AISV President’s Message

As we try and put the Covid pandemic in our rear-view mirror on this everyday life journey, we face other significant issues.

The war in Europe, the rising oil prices and rising inflation. We have some exciting times ahead to throw in the supply chain disruptions and labour shortages.

The upcoming Federal and state elections will require careful thinking on the part of the voters to decide the best way out of all these problems and plan for our future.

The AISV has soldiered on very strongly. We were involved in various food delivery programmes during the lockdown. The AISV was actively discussing with the Victorian Multicultural Council to help translate and spread messages/ information to our broader community.

The Mehfil night, in conjunction with the Indian seniors, was finally able to go ahead once restrictions eased, and it was a great success. Special thanks to Ruchi Sharma and Sunil Deep Singh for their fantastic work on this.

This was followed by our Australia day/ Indian Republic Day celebration on a grand scale. our Vice President, Mr Manjit Singh, deserves the plaudits for this. He helped the AISV secure one of its most significant grants to date and managed to create a great event. Ruchi, Sunil, Anmol and Santi from the support team were the tireless volunteers helping us plan and execute this great evening. Uma and Raj provided the back- office administration that is Vital.

The much-anticipated free trade agreement between Australia and India has finally been inked. I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet the trade delegation from India and to meet Hon ministers from both countries. Both sides have an upbeat feel and enthusiasm about this trade deal. As Indo Australians, we would love to see business prosperity and cheaper shopping baskets for consumers on both sides of the Indian Ocean.

Stay Safe everyone and stay tuned for our next Mehfil night plus the Indian Independence Day celebration.

Karan Gandhok
President AISV
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