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NEW ZEALAND 3
Human Rights Commission backs dairy
store operators’ concerns for safety
Commission is backing
the calls by dairy store
operators and other retailers
frustrated with the unabated
rise in ram raids and retail crime.
Recently, Sunny Kaushal,
Chairman of the Dairy and
Business Owners Group, met
with the Equal Employment
Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo,
in Auckland on July 19, raising
concerns that the basic human
rights of their members and
small business operators were
being curtailed by the rising
Speaking with the Indian
Weekender, Kaushal said, “It
was an honour representing
about 5000 small businesses
in a face-to-face meeting with
the Human Rights Commission,
a range of issues were tabled
with the EEO Commissioner,
including Human Rights, wellbeing,
safety and future of
the small businesses in NZ who
are heavily owned by ethnic
“They remain highly
vulnerable as they have invested
all their savings and their lives
Sunny Kaushal, Chairman of the Dairy and Business Owners Group, met with the Equal
Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, in Auckland
on July 19
into their businesses.
"They are not super rich
as widely assumed, and their
human rights to operate [and
trade freely without any fear]
are being curtailed.”
Accepting the memorandum
presented by Kaushal on behalf
of the Dairy and Business
group, the Equal Employment
Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo,
supported the concerns
raised by staff and dairy store
operators about the continued
sense of fear amongst them
as they have
invested all their
savings and their
lives into their
are not super
rich as widely
assumed, and their
human rights to
operate [and trade
freely without any
fear] are being
because of rising ram raids and
“Our local dairies are
essential services, primarily
family-owned businesses; many
are owned by settled migrants
or their next generations.
Lots of our petrol stations
are also small businesses,
staffed by few workers also
deemed essential,” the Equal
Karanina Sumeo, said.
“Sunny Kaushal, Chairman of
the Dairy and Business Owners
Group, shared the many
struggles facing these whanau
"It’s not right that these
workers and whānau are
constantly on edge in fear of
being attacked, some already
suffering from trauma – with
limited means and time to heal
and protect themselves.
“We all have fundamental
rights to be safe in our
workplace, live free from
violence and discrimination,
have equal protection under
the law, and have access to
justice,” Sumeo said.
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VENU MENON IN WELLINGTON
Ravindran (Raveen) Annamalai
is running for Council as an
independent candidate from the
Takapu Northern Ward in Wellington.
He has been involved with Multicultural
Wellington, and has established a
federation of Tamil associations to
promote the Tamil culture and language.
He prioritises the Māori-Tamil
Annamalai spoke to Indian Weekender
about his vision and goals. Extracts :
Q. You started the Aotearoa New Zealand
Federation of Tamil Sanghams
two years ago. Tell me more about it.
A. The purpose of setting up the
Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of
Tamil Sanghams is to bring all the Tamil
associations in NZ together to promote
the Tamil language, culture and tradition.
Q. How do you propose to do that?
A. We have (Tamil) language schools
in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch,
Taranaki, Dunedin, the list goes on.
We have eight members comprising
the Tamil associations from all
over New Zealand.
Through that collaboration we aim to
build a strong identity for the people of
the Tamil community in NZ, by promoting
the Tamil language, art and culture.
Our primary focus is to standardise the
Tamil language and to take it through to
the mainstream by working closely with
the Ministry of Education.
We aim to establish a curriculum
activity in the schools, so that there
can be a Private Owned Language (POL)
on a weekly basis that is managed and
supported by the individual associations
throughout the country.
Q. Engagement with Māori is a big
part of your agenda.
A. Māori-Tamil hui is one of the
projects that we have undertaken. We
had the first hui in Rotorua. Six more hui
are in the pipeline.
The next one is going to be in
Auckland, followed by Christchurch,
Waikato, Wellington and Dunedin. We
are working with Māori authorities and
are in discussions with many Māori
The good news is that our first Te Reo
Māori language class is going to start in
Wellington, which will be championed by
our local Tamil sangam in Wellington,
and will be open to the general public.
We are collaborating with the Te Reo
Maori Language Commission.
It will be held at the Newlands
Community Centre. We are working on
Q. You are running as an independent
candidate for Council from Takapu
northern ward. What motivated you?
A. This is the first time I’m running for
The motivation came from the
community which is supporting me to
take up the leadership role as a Councillor
and play a pivotal role for (the welfare
of) the people.
At the end of the day, it’s people,
people and people, as the beautiful
Māori saying goes.
I’m not promising big things for the
northern ward, except to restore the
connection with the people, build a
harmonious relationship and execute all
the projects that are required for the
For example, better streaming
facilities, better dog parks and much
more. I will work very closely with the
Q. What is the biggest failure of the
Wellington City Council, in your view?
The good news is that our first Te
Reo Māori language class is going
to start in Wellington, which will be
championed by our local Tamil sangam
in Wellington , and will be open to the
A. I don’t want to look at the failures.
The failure is, of course, the great loss
At the moment, there is no mana
at the Wellington City Council.
There is a lack of unity and a lack
of understanding between the
councillors, which is affecting
the governance and the decision
making. But I want to focus on
my strengths, rather than the
failures of others.
My intention is to carry out
the proposals and changes
that people want in the
I want to look at the (rising)
cost of living, the housing
crisis that Wellingtonians
are suffering, especially in
the northern ward area, as
well as health and safety
issues (we have ram
raids, car burglaries).
Q. What are your plans
to promote a more diverse
and multicultural Wellington?
A. I’ve been affiliated with the
Multicultural Council since my arrival in
this country 15 years ago. I’ve been the
vice-president as well as president of
the Multicultural Council.
During this nine-year period ,
I’ve done a lot of work in terms
of creating a strategic plan for
Multicultural New Zealand.
I was instrumental in launching
major multicultural festivals
and events in collaboration with
Wellington City Council.
Petrol prices fall below $3 in main
centres, and further drop expected
While costs at the
pump are looking
lower, drivers can
expect a further drop over
the next week, says a petrol
Costs in the main centres
are well below $3, according to
price tracking app Gaspy.
Early on Thursday afternoon,
the app showed Waitomo on
Tinakori Road in Wellington
was charging $2.59 a litre;
Caltex on Newton Road in
Auckland was charging $2.65;
and in Christchurch, Waitomo
on Fitzgerald Avenue was
principal policy adviser Terry
Collins said the price of crude
oil had dropped significantly
in the past few days, meaning
costs in New Zealand were likely
to fall further next week.
A barrel of crude oil has
dropped from $US110 to
AA says the drop in crude oil prices means petrol costs in New Zealand are likely to fall
further next week. (File image) Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook
$US96.78 in less than a week.
"It's come as a surprise on
the international market, and
it has been rapid over the last
couple of days," Collins said.
The decline came as a result
of demand falling short of
predictions in the US due to
recession fears, he said.
"Why it was unexpected is
because in the US and globally,
demand is starting to come
back a bit.
"The inventories in the US
went up, and with weakening
demand, prices went
down as a consequence."
Waitomo Group managing
director Jimmy Ormsby said
the drop was great news for
"If the global price of crude
is on it's way down, then
that's reflected within a
relatively short period of time
at the pump in New Zealand,"
If the global price
of crude is on it's
way down, then that's
reflected within a
relatively short period
of time at the pump in
"I'd say if there's been a
consistent drop this week, then
you'd expect to see that at the
pump within the next week to
However, Ormsby warned
global crude prices were still
Collins said an array of
factors could kick costs back
up, the most significant being
further sanctions from the
EU on Russia due to take
effect in December.
Supply also remains tight
and international demand
is predicted to increase
in coming months.
"We've still got China in the
lockdown as a consequence of
Covid, so when that demand
starts coming up, that could
have some consequences,"
"It's extremely volatile,
there's still a lot of things to be
sorted out in the long term."
The government's fuel excise
duty cut of 25 cents a litre
have been extended until the
end of January.
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NEW ZEALAND 5
Meera Bai’s immortal devotionals
at Gandhi Centre next Friday
The event will conclude with Mahaprasad and is free to attend
The month of Shravan
(Savan) marks the
beginning of the festive
season with a series of festivals
across several months up to
Diwali, the festival of lights.
This year, to mark this
month that is observed with
devotional fervour by Hindus
all over the world, the Auckland
Indian Association and CIPA
(Centre for Indian Performing
Arts) is hosting an evening
of devotional music at the
Mahatma Gandhi Centre, New
North Road, on Friday 12
August from 7:30pm onwards.
Titled Meera Bhajans, the
event will feature timeless
devotional songs of legendary
poet-saint Meera Bai that
have been immortalised
by India’s nightingale Lata
Mangeshkar, who passed away
earlier this year.
They have been set to
music by her gifted brother
Hridaynath Mangeshkar, who
is known for his uniquely rich,
Mira Bai belonged to a strong
tradition of devotional poets in
medieval India who expressed
their love of God through
analogy of human relations like
a mother’s love for her child, a
friend for a friend, or a woman
for her beloved.
The popularity and charm
of her lyrics lies in the
sweetness of emotions which
she expresses for her beloved
Lord Krishna. It is this that has
kept the hundreds of songs
that she sang popular across
the length and breadth of India
down the centuries.
One of Auckland’s most gifted
singers, Kishori Telang, will sing
the bhajans in her wonderfully
mellifluous voice accompanied
by equally accomplished
musicians Dharmesh Parekh on
the keyboard, Akhilesh Madhur
on the tabla, Akshaiy Narayanan
on flute and Mrunal Niphadkar
on side rhythms.
Meera Bai’s devotionals are
both in Rajasthani and Hindi
and the lyrics with translations
will be displayed on a backdrop
as the songs are presented, to
enhance the appreciation of
her beautiful words especially
by those unfamiliar with the
The event will conclude with
aarti performed by Devram Ji
Raval, priest of the Radhakrishna
Temple at the Mahatma Gandhi
Centre and mahaprasad for all
It is fitting that Meera Bhajans
is being held just ahead of one
of the first major festivals in the
holy month of Shravan – Krishna
Janmashtami – that celebrates
the birth of Lord Krishna, which
falls on 18 August this year.
While the event is free to
attend, registration is necessary
for catering purposes. Please
The link to register is: https://
Meera Bhajans is organised
by CIPA in association with
Mohan Nadkarni Foundation
and is part of the Mohan
Nadkarni Centenary concert
Fun, music, celebrations galore at Auckland Marathi
Association’s Jallosh event
Auckland Marathi Association’s
event Jallosh – literally meaning
celebrating with the community
- had fun, music and celebrations
galore, leaving the participants and the
organisers super enthusiastic over the
More than 300 Marathi people,
mostly the members of the Aucklandbased
Association, but some also
travelling from Hamilton and the Bay
of Plenty, came together on Saturday,
July 30, at the Diversity Centre
building, Papatoetoe, to enjoy a special
night adorned with various facets of
Soon after the official opening
ceremony, the attendees were allowed
to immerse in various fun activities,
including games and dancing to popular
Marathi music played out by a live DJ.
Expressing rejoice on the success of
the event, Neha Nalawade, President
of Auckland Marathi Association
(AMAI), said, “This was the first event
conducted by the new committee
of Auckland Marathi Association
and was a great success in bringing
together Maharashtrian people on one
platform to enjoy live DJ with Marathi
music, fun games and amazing food
catered for everyone.”
Recently there was a change in
the executive leadership team of the
Association on June 11, with Nalawade
taking over as the new President and
Likhil Landge being elected as the new
Sharing more details about the new
executive committee and their upcoming
plans, Nalawade said, “Our tenure will
be for two years, and we plan to host
around five events every year, with
Jallosh being the first one and Ganapati
Mahotsava on September 17, and Diwali
festival on October 29, next in line.”
“This year, we have a great mix
of youth and experience within our
executive committee, which will be
reflected in our array of events planned
for the remaining year.
“We will be organising AMAI cricket
league, Maharashtra day and some
sports events like badminton and carrom
later this year,” Nalawade said.
“We strive to bring together all
Marathi people on a common platform
so as to not only allow them bonding
based on mutually shared language and
common heritage but also allow our kids
and youngsters, particularly those born
overseas, to remain connected with
their cultural roots,” Nalawade said.
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NEW ZEALAND 7
Indian Diaspora organisations
gear up to celebrate India I-Day
Amrit Mahotsav event to be the biggest ever
The Indian Diaspora
organisations in Auckland
along with the High
Commission of India in New
Zealand have once again come
together this year to celebrate
India’s 76th Independence Day.
Though India completes
75 years as an independent
sovereign nation, which has
been marked with yearlong
“Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”
celebrations globally, August
15 this year is India’s 76th
The day is being celebrated
on 21 August at the Auckland
Indian Association’s Mahatma
Gandhi Centre, New North Road,
and the Indian High Commission
and the leaders of the Diaspora
India’s diverse communities
in New Zealand have jointly
extended an invitation to
join in the celebrations
“I would humbly request
everyone to unite together,
thereby ensuring maximum
presence and collaboration for
this momentous occasion,”
Honorary Consul of India in
Auckland Bhav Dhillon said.
The diaspora organisations
have worked hard to put
together a cultural programme
that truly reflects India’s great
unity in diversity. As continuing
celebrations of the Amrit
Mahotsav, an added bonus this
year will be a special Bhangra
troupe from India that will regale
audiences at the Mahatma
Gandhi Centre on the day. The
troupe has been organised by
the Indian Council for Cultural
Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
As part of Azadi Ka Amrit
Mahotsav, students all over
the world including here in
New Zealand have been invited
to participate in Jigyasa: The
AKAM Quiz. Winning team
members are eligible for a
scholarship of Rs. 10 lakh each.
Numerous awards by the Govt
of India will also be given on the
“We would like this year’s
celebrations to be the biggest,”
says Bhartiya Samaj’s Jeet
Suchdev. “It is heartening to see
so many diaspora organisations
It is heartening
to see so many
coming together to
celebrate our biggest
national day jointly.”
coming together to celebrate
our biggest national day
Though India is a nation of
great diversity with a multitude
of languages and cultures,
there was an underlying unity
that defines all things Indian
and it is important to reflect
that presenting a united front,
“For the past five years, all
diaspora organisations have
been coming together in
this spirit of unity to jointly
celebrate national day events
in Auckland. It projects the
Indian community as one united
whole and avoids confusion
among everyone, especially
the government and official
dignitaries, when in the past
there used to be multiple
Some diaspora leaders have
that this tendency to host
separate celebrations was
being attempted again.
“It gives the needlessly
undesirable impression that
the Indian community is
divided. Differences can be
resolved through free and frank
dialogue,” one leader said.
Suchdev says, “While
it is important to project
India’s diverse character
through multiple celebrations
by respective diaspora
organisations throughout the
year, it is more important to
celebrate national days like
Independence Day and Republic
Day to reflect the unity of India
as a nation.”
Jyoti Parashar, Education
Chairperson of Bharatiya Mandir
said, “It is a proud occasion
for us all and attending the
historic event of ‘Azadi Ka
Amrit Mahotsav’ in big numbers
will be a great way for us to
demonstrate our unity and
“Taking part in the event
with friends and family will
be our best tribute to all who
sacrificed their lives for the
country’s independence and
for us to enjoy this day today.
Let us pledge to spread the
word and make the event a
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Kannada is the banyan tree of
The Wellington Kannada Katte,
by its very name, invokes the
rural custom followed in the
Indian state of Karnataka where local
community members meet under the
vast canopy of a banyan tree to bond
with one another.
For the tight-knit, roughly 200-strong
Kannadiga community, spread across
the greater Wellington region, the Katte
offers an opportunity for its members to
bond through their common language,
culture and the annual celebration to
mark the birth of Karnataka.
“The Katte provides a platform for
Kannadiga-speaking people to meet,
welcome new members, take part in
various events and celebrate festivals,”
said Pooja, a member of the core
committee of the Katte.
The Kannada-speaking community of
Wellington got together to form the
Katte in 2015 with around 30 members.
The membership has since swelled to
The Katte essentially operates as a
WhatsApp group, organising events
in community centres every year to
celebrate Ugaadi (Kannadiga New Year),
Rajyotsava (marking the formation of
Karnataka State on November 1) and
These social get-togethers are marked
by talent and fashion shows, cultural
programmes, games and ethnic cuisine
prepared in the community kitchen set
up for the occasion.
“We go on hikes and picnics. We
help and guide each other to find jobs,
housing etc,” Pooja said.
