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Presenting the 2019 Edition NZ-India relationship now is in a phase where both nations are

Presenting the 2019 Edition

NZ-India relationship now is in a phase where both nations are demonstrating willingness to see each other in a new positive light. The Indian Weekender’s NZ-India 25 Most Influential list acknowledges those making a difference in the NZ-India relations. Watch out for our next issue for the complete list.

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From community, to mainstream- newspaper of Kiwi-Indian community:

The 10 year journey

newspaper of Kiwi-Indian community: The 10 year journey ¡ SANDEEP SINGH L est we cross the

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

L est we cross the line and hurt

a few sentiments, let’s make

it clear at the very outset

that this is our aspiration and not evidence of our boastfulness, as some may construe. This is our 10th-anniversary issue and we are absolutely clear of what we are at the moment – a Kiwi-Indian community newspaper, although we are bursting with aspirations of what we want to become, eventually – being the mainstream newspaper of our community. Community papers are distinguished by their demonstrable levels of local engagement, rather than by the scope of their content. Mainstream media are known for their widespread engagement and the ability to influence a large number of people and shape their opinions. Indeed, community newspapers are now fully acknowledged within the broader media-landscape- literature as an important player and medium of dissemination of information, along with mainstream media. However, the same is not true for ethnic community media. Sadly, the ethnic community media continues to remain, at best “invisible.” Experiences from overseas suggest that ethnic community media, despite their whopping numbers and size of their publications, especially in North America, have largely remained invisible. In comparison, we have very modest numbers here in New Zealand, both in terms of the size of the ethnic community and the ethnic- media publications that respectively support those communities. The threat of being ignored as an invisible voice of invisible ethnic

Indeed, community newspapers are now fully acknowledged

within the broader

media-landscape-

literature as an important player and medium of dissemination of information, along with mainstream media

communities is crippling, in an increasingly multicultural New Zealand. The ethnic community newspaper neither falls neatly in the category of a community newspaper and certainly, they are not the mainstream by any means. So what are they? What is the basis of their existence? In absence of any written holy grail of ethnic journalism, most of them are different from each other. While some relish imitating the seeming so-called sobriety of the mainstream press, others, on the other hand, find those ways less effective in achieving the goals they seek out to achieve at the first place. So there is indeed diversity in the style of ethnic-journalism that the world is witnessing, and The Indian Weekender is truly respectful of this fact. That is why, one thing we do and do quite well, is not to see others, who are on a similar mission of serving ethnic communities, with contempt or derision. We see them as worthy peers and competitors, and we acknowledge that they have different means and tactics to achieve what they want to achieve at the end. Anyway, it is all about diversity. Having said this, we do have our own understanding of what we are and where we want to be in the future. For us, the goal is not sobriety but is changing the status-quo of invisibility. Challenging the status-quo of invisibility is not for the fainthearted

This is our 10th- anniversary issue and we are absolutely clear of what we are at the moment – a Kiwi- Indian community newspaper, although we are bursting with aspirations of what we want to become, eventually – being the mainstream newspaper of our community

or those who misconstrue our chattiness as our boastfulness. In our world view, we strive to be the voice of the Kiwi-Indian community – a voice that is loud and clear, that is powerful to reach to those in the corridors of power, and even beyond. Being seen and heard is a critically important goal for us.

The Indian We e k e n d e r ’s ten-year journey has been essentially a journey of being seen and heard, and indeed, the journey has been a roller-coaster, like for everyone else who has achieved similar milestones. Like everywhere else in life, we have been able to earn tremendous love and affection of our readers, and often passionate criticism of those who either do not agree with what we do or find us short of their expectations. Either way, we value their criticism and strive to make incremental progress. Slowly and steadily we have progressed and continue to make progress toward being in a position to shape opinion in our communities. This is indeed a privileged position subject only to continuous delivering of meaningful content to our audiences and comes without any guarantees. One of the central aspect of our incremental progress, and of which we are incredibly proud of, is coping with the intense speed of change in the manner media-content is being produced, disseminated and consumed all around the world. The media landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, posing an existential crisis for many previously large and influential players in the industry. The advent of the age of social media has eroded the power of traditional media, especially for those who have chosen not to acknowledge the fast blowing winds of change and adapt and evolve.

In our world view, we strive to be the voice of the Kiwi-Indian community – a voice that is loud and clear, that is powerful to reach to those in the corridors of power, and even beyond.

The Indian Weekender has been humble enough to acknowledge this global trend and evolve incrementally, producing content

for our digital platforms and disseminating on social media platforms. We have successfully kept up with the technology curve and the modern ways of media consumption by serving content to our audiences

in the manner they want to consume,

and on the platforms (digital) that

are more accessible to them. In doing this, we also acknowledge the spirit of our upwardly-mobile, and aspirational Kiwi-Indian

migrant community, by trying to pace ourselves with their speed and aspirations, rather than the other way around. The first ten years of our journey have coincided with sweeping technological changes, disruption in media-landscape, and most importantly with the fact that the period had witnessed a significant increase in the size of the Kiwi- Indian community. The fact that we have chosen to navigate through all these phenomenal changes along with giving due respect to our fellow aspirational Kiwi-Indian migrant community has forced us to follow

a non-traditional script that many

has misunderstood as a sign of imperfection. Regardless of that, we continue to learn, evolve and deliver in a timely manner to the communities that we strive to serve, and the experience of the last ten years has been incredibly satisfying.

to the communities that we strive to serve, and the experience of the last ten years
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KIWI-INDIAN HALL HALL OF OF FAME FAME 2019 2019 F ormer Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand

F ormer Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand has been inducted into the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame at a glittering

function at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland on

Friday, August 9.

The name of Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand does not need any introduction.

A former lawyer, judge and ombudsman, Sir

Anand Satyanand rose to the highest public office that this country can offer to anyone when he served as the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand from 2006 to 2011. Till recently he was heading the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Institutions and Faith-based Institutions – a prestigious position from which he resigned on Tuesday, August 6, sighting the increased work load, given the further expansion in the scope of the enquiry since it was first constituted in February 2018. The list of crucial government and inter- governmental leadership positions that he has held in the past or continues to hold as of now is long and illustrious. Soon after resigning from the Royal Commission, Sir Anand announced that he will be taking up the position of Chancellor of

Waikato University - for a part-time governance and ceremonial role - and will start a four-year term in November. Born and raised in Auckland to a Fiji-Indian family in 1944, Sir Anand attended Sacred Heart College and graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland in

1970.

In 1982, he was appointed as a District Court Judge with a jury trial warrant, working in Palmerston North and then in a number of Auckland courts. During this time he was involved in the development of judicial orientation and professional education programmes and served as a Prison Board chairman and on the National Parole Board. In 1995 he was appointed as a Parliamentary Ombudsman, serving two five-year terms. In 2009 he was re-designated as a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2011, he received Indian government’s most prestigious award that can be offered to a

person of Indian origin – the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.

In the same year he was made a Member of

the Royal Order of the Crown by the King of Tonga. On the family and community front, he has been married to Susan Sharpe since 1970

and they have three children and several grandchildren.

1970 and they have three children and several grandchildren. Sir Anand has contributed immensely and exemplarily
1970 and they have three children and several grandchildren. Sir Anand has contributed immensely and exemplarily
1970 and they have three children and several grandchildren. Sir Anand has contributed immensely and exemplarily

Sir Anand has contributed immensely and exemplarily in New Zealand’s public life in the last five decades and continues to bring the same passion, energy, and leadership in his day to day engagement with the wider community. He is indeed one of the most deserving Kiwi-Indian sons who have risen to the highest office of this land through his sheer hard work, diligence and commitment. We are honoured to induct him into the Indian Weekender’s Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame 2019.

diligence and commitment. We are honoured to induct him into the Indian Weekender’s Kiwi-Indian Hall of
diligence and commitment. We are honoured to induct him into the Indian Weekender’s Kiwi-Indian Hall of
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Harshad Patel:
Community Service
Excellence Award 2019
Mr Patel has tirelessly worked for over three decades of the four
decades of his tenure in New Zealand and has tried to bring the
community together through different events and activities.
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
H arshad Patel, former vice-
president of Auckland
Indian Association and New
community associations or just a
member has contributed immensely
serving the growing population
with increasing social and
cultural needs.

Zealand Indian Central Association, two of the oldest Indian community organisations in New Zealand has been named as the recipient of the Kiwi Indian Community Service Excellence award 2019. Mr Patel has tirelessly worked for over three decades of the four decades of his tenure in New Zealand and has tried to bring the community together through different events and activities. Mr Patel came to New Zealand in 1974 with his wife in search of a better life and career prospects for himself and his family. He started his professional career as an officer in bulk tonnage with New Zealand Railways but eventually moved to NZ Famers Fertilizer as Research and Development technician as he had a background in chemistry completing Bachelors degree in the subject from India. Back in the early 1980s when the likes of Mr Patel had settled in New Zealand, the community was very small that reflected on Indian

community’s regional, cultural, religious and national festivals that were barely celebrated or in isolation. This motivated Mr Patel to do his part in bringing the small yet diverse Indian community together of several occasions such as Diwali, Independence Day, Navaratri etc. Being a musician himself, he was able to play and present the event along with the help of the then community leaders in Auckland. Mr Patel followed his other passion for sports, and music-playing for Auckland Indian Sports Club and playing musical instruments such as harmonium, flute, piano, banjo and accordion. Mr Patel also played a vital role, along with many others, in bringing up some of the iconic buildings like Mahatma Gandhi Centre and Shri Radha Krishna Temple for the benefit of the Kiwi-Indian community. “I, along with a team of dedicated members, actively participated in raising funds to buy a property and establishing a big community centre. We bought the property from Findlay’s Bakery in 1989 and refurbished it to Mahatma Gandhi Centre,” Mr Patel said in an interview with The Indian Weekender.

