January 20, 2016

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 9 January 2016

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Nice to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) (overseas Indian day) to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India hosted by the Acting Indian CG. Also met Pat Farmer AM who is starting a charitable run in India on 26 January. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was …

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January 20, 2016

Hindu Council Strengthening Relationships Forum

Hindu Council Strengthening Relationships Forum

Wonderful to attend the HinduCouncil Strengthening Relationships Forum supported by Strathfield Council today and speak about Domestic or Family Violence and ways to stop DV. Strathfield Town Hall had a packed room and the Panel consisted of representatives from the medical, legal and police profession. Excellent questions & answers from the floor and discussion took place. Congratulations to the organisers Anita …

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January 20, 2016

Multicultural Consultation Council of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board Meeting December 2015

Multicultural Consultation Council of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board Meeting December 2015

Diversity is an asset in Australia. It was excellent to attend the last meeting for 2015 of the Multicultural Consultation Council of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board today and discuss important community issues. The ADB can be contacted on 92685444 for enquiries related to matters handled by the Board. For an article I wrote about diversity published by SMH earlier this …

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January 20, 2016

Breakfast Forum on Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Breakfast Forum on Citizenship and Multiculturalism

I’m a product of immigration and multiculturalism. I was honoured to be invited to speak at a Breakfast Forum on Citizenship and Multiculturalism along with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid today. According to recent figures, the highest country of origin for people being granted citizenship by conferral is India. There was an interesting question and answer session on …

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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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