In July, the Katte
participated in the allwomen
hosted at the Indian
High Commission. The
by folk dances and
Katte, the sole
of the Kannada-speaking
community of Wellington, is an
online presence at the moment, though
plans are afoot to drop this model and
adopt the standard structure normally
followed by other migrant associations.
Pre-Covid, the Katte held weekly
classes in Lower Hutt to promote
the Kannadiga language and keep
migrant children in touch with their
The “Makkaligagi Kannada” (Kannada
for kids) initiative launched by the
The Katte provides a
platform for Kannadigaspeaking
people to meet,
welcome new members,
take part in various events
and celebrate festivals,”
Katte engaged the class in song, dance,
folklore and story-telling .
The classes are yet to resume.
“We have a saying in Karnataka:
wherever you go, wherever you are,
at heart always remain a Kannadiga,”
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NEW ZEALAND 9
Hariyali Teej celebrated in style
by Christchurch women
The Indian community in
the Indian festival of
Teej with a special event called
Hariyali Teej on 30 July at
Redwood Primary School.
It was a ladies-only event
with free entry.
Women traditionally celebrate
Hariyali Teej and other variations
of the Teej festival, to welcome
the monsoon season with
songs, dancing, and prayers. It
is also celebrated in memory of
the day Shiva formally accepted
Parvati as his wife, the day the
two were reunited. Parvati is
also known as Teej mata.
The event, conceived and
hosted by Shalini Gupta, had
more than 200 women braving
the rainy weather come and
enjoy stunning performances
put together by Christchurch
Indian women from diverse
On being asked how she got
the idea of the event, Gupta
told us, “While a lot of big-ticket
events are organised regularly,
like Holi and Diwali, I felt a lot
of small Indian festivals also
need to be celebrated with the
involvement of the community
"I am from UP, while my
husband is from Rajasthan.
Both of these Indian states
celebrate Teej at a big level.
“In Christchurch, I came
across various other women
community members who also
wanted to come together and
celebrate this festival with
music, dance, good food and
lots of fun.
"So in 2018, we decided to
host the event at a small scale
with the participation of around
Local Community Board
Member Dr Sunita Gautam,
I always love to
participate in Indian
festivals as it gives
me an opportunity
to interact with the
in a fun environment
and get their informal
feedback on the
local issues. I also
communities to vote
in the local elections
as it is a right and
community leader Archna
Tandon and Dr Geeta Singh
were special guests.
Dr Gautam told Indian
Weekender, “I always love to
participate in Indian festivals
as it gives me an opportunity
to interact with the community
members in a fun environment
and get their informal feedback
on the local issues.
"I also encourage ethnic
communities to vote in the
local elections as it is a
right and responsibility.”
Tandon shared, “Every year
I look forward to this event
as Shalini and her team do a
brilliant job of organising this
beautiful fun-filled celebration.
This year I enjoyed all the
performances, and everyone
was looking lovely in their
This year, with performers
ranging in age from 29 to
60, there were dance and
musical performances by more
than 10 groups.
There were many heartfelt
and entertaining performances
that were appreciated by the
audience. Several performers
were performing for the first
time on stage.
There are a lot of women
who feel comfortable and
at ease when performing
Gupta was helped by Jaskiran,
Bhavna Agarwal, Parmjeet Kaur,
Sushila Bisht, Harman Rana,
Silky Sharma, Akshita Shivde
and Isha Sidhu.
Gupta also expressed her
satisfaction to see little kids
participating in and appreciating
the lesser-known Indian culture
“It is a wonderful fun way
to expose our youth to
these festivals which are not
celebrated at a bigger scale.”
The event was supported by
A2Z Accounting, Arise Financial
Services, Fanfare Event Hire
and Bombay Bazaar.
The event also celebrates
and provides encouragement
to women entrepreneurs by
hosting stalls where they can
showcase and sell their wares.
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Continuing from our last
week’s story featuring
Nelson Myers-Daly - a
young Kiwi musician who has
a spiritual connect with the
bamboo cross flute, this week
we speak to Liam, another
accomplished musician based
in Christchurch who has taken
up to play the sitar which is
mostly used in Hindustani
The sitar is a plucked stringed
instrument originating from
the Indian subcontinent and
most believe was invented in
The sitar, which is commonly
used throughout the Indian
subcontinent, gained popularity
throughout the world thanks
to Ravi Shankar leading to the
instrument appearing on tracks
by bands such as the Beatles,
the Doors, the Rolling Stones
Here are excerpts from the
Indian Weekender’s interview
When and how did you get
interested in playing sitar?
I have played the guitar most
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of my life, but have always been
interested in other cultures,
especially their music.
Having been fascinated with
traditional stringed instruments
from around the world since
I was a teenager, I appreciate
the ease of access to music
from other countries now
that the internet allows for
While scrolling through some
videos, I came across some
videos on sitar and thought
“I’ve got to try that! ”
Many people might be
familiar with George Harrison’s
experiments and collaboration
with the Sitar maestro
Ravi Shankar, which helped
popularise Indian classical music
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My father, a big fan of The
Beatles, was very enthusiastic
about me wanting to learn the
sitar and he bought me one in
2017, from the Gandharva Loka
music store in Christchurch.
I am mostly selftaught
were no sitar teachers
in Christchurch and
not many players
either. Luckily, thanks
to the Internet it is
not difficult to find
good resources online
to help learn and
practice. I believe
that a big part of
learning comes from
just listening and then
And that’s when I immediately
fell in love with the instrument.
Where did you learn
to play sitar?
I am mostly self-taught
because, unfortunately, there
were no sitar teachers in
Christchurch and not many
players either. Luckily, thanks
to the Internet it is not difficult
to find good resources online to
help learn and practice. I believe
that a big part of learning
comes from just listening and
My guitar experience also
gave me a head start in
learning sitar by just observing
and experimenting with the
instrument on my own.
There is, however, a limit
to learning by oneself and I
would love to find a proper
teacher one day as I still have
much to learn.
Where have you performed
I have been lucky enough
to perform sitar a lot over
the last few years, including
several performances with
local music duo Monk Party
(Nelson & Pragunya Myers-
Daly). Together we have put on
our concerts in Christchurch,
Timaru, Akaroa, and Wainui and
have been guest performers
at a few other multicultural
events. On some occasions,
I have also accompanied
Sikh friends in performing
kirtan at local Gurudwaras,
and this year I got to play at
Revathi Performing Arts’ 2022
Sangeetham concert which was
a great experience.
I have also had the privilege
of being a part of some
concerts at the University of
Canterbury School of Music,
such as their 2021 Gala
Concert and the 2022 Golden
Ribbon Multicultural Youth
Music Festival in the James Hay
Theatre, Christchurch Town
Have you visited India or have
any plans to visit?
Unfortunately, I have never
been to India yet, but it is
definitely on the bucket list! I
feel that visiting India would
be a great opportunity to
experience and soak up the
culture, spirituality, music, and
vibrant energy that the country
has to offer
Which Indian sitar player(s)
do you admire and follow?
Sitar legends such as Ravi
Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee and
Vilayat Khan were perhaps
unsurprisingly the first
sitar players I discovered,
but some of my more
contemporary favourites would
be Shahid Parvez Khan and
Which other instruments do
Aside from guitar and sitar,
my main interest is in traditional
string instruments from around
the world, especially the Middle
East, so I play Persian setar,
Afghan rabab, Turkish saz,
Turkish/Arabic oud, Kazakh
dombra, Greek bouzouki, as well
as other similar instruments to
varying degrees of proficiency.
Some I am consistently
performing, such as sitar and
setar, whereas some are more
of a hobby.
What are your career plans?
Do you intend to pursue music
or are you already working
on something else?
I have been involved with
the Christchurch Iranian
community in founding Simurgh
Music School, a music school
aimed to teach traditional
instruments not just from
Iran but also the surrounding
regions of Afghanistan, the
Middle East and India, so I teach
sitar here too.
We view it not just as a
typical music school but also
as an important way to help
keep in touch with their
musical traditions and promote
their culture in New Zealand.
Between working with Simurgh
Music school teaching,
events, and performing with
various other music groups
and projects, I definitely am
keeping busy with music for
the time being.
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appointed Nepal’s new
Hon Consul in Auckland
Local businessman and
Dinesh Khadka has
been appointed as the
government of Nepal’s
new Honorary Consul in
has been confirmed
in the Letter of
N e p a l ’ s
Zealand (based in
Canberra), Kailash Raj
Pokharel, on July 27.