Mr Patel said in an interview with The Indian Weekender . Deeply connected with the community,he
Mr Patel said in an interview with The Indian Weekender . Deeply connected with the community,he

Deeply connected with the community,he along with the association realised the need of another place of worship for the growing Indian community in Auckland, as Balmoral Temple was the only and first temple for the Hindu community in New Zealand. A temporary place of worship was made at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre

but eventually, with the support of the community members and association the space at the MG Centre was demolished to build the Shri Radha Krishna Temple that is present today. From 5,000 in 1974 to approximately 180,000 now, the Indian community has grown exponentially and Mr Patel in his capacity of vice-president of

Mr Patel has also received the Queens Service Medal in 2010 for his service to the Indian community in New Zealand. What makes Harshad Patel deserving for this coveted title and award is his dedication toward the service of the Indian community for decades that too from the time when social media did not exist and gathering a significant number of people for an event or for a cause was a dire challenge. Mr Patel, in his humble words, regards New Zealand as his adopted motherland

and wants to serve his country and community. The Indian Weekender salutes the undying spirit of Mr Patel, who through his hard work and service, has brought immense glory and reputation to the Indian community. Harshad Patel is the recipient of The Indian Weekender’s Community Service Excellence Award 2019.

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Sarpreet Singh:
Young Achiever Award 2019
He
¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
R ising football star Sarpreet
Singh, currently playing
for European club Bayern
Munich of Germany, is one of
the most deserving candidates
for The Indian Weekender’s Kiwi
Indian Young Achiever
got his
first taste of
senior football
as a substitute in
an A-League game
against Melbourne
City in February
2017.
Award 2019.
Nineteen-year-
old
Sarpreet’s
meteoric
rise
from
Wellington
Phoenix
to
Bayern
Munich
is
a
testament
of
his hard work and
excellence
in
his
skill that puts him
on
top
of the list
for
the
Young
Achiever Award.
Born
in
A u c k l a n d ,
Sarpreet
grew
For making his
Indian community
proud and bringing
the Kiwi-Indian
roots on a global
platform is what has
made Kiwi-Indian
footballer Sarpreet
Singh, The Indian
Weekender’s choice
for Young Achiever
Award 2019
up in Manukau
playing football
from
the
age
of
five
and
later
played
for
Onehunga
Sports.
He
represented
Auckland
at
the
Australian
National
Futsal
Championships,
winning the most valuable player
award and attracting interest from
Premier League side Everton.
He moved to Wellington
Phoenix Soccer School at the age
of 16 and later contracted to join
Wellington Phoenix club after
playing one and a half years at the
school.
He earned his
first senior New
Zealand cap, in March 2018, and
got his first international goal
against India, playing in India
where he was immensely popular
amongst youngsters.
In June this year, he became
the first player of Indian descent
and the first from New Zealand
to be contracted by the famous
European club Bayern Munich of
Germany to play in Europe.
Sarpreet Singh’s transfer from
Wellington Phoenix to Bayern
Munich is arguably the biggest
in the history of New Zealand
football.
Sarpreet had just made five
appearances in the pre-season
campaign for Bayern Munich in
July 2019 and will be playing as
a fully-fledged member of the first
team in the upcoming season.
Originally signed for Bayern
Munich II, Sarpreet has been
training predominantly
with the first team since its
arrival on a three-year deal- and
has played at the International
Champions Cup and Audi Cup in
the pre-season campaign.
In an interview with The
Indian Weekender earlier
last year, Sarpreet shared his
dream of playing in a European
Club someday and considered
Christiano Ronaldo as his idol in
the game.
Sarpreet’s hard-work has
landed him in an international
platform where someday soon he
might face his idol on the fields.
It is this spirit of pursuing
dreams, and fulfilling some of
those while one is young, and
inspire others while they do
that, that The Indian Weekender
admires through the Young
Achiever Award.
For making his Indian
community proud and bringing
the Kiwi-Indian roots on a global
platform is what has made Kiwi-
Indian footballer Sarpreet Singh,
The Indian Weekender’s choice for
Young Achiever Award 2019.
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A decade of making headlines for Kiwi-Indians

¡ DEV NADKARNI

W hen I started out in journalism all those decades ago, my

venerable editor-publisher gave me this sage advice: “If the universe wants to destroy you, it will give you a very strong urge to start a newspaper or join a start-up in the newspaper business.” That’s the first thought that came to me when I was invited to plan, design and lead the launch team of The Indian Weekender just over a decade ago in 2008. Ten years later, I’m very pleased to see that my late boss has been proved so very wrong – he must be too, watching the heavenly equivalent of the ticker in the great big newsroom upstairs, as this issue hits the stands. The credit for the success of this enterprise squarely goes to the astute leadership at its helm as well as the content and sales teams: They have left no stone unturned in building and maintaining relationships with the growing Indian diaspora in Auckland and throughout New Zealand, cataloguing their successes, helping bring out their concerns and fears, successfully bringing them to the notice of lawmakers and concerned authorities.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key holds a copy
Former
Prime Minister
Sir John Key holds a copy

We’ve also built meaningful alliances with leading media houses in India, getting the latest news and analyses on our social media channels. Our fresh content has given us dedicated audiences that have remained loyal and continually grown over time, delivering unmatched value to our advertisers. As well as staying connected to our core audience, which is the Indian diaspora in New Zealand, The Indian Weekender has proudly showcased the community’s achievements to mainstream New Zealand, which has now come to recognize Kiwi-Indians as an important, increasingly visible and assertive constituency with high education and employment levels

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of The Indian Weekender after
being told that the $100 million
cricket academy story was a joke
by Dev Nadkarni (Founding
Editor and now Editor-
at-Large)

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makes it a cinch to buy event tickets online. We are constantly looking

at The Indian Weekender to honour our best at the annual Hall of Fame Awards, undoubtedly the most high-profile event in the Kiwi-Indian calendar in New Zealand. In recent years, the group has steadily expanded its digital offering. Our TicketBazaar digital service

at ways and means to harness digital technology for the benefit the Kiwi-Indian community,

without whose patronage and affection, our success would have been that much more difficult. Join us all at The Indian Weekender

in celebrating our ten years.

The Indian Weekender has always believed in celebrating the successes of Kiwi-Indians in their adopted country and has steadfastly stayed positive in its outlook even while dealing with the most contentious of issues. It has taken cudgels on behalf of the community and fought hard against biases and prejudices against Kiwi-Indians. And we’ve had a lot of fun along the way, too. For instance, a few years ago, we ran a cover story about veteran Indian cricketers starting a new $100 million cricket academy in New Zealand that had former Prime Minister Sir John Key completely flummoxed: “How come we didn’t hear about this first?” he asked. Of course, it was our April 1, All Fools Day edition! Innovation has been at the heart of the brand’s success. The Indian Weekender went online very early in the piece, extending its reach way beyond Auckland’s and even New Zealand’s borders and within a year of its launch in March 2009, had dedicated editions for desktops, mobiles and tablets. Establishing the digital versions took us closer to the communities, putting us in communication with one another in real time.

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Ten issues that matter

to the Kiwi-Indian community

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

T his is our tenth anniversary issue, and

one way of celebrating this momentous

occasion is by putting our gaze on what

we think are the ten most important issues for the Kiwi-Indian community. The choice of these issues may appear arbitrary; however they are based on our experience of covering and reporting developments around them. We present an overview of how development or lack of any timely development, around those issues has affected our community expectations in the past ten years. The issues presented here in no way are exhaustive and touch every member of the community. However, most of the issues are likely to have affected quite a large section of our fellow Kiwi-Indian community. The issues that we think are important for Kiwi-Indian migrants at different stages of their respective lifecycles are discussed below, not necessarily in any particular order.

1. Immigration

N ew Zealand is a nation build by immigration, with most of its dwellers

having arrived in this country at different times under different waves of migration. The Kiwi-Indians, though, have been in this country since the eighteenth century, but have really started gaining in numbers when immigration policy was first liberalised in 1987,

when immigration policy was first liberalised in 1987, allowing immigrants on the basis of skills and

allowing immigrants on the basis of skills and not country of origin. Till around 2009, when this newspaper came into existence, the size of the Kiwi-Indian community had already increased to decent numbers, especially in Auckland, the largest city. However, it was after 2009, that there was a notable surge in the number of Indians coming to New Zealand, first on temporary visas, and then subsequently seeking permanent visas in the country. The period 2009 onward witnessed a large number of Indian students arriving in the country for international education, which contributed massively in the export earnings of the country from the international education. This also brought in a large readily available workforce for Kiwi businesses to flourish.

available workforce for Kiwi businesses to flourish. seen New Zealand’s city of sails transform from a
available workforce for Kiwi businesses to flourish. seen New Zealand’s city of sails transform from a
available workforce for Kiwi businesses to flourish. seen New Zealand’s city of sails transform from a

seen New Zealand’s city of sails transform from a sluggish South Pacific town to a bustling world-class mega city vouch for the contribution of ethnic migrant workers, particularly Kiwi-Indians in the last decade. The fact that now Auckland has numerous late-night operational petrol stations and supermarkets, previously unseen ten years ago, is a stark reminder of the increased number of new ethnic migrants arriving during this period. However, the surge in immigration

numbers also brought in the increased level of anxiety within the community, as slowly the stories of fraud in dealing with the immigration system started to emerge, increasing pressure on INZ and the other law- abiding immigration-hopefuls. In the preceding decade, especially in the later half, the stories of immigration-frauds started gaining traction, and The Indian Weekender was at the forefront of raising those voices, much before the mainstream media picked it up. The much-publicised story of few desperate

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students, their families, and a kid taking shelter in a Ponsonby Church, woke New Zealand out of slumber. The Indian Weekender had remained vigilantly stationed on ground zero for quite some time, reporting, covering, interviewing, and analysing the fast changing situation. In the last few years, especially in the lead up to the last general elections the script of immigration has gone awry with many loud and boisterous calls of slashing of immigration numbers in the league of tens of thousands. That anxiety further spiralled up right till the elections, before settling restlessly in recent times after conclusion of the elections. The recent progress of immigration policy in the country, where raising the bar of entry conditions, along with uncertainty around visas for close family members, including partners and parents is a major source of current anxiety levels within the Kiwi-Indian community. Since this is an existential issue for the Kiwi-Indian community, The Indian Weekender has always remained at the forefront of not only covering and reporting on the issue but also holding those responsible for policies to account by asking tough questions.

2. Law and Order

S afety, and law and order have emerged as a major concern

of the Kiwi-Indian community, particularly in the last few years, of the preceding decade. This is despite New Zealand’s

of the preceding decade. This is despite New Zealand’s image of being one of the safest

image of being one of the safest countries in the world with minimal crime rates. For people living in the country for decades, including dairies and small business owners who have recently come at the forefront of the rising tide of petty criminal activities, affirms that this recent surge in crime was a major aberration. Notably, the period from the second half of 2016 started to witness a steep rise in incidences of burglaries, robberies, and assaults, especially on small businesses generating a deep anxiety within the broader community for safety and general well-being. A report from Statistics New Zealand had then shown that both burglary and robbery incidents have risen sharply within the past year - both by more than 15 per cent. Assaults were up by nine per cent, sexual assault by 4.4 per cent, abduction and kidnapping by 3.4 per

cent. The ensuing period witnessed intense activity by the police, community, politicians and Ministers from the government of assuaging community-concerns and sharing information on enhancing security measures. There were a few notable decisions such as increasing the police numbers, making burglary a “priority offence” instead of “volume-crime,” thus requiring police to attend all

house break-ins. The Indian Weekender has shown leadership in not only covering and reporting on the issues, but also raising victim’s voices and agonies with the decision-makers. Notably, The Indian Weekender has also voiced the community’s concerns on how the future of reforms in the criminal justice system should cater to community’s needs and expectations.

3. Jobs

A vailability or the lack of work is a critical lifeline for the Kiwi-

Indian community to be able to settle down well in their new country of residence. Given that the major influx in the

size of the Kiwi-Indian community has been from India, with mostly people arriving for international education on student visas, their dependency on finding a legitimate work has been critical for succeeding in this new country. It’s not to suggest that the importance of work recedes once people move from student visas to

other temporary or permanent visas. It’s just to acknowledge the fact that finding job and then holding on to those jobs, at least for the first few years in a migrant life-cycle is critically important for their ability to sustain in the new country and in most cases service the huge financial debts that they have taken back in their home-countries. This is why often lack of work opportunity is a major cause of mental stress for many in the

engineers, accountants, scientists and many others who were trained in foreign countries and failed to secure jobs matching their skills. A large number of these highly- skilled people end up working in low- skilled jobs of driving taxis, kitchen hands, and retail store operators – often causing much mental distress.

4. Migrant worker exploitation

W ith immigration and jobs, comes the issue

of migrant worker exploitation that continues to beleaguer the Kiwi-Indian community. The mutually experienced sense of desperation around immigration and jobs often leads to extremely repugnant situation of migrant-worker exploitation. This is a serious and complex issue for the Kiwi- Indian community, where often tempers run high, as there are tendencies to see the entire issue from the binary of “good-bad” and “right-wrong.” In absence of incentives

rewarding the good

employers for following best practice in employee management, some black sheep, often indulge in exploiting the delicate power- imbalance between the employer and employee, and in extreme cases bringing acute human miseries. While those external to the community, and some activists within community, tend to see the

and some activists within community, tend to see the The Indian Weekender has an good understanding

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2019 Friday, August 09, 2019 The Indian Weekender of the community had invested in dairies (convenience

of the community had invested in dairies (convenience stores) and restaurants. However, in this period, following the new wave of migration of new Kiwi-Indians who first arrived as international students and temporary workers, the preferences shifted to more skilled jobs and professions such as Information and Technology, education, engineering and medicine. Despite the recent change of preferences toward more skilled employment in the retail sector still, account for about 16.3 per cent of all Kiwi-Indians in employment. And business-ownership still remains a cherished dream for many enthusiasts in the community. The community has a deep interest in the general business environment,

entire issue with a sharp dividing line between employers and employees, often causing much mistrust between them. The general sentiment within the community is of not fanning the dissention between those who work diligently for a dignified decent living, and those who risk everything and work diligently too to create businesses and jobs. Often employers themselves are single operated small businesses working long hours to financially sustain the business and support others by creating jobs. In the preceding decades as the size of the community has increased, so has the issue of migrant worker exploitation.

5. Racism

D oes

racism

exist

in

country and has it been an

important issue for the Kiwi- Indian community in the last ten years? “Undeniably, yes” was the

answer when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was posed with this question in April 2018 on the national radio – a point that has been time and again reiterated by several successive Human Rights Commissioners and Race Relation Commissioners in the last few years. How bad it is, or is perceived, by the Kiwi-Indian community is the important issue. The views and perception in response to this question vary on the scale from moderate to extreme. While some believe that NZ has

been an inherently peaceful country with minimal evidence of extreme cases of racial intolerance and overt attacks on those perceived to be different, there are many, who are concerned about the rising and all- pervading subtle racism in day-to- day lives.

entire nation equally stunned.

our collectively respond to this extreme form of expression of racism remains to be seen, but yes, it has certainly brought to the fore the grave consequences of racism.

including the issue of safety in

businesses, and The Indian

Weekender is committed to bringing news, views, and opinions about

businesses. As a general passing comment,

it would not be an exaggeration to

that majority of Kiwi-Indian

business owners, like other Kiwi- businesses, have enjoyed the long period of an oasis of continued economic growth despite a global financial crisis.

7. Home-ownership

U ndeniably, the dream of home-ownership has

a universal appeal, but for the Kiwi-Indian community, home-ownership is a definitive stage in their migrant life- cycle.

Owning a home, immediately after finding their feet in the new country of residence after securing permanent visas, is a cherished goal of the majority of members of the Kiwi-Indian community. The issue of home-ownership has been at the centre stage of attraction in the last couple of years, particularly in Auckland – the largest city of New Zealand where almost 65 per cent of the Kiwi-Indian community resides – and for all wrong reasons of not affordability. However, despite all the current chatter on the issue of affordability around home-ownership, a majority of community members especially who have lived in the country for a long time perceives that things have progressively become better in the last decade. The news around low-

How

nation

will

Indeed, this is a major issue for

the Kiwi-Indian community, and The Indian Weekender is committed to keeping an eye, report, create

awareness and do the due diligence. The Indian Weekender was deeply

involved in the coverage of

unfortunate incident of Christchurch terror attack, and in the process

experience, like everyone else in the country, tremendous pain and stress

in facing the families of victims

injured. The issue of racism in our society

has taken a steep rise this year, forcing everyone to sit back and realise that our country is not remotely located anymore on the world map immune from problems previously thought to be alien to us.

6. Business

N otably, the period of The Indian Weekender’s existence

(2009-2019) is a minuscule period in comparison to the total time since the earliest of Kiwi-Indian settlers have been in the country. By that time the members of Kiwi-Indian community had entirely changed their occupation patterns, moving away from earlier preferences of farming and rural work opportunities to gaining new interest into retail trade. Many

to gaining new interest into retail trade. Many this For people living in the country for

this

For people living in the country for decades, despite the presence of subtle racism for a long time, the acute cases of racial intolerance and the violence associated with that have dramatically risen in the last decade. In 2019, that racial intolerance has an altogether new and shocking expression in the form of Christchurch terror attack that has irreversibly changed the delicately balanced equilibrium around race relations in this country leaving the

attack that has irreversibly changed the delicately balanced equilibrium around race relations in this country leaving
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interest regime, slashing of Official
Cash Rates, the future trajectory
of the general housing market, the
challenges of first home ownership,
the availability of easy credit have
been of significant interest for the
Kiwi-Indian community.
The Indian Weekender has always
served its audiences with all the news
and developments around home-
ownership in this preceding decade.
On
one hand a large number
of women has used the
found freedom in their
country of residence to
full advantage and pushed the
envelopes of achieving success in
their respective chosen fields of
occupation – jobs, businesses or
politics.
There has been a tremendous
increase in the number of mega shows
bringing Bollywood celebrities,
artists, performers, musical shows,
theatres, movies, along with access
to traditional artefacts of culture
such as temples, festivals and other
community events.
The
fact
that
out of
current level of total Kiwi-
Indian representation in
8. Women
New Zealand parliament – the
L ike
some
of
the
other
major
highest law making body
country – 66 per
Indian community, shaping
opinions, and to some extent,
inculcating political ambitions
within the community.
Despite having three current
Kiwi-Indian MPs in the NZ
parliament, numbers does not
match up with the proportionate
number of the total
numbers of the Kiwi-
Indian population in the
country.
In recent years, we have
seen a slight surge in the
number of people coming
are of women
women MPs) deserves
of their comfort zones
putting their names
many accolades.
Contrarily, on the
other hand, a large
number of women
continue
to
forward for elections, be it
at the national or local or
community board elections.
However, this is a work
progress and The Indian
suffer
and
endure
Weekender is committed to
from the age old ills of
domestic violence, gender
inequality, and multiple
layers of discrimination
around class, ethnicity,
disability and religion.
The Indian Weekender
has kept tabs on both,
the celebratory stories
around success of the
Kiwi-Indian women,
and advocacy stories
around uplifting
of women facing
discrimination an
supporting those involved in the
keeping our readers and the
broader community fully
informed.
10. Access to
Indian culture &
entertainment
O ne major progress that the
community has witnessed
Undeniably, the Kiwi-Indian
migrants of this period would have
felt less home-sick as they had far
in
the last decade has been in the
increased access to the avenues of
Indian culture and entertainment.
Following the incredible growth
more opportunities of connecting
with their culture and entertainment.
However, as many members of the
community have confided with The
Indian Weekender that all this access
in
the number of recent immigrants
in
the last decade, there has been
advocacy work.
has been to those living in Auckland,
while a majority of those living
a
marked progress in the entire

community, there has not been any major exceptional development or downward spiral, in issues around women in the preceding decade of The Indian Weekender’s existence.

9. Political participation

O

ur

participation,

communities’

political

as

both

and aspirants of political positions, has been at best questionable. The Kiwi-Indian communities, like all other ethnic minority migrant communities have been reluctant to come out boldly for political participation as both, informed electorates and ambitious participants. The targeted efforts by the electoral commission and political parties eyeing on the vast masses of potential voters have some limited success in creating some awareness and interest. In this regard, The Indian Weekender has played a key role in raising awareness on important political issues, generating public debate around key issues of the

entertainment and cultural - circuit serving and fulfilling the needs of the Kiwi-Indian community.

outside Auckland have still very limited access to Indian art, culture and entertainment.

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Kiwi Indians’ life in the past decade

A lot has changed in the last 10 years

go up and down. We spoke to two successful migrants who recall their journey through the last decade

Migrants starting their lives in New Zealand have seen things

starting their lives in New Zealand have seen things As a proud Kiwi-Indian, I’m really pleased

As a proud Kiwi-Indian, I’m really pleased to see we are more visible out there in every field and profession, our cultural vibrancy is there for everyone to see

Vishaal Kamath, Senior Manager

A uckland has been home to me for over

a decade since I first landed in NZ from

the coastal town of Mangalore, India,

in 2005. The last decade has been a fascinating roller coaster ride for the city as it’s evolved fromthe post-GFC slump in 2008 to an over- aggressive 2016 real estate boom; the long-gone days of weaving through inner city roads to the spectacular mega-projects that have linked SH- 20, SH-16 and SH-18 to SH-1; the pre-rugby world cup era of below average F&B options

to the plethora of trendy bars and restaurants that have moved beyond the confines of CBD to Ponsonby, Kingsland, Viaduct, Newmarket and beyond. As change appears to be the only constant in the foreseeable future, I’m glad few attributes remain unchanged – our value system, love for our great outdoors, our ingenuity and most prominently the renowned kiwi spirit of constantly punching above our weight while being good human beings. These constants that I’ve enjoyed over the years resonate strongly

with me and have subconsciously become a

part of my core personality.

As a proud Kiwi-Indian, I’m really pleased to

see we are more visible out there in every field

and profession, our cultural vibrancy is there

for everyone to see and join in (like Diwali

and Holi) and our community organisations are

thriving and full of activity.

Giridharan Giri, Director, Relianz Group

I consider 2009 a landmark year. That year Relianz was founded and continues to thrive thanks to our customers. We grew

in these 10 years and continue to work with a same passion, commitment and enthusiasm.

to work with a same passion, commitment and enthusiasm. Our success during these past 10 years

Our success during these past 10 years has been remarkable and in the last couple of years, very challenging. We are learning and will continue to embrace technology but will still have our bricks and mortar branches as they provide employment and build trust with our customers

The ease of setting up business in NZ, the support from Kiwis and our various Kiwi Indian communities and the great atmosphere that we live in truly makes NZ a paradise on earth. The Indian Weekender and Relianz began in the same year – 2009 – and I suppose the challenges for both are the same. We were one of the first to advertise with IWK and continue our growth stories together. Both continue to be

on the growth trajectory. We also take care to do no wrong as it takes years to build a brand and it takes just one mis-step to be on the front page of a newspaper for the wrong reasons. Our success during these past 10 years has been remarkable and in the last couple of years, very challenging. We are learning and will continue to embrace technology but will still have our bricks and mortar branches as they provide employment and build trust with our customers. Starting with Relianz Forex, Relianz Group now comprises Relianz Forex, Relianz Travels and Relianz Loan Bazaar adding the much required potency and strength to provide a one stop solution in Forex, Travels and Mortgage business. Relianz also shares our community focus with The Indian Weekender.Like the popular newspaper, Relianz is deeply involved in many community initiatives. Into our eleventh year, we will build further partnerships, pledge to be determined, focus on customer relationships and work on several more initiatives.

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SHOULD NEW ZEALAND DO AWAY WITH A THREE-YEAR PARLIAMENTARY TERM?

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Opinion - The question of whether to increase the three year parliamentary term has been raised again. And on this subject, New Zealand’s ethnic communities can help in some way in changing the “inertia” around the whole argument. There is high inertia within the New Zealand political system on the issue, with both the political class and the electorate seeming to have cold feet on the subject. What else would explain a seemingly moribund response to a recently released report from the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies of Victoria University, which is seeking to rekindle the idea of expanding the parliamentary term? There have not been many takers of the idea within the New Zealand political class. In fact, Minister for Justice Andrew Little had already doused the idea by saying there is more of a need for educating New Zealanders around political process and democracy. It seems that our political class has been too traumatised, by the earlier resounding rejection of an extension of the parliamentary term in 1967 and 1990 referendums, and the electorate, in the absence of any

1990 referendums, and the electorate, in the absence of any political thrust to educate them on

political thrust to educate them on this much-important issue, remains rightfully uninterested. However, it should be noted that the composition of New Zealand electorates has changed dramatically since then. Particularly in the 1990s, when the changes to immigration policy based on the selection of immigrants based on skills, not country of origin, were introduced in 1986 and 1987, and the proportion of the ethnic migrant population significantly increased. According to a recent population projection by Statistics NZ, nationally the Asian population will make up 21 percent of the population by 2038 (up from 12 percent in 2013). So it is essential that they should be encouraged to formulate

perspectives, especially on the critical governance issues, and put them forward in the mix of views available in the public discourse of mainstream New Zealand, for their benefits, more than anything else. In this regard, ethnic migrants bring a variety of experience with parliamentary democracy, some have had minimal exposure to it, while

others like the Kiwi-Indians have had

a vigourous exposure to repetitive

electoral cycles and intense political competitions. To many of them, who have

earlier lived overseas and seen a five-year parliamentary term, the

idea of a three-year electoral cycle,

is an intriguing deviation from an

experience that they have understood

as “normal.” For them, the argument that the three-year term is a severely short

period for any new government to deliver any meaningful results makes far more sense. In the first year those in a new government are expected to understand and prepare policies, while in the third year, which is also the election year, government returns to a conservative status-quo mode, fearing voter-wrath, thereby leaving only the second year for bold and energetic action. Moreover, drawing from experiences of businesses, it has almost become conventional wisdom that the chief executives - who can look beyond their annual reporting cycle - are more effective in delivering meaningful results. Anything that encourages decision- makers in any field to lengthen their horizons is a good thing. Even many recent migrants, who might have seen only the

past electoral cycle, especially the high decibel campaigning around immigration and other infrastructure issues like housing and transport, would find it frustrating when the new government concedes almost unapologetically that they

cannot bring much meaningful change within the first term of the

government. From issues ranging from immigration to Kiwibuild (housing),

to transport (light-rail versus roading), New Zealand voters are given an option to vote for a distant future, and not immediate present. Why we cannot have an electoral system where political parties’ first campaign for what they can do effectively immediately, and then the government eventually delivers in the first term, rather than being seen making a self-entitled confession that the things they have campaigned for cannot be delivered in the first term. Moreover, the suggestion or the trend of voting pattern suggesting that New Zealanders do not change their government in the first term and giving them a clear runway of at least three successive terms is contradictory to the very essence of the parliamentary democracy. In this regard, there is a need for generating public debate, especially when the recent report by Victoria University has been made available to our politicians and members of the public to mull upon increasing the parliamentary-term.

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Street name ‘Prakash Lane’ coming to Hillsborough

Armed men rob St Lukes mall jewellery store in broad daylight

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A huge police presence was seen until after the closing of the mall. Police following leads arrested three people from Ranui later on Sunday evening and the fourth person was arrested on Wednesday, August 7. “The offenders fled the scene of the robbery in a stolen vehicle, which was abandoned near the Baldwin Ave train station. “The offenders then travelled by train to Kingsland, before entering another train westbound to Ranui, where they were tracked and apprehended in the street near the train station,” police media told The Indian Weekender. The three men arrested just after the robbery appeared in Youth Court on Monday. “The 17-year-old male arrested appeared in the Auckland Youth Court on Wednesday and faces several charges, including aggravated robbery,” police media said.

popular malls of central Auckland has raised safety concerns for the people. Graduating from dairy stores, restaurant bars and petrol stations, armed robbers have now targeted busy shopping spots in the city to make easy money. Three men armed with an axe, bat and hammer, entered a jewellery store inside St Lukes mall just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, sending the shoppers into a frenzy. Witnesses reported that the men entered jewellery store Michael Hill, and took an undisclosed amount worth of jewellery and fled. A witness at the mall told Stuff.co.nz that she saw a man wielding a red axe at the store attendant inside Micahel Hill. Another witness is said to have seen three masked men making their way outside the mall, the fourth man was confirmed by police later on Sunday. It was also reported that a second store in the mall, Silvermoon Luxe, had also been targeted and had a broken window. The mall was immediately put on lockdown in the aftermath of the incident which was opened later with cordons around the area robbed.

