Hindi Diwas: Let’s do something for Hindi language in Australia

Sydney, 15 September, 2018

I attended Hindi Diwas, organized by Rekha Rajvanshi (ILASA Group), at the Consulate General of India in Sydney.

आप सभी को हिन्दी दिवस की बधाइयाँ और शुभकामनायें। हिंदी भारत की राष्ट्र भाषा होने के साथ साथ हमारी संस्कृति को भी अभिव्यक्ति करती है. हमें हिंदी पर गर्व है. आईये हम सभी हिंदी को आगे बढ़ाने के प्रयाश में सम्मलित हो जायें। #हिंदीदिवस #HindiDiwas

I spoke and outlined the following for Hindi language promotion.

1. Collaboration & networking among Hindi supporters

2. Team building with welcoming and inclusive approach

3. Brainstorming and strategy formation re campaign mechanism and necessary resources

4. Lobbying with relevant authorities and its mechanism

5. Accepting and encouraging the pluses of team members (Hindi speaking community) and less of “Me only” syndrome. Less of jealousy bhav (emotion) and more of Vashdhev Kutumbkam bhav (team feeling)

6. Effective working with Govt agencies-Indian and Australian, again using the best people for a particular segment of the total job (Horses for the courses).

I was pleased that several participants appreciated and agreed with my comments.

We need to take it further.

Dr Yadu Singh

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R U OK?

Sydney, 13 September 2018

Today is R U OK Day.

Let’s ask our mates, near & dear ones, as well as our acquaintances “R U OK?”

This can change someone’s life.

Let’s look after one another. Let’s be there for one another.

Let’s do it.

Info: https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day

Dr Yadu Singh

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Pleased to participate in “Health & wellbeing” seminar and speak on Heart Health

Sydney, 6 September 2018

It was a great pleasure to participate and contribute with my expertise in educating our people about Heart Health in a Seminar “Health and Well being”, organized by Punjabi League of Australia (PLA) at Kellyville Ridge, NSW on 6 September 2018. Thank you and congratulations to PLA team for this wonderful and noble job. (Pics courtesy Rajwant Singh with thanks)

Dr Yadu Singh

Briefing by DFAT/Austrade on Austraila’s India Economic Strategy to 2035

Sydney, 5 September 2018

I attended an enlightening briefing on Austraila’s India Economic Strategy to 2035 (IES 2035) by DFAT/Austrade. This was organized by AIBC and hosted by Deloitte at its Sydney offices. The key speakers were Australian High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Mrs Harinder Sidhu and New Delhi-based Austrade official, Ms Leonie Muldoon, who outlined the opportunities and challenges for Australian business in India.

With 8.2% annualized economic growth (based on the GDP growth in the last quarter), India offers great opportunities for Australia for the next half century. The key sectors are education, retails and services, and agribusiness. IES 2035 outlines sector-based strategy with descriptions of opportunities in various states.

https://dfat.gov.au/geo/india/ies/pdf/dfat-an-india-economic-strategy-to-2035.pdf

Peter Varghese AO speaking on IES: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tIw23wd9cJc

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Happy Janmashtami 2018

Sydney, 3 September 2018

Happy Krishna Janmashtami

May Lord Shri Krishna give you & your family success, peace and health!

Remember, Lord Sri Krishna took a principled stand at the most contentious political battle of his era and guided the side of dharma to victory. His example exhorts us to reflect regarding what we should do when we face a situation to decide the right from the wrong in our lives.

PS: It was enthralling and uplifting to be at the Shri Krishna Janmashtami celebration at Sri Mandir Temple, Auburn NSW yesterday, 3/9/18. The crowd, the Bhakti (devotion), joy and arrangements were spectacular. Jai Shri Krishna (JSK) to all.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Lotus Pavilion, the outcome of the hard work of The Australian Council of Hindu Clergies

Sydney, 3 September 2018

I am copying this article from Ms Neena Badhwar of The Indian Down Under newspaper.

