As India approaches its 70th Independence Day on 15 August, The Indian Sun takes a look at how “free” Indians truly are and how far they have come as a nation. Will year 70 be a celebration of how India has grown in terms of its economy and technology or will it be a time of retrospection on how the nation seems to be lagging because of a deep-rooted sense of patriarchy and gender bias?
Meanwhile, at The Indian Sun, we’re celebrating India Day with a dash of Spice this year. Festivals of South Asia Inc (FOSAI) is celebrating its second annual India Day at The Heritage in Epping in Victoria on 14 August. The day will feature a flag hoisting ceremony, an art exhibition, as well as two awards ceremonies and a fashion show. Spice Out 2016 sponsored by Parsram Foods is awarding top restaurants chosen through online voting. Over 50 Melbourne restaurants are in the fray to win 8 awards. Similarly, The Indian Sun Person of the year awards will award five individuals and a group for outstanding contribution in their area of work.
The fashion show, Brides of Asia, conceptualised by Nowman Kareem, will feature leading “social crusaders with style” from the community displaying ethnic bridal fashion. The models walking the ramp have worked hard to raise money for kids in need, which makes it a fashion show with a difference.
Awards aside, this issue also looks at beautiful stories of friendship, tolerance and love from around the world in celebration of International Friendship Day.