I took my kids recently to Melbourne’s Immigration Museum to view the exhibition Mahatma Gandhi: An Immigrant. It was the first time I’ve introduced the idea of Gandhi to my children. In anticipation of taking them to the museum to experience the exhibition, I started talking to them about race and history. Politics and race is a very delicate issue for children who are growing up in an immigrant household. Although we live in very different circumstances, I’m sure this exhibition will open their eyes and ears and give them a very different perspective of world history.
The exhibition is curated by Birad Rajaram Yajnik from 1,000s of footage and photographs and is digitally presented. The items displayed are rarely exhibited in Australia. Some of the artefacts are from Museums Victoria’s permanent collection and reflects the human diversity of Gandhi’s India, dating back more than 150 years. I definitely recommend it as a must-see this summer.
Also, this April, we’re all excited to see Renuga Veeran on court. The 31-year-old Malaysian-born Altona girls has been playing the game for a quarter of a century now and will be representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games. She represented Australia at Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014. She moved to Australia when she was 16, and the same year, was ranked the number 1 badminton player in the country. So here’s wishing Renuga and the rest of the Australian contingent the very best at the Games.
This edition, we also celebrate Deepak Bhardwaj, winner of the 2017 Governor’s Award for his social service. Deepak has dedicated his life towards helping those in the Indian community in Australia whether it is through sport or advocating for change. Deepak says being a migrant, he knows the problems they face. “That’s why I stepped up,” he says. For years he has helped bring the concerns of migrants to the fore. And we congratulate him on the recognition he received for it.