Members of Sydney’s Indian community farewelled Indian Consul General in Sydney, Arun Goel, and his wife Alka Goel, on Friday, 28 March, 2014. Around 150 people attended the event, held at the event centre, The Grand Marion, Harris Park, NSW. The gathering included Hon David Clarke MLC (Parliamentary Secretary, NSW Gov), Geoff Lee (State MP for Parramatta), Hon John Robertson (State Opposition Leader) and Lord Mayor Clr John Chedid (Mayor of Parramatta).
The organising committee included Balvinder Ruby, Harry Walia, Sukhvinder Rajput, Dr Bharathi Reddy, Thiru Arumugam, Venkata Prasad Ragipani, Padmanabhan Karamil and Dr Yadu Singh.
Dr Yadu Singh and Hemu Negi produced and presented a short video on the Consul General. Dr Singh was the Master of Ceremonies, and conducted the event with his signature spontaneity, flair and flamboyance, thus entertaining and endearing everyone.
Electric Korma band, a western band entertained the audience with Bollywood songs.
The Consul General spoke about the achievements during his tenure in Sydney. In his speech Dr Singh criticised associations and community leaders he felt worked for their own narrow ends.
A memento was presented on behalf of the community to Consul General.
Published in Indian magazine, Australia