Contributing to a better Australia

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Celebrating the recent high profile achievements of young people in the Indian Australian community

Swami Vivekananda once said, that a nation is built of men and women of character and integrity, and men and women endowed with a sense of worth and dignity within themselves.

are doing us proud with their accomplishments, as they contribute in their own way to the growth of their adopted nation.

As adults, they will look upon themselves as more Australian than Indian, but they will look back on an upbringing that was filled with Indian values.

At many community functions, guest politicians extoll the four virtues which Indian migrants bring to this country: the value of education; appreciation and support of family; a respect for law and order, and an appreciation of democracy.

First generation migrants have their hands full settling into the new country; they are coming to terms with the culture of the locals, while also building materially to give themselves and their families’ security. It is the second generation Indian-Australians who benefit largely from the foundations their parents have created for them.

From a parental point of view, child rearing is a lot different in Australia than it is in India.

The generation that grew up in the 1960s and ‘70s had career choices ingrained into them: doctors and engineers were needed for the much larger responsibility of nation-building.

Today, our kids are encouraged to do the work they love, and to love the work they do. The opportunities which our youngsters are exposed to in Australia allow them to fully explore their talents and creativity.

In this issue, we have reported on a number of young people doing our community proud with their activities.

There are the adorable spelling bee contestants, whose exuberance and enthusiasm in the early clips are indeed a pleasure to watch.

A young mathematician of Indian origin has done Australia proud with his sterling efforts in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

We have budding policy analysts who are working their way into politics through the opportunities in Youth Parliament. Their desire to contribute to society through politics is indeed admirable. Great to see our youngsters draped in the Aussie flag.

As well, two young artists of Indian origin, aged 10 and 15, have been picked as ‘Young Archies’ in the ongoing Archibald Prize this year.

A young cricketer of Indian origin is knocking loudly on the doors of Cricket Australia as he joins the National Under-19 squad.

One believes that there are many others who are similarly working at their dreams and passions and are on their way to achieving their personal goals.

And while the Reclaim Australia rallies carry on in our streets, here are an increasing number of New Australians contributing significantly to the fabric of society. This charge led by our youth will make not only our community but Australia proud.

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Pawan is the publisher of Indian Link and is one of Indian Link's founders. He writes the Editorial section.
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