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Indians in Australia: 10 Facts to know

In this age of globalization, Australia is an attractive destination for Indians.

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a beautiful image depicting the ties of India and australia
BY MEGHA SHARMA

This article is an attempt to familiarize all Indians in Australia, to know about the past and present relations these two countries share. Australia is becoming one of the most favourite countries for emigrants. With a total number of 300 thousand (3 lakh), Indians formed 1 % of the population of Australia as per the population census of 2011. Thus to know more about the land becomes crucial for the aspiring students who want to study in Australia or people with plans to settle abroad.

the two countries on the world map
the two countries on the world map
  • A small light on the migration history tells that during 1800-16, the colonizers took a small group of convict laborers. With later immigrants reaching a great number Australia banned any other migrations in 1901 with a restrictive act. The next period of migration was observed after 1966 with a large number of professionals migrating to the continent.
  • India is the second largest international student enrollment country in Australia with VET being the highest sector. Indian students seek most of their courses in management and commerce fields from here in their higher studies as well. Victoria hits the top in the list of states chosen by the students with 16,798 enrollments, followed by New South Wales (7,623), Queensland (6,429), Western Australia (2,499), South Australia (2,477), the ACT (320), the Northern Territory (96) and Tasmania (84).

 

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  • New South Wales is also the land which has highest Indian origins’ population followed by Victoria, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania.
  • India’s Tricolour was hoisted at 34, Mugga way, Canberra, Australia. Indian Tricolour was officially hoisted at India House, the High Commissioner’s residence by Sir Raghunath Paranjpye at 0730 hrs IST (1200 hrs localtime at Canberra) on 15 Aug 1947, in the presence of the then Australian Minister for External Affairs Dr Herbert V Evatt, and over 300 guests.
  • Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week besides their studies. So there is a great scope for internships for those who want to be multi-taskers. However, working for more hours might lead to a cancellation of the student visa. Further, to choose a job is a risky as one has to work sometimes at odd hours, especially in Melbourne where crime rates are high and the accommodations fall short leading students live in poor low-rent areas. One must be careful about these things while opting for jobs here. For immigration detail, one can visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/
  • India is the 21st largest exporter to Australia where as it imports a large amount of coal, gold, nickel, chickpeas, copper and wool.
  • Australia publishes about 15 Indian languages newspapers and magazines in Tamil, Hindi and Punjabi. Punjabi Express, an English-Punjabi news magazine in Australia with the highest number of readers.
  • “Australian Indian Radio (AIR) is a division of Brisbane Indian Times. The 24 hour online radio station will compliment Brisbane Indian Times by providing community news, interviews, upcoming events and Bollywood music. AIR completes our marketing and promotion package by including digital radio to our already thorough mix of print, website, email direct marketing and social media mix.” This is the official Indian radio in the continent. It is not only a radio channel but makes an Indian origin person instantly fall into the trance of his essence. However, there are other channels as well that work in the same line of catering to the needs of Indian audience.
the logo of the radio channel
the logo of the radio channel
  • With such a high population of Indians it becomes crucial that the land must cater to their religious needs as well. The country offers a democratic space to exercise one’s religious faiths. Herein, one not only finds some Indian communities arranging for events to gather up but there are famous Hindu temples as well which compliments the needs of the entire indigenous populous.

ALSO READ:  Here is an article on famous Hindu Temples in Australia: http://www.newsgram.com/hinduism-highlighted-beautiful-hindu-temples-australia-2/

  • Every year Australian government celebrates “Australia India Business Council NSW Annual Address”. It highlights the potential of Business partnerships between the two countries. Minister Christopher Pyne talked about India and Australia future relations in the 2015 meet as: “Our relationship with India has been underdone over the years, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case now and into the future…Prime Minister Modi granted me a one-on-one meeting which I think speaks volumes about his attitude to the future relationship with Australia.” The following range of events were discussed by AIBC in the same event
some renowned business tycoons in the 2015 meet of the AIBC
some renowned business tycoons in the 2015 meet of the AIBC

