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

Nice to see Happy Diwali posters in Woolworths stores

Sydney, 17 October 2018

While shopping in a Woolworths store in Western Sydney recently, I came across “Happy Diwali” posters and stickers there.

As a person from Indian heritage, I am happy to see these posters. These posters signify the inclusion of, and welcome to, diverse cultures. It’s multiculturalism in action.

There are about 650,000+ people of Indian heritage in Australia and these numbers are especially concentrated in Western suburbs of major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. From business point of view, it makes all the sense to be inclusive and welcoming of diversity and cultures.

Good job, Woolworths!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Telangana Day celebration by ATF was superb and enjoyable

Sydney, 16 September, 2018

I had the opportunity to be with Australian Telangana Forum (ATF) members today at Upjohn Park, Rydalmere, NSW, while they celebrated Telangana Day.

This celebration included Telangana style Barbecue at site and home-cooked food, sweets and drinks.

I was made at home and was asked to give away certificates and prizes to various people and kids.

Their hospitality, zeal and “can do” attitude is worth admiring. No wonder that Telangana people are my very close friends.

Jai Telangana! Jai Bharat!!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Pleased to have supported & participated in Ganesh Utsav in Parramatta

Sydney, 15 September, 2018

Attended (Lord) Ganesh Utsav, organized by Telugu Sandadi Group at Parramatta River Foreshore, Parramatta, NSW. Superbly organized event with huge crowds. Congratulations to Telugu Sandadi Group and Telugu community in Sydney.

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) was a proud supporter of Telugu Utsav.

Dr Yadu Singh

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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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