“I have the pleasure to
attach herewith the Letter
of Commission appointing
you as the Honorary Consul
of Nepal to the region of
Auckland, Waikato, Northland
of New Zealand for four years
effective from June 28, 2022,”
says the letter issued by Kailash
On his new appointment Khadka
said, “It’s a matter of great pride and
satisfaction. I look forward to giving my
everything in this role and advancing the
great people-to-people relations that we
have between our two countries – Nepal
promote the overall
cultural and commercial
interests of Nepal, along
with assisting any
Speaking more about
the mandate for his
role as Hon Consul of
Nepal, Khadka said,
“I will be working
to promote the
interests of Nepal,
in NZ.” along with assisting
any Nepalese nationals in
The people of Nepal celebrate close
ties with NZ, fuelled by the legacy of
the bonhomie and camaraderie between
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing
Norgay – the two legendary first
conquerors of the mighty Mt Everest –
the highest mountain on planet earth
above seas level.
In recent years, bonhomie has grown
further with the increasing size of the
Nepali diaspora in NZ and celebrations
of key Nepali festivals in Aotearoa, New
Zealand, including the Nepal Festival.
Khadka has been playing a key role in
leading the vibrant Nepalese diaspora,
including holding positions of the
immediate past president of the NZ Nepal
Society and as the current President of
NZ Nepal Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Khadka is also well entrenched and
deeply connected with the wider
Kiwi-Indian diaspora in NZ and carries
forward the traditional Indo-Nepal
brotherhood in NZ.
“Our two communities share similar
cultural values, common sub-continental
vibes and have similar experiences as
ethnic migrant communities in NZ, and
I wish to work continuously to expand
that mutually shared bonhomie,”
Week in politics: Govt
struggles to surge ahead on
‘crime crisis,’ National fails
to impress on economy
The government this week continued to struggle to wrest the narrative on
rising crime, despite prioritising firearm prohibition orders to reduce gun
harm. National Party was less than impressive to hit on the government’s
overall performance on economy.
This week witnessed some spirited attempts from both – the government and the
opposition – to seize the centre stage of the news cycle, yet both have abysmally
fallen short, despite clear opportunities to take a hit on the other.
Early in the week, Police Minister came out with a press release announcing that
the Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill would be passed through all remaining
stages by the end of next week.
The bill aims to give the courts the power to impose an Order on gang members
wielding guns in public and indulging in serious gun-related violence.
The bill (on firearms prohibition order), according to the government’s own
admission, is a significant step forward after being first considered under the
previous National government in 2014, when the idea failed to get traction in the
parliament. A Select Committee also recommended change in early 2017.
Other proposals in a Members Bill were rejected in 2018 and 2021 because they
were too narrow.
Yet, despite this seeming progress, the overall perception remained unchanged,
with the perception of a currently ongoing “crime crisis” in New Zealand continuing
to gain traction.
The number of audacious ram raids on dairy store operators across the country
and the accompanying stories of fear, sense of violation and frustration experienced
by hapless retailers did little to improve the government’s image on law and order.
To be fair to the government, though, the government has acted with muchexalted
sense of decisiveness and clarity on law and order and rising crime in the last
month and a half, including changing the Minister of Police.
The new Police Minister Chris Hipkins, who is arguably one of the most efficient
and the go-to Minister in the cabinet, has demonstrated far more energy, urgency
and clarity of mind than his predecessors in the key portfolio.
Yet the law-and-order situation continues to remain the government’s Achilles’
The opposition National Party was equally lacklustre in making a mark on this
The party leader Chris Luxon, coming out fresh from previous weeks of social
media gaffes and speaking with media ahead of the then anticipated Stats NZ
report on unemployment rates, did not have a clear and new vision about the future
direction of the NZ economy.
The line of attack on the government that it was running a constrained economy
and constrained immigration was responsible for huge staff shortages was stale,
without any vigour.
The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Caramel Sepuloni was quick
to claim that the record low level of unemployment (3.3 per cent for the June
quarter) was a result of “the Government’s economic plan to support households
and businesses through the challenging global environment, resulting in more people
in work and wages rising.”
In the absence of any believable counterargument from the opposition, the
government’s claim of record low unemployment levels remains unchallenged.
The story of the seething pain of the hospitality and the tourism sector, struggling
for both – the visitors and travellers and the workers to support the sector –
Even the much-awaited news of the complete border opening on midnight of July
31 failed to give any impetus to the struggling sectors as the numbers arriving on
the borders are expected to trickle down slowly rather than appearing in the form
of a deluge.
To give a perspective, on the first day of border opening (August 1), Immigration
New Zealand received 2863 visitor visa applications and 696 student visa
Indeed, this is nowhere near the pre-Covid numbers of incoming travellers, visitors
and workers coming into the New Zealand economy.
Since then, the government has brought in an “immigration reset” with the
ambitious aim of reducing the reliance on temporary migrants from overseas. It is
now the beginning of how that immigration reset will unfold and help the economy
grow as NZ reconnects with the rest of the world.
In all, this week in politics witnessed less than impressive performance from both
the government and the opposition.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Morning is an important time of day, because
how you spend your morning can often tell you
what kind of day you are going to have.
– Lemony Snicket
IN FOCUS : Picture of the week
Srinagar: National flags put up at the gate of Hurriyet
Conference office by Jammu and Kashmir Reconciliation
Front chairman Sandeep Mawa, at Rajbagh area of Srinagar
on Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022.
This week in New Zealand’s history
7 August 1908
First train runs length of main trunk line
The first train to travel the length of the North Island main trunk line, the ‘Parliament
Special’ left Wellington on the evening of 7 August. On board were Prime Minister
Sir Joseph Ward and other members of Parliament heading to Auckland to greet the
American navy’s ‘Great White Fleet’.
8 August 1995
Shakti begins in New Zealand
On 8 August 1995 Farida Sultana and seven other women met to discuss the
establishment of a culturally specialist support service for Asian, Middle Eastern
and African women in New Zealand.
9 August 1908
US 'Great White Fleet' arrives in Auckland
Sixteen American battleships arrived in New Zealand with much pomp and
ceremony. A feature of the six-day ‘fleet week’ stopover was a civic reception
attended by most of the members of the New Zealand Parliament, who had travelled
north from Wellington aboard the ‘Parliament Special’ – the first train to traverse the
whole length of the still-unfinished main trunk railway line.
10 August 1840
British proclaim sovereignty as French head for Akaroa
HMS Britomart arrived at Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula, a week before a shipload of
French colonists landed there. The Britomart's captain raised the Union Jack to
confirm Britain's claim to sovereignty over the area.
11 August 1962
Picton ferry Aramoana enters service
Few 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.
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Indian medical team
conducts heart surgeries
Around 18 children have undergone heart
surgeries at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani
Children’s Hospital since Friday.
A 21-member team of surgeons and support
medical professionals are in Fiji from India to
operate on children suffering from congenital
heart disease.Hospital Director, Dr Krupali
Tappoo, says they intend to undertake around
25 to 30 surgeries in a span of one week.
"Many of these surgeries are open heart
surgeries where they actually do have to open
up the chest. They empty out the heart from all
the blood using a very special machine called the a six-month-old baby, whereas the oldest was a
They stop the heart and in those 20- 25 The team is from Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals
minutes they actually repair the lesion which India, brought in by Sai Prema Foundation Fiji
could be a hole in the heart.”
as part of the Foundation’s Gift of Life free
The youngest patient to be operated on was heart surgery project.
The United Nations
access to clean, healthy and
sustainable environment is a
universal human right is historic
and comes at a critical juncture.
This has been highlighted by
Waste Recyclers Fiji Limited
Director and Pacific Recycling
Foundation Founder Amitesh
Deo. The declaration calls
upon States, international
organizations, and business
enterprises to scale up efforts
to ensure a healthy environment
for all. Deo has welcomed the
comments by the UN Secretary-
General, António Guterres that
the resolution will help reduce
He has also thanked Prime
Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
for being a climate champion
He adds the onus is now on
every Fijian to take up the fight
and to become champions in
their individual settings.
Deo adds that the UN
declaration was far-reaching
and could also extend to people
involved in the waste recycling
business – from Community
Pillars for Recycling to council
workers who worked at dump
sites and landfills.