 

  1. Policy and business planning initiatives with major stakeholders including the Government of India, Government of Australia/State Governments, major government trade and investment bodies
  2. Organising targeted business delegations to India.
  3. Hosting Indian business delegations in Australia.
  4. The Annual Australia India Address with very high profile speakers organised by each AIBC State office.
  5. India Budget & Economic Update
  6. Major business events with dignitaries from India and Australia.
  7. Numerous business networking events for our members.
  8. Business information and educational events for our members

 

With this one can definitely think over the idea of making Australia his /her home. Though initially problems were faced, but today both the countries stand together complimenting each other’s need and have strong socio-economic ties which lead to the strengthening of their relations.

(Megha is a student at the University Of Delhi. She is pursuing her masters in English and has also done her studies in German Language.) twitter: https://twitter.com/meghash06510344

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Are We Hindus If We Live in India? The Answer to Contentious Question is Here

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Oct 06, 2017: Have you ever wondered what being a Hindu means? Or who is actually fit to be called a Hindu? Over centuries, Hindus and Indians alike have asked this question to themselves or their elders at least once in their lifetime.

In the 1995 ruling of the case, “Bramchari Sidheswar Shai and others Versus State of West Bengal” the court identified seven defining characteristics of Hinduism but people are still confused to what exactly defines being a Hindu in the 21st century. It’s staggering how uninformed individuals can be about their own religion; according to a speech by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya there are various common notions we carry about who a Hindu is:

  • Anyone born in India is automatically a Hindu
  • If your parents are Hindu, you’re are also inevitably a Hindu
  • If you believe in reincarnation, you’re a Hindu
  • If you follow any religion practiced in India, you’re a Hindu
  • And lastly, if you are born in a certain caste, you’re a Hindu

After answering these statements some fail to remove their doubts on who a Hindu is. The question arises when someone is unsure on how to portray themselves in the society, many people follow a set of notions which might/might not be the essence of Hinduism and upon asked why they perform a particular ritual they are clueless. The problem is that the teachings are passed on for generations and the source has been long forgotten, for the source is exactly where the answer lies.

Religion corresponds to scriptural texts

The world is home to many religions and each religion has its own uniqueness portrayed out of the scriptures and teachings which are universally accepted. So to simplify the dilemma one can say that determining whether someone belongs to a particular religion is directly related to whether he/she follows the religious scriptures of the particular religion, and also whether they abide to live by the authority of the scriptural texts.

Christianity emerges from the guidance of the Gospels and Islam from the Quran where Christians believe Jesus died for their sins and Muslims believe there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet. Similarly, Hinduism emerges from a set of scriptures known as the Vedas and a Hindu is one who lives according to Dharma which is implicated in the divine laws in the Vedic scriptures.By default, the person who follows these set of religious texts is a Hindu.

Also Read: Christianity and Islam don’t have room for a discourse. Hindus must Stop Pleasing their former Christian or Muslim masters, says Maria Wirth 

Vedas distinguishes Hindu from a Non-Hindu

Keeping this definition in mind, all the Hindu thinkers of the traditional schools of Hindu philosophy accept and also insist on accepting the Vedas as a scriptural authority for distinguishing Hindus from Non-Hindus. Further implying the acceptance of the following of Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana, Puranas etc as a determining factor by extension principle as well.

Bottom Line

So, concluding the debate on who is a Hindu we can say that a person who believes in the authority of the Vedas and lives by the Dharmic principles of the Vedas is a Hindu. Also implying that anyone regardless of their nationality i.e. American, French or even Indian can be called a Hindu if they accept the Vedas.

– Prepared by Tanya Kathuria of Newsgram                                                                

(the article was originally written by Shubhamoy Das and published by thoughtco)

One response to “Are We Hindus If We Live in India? The Answer to Contentious Question is Here”

  1. Hindu is a historical name for people living “behind the river Indus”. So, everyone living in India is a Hindu, eventhough he might have a different faith.

