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Amidst the turmoil, a sense of gratitude

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  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?

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  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

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

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  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

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  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

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

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  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?

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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’

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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  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...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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The world beyond COVID

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  Almost six months into this pandemic, very few people have a clue as to how to navigate their way out of this crisis. Medical experts...

ICC gambles T20 World Cup on BCCI’s word

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  During the formative stages of the COVID-19 pandemic taking hold across the country in March, Cricket Australia itself acknowledged that it had been extremely...

India’s impressive new education policy could create opportunities for Australian universities and young people

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In recent days, the Indian government approved a new education policy — the first for 34 years. The policy comes after an expert group produced a draft...

Why Australia needs more migrants

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia welcomed 210,900 new migrants both (permanent and temporary) in the calendar year 2019. However, the way...
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TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens...

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The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop...

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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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...

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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

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  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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NSW Senate passes motion asking David Shoebridge to apologise to Hindu...

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  AT A GLANCE NSW Hindu community took umbrage at comments made by Greens Senator David Shoebridge against VHP Australia’s scripture lessons at state schools ...
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Ask Auntyji: Should I turn vegetarian after all?

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  Dear Auntyji I am a 45-year-old man who has been a meat eater for 20 years, except for that one time in 2006 when I...
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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on karma, the pandemic, and politics in India

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  Meredith Lake in conversation with Sadhguru, for the ABC Radio National program Soul Search. Today on Soul Search, an exclusive interview with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev....