India-Australia friendship confirmed
Friendly relations between India and Australia are alive and well if the turnout for the India-Australia Friendship Fair at Sydney’s Olympic Park yesterday was anything to go by.
United Indian Association president and fair director Aruna Chandrala said the aim of the fair was to “promote Australian-Indian relations” and share a mutual appreciation of food, culture and sport.
“Australian exports to India have risen 30 percent a year over the last few years and there have also been a number of Indian companies that have ventured into the Australian market,” she said of growing bilateral relations.
To the India migrant population, she added: “I encourage all of you to hold on to your heritage but embrace your adopted home and contribute to both nations by acting as an ambassador to strengthen the relationship.”
In his address, Indian Consul-General Amit Dasgupta acknowledged the recent controversy over the Indian student attacks and subsequent political fallout.
He announced that, in addition to regular hours, the consulate would be open from 11am to 5pm every Friday for students without an appointment to address any grievances with his office, an offer met with spontaneous applause from the crowd.