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By Megha Sharma

A huge population in Australia records itself of being from Indian origins. It is interesting to note here as well that 2005-06 observed Australia as the fourth most favorite destination for Indians as permanent migrators. The country is visited not only by students, but almost everyone who seek to settle abroad. Though there isn’t much of a parallel culture between the two countries, this number of population makes it familiar for the Indians there to reside, work and feel like being in a constant connection with their authentic identities.Many communities in the continent not only celebrate but publicize their Indian events to maintain togetherness and brotherhood. This article is thus my attempt to reach out to everyone so that this work can be spread to one and all, who wish to commemorate the Indian Cultural Events.

As Navratri is on, the Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Durga, for all the religion lovers a “Bhajan Satsang” has been organised at the Shri Shiv mandir in Minto, New South Wales. It is named “Triveni Satsang Yatra” on the 8th of April and is hosted by the Triveni Sewa Mission. One can email here, for further details of the event.  jagdish1@optusnet.com.au

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Another event which is supposed to register a cultural evening called “Geetmala” will be held on the 9th of april in Sydney. It is a nostalgic journey into the Indian music. The show will notice performances of winners from Indian reality show, SaReGaMaPa and some beautiful performances of talented Sydney dancers. There is a special video presentation of Ameen Sayani discussing his relation with Geetmala.

An auspicious Indian festival, Baisakhi, is celebrated on the 13th of april throughout India, acknowledging the harvest of Wheat and Rice, mainly in Punjab. The major Sikh population in Australia also is peforming certain events to maintain solidarity. They are to be seen at three major cities of the land: Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. They are hosted on 10th of April in Adelaide and 17th April in both Melbourne and Canberra. Punjabi feast including bhangra, Bollywood dances and various other performances will be seen.

vaisakhi in canberra
vaisakhi in canberra

Vaisakhi in Canberra- 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan, NSW (all day long)

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vaisakhi celebrations, Melbourne

Vaisakhi in Melbourne- The Heritage, 512-516 High St, Epping VIC 3076, Melbourne, Melbourne (12:00-6:00 PM)

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Vaisakhi in Adelaide- 232 North East Road, Klemzig, SA (11:00am – 9:00pm)

 

the curry festival, Sydney

the curry festival, Sydney

Sydney Curry Festival is another function not to be missed. It is a food and wine festival exhibiting the multifarious tastes of India and Asia. Being in a foreign Land, one’s own taste is always missed. Be there many hotels to try bringing the same, but there is always that missing spice or texture to it. This festival is an amazing adventure to go out with family and is to be held on 14th and 15th May 2016.

Thus, these coming days are going to observe India in Australia. With all these events, Indian representatives out there seem to work the best for the solidarity and bundle people of different Indian communities to join in and celebrate their indigenous self.

Megha is a student at the University of Delhi. She is doing her Masters in English and has done her studies in German Language. Email ID: loveme2010.ms@gmail.com. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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    This is a good news that Indian festivals are celebrated in other countries also.these cultural programmes will enlighten Indians in australia.many Indians will feel proud of this festivals in australia

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  • sudheer naik

    This is a good news that Indian festivals are celebrated in other countries also.these cultural programmes will enlighten Indians in australia.many Indians will feel proud of this festivals in australia

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Most Terrible Water Crisis Ever In History Leaves Millions Of Indians Thirsty

6 percent of GDP is very much dependent on water.

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A woman washes clothes as her daughter bathes in the Yamuna River on a hot day in New Delhi, India, April 24, 2017.
A woman washes clothes as her daughter bathes in the Yamuna River on a hot day in New Delhi, India, April 24, 2017. VOA

Weak infrastructure and a national shortage have made water costly all over India, but Sushila Devi paid a higher price than most. It took the deaths of her husband and son to force authorities to supply it to the slum she calls home.

“They died because of the water problem, nothing else,” said Devi, 40, as she recalled how a brawl over a water tanker carrying clean drinking water in March killed her two relatives and finally prompted the government to drill a tubewell.

“Now things are better. But earlier … the water used to be rusty, we could not even wash our hands or feet with that kind of water,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in Delhi.