The Australian Council of Hindu Clergies worked hard for the Lotus Pavilion, while fake Hindu leaders did nothing as usual except fake leadership. Congratulations to the Clergies and our sincere thank you

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From Delhi to Delhi Road

By Neena Badhwar

We came to Australia in our young years and were the pioneering first Asians that set foot when the immigration doors opened by Australia in the seventies.

Now this same very Indian population is growing old, entering its senior years and is sadly passing away.

Delhi Road in North Ryde is our regular place of visit as friends’, family members’ passes on with their funerals conducted at either Macquarie Park Crematorium or Northern District Cemetery situated there.

Hopefully everyone has made a successful, comfortable and economically better life here. But when it comes to death and last rites as per Hindu tradition, when the desperate and the mourning family want to send away their near and dear ones properly giving them decent last rites and a funeral, one finds families at a loss. Many a times they have shown frustration as proper last rites and rituals can’t be conducted, for one cannot find either the priests or even a place where one can conduct proper Hindu rituals, same dilemma exists even in people of Budhhist, Jain or Islamic faith.

Thanks to Macquarie Park Crematorium as they have constructed a Lotus Pavillion, a precinct to which the government has provided two million dollars, it being devoted specially to the people of Hindu as well of other faiths from the Indian subcontinent. Set in landscaped gardens, the Lotus Pavilion will offer Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh communities a place to carry out pre-cremation ceremonies. It will also be available to the wider community for services of their choice.

Pandit Rami Sivan, from the Australian Council of Hindu Clergy, said the pavilion would be an invaluable asset to Australia’s expanding South Asian Dharma communities. “Since we only cremate our deceased we do not require land for burial, but we find existing chapels are not suitable for our rituals,” Pandit Rami Sivan said. “We believe this is the only pavilion of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere that will allow Hindu priests and family members of the deceased to carry out last rites at their own pace and in the way Hindu scriptures prescribe.” The pavilion has space for 120 people seating, together with additional standing capacity.

The two pundits, Pandit Rami and Pandit Athreiya, who are elated at this great achievement, “There was a great need for a place,” says Pandit Ramchandra, who is also a member on the National Religious Forum and helped set up the Australian Council of Hindu Clergies, “It has been a long journey and our struggle to convince the authorities on this idea that we also need a place where we can conduct proper rituals. Now that there are 400,000 Hindus in Australia, finally we have been able to achieve this pavilion called the Lotus Pavillion at Macquarie Park Cemetery.”

“Many people come to us and talk of frustrating times in India when they go to Prayag or Hardwar to disperse ashes of their loved ones.”

Says Ram Chandra, “Those Mahapatras give such a hard time. A pundit must say ‘Triptoasmi’ that he is happy with the ‘pind’ – departed soul, he must fast, whether they do it or not I do not know. They must also pray for three days. Rather it is the opposite as they fight, haggle and blackmail you with rituals not even conducted properly. People have come back very upset with such bad stories.”

“We thought we will create something here itself so that funeral and last rites for Hindus can be conducted in a decent manner.”

“You see, only a qualified pundit is supposed to chant mantras and conduct proper rituals. No one went and convinced the government and luckily this crematorium supported us in our cause. We asked the Hindu Council of Australia but they did not understand what we were talking about. It has been a long fought battle that started in 1988.”

“We have consistently approached temples, but there is politics everywhere. We wanted everyone to be inclusive in this project but there was very little support. It is a fact of life, the ultimate truth being that we all die.”

“We sent invitation to all the organisation but no one sent back an acceptance or even an apology.”

Another member of the community said, “Where are all the Hindus they should have been here today.”

Thanks to Australian Clergy of Hindu Faith and their consistent efforts of these two Pundits who have incessantly canvassed with the authorities, the government, on behalf of the Hindus that the Indian community has now The Lotus Pavillion, an exceptional achievement, a private and a personal place for conducting last rites, with all available facilities – sound system, television, audiovisual system as well as toilets, with its own private entrance.

Short URL: http://www.indiandownunder.com.au/?p=9673

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