Calling all Indians in Sydney’s west

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1995

Dr Yadu Singh claims to have his finger on the Indian community’s pulse. He believes that Indians today are not as keen on the Australian Labor Party as they once used to be.

Prominent community figure Dr Yadu Singh believes that Indian voters in the western suburbs of Sydney are gravitating towards the Liberal party. In a conversation with Indian Sun at his clinic in Baulkham Hills, Dr Singh said there is a discernible shift in the community’s traditional affinity for the Labor party. Dr Singh, a respected cardiologist, said that the growing numbers of Indians and the sizeable presence of the community in Sydney today make these elections crucial for the Indian community. According to him the western regions of Sydney provide a great opportunity for the community to make its voice heard, and so Indians should show greater political acumen at the time of the elections.

Dr Singh’s appeal to the community living in the western suburbs should come as no surprise. In most Councils in the west of Sydney Indians are a noticeable segment of the population. For example, the Indian community makes up 9.1% of the Parramatta population; Indians are 4.3% of the Auburn community; in Blacktown Indians make up 7.3% of the local population; Liverpool’s Indian community makes up 5.8% of the area. And as one looks up the stats in the north-west of Sydney the numbers again make a compelling case for Indians to take the elections seriously.

Dr Singh also believes that the elections and local politics are a great way for Indians to integrate into the larger Australian community. He believes that it is disappointing that Indians are parochial in their social concerns and he strongly believes that Indians should, apart from being active in their community associations, come out in greater numbers to engage with the Australia political parties.

The structure and nature of contemporary migration has changed dramatically from previous decades. Australia’s economy too has moved from being a manufacturing oriented one to a service economy. The profile of the average migrant from India today has changed considerably from what it used to be in the last decades of the 1900s. There are large numbers of Indians who work in the services or have skills and training to work in this sector. So Indians may actually be moving beyond the choices and concerns that dominated their lives in yesterday’s Australia.

Dr Singh who was one of the organisers of the recently held Indaus fair at Rosehill, and an active campaigner for an India House in Sydney – is probably feeling these winds of change.

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