Happy Ram Navmi 2019

Sydney, 14 April 2019

Happy Ram Navmi 2019!

Ram Navami is the occasion to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, who is the seventh avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.

Hindus eagerly wait for the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri, which is a nine-day long festival and on each day, a different form of Goddess is worshipped. Devotees pray to Goddess Durga for good health, wealth and prosperity. The festival of Navratri is celebrated twice a year—Chaitra Navratri comes during the springtime and Sharad Navratri, takes place ahead of the autumn.

As per the Gregorian calendar, the Chaitra Navratri festival takes place in the months of March-April. This year, Navratri began on April 6 and will culminate with Ram Navmi on the April 14.

Lord Ram was the eldest son of King Dasaratha and his wife Kausalya in Ayodhya. The festival is celebrated and observed across the country by reciting stories of Lord Rama, his journey through life, his teachings as part of Indian epic Ramayana.

Lord Ram followers visit temples and offer prayers on the occasion to celebrate the festival. People also send happy Ram Navami messages to their loved ones to spread blessings and create a better environment.

May the almighty Lord Rama bless you all with good things and perfect health. Happy Ram Navami!

(Info copied from https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/astrology/rituals-puja/ram-navami-2019-all-you-need-to-know-about-ashtami-navami-date-significance-shubh-muhurat/amp_articleshow/68831140.cms and https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ram-navami-2019-whatsapp-facebook-messages-to-wish-your-loved-ones-2739167/amp)

Dr Yadu Singh




Happy Vaisakhi 2019

Sydney, 13 April, 2019

Happy Vaisakhi (Baisakhi), folks!

May Wahe Guruji encourage you & your family to do good deeds, fill your life with love and contentment and give you and your family good health.

May Vaisakhi be the beginning of everything, which is good for you and your family!

Dr Yadu Singh




Can NRIs vote in Indian elections

9 April, 2019

Sydney, Australia

Can NRIs (Non-resident Indian’s) vote in Indian elections?

It’s answer is YES, but it’s complex and not easy. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/fact-check-can-nris-vote-in-this-general-elections/article26520133.ece/amp/

If you have obtained a passport of any foreign country, you are not permitted to vote in India. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holding foreign citizens are not permitted to vote in Indian elections either. OCI is not equivalent to Indian passport.

Photo of an Indian Passport

If you have an Indian passport, and haven’t acquired any overseas passport, you can vote, but only in the polling booth of your constituency in India. You will need to travel to India and then vote on the day of election. Online or proxy voting is not allowed for NRIs at present. Pre-poll and postal voting are also not allowed for NRIs.

Every voter in India must be registered for electoral rolls (voters’ list). This can be done online http://ecisveep.nic.in/voters/overseas-voters/ by filling form 6a (and by providing necessary documents) or submitting necessary documents in the election office in your constituency in India. NRIs can thus be registered as overseas voters. This can be then used for voting in a polling station in your registered constituency in India on the day of election.

You may or may not know that ECI was not in favour of online voting for NRIs, but was in favour of proxy voting for NRIs. Indian Government moved a bill in the Lower House of the Parliament to allow proxy voting for NRIs, which would have allowed them to authorize their relatives to vote on their behalf. The bill was passed in the Lower House of Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha), but it wasn’t passed in the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and will lapse soon since the Lok Sabha is going to be dissolved in May 2019. Hopefully, it may be re-introduced later and passed in future. NRIs will need to lobby again, not just for proxy voting, but also for online voting.

There are a few scams floating around, with links outlining that NRIs can vote online. They use Election Commission of India (ECI) logo too, but they are all illegal and fake sites, and being used for phishing to steal people’s identities. ECI has recently lodged a police complaint to track down the culprits and punish them. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/online-voting-rights-to-nris-election-commission-asks-delhi-police-to-investigate-fake-news/article26341709.ece


Dr Yadu Singh



Immigration minister makes changes to help religious institutions access relevant skills & fill religious workers shortage

Sydney/7 March 2019

I Met Federal Minister for Immigration, The Hon David Coleman MP at Hilton Hotel, Sydney this evening, along with other community reps.

I was pleased to know that the federal government listened to the concerns and feedback and is introducing new measures to help religious institutions ie temples, access the skills and fill manpower (priests) shortage.

I too was asked to provide feedback in this matter. I consulted various temples, especially Pt Jatin Bhatt from Sri Mandir, Auburn and Mr Jagdish Chawla from Shiva temple, Minto, to have a full understanding of the issues and submitted a report to the ministry of Home Affairs.

Apart from relaxing the religious labor agreement settings in regards to previously introduced “minister of religion” visa sponsorship, religious institutions will also be allowed to sponsor overseas religious workers as “religious assistants” to overcome the shortage of appropriately trained religious workers in Australia.

Minister said “these new measures will help address Australia’s religious-worker skill shortage”.

He also said “religious freedom is a fundamental tenet of our nation and religious institutions should be supported in their important work”.

These changes are good and will ease the difficulties, which our temples and other religious institutions face in filling the positions of religious workers in their institutions. These changes will be implemented from Monday, 11 March 2019.

Dr Yadu Singh



We remember Prabha Arun Kumar today

Sydney, 7 March 2019

Our community remembers Prabha Arun Kumar today.

It was on 7 March, 2015, when she was murdered in the evening, while returning home from work and walking through Parramatta Park.




From all the published information, it was a targeted and pre-planned murder. She was not robbed.

Culprits haven’t been found, arrested or charged 4 years after this heinous and gruesome murder of a young mother of a young child, despite much efforts including visits of NSW Police to India to speak to her family members and husband.

We are concerned about the progress of the investigation and lack of outcome.

We remember Prabha today and hope that her murderer (s) is/are caught and brought to justice soon.


Dr Yadu Singh



Premier’s Harmony Dinner at Rose Gardens was a spectacular success

Sydney, 28 February, 2019

Premier’s Harmony Dinner was a wonderful evening. Fantastic to celebrate diversity & multiculturalism in this beautiful state, NSW, with 1500 people in this sold out event.

Wonderful to meet so many friends from various sections of NSW. It was a matter of privilege to have met and interacted with Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Ministers Ray Williams, Matt Kean and Victor Dominello.

We support Multiculturalism within the Australian ethos and values, and events like this go a long way in welcoming diversity and Multiculturalism.

Thank you Multicultural NSW and thank you Premier.

Dr Yadu Singh