A uckland Council on Wednesday,

August 7, announced three new street

names to be allocated to three new

subdivision used to be a church and then it was bought by an Indian community group to run their activities. Using Māori names for roads, buildings and other public places is an opportunity to demonstrate Māori identity publicly. This is encouraged in the Auckland Plan too, as Māori identity is Auckland’s point of difference in the world. Councils in the past have adopted many Indian city names such as Bombay Street, Culcutta Street, Lucknow Terrace, Agra Crescent, Ganges Road, Cashmere Avenue etc. Eleven boards participated last year in the in a project that sought to add Māori names to some of the parks and community facilities and eventually two Maori, and one Indian name was adopted.

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Soul-stirring musical tribute to Bhai Mardana

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T his year’s Bhai Mardana

Festival featured a range of

artistes from New Zealand

and India performing to a full house at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland on August 3. Hosted under the aegis of Auckland’s Naad Charitable Trust, performances at the event were steeped in the holy Sikh tradition of Gurmat Sangeet, a five-hundred- year-old musical tradition that is unique to the Sikh religion. The tradition traces back to the religion’s founder Guru Nanak, who was born a Hindu and his childhood friend Bhai Mardana, a Muslim. The two inseparable friends travelled across the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East spreading Guru Nanak’s divine message, as minstrels singing and teaching. Subsequent Gurus of Sikhism refined and greatly enriched the tradition over the centuries. This musical tradition is based on Hindustani Shastriya traditions, which shone through brightly in the many performances at Saturday’s concert. The evening began with an ensemble of students performing on Dilrubas and violins led by teacher Daljeet Kaur to Gurpreet Singh’s accompaniment on table. This first

Young Swarleen Kaur and Akalveer Singh tell the story of Bhai Mardana and Guru Nanak
Young Swarleen Kaur and Akalveer Singh tell the
story of Bhai Mardana and Guru Nanak

instrumental ensemble was a treat to listen as much as to watch, with excellent lighting and some great stage décor. The surprise package of the evening was the story of the Journey of Bhai Mardana and Guru Nanak retold by the tiny pair of Swarleen Kaur and Akalveer Singh in a most innovative narration-cum-play acting style aided by Tarminder Kaur’s narration and an informative slide show playing in the backdrop. The whole story of Bhai Mardana and Guru Nanak couldn’t have been told in a more succinct and engaging fashion through the young but very

talented artistes, who used all of their recent school vacation rehearsing for this event. Their performance was flawless and the rich applause was well deserved. Kudos to producing and script-writing team for this innovative item. The relatively rare musical instrument Rabab was deftly wielded by Bhai Mahabeer Singh, Hazoori raagi at Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple in Amritsar) who came here for the occasion. Auckland’s well known Manjit Singh accompanied him on Tabla. He presented his Rabab solo in raag Pooriya Kalyan and followed by a shabad sung in

Students of Rhythm School perform at the festival
Students of Rhythm School
perform at the festival

Hosted under the aegis of Auckland’s Naad Charitable Trust, performances at the event were steeped in the holy Sikh tradition of Gurmat Sangeet, a five-hundred-year-old musical tradition that is unique to the Sikh religion.

musical tradition that is unique to the Sikh religion. Raag Bairari (one of the rare raags

Raag Bairari (one of the rare raags only sung for Gurbani kirtan these days). Rhythm School teacher Daljeet Kaur once again led students in Parhtaal singing by the in raag Dhanashree, similar to the popular Hindustani raag Bhimpalasi, accompanied by Manjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh on Tabla, playing at either end of the stage. Harjit Singh performed Parhtaal in raag Malhar and then performed

Shabad in raag Tukhari (a raag composed by Guru Nanak) and raag Bhairavi accompanied by Manjit Singh on Tabla and Mahabeer Singh on Rabab. The evening concluded with Tabla jugalbandi by Manjit Singh and students Gurpreet Singh, Vipul Dev and Harpreet Singh on harmonium. Bhai Mardana Music Festival 2019 presented by Naad charitable supported by Creative Communities NZ.

Singh on harmonium. Bhai Mardana Music Festival 2019 presented by Naad charitable supported by Creative Communities

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Rafi-Kishore-Mukesh Night sets new benchmark for yesteryear music shows

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The stars Arif Zia singing legend Mohammed Rafi’s songs and Joseph Jose rendering Kishore Kumar’s songs resounded the auditorium as the audience on several occasions asked to sing their songs again. “Few songs that were demanded to be sung again was the song by Joseph, “Khatoon ki khidmat mein salam apun ka,” Arif Zia said. The energy of the singers performing was applauded by the audience saying it added to the tempo of the show making it more pumped up. “The energy in the singers was amazing – it was as if we were listening to the original tracks and some songs were even livelier than what we have been hearing,” said one of the audience members at the end of the show.

said one of the audience members at the end of the show. Organiser and singer Arif

Organiser and singer Arif Zia sang the patriotic song “mere desh premiyon apas mein prem karo” referring to upcoming India’s independence day on August 15. The song to get most applause was hit duet of Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha ‘Dostana Hamara’ from the 1980 film Dostana. This was the third show of ‘Rafi- Kishore-Mukesh’ that received house full booking and was a massive success. “The response from the show was stupendous and overwhelming. “We were told that we have raised the bar in bringing this type of show for the audience and this is something we will always cherish and celebrate,” Arif Zia from Creation Group NZ said.

C reation Group NZ’s latest

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the yesteryears’ stars Rafi,

Kishore and Mukesh has set a new benchmark when it comes to such concerts. The ambitious annual concert organised by Creation Group NZ with a band of talented singers have performed more than 20 shows in the last decade and are renowned for being the voices of the legends of the 1970s Bollywood music industry. Adding to the glamour of the music of the show was the stage presence of the performers, the stage decorations and a house full of a nostalgic and enthusiastic crowd who hummed alongside the singers and at times applauded the performances.

Singer Viraj rendered Mukesh’s voice; Arpita, Rini, Guncha and Srishaa sang duet songs showcasing the voices of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale and other legendary singers of the time. Guests present to attend the event were National List MP Kanwaljit Bakshi, Jeet Suchdev and Roopa

Suchdev from Bhartiya Samaj, community leader Sunny Kaushal. The guests inaugurated the show by lighting the lamp and commended the organisers for keeping the fire of the old and legendary songs of Bollywood alive for the diaspora in New Zealand.

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Official Cash Rate slashed to 1 per cent

¡ IWK BUREAU

T he Reserve Bank slashed the official

cash rate by 50 basis points to 1 percent

due to a softer outlook for employment

and inflation, slower economic growth and weaker global conditions. The New Zealand dollar tumbled. “Our actions today demonstrate our ongoing commitment to ensure inflation increases to the mid-point of the target range, and employment remains around its maximum sustainable level,” the monetary policy committee - which includes three external members - said in a statement. New Zealand’s central bank now has a dual mandate to support maximum sustainable employment and keep annual inflation between 1 percent and 3 percent over the medium term, with a focus on the mid-point of 2 percent. Annual inflation is currently running at 1.7 percent. Sixteen of 17 economists polled by Bloomberg had expected a 25 basis point move while one had expected the bank to stay on hold. According to a summary record of meeting, the members debated the relative benefits of a 25 basis point cut and communicating an easing bias, versus reducing the cash rate by 50 basis points now. “The committee reached a consensus to cut the OCR by 50 basis points to 1.0 percent. They agreed that the larger initial monetary stimulus would best ensure the committee continues to meet its inflation and employment objectives,” it said. Changes to the central bank’s forecasts in the

it said. Changes to the central bank’s forecasts in the latest monetary policy statement also show

latest monetary policy statement also show a

chance for another cut as the forecast interest rate track eases to 0.9 percent in late 2020. The prior monetary statement in May showed the OCR tracking going from 1.7 percent to 1.4 percent in March 2020 before lifting in late

2021.

The “RBNZ’s OCR forecast now has a low of 0.9 percent, still implying an easing bias. The

meeting minutes and statement were less clear on the need for further action, but continued to note downside risks,” said ASB Bank chief economist Nick Tuffley. The New Zealand dollar recently traded at 64.24 US cents from 65.44 cents just prior to the statement. According to the central bank, “GDP growth has slowed over the past year and growth headwinds are rising. In the absence of additional monetary stimulus, employment and inflation would likely ease relative to our targets.”

