Q and A with Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Sydney/19 August, 201

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Join us for

Q and A with the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border protection

The Hon Alex Hawke MP

on Visa and Immigration matters

WHEN: Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: Madison Function Centre, 632 Old Northern Rd, Dural NSW 2158

Free event, but RSVP essential

RSVP: fianinc1@gmail.com

Dr Yadu Singh




SBS should review its stand on and use of incorrect Indian Map 

Sydney/16 Aug, 2017

Indian Australians are disappointed and dissatisfied with the response from SBS officials in regards to the incorrect depiction of Indian Map in their site. 

Previous blog post: https://yadusingh.com/2017/08/14/sbs-should-not-use-an-incorrect-map-of-india/

SBS responses are here. 

It’s offensive to see SBS using a blatantly wrong map of India. They could have sourced the information from DFAT. 
This is the indian Map DFAT is using. 

This is the Map SBS is using. This is offensive and objectionable. 

Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is an integral, inseparable and inalienable part of India and 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 King 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 27th October, 1947. All rulers of States and Kingdoms in India were entitled to choose one of three options- join India, join Pakistan or remain independent-at the time of Indian independence in 1947.
J&K joined India in 1947.

India celebrates its Independence Day on 15th August.

Here is the Link for more details.

American Professor Christine Fair’s exposure of the anti-India propaganda on this matter is worth watching. 

Maharaja Hari Singh’s Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir obviously 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.

We ask the following;

1. SBS should use an appropriate and correct Indian Map.

2. SBS should hold a consultation involving Indian Australian community. 

3. Executive producers of Indian languages programmes (Ms Kumud Merani, Ms Manpreet Singh, Ms Nital Desai, Mr Chandra Devudu) should advise SBS management about their mistake in this regard. 

4. GOI officials in Australia should take this matter actively. 

There are strict and stringent laws in India against incorrect use of Indian Map. They may be used against SBS officials, who visit India. 

It’s a “Live” matter, which should be given a serious attention by SBS. 

Dr Yadu Singh



Indian Independence Day celebration at Consulate General of India in Sydney

Sydney, 15th August, 2017

Consulate General of India in Sydney hosted the Indian Independence Day today,

Indian Flag was hoisted and the speech of the President of India was read. A few patriotic songs were sung and Consul General of India, Mr B. Vanlalvawna, gave a sweet and patriotic speech. Some of the people there were dressed in the colours of the Indian Flag. 

The patriotism and pride to belong to Indian heritage were two most important emotions there. 

This was followed by refreshments and social interactions among people who attended the ceremony.

Jai Hind! 

Dr Yadu Singh



SBS should not use an incorrect map of India

Sydney/ 14th Aug, 2027

Just a few hours before the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence (71st Independence Day) on 15th August, the multicultural broadcaster, SBS, has decided to use a distorted and incorrect Map of India in its site. Kashmir is inalienable part of India, but SBS is showing it to be otherwise. The reason, whether it is due to poor information, mischief, unintentional mistake or due to intended purpose to insult India and Indian Australians (which I doubt), remains to be determined.

Whether SBS took inputs from Executive Producers of various Indian language programmes is also not known.

The best approach SBS, our own broadcaster, should do is to liaise with Consulate General of India in Sydney or High Commission of India in Canberra in regards to a matter like this. It is worth consulting DFAT too, because they are very aware of matters like this.

DFAT link has a different Indian map. http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/asia/south/Pages/india.aspx

A few years ago, we dealt with a similar matter involving Department of Immigration of Australia.



We have lodged our protest with SBS authorities and shared the info with GOI authorities in Australia.

Dr Yadu Singh



Happy 71st Indian Independence Day

Sydney/15th Aug, 2017

India is celebrating 70th anniversary (71st Independence Day) today.

Indian Independence Day is a huge celebration not only in India, but everywhere where Indian diaspora has a presence.

On Saturday, 12 August, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW organized India day to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Parramatta Park.

Today, there will be a celebration at the Consulate General of India in Sydney, other Indian consulates in Australia and the High Commission of India in Canberra.

There are a few high profile receptions in the evening.

There would be a huge celebration including a military parade in New Delhi and a speech by the Prime Minister of India from the Red Forte.

Happy Independence Day!

Jai Hind! Hindustan Zindabaad!!

Dr Yadu Singh



Invitation for INDIA DAY, Saturday, 12 August, 2017 Parramatta Park

Sydney/27th July, 2017

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN)


Everyone to

Participate in

INDIA DAY to celebrate India’s Independence Day & Multiculturalism

Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 12-7pm

Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Family & Free event

Alcohol-free event 


Dr Yadu Singh







Threats to IFFAA organizers, if any, should be reported to Police

Sydney, 5 May, 2017


The news of IFFAA being cancelled doesn’t surprise me. Many felt for a while that it would either be cancelled a few days before the event or it would be a major flop.

Quite many members of Indian Australian community are however dismayed, disappointed and disgusted with claims of terror threats used as a reason for the cancellation of Indian Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA). The claim seems outlandish.

