January 20, 2016

What happens to migrant women when there’s no happily ever after

What happens to migrant women when there's no happily ever after

  By Pallavi Sinha For SMH Migrant women in violent relationships in Australia often have no family support, and depend on government organisations for help. Photo: Gabriele Charotte Forced underage marriage, trafficking, female genital mutilation and domestic violence – this doesn’t sound like the “lucky” country. However, the harsh reality is that there are serious concerns in these areas and some have …

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January 20, 2016

Parramatta stabbing of Prabha Arun Kuma unites a community in shock

Parramatta stabbing of Prabha Arun Kuma unites a community in shock

By Pallavi Sinha For SMH A few hours before the brutal murder of Prabha Arun Kumar, the Australian-Indian community was celebrating the Hindu festival Holi with bright coloured dyes nearby. Later at Parramatta Park, Ms Kumar, a 41-year-old mother of one child, was stabbed to death while talking to her husband on the phone. One can only imagine the despair felt by her …

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January 20, 2016

Diversity can enrich us

Diversity can enrich us

By Pallavi Sinha For SMH Some reports indicate that the Indian community is the fastest-growing ethnic community in Australia. “Curry muncher” is something I was called in school. At that time, there were not many “dark-skinned” people in my year and I was also called an “Abo” – but I was happy to be mistaken for one of the first peoples …

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January 13, 2016

It’s time to put an end to violence against women

It's time to put an end to violence against women

  Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses. Every day, thousands of women and girls are abused, murdered, raped and attacked for defending women’s rights. It’s time for that to end. By Pallavi Sinha For SBS My spirit and passion to fight for women’s rights can never be suppressed. In December 2012, when a young …

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January 13, 2016

Time to act on domestic violence

Time to act on domestic violence

  “He didn’t even think what he was doing was wrong – he thought it was his right as my husband” – a perpetrator’s lack of knowledge that violence is unacceptable is a common theme in stories that victims of violence have reported to me. By Pallavi Sinha For SBS Source: World News Australia White Ribbon Day is held annually …

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January 13, 2016

Will Modi change India?

Will Modi change India?

  With Australian-Indian relations reaching new heights, it’s timely to consider how the Indian prime minister – leader of the world’s largest democracy – is faring. By Pallavi Sinha For SBS It’s a momentous time in Australian history with Australia hosting the G20, and the Prime Ministers of the two largest countries in the world (China and India) addressing the …

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January 13, 2016

Now is not the time to reject multiculturalism

Now is not the time to reject multiculturalism

  It’s vital that the Sydney cafe siege doesn’t affect harmonious relations with people from different ethnic backgrounds. By Pallavi Sinha For SBS The ghostly images of hostages’ hands being pressed against windows and fleeing Lindt Café in terror have been broadcast across Australia and the world. Countless images of the man who held innocent people hostage, Man Haron Monis, …

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January 13, 2016

Politics is like a game of cricket

Comment: Politics is like a game of cricket

  Can our teams and our politicians hit it for six? By Pallavi Sinha for SBS As an Australian of Indian origin, any match between Australia and India touches the heartstrings I have for both great nations. Although I don’t follow cricket regularly, it adds to the spectacle to see the stadium alive with colours and fans chanting their national …

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January 13, 2016

Corruption and the Lokpal Bill

Corruption and the Lokpal Bill

By Pallavi Sinha for Indian Link The Indian government seems to be finally taking a definite stance on corruption, notes  Political and bureaucratic corruption in India is widespread, and a major concern. In March 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the “malice of corruption” needs to be dealt with. As recently as April 24, Indian politician Suresh Kalmadi was arrested …

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January 13, 2016

Blood and the Bhuttos

Blood and the Bhuttos

Fatima Bhutto’s perspectives on Pakistan make a powerful statement at SWF, discovers Pallavi Sinha (For Indian Link) The timing and location of Osama Bin Laden’s demise in Pakistan could not have worked any better for the Sydney Writer’s Festival (SWF). Chip Rolley, in his second year as Artistic Director of the SWF, jokingly said that he did not know Osama Bin …

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