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‘Trinidad Express’ Editor Accused of Discriminating Against Indian Writers for their Weekly Columns

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail

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Trinidad, August 28, 2017: The Editor of a Trinidad & Tobago based newspaper called ‘Trinidad Express’ is accused of discriminating against Indian writers for their weekly columns.

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail.

As of now, there has been no response from Trinidad Express Editor Ms. Omatie Lyder. Kumar Mahabir’s letter can be read below-

The Secretary, Board of Directors
One Caribbean Media (OCM) Limited
Express House
35 Independence Square
Port of Spain
August 25, 2017
Dear Sir/Madam,
Bias against Indians by Express Editor, Ms Omatie Lyder
In keeping with its “national” mandate, the Express editor should be fair, balanced, diverse and objective.
Editor Ms Omatie Lutchman Lyder has been giving space to three Afro-centric columnists: Professor Selwyn Cudjoe, Keith Subero and Raffique Shah – the same three (3) Afro-centric columnists every single week.
She often provides space to a fourth Afro-centric writer, this time as a guest columnist – Professor Theodore Lewis. Ms. Omatie published Part 1 and Part 2 of his articles entitled “Kamal Persad trivialising history.” She published his two guest columns four days apart on August 11th 2017 and on August 15th 2017.
Ms. Omatie often publishes long letters by another Afro-centric writer, NJAC Chairman, Aiyegoro Ome.
Indo-oriented writers like myself (Dr. Kumar Mahabir), Kamal Persad, Dool Hanomansingh, et al. are not assured of a weekly space in the Express.
Is it time that we call for Indians to boycott sales and advertising in the Express?
If we are not given a complementary weekly space in the Express, a delegation of us plan to meet the Board of Directors of OCM to provide empirical evidence of the bias by Ms. Omatie against Indian writers with Indian perspectives.
Sincerely,
Dr Kumar Mahabir, Assistant Professor
University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)
2011 National Award (Silver) recipient for education
Chairman, Chakra Publishing House Ltd (CPH)
Chairman, Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre Co. Ltd (ICC)
Vice-Chairman, Indian Caribbean Museum
10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road
San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 674-6008
Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707
Mobile (868) 756-4961
E-mail: dmahabir@gmail.com

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Indian-American Lawmakers Slam US President Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

They are accusing him of bigotry

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Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers
Trump's transgender military ban is being slammed by India-American lawmakers. Wikimedia
  • Ami Bera is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress
  • Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend
  • Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect

Washington (US), August 27, 2017: Prominent Indian-American lawmakers have criticised US President Donald Trump after he signed a memo instructing the Defence Department to stop accepting transgender people into the armed forces.

The presidential memorandum signed on Friday officially requested the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, to be put in place on March 23, 2018.

Slamming the move, Democratic US Representative Ami Bera said, “If you wear an American military uniform, you deserve the respect and support of the Commander-in-Chief… Unfortunately, Donald Trump is more comfortable peddling in discrimination and bigotry, and he’s shown that he is unable to support our troops.”

“Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are going against every American value they swear to defend,” said Bera, who is the longest-serving Indian-American currently in the Congress, in a press release.

ALSO READ: US Senate Confirms Three Indian Americans picked by President Donald Trump to Key Governmental Posts

The directive, signed on Friday, bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defence James Mattis and the Homeland Security “to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant”, according to a White House official.

It ordered the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that were already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.

California Democrat Ro Khanna tweeted, “Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect. This military ban is anti-trans discrimination and must not be tolerated.”

In a tweet, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi said that he hoped that Trump would reconsider the ban.

“I hope the President immediately reconsiders this ban. There is no place for discrimination in our armed forces.”

In another tweet, Krishnamoorthi said, “We must never abandon those who have sacrificed so much for their nation. #ProtectTransTroops”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, termed the ban “downright shameful”.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the transgender community. This is downright shameful. #TransRightsAreHumanRights,” she tweeted. (IANS)