There is some confusion whether it was an “Indian” Film Festival and Awards or “International” Film Festival and Awards of Australia, because the organizers have used both Indian and International words as part of IFFAA.

Link with terror claims: http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/indian-film-festival-in-australia-canned/news-story/7b4900e3912c3e651f43e6e65e342da7

“The inaugural edition of the Indian Film Festival and Awards of Australia, that was due to run next week in Sydney, has been cancelled, with organisers blaming the threat of terrorism.”

It is true that there was a significant backlash against the organizers of  (IFFAA), which was going to run in Sydney between 7-13 May, with the Grand Finale on 13 May.

The root cause of the Indian Australian community’s backlash was the participation of these 3 Pakistani artists, especially Ali Azmat.

1. Ali Azmat: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tsvyNmw5Jqc

He had sung a very controversial and offensive song against India. The singer is shown to support violence in Kashmir, India. He appears to promote/support Khalistan and glorifies a Caliphate (ISIS) terrorist, Burhan Wani, who was killed last year in an encounter with Indian security forces. He glorifies violence in Kashmir.

2. Faysal Qureshi: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0ExbAV7sBl8

He dedicated his award in an event to the militants in Kashmir. He glorifies violence in Kashmir.

3.  Fakhr-e-Alam https://www.samaa.tv/editor-s-choice/2016/10/indian-media-government-fanning-extremism-fakhar-e-alam/

He exhorted Kashmiris to separate from India and join Pakistan. He glorifies violence in Kashmir.

With the recent beheading of 2 Indian soldiers by Pakistani army, there is a lot of anger in the Indian community. Indian Australian community did not think it is the right time to have Pakistani artists in an Indian festival. They are particularly incensed with the participation of above mentioned Pakistani artists. Organizers talking about harmony between two nations at this particular point of time is not logical. The relations between India and Pakistan are at the lowest point. IFFAA isn’t the right or appropriate forum to create harmony between India and Pakistan in the current circumstances. The problem is much bigger and well and truly out of scope for an event like IFFAA.

The backlash against IFFAA was wide spread in the Indian Australian community.  It was not limited to just a group or two, and definitely not limited to any so-called Indian fundamentalist groups. Having affinity with or love for India, and expressing anguish or protesting peacefully, without any threats of violence, don’t  make anyone wrong.

People shared their concerns with the organizers and their promoters. They used emails, Whatsapp and other social media platforms. The backlash was covered in Indian media in Australia and India. It was gathering some serious momentum. It’s likely to have reached Bollywood film stars too, causing a big question mark over their attendance. IFFAA was in real trouble.

As far as I know, no threats of any type were ever used or issued. When Dimple Hartaj Deez and I spoke with the main IFFAA organizer at 4.25pm on Wednesday, May 3, no such concerns were expressed or mentioned.

Terror threats seem to be outrageous and incredulous, and look like an overkill. Due to a variety of reasons, the ticket sale was sluggish. Sponsorships weren’t profuse or spectacular. If there were any threats against the IFFAA organizers, irrespective of whether they were from Indian community groups  or Pakistani community groups or from anywhere, they (the organizers) should  go to the Police immediately. Threats of violence, if true, should not be tolerated. Protesting peacefully is one thing, and people have rights to protest, but issuing threats, whether terror or otherwise, which I seriously doubt, is an entirely different thing.

Indian Australians are a peaceful community and do not believe in, or practise, threats as a mechanism to force anyone to do, or not do, any particular thing.

As far as I know, terror threats as stated in the article, appear to be difficult to understand and believe, but not impossible. If they are true, they must be reported and investigated. If they are not true, there should be action for alleging terror threats.  Although it’s not clear as to who issued terror threats, but there are a few mentions of “anti” and “fundamental” groups, which were running a campaign against IFFAA. This is pointing a finger towards Indian Australian community. If there were no terror threats, our community should receive an apology because it doesn’t deserve this unwarranted and undeserved slur.

Our community did an honorable and justifiable job of telling the organizers in no uncertain way about the inappropriateness of some of their actions. They spoke effectively against something which they believed was wrong, at least in the current times and circumstances. It also remains a fact that organizers misjudged the extent of the community backlash and ignored it until their hands were forced with the looming and imminent major fiasco. Nobody can deny that the event was not properly managed logistically or financially. If it was not the case, the organizers should have been able to continue with the processes of hosting the event after they decided to not invite the Pakistani artists on 4th May.  After all, it was an Indian Film Festival and participation of Bollywood stars would have guaranteed its success. The organizers unfortunately did not manage it proactively. Suggestions given to organizers to hold the meeting to understand the concerns were not given due importance and dismissed with “they have my number”, which smacks of arrogance. They were in a reactive mode and on the back foot, doing things as a reaction to what the campaigners were doing. This is not a smart strategy.

Finally, just like many, I am for a good neighborly relations between India and Pakistan, and there is no big issue to have Pakistani artists in events like IFFAA, but there must be a right time, place and atmosphere for this to happen. The current time is, unfortunately, and obviously, neither the right time nor the right atmosphere.

Dr Yadu Singh