Friday, June 18, 2021


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Indian economy needs bold vision post COVID-19

  The human cost of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has now been well-documented. The second wave in India has taken the death toll to over...
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Australia’s Indian community must hold the govt accountable

  It is time the Indian community and many of its self-anointed leaders stood up to the federal government in light of its pronounced bias...
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Wanted: Salman Khan’s image reinvention

  For Salman Khan fans, this past Eid release was far from the blast they were hoping for. Released in cinemas and for streaming on...
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While rich countries experience a post-COVID boom, the poor are getting poorer. Here’s how...

  The latest IMF and World Bank reports show a global economic boom gathering steam. This is thanks to US$16 trillion in fiscal stimulus packages spent mostly across the world’s rich...
A health offcial handles a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in India. Vaccine patents

Why vaccine patents should not be allowed at this time

  There has been much discussion about the vaccine rollout across economically advanced countries and across the developing world. There are only 39 economically advanced...
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Amidst the turmoil, a sense of gratitude

  The recent visuals from India, gut-wrenching, paint a picture of the despondency and despair currently being experienced by the citizens. Headlines such as “India gasping...
NSW has recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

Why is the response to NSW’s latest case of COVID so different?

  Another case of COVID in NSW from a US returned traveller! The problem to date affects Central and Eastern Sydney, but the whole metropolitan...
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It’s not surprising Indian-Australians feel singled out. They have long been subjected to racism

  In the past five years, the number of overseas-born migrants from India grew more than any other group in Australia, increasing from 449,000 to 721,000. Indian...
Home Minister Amit Shah at an election rally in early April. Source: NDTV

Tone-deaf Indian government fans flames of COVID-19 crisis

  India’s dire COVID-19 plight is a tale of two realities for Modi’s BJP government and its devotees. Even as the world looks on in...
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Challenging toxicity: An open letter to my fellow men

  When Brittany Higgins and Dhanya Mani shared with the nation their experiences of sexual assault and abuse, they sparked a movement demanding change to...

COVID-19: India’s vaccine rollout faces tough battles

  “I am terrified about my 80-year-old parents in Pune,” a friend revealed recently. It is a sentiment shared by a large number of Indian-Australians...
NSW SES carrying out a resupply job at Werombi.

The world sees the climate crisis in Australia’s floods. Do we?

  In the late 1980s, while I was a reporter covering one of the mega-cyclones to hit Bangladesh, a government official in Dhaka confided in...
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Bare knees and bra straps: why do we keep policing women’s clothing?

  Indian politicians have been known to publicly share some bizarre opinions over the years, but women across the country were stumped by the latest...

The property juggernaut takes off again

  It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. An old adage, this is very true of Australia’s property market. About this time last...
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Big Indians No Chief

  Over the past few weeks, tensions have emerged within some sections of Sydney’s Indian community after a car rally with overtly religious overtures found...

Unwanted COVID anniversary

  It was on 11 March 2020 that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. By that date, the coronavirus which had originated...
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Indigenous Australians, living without conciliation

  I am a citizen of Australia and yet I am not a citizen of the nation I reside in within Australia. This anomaly affects...
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Masculinity under pressure

  When men are under pressure, their construct of masculinity is both tested and will be evident. Recent examples of this have been seen in the...
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AUSvIND: Disgraceful behaviour – on and off the field

  Even before the Siraj-Bumrah scandal at Sydney’s Pink Test had been fully investigated by authorities, the nature of the discourse was clear for those...
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The involved NRI

  As 2020 draws to a close, it looks like the pandemic is less of a concern to the government in India as opposed to...
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US Elections 2020: Trump is finally the ‘chosen one’

Donald Trump has long anointed himself as the saviour of America’s working class, a messiah sent by some higher power. Over the years, Trump...
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The tyranny of a distanced Diwali

  An Australian classic by well-known historian Geoffrey Blainey uses the phrase, “the tyranny of distance” to describe how distance and isolation has shaped Australia’s...

Tanishq ad: a time to stand together

A modern, progressive secular country that "wears" its traditions proudly, that is what the Tanishq ad said to me. Eight years ago Tanishq made a...

Decoding the new language requirements for partner visas

Amidst a fierce backlash from multicultural groups, the government seems to be back peddling from their Budget 2020 announcement that all those applying for...
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#DalitLivesMatter: the caste system still persists

  Trigger warning: rape, assault In light of the events that led to a 19-year-old Dalit woman succumbing to a brutal rape at the hands of 4 upper-caste...

In the midst of deep grief, a scholar writes how Hindu rituals taught her...

Cultures have built elaborate rituals to help humans process the grief of losing someone. Rituals can hold the core beliefs of a culture and provide a sense of control in an...

Indo-US Relations under a Biden Presidency and the Kamala Harris Factor

Key Points Most polls show that Joe Biden continues to lead Donald Trump, just ahead of the US presidential election in November 2020. A Biden presidency...

Trump-Biden woo Indian-American voters

Of the 1.8 million Indian Americans eligible voters, it is estimated that 1.3 million live in eight key states which could decide the next...

Why year 12 formals being cancelled reflects poorly on the education system

The school curriculum and university courses evidently do not generally teach those in power how to lead or demonstrate vision. The announcement of the...

The Rise and Rise of Indian origin politicians

With the nomination of Democrat Senator Kamala Harris as running partner to Joe Biden's bid for US Presidentship, it looks like the samosa caucus...


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...
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REVIEW: Skater Girl (Netflix)

  Director Manjari Makijany is best known for her award-winning short films; however, her debut feature film Skater Girl on Netflix is a fictitious yet...
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Scottish graveyard in Kolkata reveals the untold stories of colonial women...

  When I was a child growing up in Kolkata, I would hear stories about the European colonisation of Bengal – the precolonial name of...
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Stopping family violence: Call out disrespect

  Some mistakes often start small but if left unrectified, soon become a bigger problem. Harinder Kaur, the co-founder of the Harman foundation, whose mission...