Port of Suva nominated for Oceania’s Best Cruise Terminal 2022
The Port of Suva has been
nominated again by the World
Cruise Awards for the award of
Oceania’s Best Cruise Terminal 2022.
The World Cruise Awards is the sister
event to the world travel Awards, which
was launched in 1994 to celebrate
excellence in global travel and tourism.
This is the 2nd year of the annual
World Cruise Awards.
The World Cruise Awards aims to
foster growth, innovations, and best
practice in the cruise sector on a global
scale. Its programme covers a full
spectrum of the global cruise sector.
Categories include Best Cruise Line,
Best Cruise Destination (Fiji has also
been nominated), Best Cruise Terminal,
Best Cruise Travel Agency, and Best
River Cruise Ship.
Nominees range from small companies
and start-ups to global brands.
The winner for each category is
determined by the number of votes
accumulated. Voting closes August 7,
2022. The Port of Suva is up against
Fijians challenged to bring
UN declaration into action
“Despite winning Oceania’s
Best Cruise Terminal 2021,
Fiji Ports is delighted for
the Port of Suva to be
nominated again for this
category. This is a great
achievement for Fiji, the
Port of Suva and for FPCL
as the managing company
to continually be recognized
on a global scale.
the Ports of Auckland (New Zealand),
Port of Newcastle (New Zealand), and
Sydney Harbour (Australia).
“Despite winning Oceania’s Best
Cruise Terminal 2021, Fiji Ports is
delighted for the Port of Suva to be
nominated again for this category. This
is a great achievement for Fiji, the Port
of Suva and for FPCL as the managing
company to continually be recognized
on a global scale.
This is an opportune time
especially with the first cruise vessels
finally coming back to Fiji after
two years in August.”
Awards are based on a global voting
system and is open to industry and nonindustry
personnel and overseen by an
Friday, 5 August, 2022
Who is Pingali Venkayya, the
man who designed India’s
Pingali Venkayya, a freedom fighter and staunch
Gandhian, was the first to draw up a rudimentary
design of the national flag in 1921. Today, the Centre
is honouring him by releasing a postage stamp on his 146th
A country is identified by its national flag, emblem and
anthem. Today, when you think of India, as it marks its
75th year of Independence, the Tricolour comes to mind
But, who do we have to thank for when it comes to our
national flag? The man behind India’s Tricolour is Pingali
Venkayya. On his 146th birth anniversary today, the Union
culture ministry is holding an event — Tiranga Utsav — to
celebrate the contributions of Venkayya. The event, being
attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, will also see the release
of a commemorative postal stamp in his honour.
Let’s take a deep dive into Pingali Venkayya’s life and
celebrate his many contributions to the nation.
Pingali Venkayya is credited with giving the national flag its basic framework.
Image Courtesy: @MinOfCultureGoI/Twitter
Pingali Venkayya’s early life
On 2 August 1876, Pingali Venkayya was born into a Telegu
Brahmin family in Bhatlapenumarru, Madras Presidency, British
India (today’s Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh).
After completing his high school studies in Madras, he
went to Cambridge University and became a polymath —
with interests in geology, agriculture, education and even in
languages. A young Venkayya was then sent to South Africa
to fight in the Second Boer War (1899-1902) war as a British
Indian Army soldier. It was in South Africa that he was struck
by the sense of nationhood the Union Jack inspired among
As per legend, when the soldiers had to salute the Union
Jack (the British national flag), it stayed in his mind and it was
this incident that inspired him to design a national flag for
India. It was also during this stint with the British Army that
the 19-year-old met Mahatma Gandhi in Africa. He became
a staunch Gandhian and followed Gandhi's ideals and they
became close with an association that lasted over 50 years.
His love for languages is why he caught the attention of
people. In 1913, he delivered a full-length lecture in Japanese,
at a school in Bapatla, a town in Andhra Pradesh. He became
instantly famous as ‘Japan Venkayya’.
He was also known as Patti Venkayya because of his
research into the Cambodia Cotton. Patti means ‘cotton’,
which was very important for Machilipatnam, a former port
city that became famous for its Kalamkari handloom weaves.
After returning to India, he dedicated himself to the creation
of a national flag for the country. In 1916, he even published
a booklet on flags of other nations, A National Flag for India,
offering nearly 30 designs of what could make the Indian flag.
A flag is adopted
From 1919 to 1921, Venkayya continuously kept pushing
for the idea of having a national flag of India during the
Congress sessions. Venkayya’s design for the National Flag
was finally approved by Mahatama Gandhi in a Congress
meeting in Vijayawada in 1921.
This is what the national flag first looked like after Venkayya accepted Gandhi's
suggestions. The red and green represented the main religious communities of
India -- Hindus and Muslims, while the white stood for peace and the charkha
represented Swaraj. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
“Pingali Venkaiah who is working in Andhra National College
Machilipatnam, has published a book, describing the flags
of the countries and has designed many models for our
own National Flag. I appreciate his hard struggle during the
sessions of Indian National Congress for the approval of Indian
National Flag,” Mahatama Gandhi had written in Young India.
The initial flag, called the Swaraj flag, consisted of two red
and green bands; the two bands represented the two major
religious communities — the Hindus and the Muslims. The flag
also had a charkha, which represented Swaraj.
On the advice of Mahatma Gandhi, Venkayya added a
white band. The white represented peace. Though the first
tricolour was not officially accepted by the All India Congress
Committee (AICC), it began to be hoisted on all Congress
The flag kept being used, but it was in 1931 that concerns
were raised about the religious aspect of the flag.
Keeping that in mind, a Flag Committee was set up and they
came up with a new idea, called Purna Swaraj.
They replaced the red with saffron and changed the order
of the colours, with saffron on top followed by white and
then green. The charkha was placed on the white band in the
middle. The colours stood for qualities and not communities;
the saffron for courage and sacrifice, white for truth and
peace, and green for faith and strength.
The charkha stood for the welfare of the masses. Post-
Independence, a national flag committee under President
Rajendra Prasad replaced the charkha with the Ashok Chakra.
File image of Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu garlanding the
statue of Pingali Venkayya at Pingali Venkayya AIR Station, in Vijayawada. PIB
Honouring Venkayya after his demise. Venkayya breathed his
last on 4 July 1963 in poverty.
It was only in 2009, that he was dug out of history and a
postage stamp was released in his honour.
In 2015, the then Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah
Naidu had renamed AIR Vijaywada after Venkayya and unveiled
his statue on its premises.
Naidu had once said that Venkayya was the unsung hero of
our freedom struggle who made an immense contribution. He
devoted his entire life to the nation and worked relentlessly to
make India a free country.
Last year, his name was also proposed for the Bharat Ratna
by Andhra Pradesh chief minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
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5G rollout: India
would become the
first country to deliver
indigenous 5G, says
Union MoS for Information
Chandrashekhar on Tuesday
said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
increased the confidence in Digital India
and it is the reason India is now among
the leading countries and one of the first
to deliver indigenous 5G.
He further went on to say that India
will become the first country to deliver
indigenous 5G, which is a proud moment
for India and another important thing is
that India is going with the 5G network
in the 5G generation that is designed
and built in India.
"The equipment that we are using now
for 5G, has never been used before. 2G,
3G, and 4G network in the country was
always imported from outside. Today,
because of the leadership of the PM, we
are getting Rs 1.5 lakh crore from the
government," he added
Chandrashekhar said that it is an
important milestone for India that
the spectrum's latest generation 5G
network will be made available to the
citizens with the equipment designed
in India. "It is very important to have
5G rollout because what we have been
seeing since last week is the auction of
a 5G spectrum in the country. When the
situation in other countries is so bad in
this call, we are showing the whole world
how many spectrum options there are.
Another important milestone is that we
will implement 5G, the fifth generation
of wireless technology in India from Jio,
Airtel and other companies, and this will
give people a new internet service," he
India continues to
be fastest growing
assessment of global
Emphasizing on the Centre's
measures to tide over the global
economic slowdown, Union
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
on Monday said India continues to be
the fastest growing economy in the
assessment of international agencies.
In her reply to the debate on price
rise at the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman
said, "Repeatedly in the assessment
of global agencies, India remains the
fastest growing economy. This House
irrespective of the party should feel
proud of the country and its people.
State governments have helped." "We
have never seen a pandemic of this kind.
