Happy ANZAC Day 2018

Sydney, Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Today Australia and NZ are celebrating ANZAC Day, which commemorates the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli in 1915. 👉 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day

👉 What’s on today and where you can join in the celebration in Sydney is in this article. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/national/nsw/anzac-day-2018-your-guide-to-what-s-on-from-sunrise-to-sunset-20180424-p4zbem.html

We celebrate today, not to glorify war or praise victors, but to remember those who have served our country during times of conflict and crisis, and to reflect upon their selfless sacrifice. It is our duty as the Citizens of Australia by choice or by Birth to pay our tributes to those who sacrifice their life for us.

Happy ANZAC Day.

Lest we forget!

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Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebration in Sydney

24 April, 2018

I participated in the celebration of Israel’s 70th Independence Day in Sydney yesterday. NSW Jewish Board of Deputies organized the celebration at Four Seasons hotel in the CBD, which was attended by the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, Minister Ray Williams, many MPs, MLCs, Leader of Opposition, Luke Foley, diplomats from more than 20 nations, multicultural community leaders and faith leaders. Israel’s Ambassador, H.E. Mark Sofer, was in attendance too. He spoke and outlined the achievements of Israel in the field of innovation, technology and agriculture. Premier described the close relationship which NSW has with Israel in a variety of fields. There was a short video speech from Israel’s Prime Minister, H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Like previous years, this event was a high profile celebration. The typical Israeli cuisine and select top grade wines were enjoyed by the guests. The hospitality was excellent. As would be expected, the security was elaborate and tight.

I was pleased to be at the celebration and caught up with many including the Premier, Leader of Opposition and MPs and MLCs.

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Happy Vaisakhi 2018

Friday, 13 April, 2018

 

Today is Vaisakhi, which is being celebrated by Punjabis, especially Sikhs throughout the world.

Vaisakhi commemorates the beginning of Khalsa Panth. Vaisakhi is also the Remembrance Day of Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. Today is the day when farmers celebrate the beginning of the harvesting season in Punjab. Vaisakhi is also celebrated as the Sikh New Year!


On Sunday, 8 April, 2018, National Sikh Council of Australia organised a spectacular Vaisakhi celebration at Ryde Civil Hall. The organising committee included Mr Ajmer Singh Gill, Mr Bawa Singh Jagdev, Dr Yadu Singh, Mr Gurcharn Singh Kahlon and Bill (Baljinder) Singh Nanda. 300+ people and several political leaders were in attendance.

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INDIA DAY Fair, Saturday, 11 August 2018

Sydney/16 March, 2018

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Happy Holi 2018

Sydney, 1 March, 2018

Happy Holi folks!

Holi is a well known Indian festival and is called the Festival of Colours.

This year, Holi falls on March 1 and March 2.

Holi will start with Holika Dahan, which takes place in the night between 1 and 2 March. People will gather, worship, sing, dance and party around the bonefire.

Rangwali Holi (festival of colors) will take place next morning ie 2 March.

In India, this is a free-for-all festival of colours. People play and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. People from all segments, age and gender take part in the festivities.

It is celebrated all over India and countries where Indians, especially Hindus, have migrated to. People exchange pleasantries and good wishes, visiting homes of friends and relatives.

In Australia too, Holi festivities are organised by Indians in various cities. In Sydney, Holi events are lined up in Strathfield Park by Strathfield Australians of Indian Sub-continental Heritage (SAISH), and Dolls Point by South Asian Australian Association on Sunday, 4 March, 2018, in which I will take part.

More details of Holi festival: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

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Salute & Tribute For the teachings and Supreme Sacrifice of Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur Ji on His Martyrdom Day

Sydney, 24 November, 2017

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Today, 24 November, was the day in 1675 when 9th Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji was assassinated by beheading in Delhi on the orders of Mogul emperor, Aurangzeb.

A day earlier, his three disciples, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das & Bhai Dayala were also martyred under the orders of tyrant Aurangzeb, at Chandni Chowk, New Delhi for refusing to convert into Islam.

Let us all remember & commemorate ‘Shaheedi Divas’ (Martyrdom Day) of the Guru, also known as “Hind Di Chaadar” (the Shield of India), for his supreme sacrifice to protect right of freedom to worship and his stance and resolve to oppose forceful religious conversion.

Let us dedicate & commit ourselves to his and Sri Guru Granth Sahib’s teachings of oneness of mankind, universal brotherhood, valour, righteousness and compassion.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Tegh_Bahadur

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/people/teghbahadur.shtml

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Independent Review finds the Ganesh Video decision of Advertising Standards Bureau wrong

Sydney, 21 November, 2017

Finally, it’s a victory for common sense. It’s also a victory for our community.

As we know, there were concerns about a video by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), which used Lord Ganesh in it.

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Concerns were raised by various Indian community groups throughout Australia.

We too did our part. I organised a  meeting with NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams in Sydney. Minister wrote to relevant parties including Prime Minister of Australia.

https://yadusingh.com/2017/09/11/community-reps-meet-minister-for-multiculturalism-on-lord-ganesh-video/
https://yadusingh.com/2017/09/14/nsw-minister-for-multiculturalism-writes-to-meat-and-livestock-australia-and-prime-minister-about-lord-ganesh-video/

Formal complaints were submitted to Advertising Standards Bureau, which dismissed the complaints.

https://yadusingh.com/2017/09/18/advertisement-standards-bureau-dismisses-complaints-about-ganesh-video/the An independent review

This decision was appealed and requests were made for an independent review.

KARTHIKARASU from Melbourne took the lead and submitted the request for an independent review. This was a constructive, targeted, wise and a right step, unlike some others who, for their self promotion,  were more into unproductive stunts, which failed miserably, and ended up harming our community.

Appreciations are also in order for many others including team at Durga Temple in Melbourne and Kapil Sachdeva from Queensland for doing what was necessary.

Independent review has found that decision by Advertising Standards Bureau was incorrect.

Submission for Review-KarthikARASU_Complaint reference number 0412-17 MLA ad on Lord Ganesha

Review Decision-0412-17 on Lord Ganesh Video by MLA

Karthik was rightly and justifiably thrilled with the outcome and said “So happy to receive this good news, not sure how it will transpire in getting that derogatory advertisement removed from online platforms, but I am feeling ecstatic! This is a Victory for the entire community and it is because of the United fight & efforts of the entire community!”

Kudos, Karthik. Great job. We all are just as thrilled.

MLA disagreed with this outcome, but informed that the offending video was not being currently used.

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