Press Release: INDIA DAY FAIR 2019, Saturday, August 10 Parramatta Park

Press Release

Attn: Sydney Media

INDIA DAY FAIR 2019, Saturday, 10 August, Coleman Oval, Parramatta Park

India Day Fair will take place on Saturday, 10th August, 12 midday to 9.00pm.

This is the 7th year of this popular fair, celebrating multiculturalism, India, Indian culture and 73rd Independence Day of India.

With dance, music, food, kids rides and spectacular fireworks, the Fair is likely to attract thousands of people throughout the day. Last year, there were 15000+ people attending the fair.

The Fair is being organised by Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN), an umbrella body of many Indian community organisations in NSW. FIAN has a substantial record of community work.

It is an alcohol-free and a family event, with no entry fee for people to attend.

 

More info: Dr Yadu Singh, President 0413375669, fianinc1@gmail.com

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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

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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

Holi 2019: Festival of Colours on 10 March in Parramatta

SYDNEY, 28/2/19

Holi 2019: Festival of Colours is happening on Sunday, 10 March, 2019.

Venue: The Prince Alfred Square, Cnr Church Street and Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW 2150.

Everyone is invited.

It’s a free and alcohol free event.

It’s supported by Parramasala and NSW Government.

Dr Yadu Singh

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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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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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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