It noted that annual GDP growth was 2.5 percent in the March quarter, “below our estimate of potential growth in the New Zealand economy.” The Reserve Bank cut its forecast for GDP growth in the June quarter to 0.5 percent from a prior forecast of 0.7 percent. It now sees GDP growth of 0.6 percent in the September quarter versus a prior forecast of 0.9 percent. It said, however, that monetary stimulus is expected to give impetus to growth from late 2019. Market interest rates have declined since the start of 2019. This supports consumption and investment, and keeps the New Zealand dollar exchange rate lower, the committee said. Fiscal policy is also expected to support growth. It also noted that global economic activity continues to weaken, trimming demand for New Zealand’s goods and services. Heightened

uncertainty and declining international trade have contributed to lower trading-partner growth. Central banks are easing monetary policy to support their economies, it said. New Zealand’s official cash rate is now in line with that of Australia. On Tuesday, the

Reserve Bank of Australia held rates steady at

1 percent but left the door open for more cuts. The kiwi dollar dropped to 95.60 Australian cents from 96.50 cents immediately before the

RBNZ release. Tuffley said even after today’s surprisingly big cut in New Zealand “the risks remain skewed to an even lower trough than the current

1 percent OCR. We forecast a further 25 basis

point cut to 0.75 percent, in November,” he said. Regarding employment, the committee said it was pleased to see labour market data held up relative to expectations in the June quarter but “agreed that the balance of risks to achieving

its consumer price inflation and maximum sustainable employment objectives was tilted to the downside.” New Zealand’s unemployment rate hit an 11-year low in the June quarter, falling to 3.9 percent from 4.2 percent in the March quarter. “Slower GDP growth over the past year is expected to reduce capacity pressure and reduce employment relative to its maximum sustainable level in the near term. Inflation is likely to remain below the 2 percent target mid- point throughout 2019 and into 2020,” it said. As a result “a lower OCR is necessary to achieve our objectives.”

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CONDOLENCES POUR IN FROM FOREIGN

LEADERS FOR SUSHMA SWARAJ

¡ SANDEEP SINGH

C ondolences poured in from foreign leaders on the death of former External Affairs

Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died at age 67, after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, expressing deep condolences, said: “She (Sushma) was a good friend of Bangladesh. With her death, Bangladesh has lost a good friend.” New Zealand National Party MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi told the Indian Weekender, “It’s a great loss to India and its people, especially those living around the world. We all know how passionately she has worked for their well-being in the last five years as External Affairs Minister.” “It is a personal loss to me as well, as I had a close connection with her right since the days of Chief Minister of Delhi. I had a chance of meeting her often on my India visits and discuss the ways of improving bilateral ties between New Zealand and India.” “I extend my deep condolences to her family, supporters and the people of India,” Mr Bakshi told The Indian Weekender. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: “My deepest condolences to the government and

tweeted: “My deepest condolences to the government and the people of India on the passing of

the people of India on the passing of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. “I had many fruitful and useful discussions with her while she held office, and am saddened by her sudden passing. May she forever rest in peace.” Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai tweeted his condolences:

“Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj. A tall leader and a great orator and people’s person. My profound condolences to the people of India and her family and friends.@narendramodi.” Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of Maldives, tweeted: “Deeply grieved to hear the demise of my good friend Smt #SushmaSawraj; Stateswoman extraordinaire, diplomat par excellence; A warm human being. Key architect of renewed Maldives-India friendship. Sincere condolences to bereaved family and people of India. May she rest in peace!”

Afghanistan Foreign Affairs Minister S. Rabbani posted: “I’m saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj, former EAM of India. My deepest condolences to the people and government of India on the loss of a distinguished public figure who represented her country with distinction & determination.” Former Israeli ambassador to India Daniel Carmon tweeted:

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“She cared about peo- ple,” says new Indian envoy to NZ on demise of Sushma
“She cared about peo-
ple,” says new Indian
envoy to NZ on demise
of Sushma Swaraj
Senior police officer Naila Hassan
in Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage
¡ SANDEEP SINGH
T he new Indian High
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to New Zealand
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Pardeshi has
expressed shock and anguish
over the untimely demise
of former External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj.
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Weekender, Mr Pardeshi
recalled aptly, “She cared
about people.”
“I would say, she has changed the
orientation of the Indian diplomacy for good.
“All Indian diplomatic outstations have
become exceptionally people-centric now,” Mr
Pardeshi said.
Earlier taking recourse to express his shock
and grief Mr Pardeshi recalled his association
with the former External Affairs Minister as
Passport Officer of India.
“Our beloved former EAM of India Smt
Sushma Swaraj is no more. Her contribution
in connecting MEA with the people would be
remembered for ever. As head of #passportindia,
I worked very closely with her. It’s a shocking
news! Om Shanti.
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, Mr
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¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD
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Therefore we need to work harder to deliver up
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“I also recall she was extremely passionate
about opening passport services for the people
of North East India,” Mr Pardeshi said.
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Pardeshi led the Passport Seva Project in
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lead Ms Swaraj on various visits to different
Passport offices across the country.
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My best wishes to The Indian Weekender on celebrating your
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The Indian community is one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic
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A ten-year anniversary is a significant achievement. I wish The Indian
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We are delighted to have partnered with the Indian Weekender over the years and see
how much it has grown as a new media outlet over the last 10 years. The Weekender is
not just a print media outlet but has a huge online presence and organises large scale
events such as the Hall of Fame Awards that recognise the contribution of Kiwi Indians in
various fields.
As MP for Mt Roskill, the most diverse electorate in New Zealand, I have found the
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it is important not simply to attend community events and celebrations, but to really
understand the views and concerns of the community – something that the Weekender
provides week-in, week-out.
Since the last elections, the coalition government has had a strong focus on engaging
with the Indian diaspora community in New Zealand. There is ongoing work to
strengthen the trade relationship, to meet regularly and discuss issues, and to
acknowledge important community and cultural events. In my own electorate we have
established an active Indian Branch of the Mt Roskill Labour party which organises
various events, forums and functions in the community to enhance our connection.
I will continue to work closely with my colleague and now the Parliamentary Private
Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, the first
female Indian-born Labour MP on issues pertaining to all ethnic communities.
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“Publications supporting our ethnic communities, such as The Indian Weekender, hold an important place in our society. They ensure our ethnic communities are engaged with political, cultural, and social issues and champion their voices to ensure they are heard.

“I congratulate the Indian Weekender for providing the community with this service for the past 10 years.

the community with this service for the past 10 years. Congratulations to the Indian Weekender for

Congratulations to the Indian Weekender for successfully completing ten years of publication and running the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame awards and gala event since its inception seven years ago. Congratulations also to all award recipients and inductees into the Hall of Fame.

I want to thank Indian Weekender for the role the newspaper plays in keeping us all

informed and entertained. It’s important that we have publications that give primacy to the diverse voices of Kiwi Indians. It’s vital that diaspora Indian communities are heard, their stories are told and that their achievements are celebrated.

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The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame Awards is also an opportunity to recognise those whose contributions might otherwise be overlooked.

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Immigration New Zealand launches NZeTA for better border security

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T he government have taken one

more step to improve border security

today. The NZeTA, New Zealand

Electronic Travel Authority, which will enable the government to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand, has been launched by Immigration New Zealand (INZ), says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The NZeTA will be mandatory for visitors from visa waiver countries from 1 October

2019.

“Around one and a half million people travel to New Zealand each year from 60 different visa waiver countries. However, INZ does not currently have any information about these individuals until they are enroute to or arrive in New Zealand.” “The NZeTA is a quick and easy way to ensure we know more about people travelling to New Zealand from visa waiver countries. It will strengthen border security and be quick and easy for travellers to request,” says Iain Lees-Galloway. “The NZeTA request takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will bring New

Zealand’s border control into line with international best practices, with the United States, Canada and Australia already having electronic travel authorities. New Zealand and Australian passport holders or visitors who already have a valid New Zealand visa, will not be required to have an NZeTA. Visitors should allow up to 72 hours for their NZeTA request to be processed. Visitors who don’t hold an NZeTA when they check-in for their flight or cruise from 1 October will not be able to board. Visitors whose request for an NZeTA is refused will need to apply for a

request for an NZeTA is refused will need to apply for a visitor visa. “INZ has

visitor visa. “INZ has also kicked off a major marketing campaign and is working closely with tourism and travel sector partners to ensure visitors know they need an NZeTA, and how and where to apply for it,” says Iain Lees-Galloway. Visitors can now request an NZeTA for any travel after 1 October 2019 by applying online at www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta. A mobile app will be available later this week. The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website. At the same time that a visitor requests their NZeTA, they will be charged the new NZD$35.00 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL is an investment in New Zealand. It is expected to raise over $450 million over 5 years, funding projects to ensure our country and our people get the best from tourism growth. Our international visitors will be contributing directly to the infrastructure they use and helping to protect the natural places they enjoy. Funds from the levy will be invested in projects that protect and enhance our natural environment and biodiversity and safeguard Aotearoa’s taonga for generations to come.

Singapore Airlines an Vistara to expand codeshare agreement to international flights

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F ollowing the recent announcement of Vistara’s first international flights to Singapore from New Delhi and

Mumbai, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and regional subsidiary SilkAir have signed an agreement with Vistara to expand code sharing to international routes. Vistara has commenced international operations from Aug 6, 2019, when it launches its Delhi – Singapore operations. Under the expansion of an existing codeshare agreement which covers Indian domestic flights, SIA will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Vistara’s new international flights. In addition, SIA and SilkAir will add nine new codeshare destinations within India on Vistara-operated flights. With this expansion, SIA will codeshare on Vistara flights to more than 20 Indian destinations. “Vistara is an important partner for SIA and SilkAir. This expansion of our codeshare agreement provides our customers with more travel options to and from India. We congratulate Vistara on the launch of its international services and are proud to be Vistara’s first codeshare partner for its international flights,” said SIA Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Mr. Tan Kai Ping. “Vistara found its first codeshare partners in Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, and now we are further expanding the agreement to international flights with them. We’re happy to deepen this strategic partnership which means a more seamless flying experience for travellers from India to destinations across Asia, Oceania and the United States.” said Vistara’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Vinod Kannan. Vistara is a New Delhi-based joint venture between Tata Sons and SIA. It will commence its first international operations, to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai, starting 6 and 7 August 2019, respectively, using Boeing 737- 800NG aircraft.