India is “suffering from the worst water crisis in its history”, threatening hundreds of millions of lives and jeopardising economic growth, a government think-tank report said in June.

From the northern Himalayas to the sandy, palm-fringed beaches in the south, 600 million people – nearly half India’s population – face acute water shortage, with close to 200,000 dying each year from polluted water.

Residents like Devi queue daily with pipes, jerry cans and buckets in hand for water from tankers – a common lifeline for those without a safe, reliable municipal supply – often involving elbowing, pushing and punching.

On the rare occasions water does flow from taps, it is often dirty, leading to disease, infection, disability and even death, experts say.

“The water was like poison,” said Devi, who still relies on the tanker for drinking water, outside her one-room shanty in the chronically water-stressed Wazirpur area of the capital Delhi.

“It is better now, but still it is not completely drinkable. It is alright for bathing and washing the dishes.”

Water pollution is a major challenge, the report said, with nearly 70 percent of India’s water contaminated, impacting three in four Indians and contributing to 20 percent of the country’s disease burden.

Yet only one-third of its wastewater is currently treated, meaning raw sewage flows into rivers, lakes and ponds – and eventually gets into the groundwater.

“Our surface water is contaminated, our groundwater is contaminated. See, everywhere water is being contaminated because we are not managing our solid waste properly,” said the report’s author Avinash Mishra.
Loss of livelihood

Meanwhile, unchecked extraction by farmers and wealthy residents has caused groundwater levels to plunge to record lows, says the report.

It predicts that 21 major cities, including New Delhi and India’s IT hub of Bengaluru, will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people.

The head of WaterAid India VK Madhavan said the country’s groundwater was now heavily contaminated.

“We are grappling with issues, with areas that have arsenic contamination, fluoride contamination, with salinity, with nitrates,” he said, listing chemicals that have been linked to cancer.

Arsenic and fluoride occur naturally in the groundwater, but become more concentrated as the water becomes scarcer, while nitrates come from fertilisers, pesticides and other industrial waste that has seeped into the supply.

The level of chemicals in the water was so high, he said, that bacterial contamination – the source of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid – “is in the second order of problems”.

“Poor quality of water – that is loss of livelihood. You fall ill because you don’t have access to safe drinking water, because your water is contaminated.”

Currently, only 70 percent of India’s states treat less than half of their wastewater.
Currently, only 70 percent of India’s states treat less than half of their wastewater. pixabay

“The burden of not having access to safe drinking water, that burden is greatest on the poor and the price is paid by them.”

Frothy lakes and rivers

Crippling water problems could shave 6 percent off India’s gross domestic product, according to the report by the government think-tank, Niti Aayog.

“This 6 percent of GDP is very much dependent on water. Our industry, our food security, everything will be at stake,” said Mishra.

“It is a finite resource. It is not infinite. One day it can (become) extinct,” he said, warning that by 2030 India’s water supply will be half of the demand.

To tackle this crisis, which is predicted to get worse, the government has urged states – responsible for supplying clean water to residents – to prioritise treating waste water to bridge the supply and demand gap and to save lives.

Currently, only 70 percent of India’s states treat less than half of their wastewater.

Every year, Bengaluru and New Delhi make global headlines as their heavily polluted water bodies emit clouds of white toxic froth due to a mix of industrial effluents and domestic garbage dumped into them.

In Bengaluru – once known as the “city of lakes” and now doomed to go dry – the Bellandur Lake bursts into flames often, sending plumes of black smoke into sky.

The Yamuna river that flows through New Delhi can be seen covered under a thick, detergent-like foam on some days.

On other days, faeces, chemicals and ashes from human cremations float on top, forcing passers-by to cover their mouths and noses against the stench.

That does not stop 10-year-old Gauri, who lives in a nearby slum, from jumping in every day.

With no access to water, it is the only way to cool herself down during India’s scorching summers, when temperatures soar to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

“There usually is not enough water for us to take a shower, so we come here,” said Gauri, who only gave her first name, as she and her brother splashed around in the filthy river.

Also read: India’s bulging water crisis: Is it too late for us to do something?

“It makes us itchy and sick, but only for some time. We are happy to have this, everyone can use it.” (VOA)