All that is necessary for Evil to triumph is that Good people do nothing 

Sydney/April 10, 2017 

When I look around, I see many frauds, thieves, exploiters, scumbags and people with no decent value system being honoured and acknowledged in a manner, which they never deserve. Many a times, such honours are bought in one or the other way.  It’s concerning because it’s harmful to the name, image and standing of the community. 

Dr Yadu Singh 


Vanabhojanam organized by ATSA Sydney was superb

Sydney, 9 April, 2017

Australian Telangana State Association (ATSA) in Sydney organized a family picnic (Vanabhojanam) at Lizard Log Park in Abbotsbury, NSW.

This whole Day event involved get-together of families and friends, and having breakfast and lunch together. The food is prepared on site.  About 450 people attended this annual event.

ATSA members are a perfect example of volunteerism, where people chip in with their time, support and contribution for a common cause.

I am proud and privileged to call many members as my close friends, and have been to many of their events and celebrations over the last several years.

Congratulations, ATSA.

Dr Yadu Singh


TMC MP Dola Sen should pay for the cost for the delay of AI flight

Sydney/April 8, 2017

Indian MPs consider themselves as if they are above law. They don’t think themselves as part of Public and servants of Public.

Ravindra Gaikwad saga is too fresh. Here comes another one. Dola Sen is a Rajya Sabha MP from Trinmool Congress of Mamata Banerjee.

She wanted her wheelchair-bound mother in the emergency row because there was more space. She argued and shouted. She refused to take up the offer of her mother getting free upgrade to the business class. As a result, the Air India plane was delayed by 39 minutes. Pliant AI staff begged and begged, instead of telling to get out of the aircraft.

Dola Sen should be asked to pay for the cost which Air India suffered due to delay. She appears to have low IQ because she was unable to understand why a wheelchair-bound person can’t be near an emergency exit. She is an MP. Shame on her.

Like Ravindra Gaikwad, she has a sense of entitlement and pathological arrogance.

Will her boss, Mamata Banerjee, act and discipline her or like Shiv Sena boss, Uddhav Thackeray, in the case of Ravindra Gaikwad, she will do nothing?

Dr Yadu Singh

Ravindra Gaikwad must be punished for what he did inside an Air India aircraft 

Sydney/April 8, 2017

Air India has lifted the ban on Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP, under the direction from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. 

All other airlines have followed suit and lifted the ban.

The MP has neither apologized nor been reprimanded by Lok Sabha for his alleged crimes, which he admitted in front of the media.

No Police action has been taken either. An FIR has been lodged in Delhi, but nothing seems to have been done. 

The opposition parties are demanding action against this MP either. 

This is disgusting and outrageous. MPs are not above law.

#RavindraGaikwad flying again, without any apology and punishment, is outrageous and an insult to India. Rule of law bites the dust. He admitted assaulting Air India staff inside the aircraft. He should be charged, arrested and punished. One rule for Netas (politicians) and another for the public can’t be right and acceptable.

Delhi Police should finalize their investigation, without allowing political interference, and take an action. If nothing happens, some decent member of Indian public should file a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in a suitable court. 

Dr Yadu Singh 

Aadhaar number is not mandatory for filing an Income Tax return for many NRIs

7 April, 2017/Sydney

NRIsI have received an important communication from Government of India (GOI) officials, clarifying the issue of Aadhaar card for NRIs.


It was recently announced in Parliament that it is mandatory to mention Aadhaar Card number in every Income Tax Return and for applying for Permanent Account Number (PAN) number effective from 1 July, 2017.

Several NRIs and Diaspora associations sent petitions to Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Missions requesting that since they file returns in India due to income from Indian sources and do not have Aadhaar Card, NRIs should be exempted from the above requirement. Many wrote to Prime Minister too.

The Ministry of External Affairs took up this issue with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, which has advised as below:

“As per Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, every person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number shall, on or after the 1st day of July, 2017, quote Aadhaar number— (i) in the application form for allotment of permanent account number; (ii) in the return of income.  The above provisions apply to persons who are eligible to get Aadhaar. Under section 3 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, only a resident is entitled to get Aadhaar. Therefore, the provisions of Section 139AA quoted above regarding linking of Aadhaar to PAN or the requirement of quoting the Aadhaar number in the return shall not apply to a non-resident, who is not eligible to get Aadhaar.”

Press Release on this issue dated issued  on 5 April by Ministry of Finance is here.

GOI Press-Release-Aadhaar-5-04-2017

Aadhaar card is available to only those people who have been residents in India, which is defined in the Act as the cumulative period of stay in India of at least 182 days in the preceding 12 months. Many NRIs will not fulfil this basic criterion, and are not eligible to have a Aadhaar Card. Consequently, as clarified above, such NRIs are not required to quote Aadhaar number while filing an Income Tax return or applying for a PAN number.

As of now, the requirement of Aadhaar Card number is not mandatory for obtaining Driving License or a SIM Card.  It is one of the several documents recognized for address proof of the applicant.

Dr Yadu Singh

FIAN was a finalist for Australia Day Awards 2017 by City of Parramatta Council

7 April, 2017/Sydney

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW Inc (FIAN) was judged as one of the finalists for City of Parramatta Council’s Australia Day awards on 26/1/17.

FIAN was included in the list for its community advocacy, community work and events. FIAN was the only Indian community organisation to receive this honour.

FIAN is determined and committed to doing things which are relevant, important and necessary for our community.

Dr Yadu Singh