” with India. This Instrument was executed between India’s then Governor-General, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Maharaja Hari Singh on 25th October, 1947. At the time of Independence in 2947, rulers of Princely States and Kingdoms in India were entitled to choose one of the three options- join India, join Pakistan or remain independent. J&K joined India.

Here is the Link for more details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jammu_and_Kashmir

American Professor Christine Fair’s exposure of the anti-India propaganda on this matter is worth watching.
Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_aoYNQrOOu0

Maharaja Hari Singh’s Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir obviously and legally joined India. The Maharaja made the correct choice. He was a smart King. J&K is part of the progressive, prosperous, secular, multicultural and democratic India.

India and Indians will never allow anyone to undo what was done by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1947. Terrorism and unrest supported from across the border will never succeed.
In my view, and in the views of Indian Australians, there is no need or justification for any elected Australian representatives i.e. Ministets, MPs, MLCs and Councilors to participate in such a unproductive and objectionable activity.
And one more thing.

It’s not South East Asia. It’s called South Asia. Get your geography right, guys!

There will be peace in Kashmir and the region if/ when terrorists groups, based in Pakistan, stop receiving support, training, funding and patronage of the State and non-State agencies of Pakistan. The concerns in this regard have come not only from the USA and the UNO, but also the BRICS.

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Organized a successful Q and A session for the community with Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 

Sydney, 20 September 2017


Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) organized a successful Q and A meeting for the community with Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, The Hon Alex Hawke (MP for Mitchell), at Madison Function Centre, Dural, NSW. 

About 60 key members of the community including a Chinese Australian (Dr Anthony Pun) took part in active and interesting Q and A session. A variety of questions covering parents’ visa, skilled migration, religious workers visa and visitors visa were covered. 

Media too attended the session and included Indian Link, The Indian Down Inder, Pardes Express and Punjabi Heraldnewspapers, and Voice of India (Monika Geet Mala) Radio. 

We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the sponsorship for venue and dinner by our friend, Ajay Raj, the owner of Madison Function Centre, Dural and multi-award winning Maya Da Dhaba restaurant. 

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Advertisement Standards Bureau dismisses complaints about Ganesh Video

Sydney, 18 September, 2017

Information 

Advertisement Standards Bureau, an independent umpire, has not upheld the complaints, filed by many people, against the Ganesh video by Meat and Livestock Australia. 

Link is here: https://adstandards.com.au/cases?ref=0406/17

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NSW Minister for Multiculturalism writes to Meat and Livestock Australia and Prime Minister about Lord Ganesh Video

Sydney/ 14 September, 2017

I have received communication from NSW Government about letters from NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams, to Meat and Livestock Australia and Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull.

He has summarised the feelings of the community, following his meeting with the community representatives on Monday, 11 September, 2017.

As is known, our community is very concerned and unhappy with the video, depicting Lord Ganesh in a Lamb advertisement by Meat and Livestock Australia.

Community reps had met the Minister a few days earlier. Report here: https://yadusingh.com/2017/09/11/community-reps-meet-minister-for-multiculturalism-on-lord-ganesh-video/

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Community reps meet Minister for Multiculturalism on Lord Ganesh Video

Sydney, 11 September, 2017

Community Reps with Minister Ray Williams re Lord Ganesh Video

I was pleased to be able to organize a meeting of the Indian community Representatives with The Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams & Chair of Multicultural NSW, Dr Harry Harinath, today in the Multicultural NSW Offices in Parramatta, Sydney to discuss the Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) offensive video involving Lord Ganesh. The Chief Executive Officer of Multicultural NSW, Mr Hakan Harman, was also present.

Community reps included people from not only Hinduism faith but also from Sikhism and Islamic faith. Seventeen community leaders took part in this meeting, and they included Mr Jagtar Singh, Ms Pallavi Sinha, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Ms Anju Kalra, Mr Surinder Bhogal, Mr Shamim Khan, Mr Brijrajsinh Jhala, Mr Premjitsinh Rathod, Mr Sri Ranga Reddy, Pandit Athreya Ramachandran, Pandit Krishnamurthi Venkataraman, Mr Chirag Parikh, Dr Manish Bhutada, Mr Anagan Babu, Mr Tara Chand Sharma, Dr Nihal Agar and myself (Dr Yadu Singh).

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Every rep expressed their unhappiness with the video. Lord Ganesh is one of the most revered deity of Hinduism and is invoked before every religious activity among Hindus. The video is an advertisement for Lamb. Alcohol is also shown to be served in the video. To people from Hinduism faith, associating Lord Ganesh with meat and Alcohol is inappropriate, incorrect, offensive and hurtful.  They also felt that use of deities and religious figures of any religion for commercial use is wrong. It was also felt that the timing of the ad video was particularly hurtful as the video came out only a few days after Indians celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi all over the world. Reps also felt that video like this don’t help the multiculturalism in Australia and end up creating disharmony and undermine cohesion in the community.  They generate a bad image of Australia, which, otherwise, is a successful example of multiculturalism. A rep also mentioned that Meat and Livestock Australia receives funding from the Government sources, which meant that our taxes are being used to abuse our beliefs and portray our deities inappropriately. This is unacceptable.

Community reps urged the Minister and Multicultural NSW to take the matter of the offensive Video up with relevant authorities, including relevant ministers in the Federal Government, and get the video taken out of circulation. The minister was also urged to get the standards of advertisement reviewed to ensure that public videos are not allowed to use religiously insensitive and offensive  materials.

The minister agreed that the community is offended and agitated. He agreed to write a letter to the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and to the Federal Government authorities, seeking remedial action.

A proposed protest march to MLA offices in North Sydney is a potential step which our community is planning, but it has been postponed for some time to see the outcome following the discussion today. There will be community consultation in this regard sometime in the future.

Community reps thanked the Minister and Dr Harinath for the meeting.

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