Worth reading again: Our best stories from 2017

Indian Link's best stories from the year gone by



Saroo Brierley.Indian Link

A lion roars home

KIRA SPUCYS-TAHAR’s interview with Indian-born Australian Saroo Brierley whose incredible story inspired the film Lion

Ranjana.Indian Link

Pioneers in science and healthcare

Our series of articles highlighting the work of contemporary scientists, researchers and healthcare practitioners of Indian origin, including NANDITHA SURESH on Prof. Vijay Kumar, AM; RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on Prof. Mark Khangure AM, Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM (pictured), Dr P Sawrikar OAM; SARONI ROY on Dr Ashak Nathwani AM; USHA RAMANUJAM ARVIND on Prof. Rajiv Khanna AO, and FARZANA AHMAD on Dr Mahomed Said Patel OAM


Welfare Warriors

Our series of articles highlighting the work of community members making a difference through volunteer and charity work, including PREETJI JABBAL on Philomena Docherty OAM; EMIE ROY on Dr VP Unnikrishnan OAM; RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on Guruswami Jayaraman OAM; FRANKIE GERARD FERNANDES on John Francis D’Souza OAM


Decolonising our arts and minds

APARNA ANANTHUNI on why the Indian community should acknowledge First People’s ownership of the land


Uni Break

You think millennials are over-privileged, narcissistic, entitled and out-of-touch? Read what some of them did over their summer holidays


What a racist attack in Moscow taught me

KRISHNA NEELAMRAJU on whether to live in the ‘safe’ side of town, or mingle more freely


Give them wings

MOHAN DHALL on how parents should let go of expectations, allowing children to be themselves

Lion.Indian Link

Sunny side up

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA’s interview with Lion star Sunny Pawar, fresh from his appearance at the Oscars


An Aussie tale of Indian film royalty
PREETI JABBAL on Melbourne’s Peter Diteze, whose family legacy is connected to Indian cinema’s pioneering days


Gender stereotypes continue to hold strong

SHAFEEN MUSTAQ on what’s wrong with traditional norms and how the youth can help advance equality


Anger in community at changes to 18C

Ethnic minorities claimed in an Indian Link survey that they would change their votes based on 18C reform

Kohli Smith.Indian Link

Atrocious behaviour mars exhilarating cricket series

DARSHAK MEHTA on worries for the manner in which the game was being played, as India and Australia concluded their 2017 test series


Sounds sculpted by the sea

ASHWINI SASEEDARAN on Indian artist Harsha Durugadda’s Column of Sound which took top prize at Sculpture by the Sea


Father Tomy forgives attackers

USHA RAMANUJAM ARVIND spoke to Indian priest Father Tomy Matthew, victim of a racially-motivated attack


Buying your first home

USHA RAMANUJAM ARVIND and KIRA SPUCYS-TAHAR on how Indian migrants work to make the Great Australian Dream come true


Leaving home… to go back home

JYOTI SHANKAR spoke with Ruchir Sodhani and Santana Khurana who moved back to India after living in Australia for 22 years


Clickbait dominates cricket media

RITAM MITRA on how the Australian sports media revelled in negative sensationalism throughout the India-Australia test series



PAWAN LUTHRA’s notes on contemporary issues such as the citizenship tests, same-sex marriage vote, the changing face of the Indian migrant, citizen activism, and the failure of Parramasala and Confluence festivals to engage


The serious business of being funny

PREETI JABBAL spoke to Indian comedians at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Resilience, rights and respectful relationships

DIPANJALI RAO and APARNA ANANTHUNI on how to tackle the issue of family violence early on


In Mum’s sari

Daughters raided their mums’ wardrobes to create a unique Mother’s Day tribute


Long ride on my motorbike

FRANKEY GERARD FERNANDES spoke to young couple Iyron and Sasha D’Souza, who took a motorbike ride from their home in Brisbane to their home in Goa


Starving on a full stomach

KRISHNA NEELAMRAJU’s satirical piece on what ails the Indian restaurant scene in Sydney


Over the fence: What do our neighbours look like in 2017?

