In November, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) held its fifth Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast at Parliament House in Melbourne. This year, parliamentarians had the opportunity to meet with leaders from more than 17 faiths including various Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and other communities—with the intention of celebrating shared values. The leaders of five different faiths delivered readings on the importance of religious freedom, leadership, service and community harmony, and prayed for wise deliberations and good governance. Archbishop of Melbourne Peter A Comensoli, who was also a guest at the event called it “a simple and joyful celebration of freedom in Australia to practice one’s religion”.
Meetings like the Interfaith dialogue are a powerful tool in building a respectful understanding of cultural differences, and therefore meetings like this are more than welcomed in today’s world. It’s no wonder Victorian Deputy Premier the Hon James Merlino MP said one of Victoria’s greatest strengths was its history of multiculturalism and religious diversity.
November 25 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and it is towards this end goal that the Stop it at the Start campaign is working tirelessly.
Their current campaign advertising and supporting activities encourage communities to ask themselves—could we be teaching our children disrespect? It shows how young people can misinterpret words and actions, and how small changes can make a big difference. To support the Indian community to continue this important conversation, online tools have been developed and are available in many languages on the campaign website. Read more about it here.
Our cover story this issue turns the spotlight on power couple KD and Nitu Ahuja. KD is among the leading realtors, while Nitu is an artist. KD has extensive knowledge of the Western Suburbs and has over 15 years of experience in sales and business development. Nitu’s paintings are a “play of light and shadows” in a monochromatic palette. Both have been incredibly successful in their fields of expertise—KD having won numerous awards in the real estate business, while Nitu was recently commissioned by the Consulate General of India—Birmingham to make a custom designed painting on the Kartarpur Corridor. An inspiring story to read.