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Why new generation Indians are flocking to Australia?

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Rohit Singh, a second-generation Indian immigrant, resides in Mornington Peninsula, a beachy cape near Melbourne. He actively assists his parents in managing Avani, a boutique winery they established after immigrating to Australia in the 1990s. Mr. Singh’s accent, distinct from his mother’s, reflects his multicultural background. The South Asian community in Melbourne has seen significant growth in the past decade. In response to this, Avani has started hosting wine pairing events that showcase Indian cuisine. These events feature dishes like meen pollichathu, a baked fish recipe from southern India. It is served with Pinot Gris, and dal makhani, a creamy black lentil dish, paired with Pinot Noir.

The Scope for new experiments

These culinary experiments are driven by members of the Indian community, which now exceeds 710,000 individuals in Australia. Australia, known as one of the largest “immigrant nations,” has experienced a rapid increase in Indian immigrants in recent years. Indians now constitute the second-largest migrant group in Australia, surpassing the Chinese and second only to the English. The influx of Indian immigrants is primarily driven by the high demand for skilled workers in the country’s tech sector.

Aarti Betigeri, a journalist working on an anthology about the experiences of Indians growing up in Australia, highlights the contrast between the past and present. When her parents relocated to Australia in the 1960s, Indians were rarely seen in public life. However, the landscape has changed significantly since then. Indians now occupy positions in various sectors, running businesses, and even participating in politics.

The Politics that influences the trend

The recently-elected government of New South Wales includes four politicians of Indian origin. With Daniel Mookhey making history as the first Indian-origin politician to hold the treasurer position in an Australian state. Despite this progress, Indian-Australians and individuals from non-European backgrounds are still underrepresented in federal politics. Ms. Betigeri emphasizes the role of soft power exports in fostering unity between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a recent rally in Sydney attended by thousands from the Indian diaspora, highlighted the unifying influence of TV shows like MasterChef Australia, cricket, and films.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Australia in 2014 marked the first visit by an Indian prime minister in nearly thirty years. During his visit to Sydney in May, the two countries announced a migration deal aimed at facilitating the movement of students, academics, and professionals between India and Australia. They also reaffirmed their commitment to finalizing a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement, building upon the outcomes of a previously signed agreement in April.

Strengthening Bilateral Ties

In March, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made his inaugural official visit to India since taking office. The two prime ministers discussed defense and security, economic cooperation, education, and bilateral trade, further deepening bilateral ties. The frequent meetings between prime ministers and ministers have contributed to the strengthening of the relationship between India and Australia. A development not witnessed in earlier times, according to Pradeep S Mehta of CUTS International, a global public policy research and advocacy group. This partnership is seen as mutually beneficial for both nation. As they are also part of the Quad grouping, an alliance aimed at countering China’s dominance in the Indo-Pacific region. While the geological connection between India and Australia dates back millions of years, with the supercontinent called Gondwana linking the two territories, the history of Indian migration to Australia is more complex. In the 1800s, early immigrants arrived in Australia as labourers or servants of British subjects relocating from India.

How it all started

In the 1900s, a more diverse range of Indians began migrating, with their numbers significantly increasing after the abolition of the White Australia policy in 1973, a discriminatory law that restricted non-white immigration. In 2006, the government led by John Howard opened Australia’s doors to Indian students and implemented policies that facilitated their permanent residency. Bringing about a significant change. Indian students still make up a significant portion of temporary migrants. With many of them allowed to settle in Australia after completing their degrees. Cricket, a popular sport in both India and Australia, further strengthens the cultural ties between the two nations.

Minor blips in the big picture

However, there have been instances of tension as well. In the late 2000s, several violent attacks on Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne garnered global attention. The incidents sparked widespread protests by Indian immigrants, elicited a sharp reaction from India. This also prompted the Australian government to take measures to address the situation. Although sporadic incidents of violence still occur, they are relatively rare. Supporters argue that immigrants from Asian and South Asian countries bring much-needed multiculturalism to Australian society and contribute to its economic growth. However, some opposition politicians criticize Australia’s migration policies, contending that lower-wage immigrants take away job opportunities and strain resources.

The future is bright

Members of the Indian community are working to promote inclusivity by educating people about their culture and heritage. Individuals like Divya Saxena, a 24-year-old Sydney resident, aim to make Indian classical dances like Kathak and Bharatnatyam more mainstream in Australia. Divya Saxena recently choreographed a dance routine for Rowi Singh, an Indian-Australian makeup influencer who creates vibrant looks inspired by her South Asian heritage. Ms. Saxena believes that her generation is free to pursue their passions, building upon the foundation laid by their parents. They are dedicated to making Australia an even more welcoming place for future generations.

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