Good news for September. The Indian Sun will increase its circulation in Brisbane from this month. Another spot of good news is that our former colleague Malvika Mehta will head the edition there in Queensland. Malvika was pivotal in helping build Indian Executive Club and the awards in Victoria. She also overlooked the merger of Hello Bollywood into The Indian Sun four years back. Her work as the Brisbane head of The Indian Sun, I’m sure, will help the community in Queensland build a strong platform to voice its issues and concerns apart from promoting its talents. We wish her luck in guiding The Indian Sun and the Indian community tonnes heights in Queensland.
All of August saw celebrations of India—on 13 August, the Festivals of South Asia Inc (FOSAI) and India Australia Exchange Forum (IAEF) co-hosted a joint India Day event in Preston, and invited Indian actor-producer-politician Khushbu Sundar to be keynote speaker at the event.
The same day also saw Gautam Gupta, who was honoured with the ‘Indian Sun Person of the Year’ award, speak passionately about why he entered politics—“to challenge it and change this culture”. “I refused to take any role in politics unless it was based on merit,” says Gautam, and you can read excerpts of his hard-hitting speech in this issue. Well worth the read, I would say.
More on awards coming up—nominations for the seventh edition of the Indian Executive Club are closed and this year, we have received an impressive number across various business sectors. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting and exciting awards night this year. The stories of these businesses and executives will unfold in the next few months. Watch this space!