ANEETA MENON on the increasing diversity on our TV screens as an Indian family arrives in Ramsay Street


Crafting silence out of words

RAKA SARKHEL on Sydney-based Indian origin writer Michelle Cahill’s book Letter to Pessoa which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing


Walking across the world

KIRA SPUCYS-TAHAR’s chat with Arjun Bhogal, who took five years to walk from his home in Cardiff, South Wales UK, to Cardiff, NSW Australia


Sydney and Melbourne Writers’ Festivals

Our series of reports on the Indian links this year, by RAKA SARKHEL, TIA SINGH, VIDUSHI TRIVEDI, DIPANJALI RAO and APARNA ANANTHUNI


Global Indian Rich List

Our feature on the 100 richest Indians across the world


Despite loss, Indian fans didn’t cross the LoC

HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on how India’s cricket devotees chose to look back in humour rather than anger following the Champion’s Trophy defeat


Making sense of the Census

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA and HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on what the Indian community could take away from Census 2016

Why Djuki Mala likes Daler Mehndi!

JYOTI SHANKAR unearthed some very new Indian links in far north Arnhem Land


Tomorrow’s leaders

SARGUN BHATIA’s unique perspective into what identity can mean in a globalised world


Scintillating Srikanth smashes it in Sydney

YOGENDRA BHATNAGAR on how Kidambi Srikanth took the badminton title at the Australian Open


Australia’s healthcare system…

… is fine until you get sick, wrote SUKRIT SABHLOK

When dreams crash

HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on the death of student Akanksha Kadam in a car crash


Community furore over SBS map

Outrage forced SBS to modify controversial Kashmir map, reported HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE


Turning garbage to green energy

PAWAN LUTHRA on the Delhi-based Aussie company Elephant Energy, which turns landfill waste into energy

aishwarya.Indian Link

Speckled in stardust

PREETI JABAL on how IFFM celebrated Bollywood’s finest and most beautiful

Shashi Tharoor.Indian Link

Thoroughly Tharoor

British Raj atrocities in India; increasing polarisation; leadership deficit… and Twitter trolls. Shashi Tharoor was in conversation with PAWAN LUTHRA
Equality for all

ANEETA MENON on marriage equality


What it means to be an Indian gay dad

Alan Maurice’s heart-to-heart with KASHIF HARRISON on coming out to his ex-wife, bringing up two sons with her, and marriage equality


I never considered being upset by a YES vote

Equality campaigner ANEETA MENON, on what Western Sydney’s No vote could mean for multicultural communities


The fading stories of India’s Partition

The lived experience of 1947 will soon be lost unless we record from our own families, wrote SANAM SHARMA

Lessons from the lamb ad

HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on how the community came together to protest against the portrayal of Ganesha, but took the dismissal of complaints in its stride


My sustainable backyard

On Sustainable House Day, 180 families across the country opened their homes to visitors and put on display their everyday sustainable practices. JYOTI SHANKAR’s home was one of them

Diwali.Indian Link

Blacktown’s Diwali dazzle

HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on Blacktown Council’s ‘Light Up Your Homes for Diwali’ Competition


Are you free to disagree?

The real test of freedom is dissent without fear, not silence, wrote KRISHNA NEELAMRAJU

Tarini.Indian Link


SAI NARAYAN and RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on an Indian all-female crew sailing around the world


Staying safe in the twilight years

TARINI PURI on what counts as elderly abuse, and where to go for help


Labour pains of adoption

RITAM MITRA on how a freeze on adoption from India is keeping Australian childless couples in limbo

Rainbow flag.Indian Link

Live and let live

Gay members of the Indian community spoke to HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE as the result of the same-sex marriage vote was announced

Friends in deed

HARSHAD PANDHARIPANDE on how online groups have become dynamic communities helping fellow members

Brisbane monument honours Indian origin soldiers

BIANCA ARCHER and SURENDRA PRASAD on a community-led effort to install a memorial

ARIA.Indian Link

Star-gazing at the ARIAs

KASHIF HARRISON on his debut red-carpet reporting gig


Why we need to sing about female desire

APARNA ANANTHUNI and DIPANJALI RAO on female sexuality in our musical traditions and its links to sexual repression


The dangers of citizen journalism

RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA on why we should be wary of what comes through our social media newsfeeds


The girl behind that hilarious shopping list

Indian Link Radio host CHARUTA JOSHI invited an old friend for an on-air chat – Era Golwalkar of veggie-shopping-list fame!