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Helen Keller

 

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Sushma Swaraj:

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Swaraj, who died on Tuesday, August 6, was a leader who fit many roles

in her long political leader.

She might be remembered best for giving an all-new dimension to the role of foreign minister by being proactive in reaching out to Indians in distress in foreign lands.

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But looking back, it was equally important to have contested against Sonia Gandhi in Bellary on the Congress leader’s electoral debut in what was billed as a evideshi bahu’ versus ebharatiya nari’ contest. Bellary was then a Congress safe seat and for the BJP it was important to fight against the then new Congress president because the latter’s foreign origin was an important political issue at the time. Her brief tenure as Delhi chief minister was important too, for she broke a glass ceiling as the first woman chief minister of the state. That was about as important as being the youngest cabinet minister at 25 years in the Haryana cabinet in 1977. Her proximity to Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart L.K. Advani was what led to her rise. She was one of the four Advani acolytes who came to be known as the D4, the four powerful leaders from Delhi who pretty much dominated the party at the time: Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and M. Venkaiah Naidu. It was because of the power that they wielded that two of the D4 came to occupy top positions in the party structure when the BJP was in opposition during UPA rule -- Sushma Swaraj was leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha and Arun Jaitley was leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Being outspoken and clear-headed got her into the headlines. What perhaps contributed to that was her confidence in herself -- and that she was never afraid to walk alone. Perhaps that was why she allowed media persons to walk up to her and ask questions. For her supporters, there might have been mixed feelings about some of the controversies surrounding her -- like facilitating the foreign travel documents of former cricket administrator Lalit Modi in 2011 and dancing at Gandhi Samadhi in Rajghat while staging a protest. Her explanations, forceful though they were, had appeared less than fully convincing. She got into a spot of bother when a photograph of her apparently blessing the controversial Bellary brothers appeared in the media. Behind the damage limitation exercise that followed were rumours of her face-off with a prominent party leader because she thought she was taking the fall for someone else’s association with the Bellary duo -- that while the BJP leader had backed them, she was being made to look poorly in public because of the photograph. Party insiders say that even though she had moved on from the episode, she never forgave the BJP leader. Sushma Swaraj might not have been in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inner circle but she held her own, often winning praise from the Prime Minister for her role as External Affairs Minister. Delhi’s insidious grapevine had suggested that she was asked to contest for the Lok Sabha this year but she declined, citing health reasons. The truth about that might never be made public. Women politicians, even the fiery among them, often come to be regarded as mother figures in their later years. Sushma Swaraj was no exception and her role as External Affairs Minister endorsed this image of her. But, behind that amiable exterior was a politician of immense caliber and top grade firepower. Indeed, those who saw her for the first time were often surprised that she was not quite tall. Hours before she passed away, Sushma Swaraj had tweeted her congratulations to the Prime Minister and Home Minister for the decision on Article 370. Here too, she had a role to play -- through her speech in the Lok Sabha in 1996 when she spoke on the BJP’s plan to remove Article 370, which is in the party’s core agenda, along with a uniform civil code and building a Ram temple at Ayodhya. For a committed BJP leader, it is likely that she would have been at peace following the government’s decision on the contentious constitutional provision.

This week in New Zealand’s history

 

9 August 1908 US 'Great White Fleet' arrives in Auckland

 

S ixteen American battleships arrived in New Zealand with much pomp and ceremony.

10 August 1840 British assert sovereignty as French head for Akaroa

H MS Britomart arrived at Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula, a week before a shipload of French colonists landed there. The ship’s captain raised the Union Jack to confirm British sovereignty over the area.

10

August 1995

 

News Corporation's rights to professional rugby bolstered

A ll Blacks Josh Kronfeld and Jeff Wilson signed contracts with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU), heralding the victory of Rupert Murdoch over Kerry Packer in

a battle for the rights to televise professional rugby.

 

11

August 1962

 

Picton ferry Aramoana enters service

 

F ew ships have had as much impact on New Zealand history as the Aramoana, the country’s first roll-on roll-off ferry, which entered service between Wellington and Picton in 1962.

Cars and rail-freight wagons could now readily cross Cook Strait and be driven on and off the

ferry at each end of the voyage.

 

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August 1816

 

New Zealand’s first missionary school opens

 

T he new school stood beside missionary Thomas Kendall’s house in the small Church Missionary Society (Anglican) settlement at Hohi (Oihi) in the Bay of Islands, which had been founded 18 months earlier.

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Not a single girmitiya

nor their descendants have taken

a single millimetre of land in Fiji: AG

N ot a single girmitiya nor their descendants have taken a single millimetre of

land in Fiji. This was stressed in parliament today by Minister for Economy and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-

Khaiyum after some SODELPA parliamentarians said that the Land Use Act and Land Bank is unfair to the iTaukei. These comments were made when parliament debated the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on Performance Audits for the year ended 31st December

2014.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the Opposition should not come to parliament

trying to depict the Land Use Act in a

demonic way or that the government is undermining people’s rights. He says today 92 percent of the land is owned by the iTaukei

says today 92 percent of the land is owned by the iTaukei and is protected under

and is protected under the 2013 Constitution. Sayed-Khaiyum says parliamentarians

should have a level of intellectual honesty because they not only have to present history but the current affairs in

the right light. He also talked about a meeting he had with the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka when Rabuka was Prime Minister.

Sayed-Khaiyum says he was doing his thesis and the meeting was arranged by his father who was a member of parliament at the time. Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka says the iTaukei are not landowners but are trustees of the land. SODELPA President and parliamentarian, Ro Filipe Tuisawau then claimed a lot of the constitutional and legal framework in this country is imposed.

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Fijian workers sent overseas to

work under the Seasonal Workers Scheme are well protected: Bala

M

for

Employment Parveen Bala

parliament

that all the Fijian workers that have been sent overseas to work under the Seasonal Workers Scheme are well protected. This comes after SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula highlighted in Parliament that these workers end up getting nothing after all the deduction has been made and he knows this because he had also gone in a farm in Australia. Bala says that is not the case with this government and maybe this happened with previous governments. Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya had also highlighted in parliament that some workers that have been engaged under this scheme are victims of violation of workers rights, but the Minister says this is not the case for Fiji. Bala was also questioned by FijiFirst MP Salik Govind to explain the Pacific Labour Scheme agreement that the Fijian and Australia government have signed as part of the Vuvale Partnership on the

inister

has

assured

as part of the Vuvale Partnership on the inister has assured 5th of April 2019. Bala

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NZ Biosecurity refuse entry of Fijian passport holder into NZ

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INDIA MOURNS SUSHMA

Sushma Swaraj: A people’s politician

J ust a few hours before she collapsed and

died, former External Affairs Minister

Sushma Swaraj had tweeted her thanks

to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for revoking Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir. “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.” That was her last communication on the social media platform on which she had over 13 million followers. She was active on tweeting about major happenings, though she decided against contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections or on joining the Narendra Modi 2.0 government due to health reasons. Sushma, who died aged 67, tweeted her condolences on Congress leader Sheila Dikshit’s death on July 20, writing that though they were opponents in politics, but were friends in personal life. Sushma, who brought her innate grace and charm into her work, was not cowed by twitter trolls either. In fact when one troll told her, that like Sheila Dikshit, she too would be remembered after her death, Sushma took it sportingly, tweeting back: “I thank you in anticipation for this kind thought.” Though she was overshadowed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who undertook the major trips

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who undertook the major trips and diplomatic dealings during her tenure as

and diplomatic dealings during her tenure as External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj did not retire into the shadows. She made her mark in her own way – connecting with the diaspora far and wide, and reaching out to help them. She would respond to every appeal for assistance, and make sure the Indian missions responded to the requests. In this way she gave the human touch to the Ministry of External Affairs, and won millions of admirers across the world, including many in Pakistan. As Leader of Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha, Sushma was a formidable and compelling speaker. She would attack the

ruling Congress-led UPA without pulling any punches, and once Parliament was witness to a fierce poetic exchange between her and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In 2013, when Manmohan Singh used an Urdu couplet to hit out at the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushma Swaraj responded in kind. Manmohan Singh, accusing the BJP of making unwarranted attacks on his government, had recited a couplet of Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. “Humko hai unse wafa ki umeed, jo nahi jaante wafa kya hai (we hope for loyalty from those who do not know the meaning of the word),” the then Prime Minister said, quoting famous

Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. Retorting, Sushma narrated a verse of Hindi poet Bashir Badr: “Kuch to majbooriya rahi hongi yun koi bewafa nahi hota (there must have been some compulsions, one is not disloyal for no reason at all).” She then quoted another verse: “Tumhe wafa yaad nahee, Humein jafa yaad nahee, zindagi or maut ke toh do hee tarane hain, ek tumhein yaad nahee, ek humein yaad naheen (you don’t remember loyalty, we don’t remember disloyalty, life and death have two rhythms, you don’t remember one, we don’t remember the other).”

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ARTICLE 370

led to growth of secessionist tendencies in Kashmir

A rticle 370 of the Constitution, which

granted special status to Jammu

of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu got accommodated in the rest of the

got accommodated in the rest of the country, where we bought land, got education and jobs. But because of Article 370, nobody from rest of the country could purchase land or get jobs in Jammu and Kashmir," he pointed out. According to Vijay Raina, General Secretary of another Kashmiri Pandit organisation Kashmiri Samiti, said Article 370 was a key reason why the community could not be safe in the Valley and had to leave their native land. "Had it (Article 370) not been there, the exodus would not have happened," he insisted. "Abrogation of the Article will strengthen national integration and enable flow of private funds into the state. "It will also strengthen the secular fabric of the state," Premi added.

and Kashmir, was seen by many

as a provision that led to the growth of the secessionist mindset, which acquired a militant form, in the Valley by the late 1980s. A narrative was being pushed by Pakistan- backed anti-national forces among the people in Kashmir Valley that grant

of special identity to the state in the Constitution was an "acceptance" by the government of India that Jammu and Kashmir was "not a part of India".

