Worth reading again from 2021

Our pick of stories from the year gone by

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I watched on Facetime as a stranger cremated my dad

SAGAR MEHROTRA’s application for travel exemption came through in the third attempt. It was too late.

Health workers and volunteers in personal protective suits wait to receive patients outside a COVID-19 hospital that was set up at a Sikh Gurdwara in New Delhi, May 10, 2021. Source: AP Photo/Ishant Chauhan

Stepping up for India: COVID Connect

JYOTI SHANKAR on Indian-origin medicos who got together to provide support to their fraternity in a COVID-ravaged India

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Where to donate for COVID relief in India

Our list of funds and organisations to help India out of its COVID agony.

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Australia’s travel bans: Hard to find them not racist


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Jail threats, biases, forgotten promises

Why Australia’s Indian community must hold the government accountable. By DARSHAK MEHTA

Home Minister Amit Shah at an election rally in early April. Source: NDTV
Home Minister Amit Shah at an election rally in early April. Source: NDTV

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


PM Scott Morrison at the Melbourne Shiva vishnu Temple
PM Scott Morrison at the Melbourne Shiva Vishnu Temple. Photo by Riya Kiran

Dosa diplomacy

RIYA KIRAN on PM Scott Morrison reaching out to the Indian community at Shiva Vishnu Temple after the controversial travel ban.

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All about the vaccine

Dr Vyom Sharma answered your frequently asked questions about the coronavirus vaccine.

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Work and vaccination

Abha Devasia, National Legal Coordinator at the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, answered your questions about workplace rights and COVID vaccinations.

It’s gone viral: Indian Link Radio’s Jab Song

An ABC airing saw Indian Link’s public service announcement for vaccination break the community barrier.



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RHEA L NATH on the plight of international students stranded in India through COVID-19.

#LetUsBackToAus: International students still left in the lurch


Stop cooking curry: When neighbours complain about ‘smelly Indian food’

RHEA L NATH on what to do if our favourite curries don’t feel like a treat to others

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Challenging toxicity

How men can change societal perceptions of sexual assault and consent. By KHUSHAAL VYAS

Rangoli with the Hindu swastika. Source: Canva

Reclaiming the Swastika

Well-intentioned reform in Victoria against hateful symbols could be cause for concern for the state’s Hindu community. BY RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA and RHEA L NATH.

Two Indian women dressed in bridal attire sit next to each other with their foreheads touching and smiling and holding hands, Same sex hindu wedding
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When Kirthi wed Anita

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on the same-sex couple’s traditional Hindu wedding in Sydney.

Notes for India. Source: Supplied
Notes for India. Source: Supplied

A note to India

Marking the country’s 75th Independence Day this year, messages from the community to the homeland.

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Rakshitha will live on in nine others

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on 20-year-old international student who helped save nine Australian lives with organ donation

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Speaking up about indecent assault at work

Former Liberal staffer DHANYA MANI on making politics and workplaces safer for women and people of colour. By ANEETA MENON and RHEA L NATH.



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Play-based language learning

NEHA JAIN on making language learning fun for your little one

The night we fled our home in Kashmir

VINAY HANDOO’s first-person account of the experiences leading up to the mass exodus from the Kashmir Valley in 1989-90

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Dr Ranjana Srivastava and her family

The coloured lights of Diwali

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on the ways mixed families celebrate the Festival of Lights.

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Building your dream green home

How architect couple SACHIN and KALYANI WAKHARE did it

Outdoor winter entertaining

S GOPIKA on getting your outdoor space winter-ready for next year.



Veena Sahajwalla at this year's NSW Australian of the Year Awards.
Veena Sahajwalla at this year’s NSW Australian of the Year Awards.

Veena Sahajwalla NSW Australian of the Year 2021

Left to right: Amit Singh, Charishma Kaliyanda, and Yash Dutt

2021’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians

Accenture Managing Director Amit Singh, Liverpool Councillor Charishma Kaliyanda, and youth entrepreneur Yash Dutt

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The mindful cook, Justin Narayan

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA in conversation with the MasterChef Australia season 13 winner.

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Breaking barriers to the bench

MANAN LUTHRA chats with Hament Dhanji, the first person of Indian-origin to join the NSW Supreme Court.

Australia Day Honours

The late Dr Amarjit Singh More, OAM of Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour’s Dr Anand Naidoo OAM.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Melbourne’s Dr Santosh Kumar and Dr Selvin Selvendra, and Prof Ramesh Balasubramaniam of Perth.



A COVID vaccination line at the Macquarie Fields Pfizer clinic in south-west Sydney. Source: Connell_cecilia/Twitter
A COVID vaccination line at the Macquarie Fields Pfizer clinic in south-west Sydney. Source: Connell_cecilia/Twitter

Uniting the latte and shisha divides


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Seven truths from COVID lockdowns


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Source: NSW Police Force

We’ve lost the trust of Western Sydney and it’s critical we regain it


WFH and a fractured workplace culture




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Maurice Newman AC. Photo by Binu Naikaraparambil.

Forget China. India is our future

MAURICE NEWMAN AC on why Australia needs to inject a fresh sense of purpose in reengaging with India

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Sarah Schoffel (left) and Jane Rothschild (right) with children in the anganwadi

Meet the Aussie architects building anganwadis in India

RHEA L NATH on a Sydney-based not-for-profit that has been building schools for free in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh since 2007.

Director of Australia India Institute Lisa Singh. Source: supplied
Director of Australia India Institute Lisa Singh. Source: supplied


BAGESHRI SAVYASACHI on a new online platform for Australia-India research.

The Hunger Project's elected women representatives.
The Hunger Project’s elected women representatives. Image supplied

The Hunger Project

An Australian charitable organization that’s helping women in rural India stand for office. By BAGESHRI SAVYASACHI



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Kapil Dev in 1981. Source: Holman Collection, Bradman Museum

Saving cricketing history

RITAM MITRA on how a long-lost cricket archive of historic Fairfax Media photographs was brought back to life

Source: AP/Tertius Pickard

Battered India pull off greatest Test series win of all time

RITAM MITRA on India’s unforgettable win at The Gabba.



Hiking through Cape Hauy
Hiking through Cape Hauy. Source: Supplied

The pristine wilderness of Tasmania

PETRA O’NEILL on how to hike your way through Tasmania’s south coast.

Where history was made

SANDIP HOR lists some of the most historic sites related to India’s Independence movement.

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Fresh eyes on an ancient Indian text

CHITRA SUDARSHAN reviews ANU scholar McComas Taylor’s translation of the Visnu Purana.


Last Prince of Bengal

NIDHI JOSHI reviews the fascinating tale of Nawab Nazim and his family’s journey from India to Britain to the Australian outback – told by his Australian descendant.

Star of Anise by Jane Jolly and Di Wu.
Star of Anise by Jane Jolly and Di Wu. (supplied)

Star of Anise: about Australia’s early Indian hawkers

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on the picture book released by the National Library of Australia in February 2021.

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Production still from ‘Stories of Kannagi’. Source: Zanny Begg

Stories of Kannagi

BAGESHRI SAVYASACHI on a video artwork of a Tamil classic that earned the judges’ nod at the Blake Art Prize.

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