By Ashok Kumar
In short tenure, he covered a long journey and made his stay in Australia a memorable one. His Excellency, High Commissioner of India to Australia, Mr. Navdeep Suri admitted in his farewell speech before a select gathering, including businessmen and community leaders at the EY building in Sydney CBD on 18 November that Confluence was the milestone of his short stay in Australia.
During his little over a year’s stay in Australia, Mr. Suri was also instrumental in forging cooperation between India and Australia in the fields of Energy and Defence.
Of course, Confluence was the brainchild of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi but nobody can take away the credit of superbly executing the project by making it the biggest Festival of India in Australia. Needless to say that the festival spanned over seven cities of Australia and conducting 72 events connecting people of different cultures, ideas and artists.
The farewell event was organised by Australia India Business Council(AIBC) and its national chair Sheba Nandkeolyar spelled out the achievements of the outgoing High Commissioner including the India Australia cooperation in the field of Energy and Defence. She said in a short time, Mr. Suri has covered a long distance and made his stay a memorable one for his colleagues and community. Sheba also thanked Mr. Suri for his support for AIBC initiatives and wished him very best for his new role as Ambassador to United Arab Emirates.
The select gathering was addressed by Consul General of India, Sydney Mr. B. Vanlalvawna who acknowledged Mr. Suri’s readily available guidance and he had learnt a lot from him. Mr. Vawna said we all will miss him and wished him best of luck for his next posting.
Sheba and AIBC partners presented mementos to Mr. Suri and his wife Mani Suri amid strong applause. The Vote of Thanks address was delivered by AIBC National Vice Chair Mr. Jim Varghese.