This intoxicated several Kashmiris to demand separation of the state from India, and some of them took up the gun to press for the demand. The provision was not part of the Instrument of Accession signed by the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir Hari Singh on October 27, 1947 with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru after the Pakistani Army launched military aggression but was incorporated to apply to the state in 1950. Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave the Valley en masse in early 1990s because of emergence of hostile conditions, feel they would not have faced such a fate if Article 370 had not been there. They argue that Hindus

"When we were thrown out of Kashmir, we got accommodated in the rest of the
"When
we were
thrown out of
Kashmir, we got
accommodated in the
rest of the country,
where we bought land,
got education and
job"

became vulnerable as they remained a miniscule minority in Kashmir, mainly because of

Article 370 which prohibited people from outside the state to buy immovable property and settle down in the Valley. Rajinder Kaul Premi of the All India Kashmiri Samaj, a prominent organisation of Pandits, said the Article was discriminatory and prevented Jammu and Kashmir from being at par with rest of the states of the country. He noted that even Kashmiri separatists, like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, could purchase properties anywhere in the country but people from outside Jammu and Kashmir could not do so in the state. "When we were thrown out of Kashmir, we

Scrapping of Article 370 is fulfilment of Mookerjee's dream for BJP

F or the BJP, scrapping of Article 370 is fulfilment of a dream of its ideological guru Syama Prasad Mookerjee who

was the first to launch a campaign to abrogate this temporary provision in the Indian Constitution which granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mookerjee, who was a minister in the Interim Central government headed by Jawaharlal Nehru before he fell out with him and resigned on April 8, 1950, was strongly against the Article as he felt that it hampered the complete unification of India. The Bharatiya Janata Party later adopted this and made it one of its main political planks. The founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP, campaigned with the slogan "Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan aur do nishan nahi chalenge (In one country, having two Constitutions, two Prime

Ministers and two flags are not acceptable). Under the provision, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had a separate Constitution and flag. The Article, originally meant to be a temporary provision in the Constitution, restricted the powers of the Union of India and Parliament, including with regard to applicability of central laws in the state as these were to be endorsed by the state Assembly. Under the Article, the Head of the State of Jammu and Kashmir was initially called ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat' (meaning President) and the Head of the government was termed as ‘Wazir- e-Azam' (meaning Prime Minister). Besides, it gave the right to the state government to describe the state's ‘permanent residents' and only they could to purchase movable property and be eligible for government jobs and admission to higher educational institutions. the state government.

property and be eligible for government jobs and admission to higher educational institutions. the state government.

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Guterres spokesperson declines to take position on Kashmir

N.Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles: Seoul

S ecretary-General Antonio Guterres has apparently not yet taken a public position on how India's decision to withdraw the special status of

Kashmir squares with Security Council resolutions, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric indicated on Tuesday. Asked at his daily briefing if Guterres believed that that the Indian action in "scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is a violation of the UN resolutions," Dujarric avoided giving a direct answer, saying only, "we said very clearly that we are following the developments in the region with concern. Secretary-General's position at this point is to urge all parties to exercise restraint." Pressed by the reporter to directly answer the question, Dujarric said, "No, no, I understand what you asked, but unfortunately at this point you have to settle for that (that) is my answer." Dujarric said that a letter written by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to Guterres about the situation in Kashmir had not yet been received. Dujarric said, "We are aware of press reports that

Dujarric said, "We are aware of press reports that a letter has been sent. As of

a letter has been sent. As of short while ago we are not able to confirm that the letter has actually been receieved. Obviously once it is, it will be looked at and studied and acknowledged." According to media reports, Qureshi had written to him about the "material changes" in Kashmir citing Security Council resolutions.

additional launches and maintaining

additional launches and maintaining

N orth Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles

into the East Sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, in an apparent show of force against the ongoing joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington that began a day before. The projectiles were fired at 5.24 a.m. and 5.36 a.m. from North Korea's Kwail county in South Hwanghae province, and both flew around 450 km across the peninsula before splashing into the East Sea, Yonhap News Agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. Their maximum altitude was about 37 km, and the top speed was around Mach 6.9, according to the JCS. "South Korean and US intelligence authorities believe that these short- range missiles bear similar flight features to the ballistic missiles North Korea test-fired on July 25," the JCS said, adding that analysis was underway to determine their exact type. "Our military is monitoring the situation in case of

readiness posture." In a fresh

warning after the firing on Tuesday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that it could seek "a new road", other than engagement, calling the joint exercise a violation of a series of joint agreements they signed with the North. "The US and South Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue. But when they sit back, they sharpen a sword

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Swaraj 'extraordinary woman, leader': UNGA President

U N General Assembly

President Maria Fernanda

Espinosa has hailed India's

former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as "an extraordinary woman and leader." "Saddened by the news of the passing of @SushmaSwaraj, an extraordinary woman & leader who devoted her life to public service," Espinosa, who is on a visit to Britain, tweeted on Tuesday. "I had the honor of meeting her in my visits to #India, & will always remember her fondly. My deepest condolences to all of her loved ones," she added after Swaraj died on Tuesday in New Delhi. In a tweet, Afghanistan' s UN

on Tuesday in New Delhi. In a tweet, Afghanistan' s UN Mission also offered the "deepest

Mission also offered the "deepest condolences" of the Afghan people to the people and government of India on the passing away of Swaraj.

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) said, "In her passing away, we will miss a statesman, as well as a sincere and able political leader." It recalled that the organisation had a close working relation with her and received her cooperation on many of the Non-Resident Indians and persons of Indian Origin issues. Hindu American Foundation's Director of Government Relations Jay Kansara said Swaraj "cared deeply for Hindu minorities in the (American) region and around the world". "She also gave every issue and all she engaged with a motherly touch," he said.

to

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according to the North's Korean Central News Agency. "If the US and South Korean authorities trust to luck, disregarding our repeated warnings, we will make them pay heavy price which will in turn make them very much difficult," it added. Meanwhile, South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae held an emergency meeting to discuss the latest launch, Yonhap news agency quoted spokesperson Ko Min-jung as saying.

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Kohli, Pant score fifties

as India complete series sweep

I ndia strolled to a seven-wicket

over West Indies on Tuesday to

complete a series whitewash.

Captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant scored fifties as India chased down a target of 147. Kohli and Pant's 106-run stand for the third wicket negated any chance of West Indies pulling off an unlikely win. This was Kohli's 21st T20I fifty, thus helping him draw level with Rohit Sharma for most fifties in T20 internationals. Pant, who got out for a duck and four in the series thus far, scored his second T20 international fifty of his career. Kohli was eventually dismissed on 59 when he hit Oshane Thomas straight to point in the 18th over. But Pant finished the game with a six straight over the bowler's head off the first ball of the last over. He

bowler's head off the first ball of the last over. He was unbeaten on 65 at

was unbeaten on 65 at the end of the game. It was K.L. Rahul who opened the innings with Shikhar Dhawan as Rohit Sharma was rested. He scored 20 off 18 balls before being stumped off Fabian Allen. Dhawan fell for just three runs in the second over.

Earlier, debutant Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini took three and two wickets to restrict the West Indies to 146/6. Kieron Pollard was their highest scorer with 58 off 45 balls. This was his first T20I fifty in seven years. However, he couldn't

first T20I fifty in seven years. However, he couldn't stick through the death overs as he

stick through the death overs as he was bowled by Saini in the 16th. Rovman Powell and captain Carlos Brathwaite then pushed the West Indies' total to 146 in the last three overs.

I said Kohli is the best, but Smith's knock another level: Langer

 

A ustralia coach Justin Langer

has said that Steve Smith's

twin centuries during the

first Ashes Test at Edgbaston were on "another level." Earlier in the year Langer had said during Australia's series defeat to India that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the best in the world. Smith and Kohli are often pitted against each other in the stakes for the best Test batsman in the world and Langer said that on current form, Smith might just be ahead of his rival. "I said during the summer that Virat Kohli is the best player I have ever seen but that [Smith's knocks] is just another level," Langer told. The Edgbaston Test was Smith's first since serving out a year-long ban and Langer lauded him for the character he showed, particularly in the first innings when Smith shifting gears helped Australian recover from 122/8 to scoring 284. Smith was the last man to be dismissed. "You have in different teams, different eras, great players but for someone like Smudge [Smith], who is averaging over 60 and the way he played in this innings with all the pressure and everything that is on him, it was not only great skill but enormous character, enormous courage, very brave, unbelievable concentration, unbelievable physical stamina, unbelievable mental stamina, all traits of great players," said the former Australia opener who was part of the team that won the 2001 Ashes -- the last time that Australia won it in England.

Won't make shotgun selection decisions: Root

E ngland captain Joe Root said that the team will wait for clarity on veteran pacer James

Anderson's condition before deciding on whether to go with Jofra Archer for the next Ashes Test or the remainder of the series.

Anderson could not take further part in the field with Olly Stone and

Archer taking his place in the middle for much of the rest of the Test which England lost by 251 runs. "Hard losing Jimmy early on

"The defeat) does hurt, bitterly disappointing, I thought we played some good cricket but credit
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defeat)
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thought we played some
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but these things happen," said Root in the post- match presentation ceremony. "Not sure (about his status), we have to wait on the

Anderson