All of us were trying to make sure that
people in our constituencies are given
extra help. I recognise that everybody
-MPs and state governments have played
their role. Otherwise, India would not be
where it is compared to the rest of the
world. So, I fully credit the people of
India for this. Even against adversity, we
are able to stand up and be recognised
as the fastest growing economy," she
Sitharaman said India has sufficient
forex reserves and economic
fundamentals are perfect. The Finance
Minister emphasized that due to the
measures taken by the government,
India is in a much better position than
most countries. She said prices of edible
oils have corrected sharply following
steps taken by the government.
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British PM candidate
Truss boosted by
former rival’s backing
Foreign Secretary Liz
Truss’s bid to become
Britain’s next prime
minister got a major boost on
Monday when she received
the backing of a lawmaker she
narrowly defeated to make it to
the final two candidates vying
to replace Boris Johnson.
Junior trade minister
Penny Mordaunt was the last
contender to be eliminated
in a succession of ballots
by lawmakers in the ruling
Conservative Party, losing out
to Truss by just eight votes.
Party members will now
decide whether Truss, who is
favourite to succeed Johnson
according to opinion polls, or
former finance minister Rishi
Sunak should be the next
Conservative leader and prime
minister. “I came third in this
water to fill 58,000
into the Earth's
One of the most powerful
volcanic eruptions on
the planet blasted such a
massive amount of water vapor
high into the atmosphere that
it's likely to temporarily warm
the Earth's surface, according
to detections from a NASA
When the undersea Hunga
Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano
erupted on January 15, 40
miles (65 kilometers) north
of Tonga's capital, it created
a tsunami as well as a sonic
boom that rippled around the
world - twice. The eruption
sent a tall plume of water vapor
into the stratosphere, which
is located between 8 and 33
miles (12 and 53 kilometers)
above the Earth's surface. It
was enough water to fill 58,000
Olympic-sized swimming pools,
according to detections from a
NASA satellite. The detection
was made by the Microwave
Limb Sounder instrument on
NASA's Aura satellite. The
satellite measures water vapor,
ozone and other atmospheric
gases. After the eruption
occurred, the scientists were
surprised by the water vapor
They estimate that the
eruption delivered 146
teragrams of water to the
stratosphere. One teragram
is the equivalent of a trillion
grams, and in this case, it
was equal to 10% of the
water already present in the
British Foreign Secretary and
Conservative leadership candidate Liz
Truss during her visit to Twelve Oaks
Farm, on August 01, 2022 in Newton
contest and I owe it to all of
you to be a signpost, not a
weather vane, and so I’ve made
Rishi Sunak, trailing in the
race to become Britain’s
next prime minister, has
vowed to slash the basic rate
of income tax by 20% by 2029
in a potentially make-or-break
throw of the dice by the former
Sunak, once seen as the
favourite to replace Boris
Johnson when he helped to
steer the economy through
the ravages of the COVID-19
pandemic, has struggled
against his rival, Foreign
Secretary Liz Truss, who has
pledged immediate tax cuts.
Sunak said he remained
focused on tackling inflation
my choice,” Mordaunt told a
hustings event in southwest
“I’ve seen enough to know
who the person that I’m going
to put my faith in is and that is
Mordaunt joins other senior
ministers who have backed
Truss in recent days, including
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
and finance minister Nadhim
Zahawi. Sunak was initially seen
as the favourite to replace
Johnson when he helped to
steer the economy through
the ravages of the COVID-19
pandemic, but he has struggled
to make headway against Truss.
He said he would slash the
basic rate of income tax by
20% by 2029 in a potentially
of the dice.
but once that was achieved
he would follow through on
an already-announced plan
to take 1 pence off income
‘You can’t switch off death,’
German crematorium boss
warns as energy crisis looms
Germans more often
than not choose to be
cremated when they die
– which would be a problem if
Russia turns off the gas.
As Western sanctions
heighten tensions between
Europe and Moscow, the whole
nation is on alert for a possible
cut-off of supply by Russian
state gas giant Gazprom.
crematoriums, are developing
contingency plans to cope with
rising gas costs and the risk it is
unavailable at any price.
consortium chairman, said in
the event of any rationing, the
sector should be prioritised
because, without gas, most
crematoriums cannot function.
“You cannot switch off
death,” he said.
Of the roughly one million
people who die every year
in Germany, nearly three
quarters are cremated, figures
from Germany’s undertakers’
Compared with other
tax in 2024, and then take a
further 3 pence off by the
end of the next parliament,
likely around 2029.
The two pledges would take
income tax from 20p to 16p.
Sunak said the plan would
mark the biggest income
tax cut since the time of
“It is a radical vision but it
is also a realistic one,” he said
in a statement on Sunday, a
day before Conservative Party
members are due to start
receiving their ballot papers to
vote for the party’s new leader.
Britain’s hunt for a new prime
minister was triggered on July
European countries, that is
a high percentage, Stephan
Neuser, the association’s head
It stemmed in part, he said,
from a tradition in the former
east Germany, where nearly all
burials were through cremation,
and it continued as families
that relocate and an ageing
population prefer urns to graves
that they would be unable to
visit and maintain.
Longer term, changing from
gas to electricity could be an
option, but Neuser said that
could not happen quickly.
In the immediate term, one
possibility would be to reduce
ovens’ average temperature to
750 degrees Celsius (1,382°F)
from the current 850C, which
could save between 10% to
20% of gas, but he said the
measure needed a special
permit from states’ authorities.
Crematoriums are also
switching off some ovens,
while keeping others running
constantly, so they don’t cool
down and require more gas to
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to announce his resignation
following months of scandal.
Conservative lawmakers have
whittled a field of candidates
down to Truss and Sunak,
with an announcement of the
decision by party members due
on Sept. 5.
With inflation surging to
a 40-year high of 9.4% and
growth stalling, the economy
dominated early stages of
the contest, with Sunak
arguing that Truss’s plan to
reverse a rise in social security
contributions and cancel a
planned rise in corporation tax
would stoke inflation further.
Friday, 5 August, 2022
The first tribal woman to become President of India, wore her
identity and heritage with pride donning a Santhali weave sari
How the choice of a handloom
white sari has made President
Droupadi into a style icon
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The first tribal woman to become
a President of India, wore her
identity and heritage with pride
by wearing a Santhali weave sari
The swearing in of Droupadi Murmu as
the th15th President of India was a
historic moment in so many ways.
The first tribal leader to hold this
office, President Droupadi is also the
first President to be born after India’s
The President also noted that she was
holding office in the country’s 75th year
of being an independent nation in her
opening address to the nation.
The 64-year-old also created a
landmark fashion moment at her
swearing in ceremony. At first glance
you may wonder why so much is being
written about this handloom white sari
worn with a plain white three-quarter
It is all to do with the weaving
technique behind this textile.
The Santhali weave sari was not only
a nod to her tribal roots, it also was a
huge shout to the handloom heritage of
this country. Santhali is a native weave
form of East India, and in particular of
her own state of Odisha that is worn by
Says fashion designer Nachiket Barve,
and a recent receipt of the National
Award for Costume designer, “Our
country has such an incredible diversity
of cultures and communities; each with
their own special textiles and legacy. It
feels wonderful to see that the president
wore a piece of textile that expresses
her heritage and the uniqueness of her
It is the power of
our democracy that
a daughter born in a
poor house, a daughter
born in a remote tribal
area, can reach the
post of India."
“It has been widely reported the sari
was a gift from her brother’s wife Sukri
Tudu who was one of four members of
Murmu’s family who attended
the oath swearing
ceremony held in
Says noted stylist
and slow fashion
Ekta Rajani, “In
many ways, her
choice of sari is
all very reflective
and consistent with
her point of view that
people from tribal backgrounds
can break through certain
barriers. She represented her tribe
and all tribals on a global platform.”
As the new president (who is only
the second woman to achieve this status)
said at the ceremony.
"It is the power of our democracy
that a daughter born in a poor house,
a daughter born in a remote tribal area,
can reach the highest constitutional
post of India."
Dignitaries, right from Mahatma Gandhi,
have turned to fashion to amplify
their political and cultural point of view.
While it is an age-old tradition, President
Murmu’s sartorial choices have reminded
us how clothing is linked to cultural
identity. Explains celebrity stylist
Divyak De Souza, “Fashion is not as
trivial or as frivolous, as a lot of people
would like to believe.
