Happy Diwali 2017

Sydney, Thursday 19 October, 2017

🌼Happy Diwali🌼

💐🙏Wishing you and your family Peace, Happiness, Prosperity and Good health! 💐🙏


Today is Diwali (also known as Deepavali), which Hindus all over the world are celebrating.

After participating in several Diwali celebrations over the last several weeks including the Diwali celebration hosted by NSW Government at the Museum of Contemporary Arts on Tuesday 17 October (when iconic Opera House was illuminated in Diwali colors), today is the occasion to celebrate Diwali {Deepavali) with the family at home. This would be a family affair with Puja/prayers (worshipping), Havan (offerings to the consecrated fire), reflections and sharing of sweets. Snippets of the session will be posted here (see the Facebook post below). 

What is Diwali: https://yadusingh.com/2016/10/28/happy-deepavali-october-30-2016/

Dr Yadu Singh



Privileged to be appointed a Community ambassador for The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games April 2018

Sydney, 12 Oct, 2017

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast, Queensland from April 4 to 15, 2018. 

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport competition for the nations of the Commonwealth. This would be 5th time Australia is hosting them. 

It was a matter of great pleasure, privilege and pride to be appointed a Community Ambassador for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games #GC2018 recently. Community Ambassadors help popularize the Games  and help in increasing the participation of their communities in these games. 

Not only it’s matter of pride to be one of the community ambassadors for #GC2018, it’s  also a matter of duty to do my bit to help popularize the GC2018  and help increase the participation of the community in #GC2018. 

Dr Yadu Singh 



Interactions with Australia’s High Commissioner to India

Sydney/11 October, 2017

Australian High Commissioner to India (New Delhi), Ms Harinder Sidhu, is in Australia presently.  She is here for the mid term consultations with the Government and various stakeholders. As part of these consultations, she met a select group of Indian Australian community representatives  These reps included people from various segments and faiths. 

An hour-long session in the DIBP offices in Parramatta gave an opportunity for all of us to understand and raise relevant issues. 

From Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN), Abhijeet Martand and I participated. Mr SK Verma participated  on behalf of the Consulate General of India in Sydney. 

We emphasized the role of Indian Australian community as the bridge between India and Australia and their usefulness in enhancing the relations between Australia and India. I pointed out how we (community) took up the matters during students’ troubles in 2009-10 and helped counter “Australia is racist” campaign by Indian media.  I reiterated that then Australian Government did not utilize the community meaningfully in countering the campaign by Indian media. 

Some wanted to be listed with the Govt agencies for people to contact them when needing help, but we expressed our strong view that no such listing etc should be done without involvement of, and vetting by, the Government agencies because some “leaders” are known to exploit our own people. 

The issue involving the visa for priests was raised. It was mentioned that the standard of English requirement is onerous and excessive.  I pointed out that the matter was also raised in the Q & A session with DIBP Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke, in a recent meeting organized by FIAN, and that it will be better if we work together and raise the matter with the Minister directory. The High Commissioner agreed that the matter is in the policy domain and will better be dealt with the Government. We have a plan to organize a meeting involving key stakeholders and then meet the DIBP Assistant Minister. 

Dr Yadu Singh 



Evil eyes on Kashmir will fail miserably

Sydney, 21 September, 2017

I received a text message about this event today.  http://www.sadaewatansydney.com/kashmirph.htm

Those who create, encourage and fund violence and terrorism in “Heaven of Earth”, Kashmir, are at it again. The whole world knows where the Jihadists come from, and where they receive their training from. Those who champion their so-called concerns for Kashmiris, they should not forget supporting the struggling and forcibly suppressed people of Baluchistan.

No prize for guessing that this so-called Kashmir Council of Australia is populated and owned by those who have close connection with Pakistan and its agencies.

No wonder that it’s upcoming function in NSW Parliament on 29 September 2017 is addressed by High Commissioner of Pakistan in Australia.  http://www.sadaewatansydney.com/kashmirph.htm

Here is the background why Jammu & Kashmir (J &K) is an inalienable and integral part of India, and it 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 ruler 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 25th October, 1947. At the time of Independence in 2947, rulers of Princely States and Kingdoms in India were entitled to choose one of the three options- join India, join Pakistan or remain independent. J&K joined India.

Here is the Link for more details.


American Professor Christine Fair’s exposure of the anti-India propaganda on this matter is worth watching.
Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_aoYNQrOOu0

Maharaja Hari Singh’s Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir obviously and legally 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.
In my view, and in the views of Indian Australians, there is no need or justification for any elected Australian representatives i.e. Ministets, MPs, MLCs and Councilors to participate in such a unproductive and objectionable activity.
And one more thing.

It’s not South East Asia. It’s called South Asia. Get your geography right, guys!

There will be peace in Kashmir and the region if/ when terrorists groups, based in Pakistan, stop receiving support, training, funding and patronage of the State and non-State agencies of Pakistan. The concerns in this regard have come not only from the USA and the UNO, but also the BRICS.

Dr Yadu Singh



Organized a successful Q and A session for the community with Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 

Sydney, 20 September 2017

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) organized a successful Q and A meeting for the community with Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, The Hon Alex Hawke (MP for Mitchell), at Madison Function Centre, Dural, NSW. 

About 60 key members of the community including a Chinese Australian (Dr Anthony Pun) took part in active and interesting Q and A session. A variety of questions covering parents’ visa, skilled migration, religious workers visa and visitors visa were covered. 

Media too attended the session and included Indian Link, The Indian Down Inder, Pardes Express and Punjabi Heraldnewspapers, and Voice of India (Monika Geet Mala) Radio. 

We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the sponsorship for venue and dinner by our friend, Ajay Raj, the owner of Madison Function Centre, Dural and multi-award winning Maya Da Dhaba restaurant. 

Dr Yadu Singh



Advertisement Standards Bureau dismisses complaints about Ganesh Video

Sydney, 18 September, 2017


Advertisement Standards Bureau, an independent umpire, has not upheld the complaints, filed by many people, against the Ganesh video by Meat and Livestock Australia. 

Link is here: https://adstandards.com.au/cases?ref=0406/17

Dr Yadu Singh 



NSW Minister for Multiculturalism writes to Meat and Livestock Australia and Prime Minister about Lord Ganesh Video

Sydney/ 14 September, 2017

I have received communication from NSW Government about letters from NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams, to Meat and Livestock Australia and Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull.

He has summarised the feelings of the community, following his meeting with the community representatives on Monday, 11 September, 2017.

As is known, our community is very concerned and unhappy with the video, depicting Lord Ganesh in a Lamb advertisement by Meat and Livestock Australia.

Community reps had met the Minister a few days earlier. Report here: https://yadusingh.com/2017/09/11/community-reps-meet-minister-for-multiculturalism-on-lord-ganesh-video/

Dr Yadu Singh