Australia-India working on intricacies of signing the possible Free Trade Agreement

 I got an opportunity to write an article for the Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) just before the first-ever virtual summit between the two countries.

The Sydney Opera House, Australia and The Taj Mahal, India

As strategic partners since 2009, Australia and India enjoy strong political, economic, and community ties. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, was set to visit India in early January this year but cancelled his plans due to bushfires.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will hold his first-ever virtual bilateral summit with Morrison on 4th June 2020. This summit is indeed a positive development towards strengthening the strategic ties between the Indo-Pacific region and would help build trade relations which in turn stabilize the economy. Modi and Morrison are expected to discuss agreements to develop trade in key sectors, including education, technology, agricultural infrastructure, digital health, critical minerals and manufacturing. As the Australian economy is highly export-driven, the pandemic has come as a reality check to go beyond its reliance on China.

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To read the entire article please click the link below.

On similar grounds, Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) is working towards strengthening the Indo-Australian bonds, be it sports, education, trade, culture, or bilateral relationships. 

India and Australia share common heritage linked to cricket, curry, and culture.

Gurnam Singh, Founder of AISECS

Here’s a social media post of Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison enjoying Indian snack ‘Samosas’ posted three days before the summit.

EcoIcon- A Lifestyle Magazine

EcoIcon is a lifestyle magazine designed as a part of University project highlighting fast fashion, handmade and eco-friendly materials and resources needed.

To see the magazine, please click the pdf link below.

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It is designed using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

If you want to know more, please leave a reply below.

Correspondent at Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2019

I have been a part of MyLaTrobe team at La Trobe University for the past one year. I have worked with them in various roles from an Intern to a Content Creator and Social Media Reporter.

As a content creator, I got an opportunity to be the Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) Correspondent, capturing moments at the Indian Film Festival Mebourne (IFFM) for La Trobe University. In the past ten years, La Trobe has partnered with IFFM welcoming many Indian writers, film stars and directors.

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I captured the night for MyLaTrobe via Instagram Story, and then wrote a piece for the MyLaTrobe news site.

Here’s a link to the story:

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/mylatrobe/student-blog-my-indian-film-festival-of-melbourne-experience/ 

Later, I did social media reporting on the festival analysing the insights on YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

A similar report was represented after SRK announced the scholarship to a female researcher in early 2020.

https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/meet-the-young-woman-awarded-a-scholarship-named-after-shah-rukh-khan-2186481

Back in a bit (A show on YouTube)

Back In a Bit (Upstart Live) is a show streamed on YouTube by media students at La Trobe University.

This post will take you through all the fun times I had with bunch of mates, reading news, doing live cross and broadcasting every Wednesday for 12 weeks.

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To see the entire show, please click the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/user/upstartmagazine/playlists

Here’s some work done as a field reporter and an audio operator.

Talk Like a Bogan- Part 2

Talk Like a Bogan- Part 1

Winter Night Market in Melbourne

Indian Independence Day, Melbourne

In Episode 3, we had a rapper guest and I dropped a beat to get the ball rolling.  Checkout the rap at 15:16 mins in the video below.

Seven Women Organisation- Strategic Communication Plan

At University, I chose to write a Communications plan for a Not-For-Profit supported by Australian Charities, Seven Women.

During the first phase, I studied the company’s Stakeholders and drafted a Stakeholder Analysis Map.

Here’s a link to the map:

Second and Third Phase were most crucial, where I created an Issues Management Plan, studying goals and objectives, highlighting strategies and tactics for each goal.

Please click on links below:

Junction Journalism- 2019 Federal Election

African-Australians in Cooper apprehensive about voting

 

The 2019 Australian Federal Election was held on 18th May 2019. I got to interview and do a piece on African-Australians opinion on what holds for them in this election.

It was a fantastic opportunity for me being an international student, seeing the elections unfold and deeping my understanding of politics in Australia.

Here’s a link to the published article, followed by text from the article.

https://junctionjournalism.com/2019/05/17/african-australians-in-cooper-apprehensive-about-voting/

 

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With some Australian politicians’ constant rhetoric regarding “African gangs”, it is no surprise that many African-Australians in Cooper are apprehensive about voting.

Although the voting turnout this year has been recorded as being the highest in Australian history, this particular demographic still feels marginalised.

Maimuna Aden, a criminology student at Melbourne University, feels her voting intentions reflect other Australians’; and that she votes for who best represents her values.

“The concept of representation is a bit complex in regards to voting because I don’t feel that as an African Australian, I’m represented by politicians at all,” she said.

“Even if the party I’m voting for is “progressive”, I feel that politics in this country has a long way to go when it comes to race.”

“I know a lot of other young African Australians that aren’t even registered to vote even though they are eligible because they feel it’ll be useless and that they’re not represented,” she added.

Clement Deng is one of 30,000 young Sudanese men who walked for months to reach the safety of refugee camps, at the tender age of nine.

Since arriving in Australia two decades later, he is now an accomplished graduate of a Master of Communications degree, having majored in Journalism Innovation.

Deng blamed illiteracy as being one reason for children of African-Australian families to take to the streets and held governments partly responsible.

“It is the government who should be questioned, because the government is the one who should support the teachers who invest in children,” he said.

“And the same government is quick to blame the children, community and country they come from.”

Deng also said that there is a preference for Labor as the “coalition used [the] Sudanese community as a scapegoat to elevate their status to win votes”.

“It’s not that they don’t know how to vote, but they [Sudanese community] have not strategically [voted],” he said.

According to him, the choice should simply be to vote for someone who will bring the community together as part of a multicultural society rather than isolating communities.

