Neeraj Nanda to lead newly launched "Australia South Asia Society" in Melbourne!
The Australia South Asia Society Inc. (ASAS) was launched on Sunday (2 May 2021) at a largely attended and glittering function at the Waverley RSL, Glen Waverley. ASAS Patron Dr. Bandu Dissanavake launched the organisation formally with a speech with details about its aims and objectives. He was passionate about its success to serve the many South Asian communities in Victoria and Australia.
To symbolise knowledge, purity, and dispel darkness Sri Lanka’s Consul to Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania, , Mr. Kapila Fonseka, Mr, Vasan Srinivasan, Member Australian Multicultural Council and the Chairperson of the Mental Health Foundation Australia, Patron AIBC-Victoria & Liberal leader, Mr Murugapoopathy , writer, editor, and social activist, Bandu Dissanayake Ex Consul Sri Lanka in Melbourne and Owner of Pahana media group and Mr Neeraj Nanda lighted the traditional lamp.
Mr. Neeraj Nanda, Editor of South Asia Times (SAT) and President of the ASAS addressing the august gathering detailed the main objective of the new organisation as to unite the South Asian communities in Victoria and Australia from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
Mr. Nanda described the advocacy of social, economic, cultural and political issues of the South Asian communities with the state governments and the Federal Government as being its primary objective.
“I call upon the South Asian people in Victoria and Australia to join the ASAS and make it a strong platform for community enhancement and raising issues of support and concern before the government,” he said.
The gathering was addressed by Mr. Vasan Srinivasan, Mr Kapila Fonseka and a video message from La Trobe Federal Member and Assistant Minister for Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood.
The gathering at the ASAS launch consisted of people from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Fiji Indians, Mr. Tonee Sethi, Editor G’Day India, Preeti Jabbal, journalist and many community social activists among others.
The ASAS launch was followed by the ‘Noel Nadesan Books Launch’, presided by Prof Kaushal Srivastava and conducted by Nithi Nithiayanathan. Four books were released. This event was sponsored by the ASAS.