"This particular type of sari is made
by weavers who are from the Adivasi
community of different states of East
India and she is an Adivasi woman.”
The textile worn by her was an
updated version of this traditional
drape version as it had a red
stripe on the upper border and
a broad green stripe with triangular
spikes on the lower side,
and so also spoke about how
weaving traditions in the country live
and breathe and need to adapt with
time to survive.
Worn at times of celebrations,
traditional versions of this sari often
feature a three-bow design which is a
symbol of a woman’s desire for freedom.
A country of many weaves, textiles
is the second largest employer in the
country, yet many of traditional textiles
are often ignored by fashion.
The highlighting of this particular
weave, acts as a reminder of this
Gaurav Jai Gupta of Akaaro, a label
known for innovation in textiles says, “It
will also put the sari itself on the map,
especially the Santali Sari.
It is a tribal saree that I didn’t know
much about. I just read up on it.
But that’s what is the beauty, you
know, more and more people will
get familiar with it.
And I think the conversation about
the particular textile will increase; more
people will engage with it. And, you
know, in future, I hope that i t
develops into something wonderful and
strong, which I’m sure it already is.”
Expect to see ripple effects of
this moment, as veteran fashion
designer David Abraham of Abraham
& Thakore says, "President Murmu’s
choice of the three-shuttle handloom
sari with the pronounced temple motifs
is an important statement of cultural
identity. It also signals a respect for
the traditional hand skills for which
India is celebrated."
It has also ensured that fashion will
be keeping a watchful eye on President
Droupadi Murmu’s sartorial choices.
As Sunil Sethi, president of the Fashion
Design Council of India says, “Her choice
has shown she is a woman of great taste,
and that understands how important
weaving traditions are to India. I feel
she will keep wearing such textiles and
bring attention to the handlooms of
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• 4cups - flour (maida)
• 1/4tsp - salt
• 1tsp - sugar
• 1tsp - baking powder
• 1/2tsp - baking soda
• 2tbsp - oil
• 1cup - plain yoghurt (of room
• 2cups - milk (of room temperature)
• Water as much required for kneading
• 5 - potatoes, large and boiled
• 2 - onions, medium and chopped
• 3tbsp - chopped coriander leaves
• 3-4 - green chillies, chopped
• 1tbsp - chaat masala powder
• 1tbsp - mango powder (amchoor
• 1tsp garam masala
• 1tsp - salt or according to taste
• 2tbsp - coriander seeds
• 2tbsp - cumin seeds
• 1tbsp - dry fenugreek leaves to
• 1tsp - red chilli powder to sprinkle
• Oil or ghee for basting
• Place flour in a large bowl, add salt,
sugar, baking powder and baking
soda, mix well with your hand.
• Add oil and rub it in the flour with
your fingers; add yoghurt and keep
rubbing it all together until small soft
crumbs are formed.
• Add milk to the crumbled flour and
knead; add water in tablespoons if
needed and knead it for about 4-5
minutes or until the mixture has
formed a smooth dough.
• Grease the bowl with oil or ghee;
apply oil all around the dough and
then place the dough in the greased
• Cover the dough with a damp muslin
Amritsari aloo kulcha
Amritsari aloo kulcha is traditionally made in Indian tandoor.
Variations are done in making the kulcha because tandoor is
not available in every house; if you don’t have tandoor it can
be made in the oven or on tawa. Kulcha’s are made of stuffing
and are fluffy, soft from inside and crisp from the outside.
cloth or plastic wrap and leave it to
rest for at least 4 hours to ferment
(you will see that the dough has
doubled the size).
• Heat heavy base frypan over medium
• Dry roast coriander seeds and cumin
seeds separately until aromatic then
transfer them unto a plate.
• With the help of rolling pin crush the
seeds ( or coarse grind them ) and
set aside for later use.
• In a large mixing bowl, place boiled
potatoes with onions, coriander,
green chillies, chaat masala powder,
mango powder, garam masala
powder and salt.
• Add 1 tablespoon of each coriander
seeds and cumin seeds to the potato
• Using a fork, mash and mix all the
ingredients together. Cover and keep
• Preheat tawa or heavy base flat pan
over medium flame.
• Divide the dough into equal size balls.
• Dust the clean counter or rolling
board with flour.
• Roll a dough ball between your hands
until its smooth and without cracks.
• Using the rolling pin, flatten the ball
into a round circle.
• Take 1 tablespoon of potato mixture
and spoon it into the centre of the
dough to form a pouch then press
the edges together tightly to close.
• Once sealed, press the dough ball
(filled with potato mixture) down
gently with the rolling pin or with
your hand, and again roll out into a
• Spread some ghee on one side of
the kulcha then sprinkle a pinch
of crushed coriander seeds, cumin
seeds and press them slightly with
• Sprinkle a pinch of red chilli powder
and dry fenugreek leaves on top and
again slightly press them into kulcha.
• Then placing the seed side of the
kulcha on your palm; sprinkle water
on the other side of the kulcha.
• Place the water side kulcha onto the
hot tawa or pan.
• Left up the tawa and hold it upside
down on the flame; when you see
brown spots on the kulcha then place
the tawa back on the flame for the
kulcha to cook from the bottom.
• Then using a spoon spread 1
tablespoon of oil or ghee thoroughly
on the kulcha and flip it over (leave
it for a minute or depending on the
kulcha how much its cooked ).
• Cook until both the sides are goldenbrown
• Repeat with the other dough balls,
making them into kulcha.
• Serve hot with the dollop of butter
• With tadka raita and chana masala on
the side. Makes - 12
• 2cups - yoghurt
• 1cup - coriander leaves, chopped
• 1-2 - green chillies, chopped
• 1/2tsp - fresh cumin powder
• 1/2tsp - salt or according to taste
• 1pinch - asafoetida
• 2tsp - mustard seeds
• 2tsp - cumin seeds
• 6 - curry leaves
• 2tbsp oil
• Place yoghurt into to a large serving
• Slightly whisk yoghurt into smooth
(add little water if needed).
• Add chopped coriander, green
chillies, cumin powder and salt, mix
well with the fork.
• Heat heavy base frypan over
• Add oil, when its hot; add asafoetida,
mustard seeds, cumin seeds and
curry leaves; allow it to sizzle for
few seconds until aromatic.
• Pour the tempering oil over the
yoghurt as the tadka (pour just
• Serve with your favourite dish.
• 1cup - whole chickpeas
• 3cups - water
• 2 - tea bags
• 1inch - cinnamon stick
• 2 - bay leaves
• 4 - green cardamom
• 1tsp - salt
• 1tbsp - oil
• 2 - onions, medium size
• 1tsp - ginger paste
• 1tsp - garlic paste
• 1tsp - chana masala powder
• 1/2tsp - red chilli powder
• 1/2tsp - cumin powder
• 1/2tsp - coriander powder
• 1/2tsp garam masala powder
• 2 - tomatoes
• 2tbsp - oil
• Fresh chopped coriander for
• Rinse chickpeas under running water
until the water runs clear then
transfer them into medium size bowl;
add 3 cups of water; cover and leave
it overnight or for at least 6 hours.
• Add chickpeas to a pressure cooker
along with its water.
• Add tea bags, cinnamon stick, bay
leaves, green cardamom, salt and oil.
• Pressure cook chickpeas on medium
flame for 3-4 whistles; remove the
led and check if the chickpeas are
done (you should be able to press the
chickpeas easily with your fingers if
they are done other wise cook them
for some more time).
• Discard tea bags and set chickpeas
along with its water, aside.
• Heat oil in a heavy base saucepan
over medium flame.
• Peel, wash and chop onions; add to
them to the oil and fry until brown
• Add ginger paste, sauté, add garlic
paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
• Lower the flame and add chana
masala powder, red chilli powder,
cumin powder, coriander powder and
garam masala powder with a splash
of water, mix well.
• Add washed and chopped tomatoes
and sauté until oil separates.
• Add chickpeas along with its water
to the masala and mix well.
• Cover and let simmer for 4-5 minutes
on medium flame, stirring in between
(the gravy should be medium thick).
• Season with salt ( do remember that
salt has been added in the chickpeas
while boiling them).
• Remove chickpeas from the flame
and set aside.
• Garnish with fresh chopped coriander.