“You can’t start elbowing people and still say that you are embracing multiculturalism – we didn’t come by boat; we didn’t just jump on [a] boat and come here.”

The CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, Andre Oboler, said the general attitude of young African Australians towards political leaders was justified.

“In the lead up to the Victorian election, negative attention was aimed at African youth by politicians from the Coalition but from outside the state,” he said

“Those politicians have a lot to answer for, including the damage they did to their party’s brand in Victoria.

Touching on Senator Anning inciting hate against African youth, Oboler has observed a diversion of attention from Muslims to these youths.

“We also saw others from the right that were attacking Muslims shift part of their focus to inciting hate against the African community and particularly the Sudanese community,” he said.

“This isn’t widespread in society, rather it is a result of those trying to present themselves as leaders trying to point the followers in this direction.”

Chetna Rosunee, a La Trobe University student and president of ‘A Look into African Society’ believes voting is important to determine her rights in a country where she is considered “different” due to her background.

“Because you are actually voting towards something you believe in, if you don’t vote [for] something you believe in, then others will actually dominate,” she said.

“I always say if you are from an African community, vote for a party that actually correlates with your values and beliefs.”

In July 2018, Channel 7 had tweeted about violence in Australia’s African communities, in an inflammatory and inaccurate manner.

In response to the social media post, hundreds of people protested outside Channel 7’s headquarters in Melbourne, as well as on campus at La Trobe university.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) recently confirmed that Channel Seven Melbourne breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a Sunday Night program broadcast on 8 July 2018.

Rosunee pointed out that the public still has a very negative perception of the African community while the African students’ society at La Trobe university is taking steps to change this.

“The African La Trobe society really helps to break that barrier between Australians and Africans,” she said.

“We saw a lot of Australians, people of different backgrounds standing with us in the Agora, showing the media who we are, and not this stereotype that everyone thinks we are,” she said.

How La Trobe supports gender equity, MyLaTrobe blog

While interning at the media department of La Trobe University, I got many opportunities to proofread and write articles.

I have written articles on International Women’s Day, Indian Film Festival and many more.

On International Women’s Day, I got the message over to 300 students who read my article on the MyLaTrobe blog.

Here’s a link to my published article:

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/mylatrobe/melbourne-international-womens-day-events-on-campus/

A photograph that tells a thousand words

I got a chance to interview Tracey Nearmy, a photojournalist with Australian Associated Press for one of my University assignment.

It was the first interview I ever did since I started studying Journalism, so it is very close to my heart. The interview got published in La Trobe University’s student magazine, Rabelias.

 

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An online version was recently uploaded on the blog.

Please click the link to read the full article:

http://www.rabelais.com.au/2019/05/a-photograph-that-tells-a-thousand-words/?fbclid=IwAR34Le1oMvYla3gX4xzQLDIf0gLYyFBvX0ap6UrTkfqEgPyAmvjkmFcbBas

 

Women learn how to fight sexual assault

 

For women at La Trobe University campus wondering how to handle a risky incident or physical abuse, Georgie Sea a self-defense instructor encourages them to ask a simple question: “What if this happened to me?”

“You really need to think about your move. Constantly play that game with yourself,” Sea said in a workshop organised by the La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) Women’s department on 11 September 2018 at the La Trobe Sports Centre. It was a women-only instructional workshop teaching women on La Trobe campus how to defend themselves.

Aishwarya and Zainab LTSU Women’s officers conducted a survey to study the number of women fallen prey to sexual assault or some kind of abuse on campus.

One of the students said there’s been an uptick in interest because of the #MeToo movement and #Bettina Arndt on campus.

Claire Park who studies International Relations at La Trobe said, “A socialist group on campus protested against Bettina Arndt’s visit on campus. And that was violent.”

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“If there are more activities about ‘how to embrace or fight in a harassment situation on campus’ it would help.”

Shannon Jenkins, a journalism student wrote on the University’s Upstart news, “Arndt’s visit was met by angry protesters, who chanted and banged on the venue doors for her entire talk.”

President of LTSU, Michael Iroeche issued a statement supporting the socialist agenda.

“La Trobe University Student Union strongly condemns Bettina Arndt, the views she represents, and the University’s decision to re-authorise the event, “Betting Arndt: Is There A Rape Crisis On University Campuses?”. Above all things, the LTSU believes in diversity, inclusivity, and respect for all students in La Trobe University. At the top of this list is ensuring that all students at La Trobe are heard, represented, and safe,” he said.

 

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To promote safety and learn to defend against sexual assault, the self-defense workshop was organised.

Decked out in workout clothes, students formed a big circle and followed the instructor’s steps. They did some pre-workout stretches and bends to get started.

“Attacking stance!” shouted Sea. And the entire group responded immediately with a display of strong ready-to-fight poise.

Jessica who attended the workshop said, “We were practically demonstrated three to four basic moves and kicks. And then paired with our friends and took turns practicing them. It was fun learning it. And the great to learn practically. I’m glad I could learn so much just in two hours.”

Another student feeling excited said, “I have done basic karate and kickboxing workshops before. This is of a similar type. I like how timely it is with what happened last week on campus. I reckon, learning some kicks and smashing faces is a way to teach abusers a lesson.”

“We (Aishwarya and Zainab) had not expected such a huge response. We as women’s officers on campus want to conduct a lot of these workshops. It is the need of the hour to feel safe and strong for women not only on campus but anywhere in the world,” Aishwarya Kulkarni said.

“We have plans to collaborate with Melbourne Police to conduct more workshops and awareness programs across La Trobe campus.”