By IST Newsdesk
The Dezire Function Centre at Blacktown reverberated with the sound of ‘Hindustan Zindabad and Jai Hind’ when nearly a hundred Indian Australians gathered there to pay homage to the 18 soldiers who were slain in a terror attack on Army camp in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on the morning of 18 September, 2016.
Speaker after speaker condemned the dastardly act of the terrorists in the wee hours of Sunday in which 17 army men died while protecting their motherland. One jawan, reportedly died in a Delhi Hospital.
The mood was “sombre” but angry at what happened back in their country of origin. Condemning the incident, prominent community leaders asked India and the world to take a serious note of the situation and work together to deal with these terror groups and their patronage in the region. A speaker Vikram Mohindra revealed that a political party has given an ultimatum to Pakistani actors in Mumbai to leave within 48 hours as they have not condemned the attack. Dr. Yadu Singh President of FEDERATION OF INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW SOUTH WALES, who took the initiative to call the condolence meeting, said there is no animosity between Indian and Pakistani community in Australia and we enjoy cordial relations. It is the Pakistan Government that is creating trouble.
“Terrorism which India suffers from across the borders was condemned in strongest possible words. Another speaker said Pakistani cricketers want to play against India but so far one has condemned the terror attacks. Similarly, no Bollywood actor has condemned the attacks, said Harmohan Walia. Mr. Dave Passi lamented that we are all divided and have so many associations. Lets have one Indian Association. Dr. Shaija Chaturvedi recited a poem in Hindi eulogising the soldiers and so did former Consul General Mr. Vijay Kumar. Mr. Parveen Gupta also recited a poem along with a lady member.
S. K. Verma from the Indian Consulate in Sydney also participated in the programme. All the gathered members enthusiastically sang the Indian national Anthem with a minute’s silence in respect of the departed souls. However, it was sad to see that none of the Indian Councillors was present on the occasion.
By IST Newsdesk