“Our relations with India need to be a two-way traffic” said Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterating the importance of Australian and Indian businesses participating in mutual economies between NSW and India adding there are opportunities in infrastructure and other segments such as hospitality industry and “we will do everything to encourage such a cooperation between NSW and India”.
The Premier was addressing a group of Indian community members at an event held on 6th August at NSW Parliament in NSW organised by Multicultural New South Wales.
Welcoming the new Consul General of India in Sydney Mr Manish Gupta Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “we celebrate the forthcoming Indian Independence Day, acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of the growing Indian community in NSW.
India is truly the greatest democracy in the world with over 600 million people participated in the Indian elections lasting six-week period. The Indian community in NSW is full of enthusiasm and energy. I thank you all for showing the leadership in the community. You are amazing role models in your community sending a strong message to future generation. I thank you for your roles with volunteering your time for community work outside normal working and family life. I am thrilled to be here” said Gladys Berejiklian
Dr. Harinath, Chair of Multicultural NSW commenced the proceedings. Welcoming the Premier, Ministers, Members of Parliament and the community members, the
Minister for Multicultural NSW Mr John Sidoti MP said
“We have a great Indian Representation in the multicultural advisory committee. Welcome to the new Consul General Mr Manish Gupta. Both of our countries have a common vision. Indian community is one of the strongest communities in NSW.
Our state has more than 300 diverse communities. Indian community has the strongest representation with 271 groups. Community harmony starts within the community and extends to other communities. We want to see all of you to work together as a community to achieve this. We want to see vibrant festivals, vibrant events and we want to see you work together While we cannot fund all festivals, we have allocated funds to a grants program. Your community is the envy of other communities. Premier appreciates such a diverse Indian community “
The new Consul General of India Mr Manish Gupta acknowledging the spirit sentiments expressed by the Premier and Multicultural Minister said “Vasudeva Kudumbakam (world is one) is the fundamental values followed by the Indian community throughout the globe. I particularly admire the Australian values of “mateship” and “Fair go”. For the Australian Indian community, it is home away from home. As we celebrate the 73rd Indian Independence Day, India will be progressing very fast in the coming decade. It will be very good that if the community comes together, we can achieve more. The community has a huge role to play. As we celebrate New South wales is a great entry point for Indian businesses especially in services sector. Like the Premier said, we will take the economic relationship forward. I thank the Premier for hosting such an event.”
The Parliament event was a significant recognition of the contribution of the Indian community by Multicultural NSW.