• Serve hot with kulcha and onion
2 Stars / 5 (Average)
Director: Mohit Suri
Cast: Disha Patani, Tara
Sutaria, Arjun Kapoor, John
Hindi (with English subtitles),
Villain Found, Hero Missing
Good News: Director
Mohit Suri maintains his
as a hit-or-miss peddler of lurid
potboilers. Bad News: The same
Take away violence and lust
and Mr. Suri may lose ninety
per cent of the content of his
‘rozi roti’ (daily flatbread),
then scratching his head as to
what else there is in life besides
these two archetypal forces.
In his ‘Malang’ (2020), there
was another crime whodunit
with surprises lined up later.
Guess what - ‘Ek Villain Returns’
is a rehash of the same theme –
the rushed, crammed storyline
may have surprises, but any
emotional wallop evaporates
in the face of hectic narration
with no space for real intensity
or developed characters.
Two pairs of young romantic
partners have their stories told
in such a scrambled timeline of
flashbacks (“three months ago”,
“six months ago”, “nine months
ago”) that the confused viewer
will have difficulty remembering
what happened five minutes
ago. Aarvi (Tara Sutaria) and
Gautam (Arjun Kapoor) first
begin their back-‘n’-forth in
a prickly round of wooing by
the latter. He’s a spoilt rich kid
with a penchant for violence
and juvenile scandal, while she
aspires to be a popstar (Suri
has his private fun by slyly
presenting her at first as a
Sunny Leone look-alike which
she actually is, but Sutaria is a
All hell erupts when a party of
youngsters is window-crashed
Kajol revisits her films as she celebrates
30 years in cinema; Ajay Devgn says
'you're just getting started'
Kajol, who made her debut in the Hindi
film industry with the 1992 film Bekhudi,
celebrated 30 years of her acting career
To mark the occasion, the actor revisited some
of the most popular roles of her career, as she
expressed gratitude for all the love she has
received. Actor-husband Ajay Devgn also gave
her a shoutout on social media to celebrate
the special occasion.
Kajol shared a montage video that featured
pictures from some of the most popular
movies of her career, including Bekhudi, Dilwale
Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Gupt, Pyaar Kiya To
Darna Kya, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Kuch Kuch
Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Fanaa, My
Name Is Khan, Helicopter Eela, Tanhaji, and her
last film Tribhanga.
She set the video to the tune of
Unstoppable by Sia, and captioned it,
"Someone asked me what am I feeling?
Couldn’t really put it into words, except to
say that it is a feeling of deep gratitude for
all the love everyone has showered on me
so unconditionally! So cheers to 30 years
Action director Tinu Verma has
revealed that he once slapped
and kicked Kapil Sharma out
from the sets of the 2001 film Gadar
Ek Prem Katha. He also said that the
comedian-actor has mentioned about
the episode on his TV show.
Tinu was speaking with Mukesh
Khanna and explaining why he uses
abuses in normal language. Recalling
the time when he shot the opening
sequence of Gadar Ek Prem Katha, Tinu
told Mukesh Khanna, "Kapil Sharma has
talked about this on his show as well.
His father told him that if he wanted
to be an actor, he should visit the sets
where Gadar was being shot. I prefer to
operate the camera and was looking at
the frame when I saw one man running
in the other direction.
"I called him and asked why he did
that, and told him 'teri wajah se one
more hua shot, idhar hi jana. bhaag ke
jaa (It was retake because of you. Run
in this direction).' I then focused on him
by a marauding intruder who
savages all of them. Who
is this smiley-mask-wearing
And then we have the saucily
named Rasika (Disha Patani)
and Bhairav (John Abraham).
Bhairav is a hunky, muscular,
silent bloke who falls for the
conniving, sociopathic Rasika. It
is a relationship forged in hell,
to be consummated on earth
and then to be returned to
where it came from.
Of all these four players, Aarvi
seems the only one who has a
realistic chance of surviving
further into mature adulthood.
Patani has the juiciest role of
all, and she dutifully skims the
surface, but the challenging role
Sonu Sood is back in
Mumbai, just to meet
the people who have
come to wish him on his
birthday. Caught up with
he says people tell him they
sold off their mobile phones,
coolers and bicycles to make
it the city.
All this makes it a very
special day for me. I have
never met these people in
my entire life. I saved many
families, they come just to
That keeps you smiling,
that you must have done
something right in your life.
I am glad God is guiding us,
there are miles to go but the
journey is still on,” he quips.
Turning 49 today, on July
30, he says he prefers to be
around his loved ones, rather
than throw a party for the
Friday, 5 August, 2022
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Movie Review: Ek Villain Returns
U PRASHANTH NAYAK
exposes her acting limitations.
Some of the movie’s
characters would have vastly
benefitted from more complex
character shading, which
would have deepened audience
connection. Then, even if a
character is on a negative
spree, other aspects of their
personality create at least
a modicum of conflict in the
viewer’s mind. No such niceties
are on display here.
What the film also lacks
desperately, is a sense of poise.
Suri has been consistently
praised for his slickness in
stitching scenes together, but
that valuable technical ability
counts for zilch when you
cannot cultivate and harvest
genuine emotional depth, and
when you consistently choose
racy stories that prize helterskelter
plot speeding and heylook-what-a-surprise
above all else. Crisp editing and
maintaining the momentum
of a thriller is a perfectly fine
pursuit, but if those alone are
the merits, the film will be
erased from memory sooner
rather than later.
Now, as before, Suri has little
interest, and often lacks the
“I don’t throw those
parties, I am more of a
home-body. I am not a party
person, I feel a bit lost with
so many people around
there. A lot of people ask me
to throw one, especially on
birthdays, but I feel shy. It’s
a different feeling. There are
two phases of life- one where
you are a kid and get really
excited about birthdays, lot
of attention around you. And
now, when I feel stressed,
since there are so many
people who want to meet me
and there’s so much to do,”
Sood doesn’t miss taking
a potshot at the big fat
Bollywood parties though.
The actor, last seen in the
film Samrat Prithviraj, says,
“It’s always nice there, there
are a lot of people around.
ability to let a scene simmer
in intensity – he would rather
finish it in a hurry and move
on to the next scene which is
also likely to be half-baked. If
his next film is titled “Wham
bam thank you ma’am”, that
will be an adequate summation
of his oeuvre. Back in 2005, he
almost hit gold with ‘Kalyug’,
but he has struggled to mine
those fertile furnaces since.
Even the scenes of lust are
completely cowardly – who
are they trying to be coy for?
Is it the Indian Censor Board
which insists on belonging to
the era of the Battle of Plassey
(1757), or the populace which
has surged from 900 million to
1.38 billion in record time?
At the end, the promise of
another installment is offered.
Unsolicited financial tip for Suri
& Limited: Ask viewers to pay
in advance for the next film.
It will offer a valuable financial
hedge for the future, and if
the filmmaker is still managing
to find work, he must be doing
something right, isn’t it?
For more movie reviews by
U Prashanth Nayak please
Sonu Sood: I feel lost at Bollywood parties,
that’s a different clan
but found him running in the opposite
direction once again." I ran towards him
aur kaan ke neeche diya (slapped him).
I then kicked him out of the film. It was
I don’t know how many of
them are genuinely excited
for the one throwing though,
they are there for the sake of
it. Some are there genuinely,
some just want to be seen,
The day is all about your
family and the loved ones
around you, who you can
connect with. These big fat
parties, that’s a different
clan, and with all due respect,
they enjoy, they should do
that. Maybe that’s not my
cup of tea.”
Kapil Sharma was slapped, kicked out of Gadar Ek Prem Katha sets
"I called him and asked why
he did that, and told him
'teri wajah se one more hua
shot, idhar hi jana. bhaag ke
jaa (It was retake because of
you. Run in this direction).'
I then focused on him but
found him running in the
opposite direction once
the same Kapil Sharma."
The film featured Ameesha Patel,
Amrish Puri and Sunny Deol in lead roles.
Kapil had revealed on his show Kapil
Sharma Show, that he worked in Gadar
Ek Prem Katha. Sunny Deol was a guest
on the show when they recalled that
he worked in the film, but his part was
edited out due to his own actions.
Kapil had said, "When I saw an empty
space, I ran. He (Tinu) grabbed me and
gave me a sweet slur. I told him that
when you spoke action, I ran. They
chased me away; I ran into the crowd
again. The film released, and I took my
friends to the theatre to show me my
scene. My scene was cut.”
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