Greetings as a difficult but outstanding year nears closure

Venkat Raman

Venkat Raman

Auckland, November 13, 2020

Happy Diwali as the world marks the Festival of Lights tomorrow- Saturday, November 14, 2020.

               

                 Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswathi are the Divine Trinity worshipped on Diwali Day

 

Year 2020 will be noted as one of the most significant in the history of world- more so in the case of New Zealand. From a political point of view, New Zealand witnessed the most keenly fought general election and people’s faith in democracy was reinforced.

With a clear majority mandate, the Labour government can expect to have stability and implement its progressive policies and programmes for the betterment of the common people.

Although the National Party suffered a humiliating defeat, the fact that it can be a formidable opposition with ACT Party adds value to our democratic ideals and principles.

Democratic resurgence

On that same score, notwithstanding the onslaught of Covid-19 and the resultant hardships, Indians from India have several reasons to be proud of their country, for, in electing a government last year with a decisive majority, they can expect resolution of many outstanding issues.

Along with partnership with the private sector in reviving the economy, the country continues to take significant strides in information technology, manufacturing and space missions.

Fijians of Indian origin in Fiji also have cause to rejoice since the reinstatement of democracy in 2014 through fair and free elections.

New Zealand stands as a shining example of embracing multiculturalism (albeit a small minority may be averse to it) and reap the benefits of multi-ethnic talent to grow.

The world continues to live in fear of Covid-19, overtaking, for the time being at least, terrorists and Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in many parts of the Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria. Almost every

country is in the grip of the pandemic and the hope is on the successful testing of the vaccine and its availability.

Diwali in Britomart (2006) caused huge traffic of people

Good tidings

Despite all the misgivings that go on in some parts of the world, the dawn of the festive season leading up to Christmas and New Year should be viewed with optimism and hope. There is reason to believe that the bad would give way to the good.

That indeed is what Diwali is all about – hope and joy for the people of the world; with the wrongdoers realising their folly and falling in line with a majority who wish to live in peace and harmony.

Growing family

Indian Newslink belongs to a family of readers who represent every facet of human faith and disposition, some of them even transcending the borders of religion, just as they do with language and nationality. It is therefore natural for us to commemorate every major event on the social and religious calendar of the community of people with equal zest and sincerity.

For, we are in partnership with people and partake in their vicissitudes and joy.

 
Street Dancers of India take to the stage in Auckland (Diwali 2010)

Joyful occasion

Diwali is an occasion in which we rejoice with our men, women and children who celebrate the festival in their homes with men, women and children who do not celebrate the festival in their homes.

That is the spirit of Festival of Lights.

It belongs to all, but as Hindus appeal, it should be observed within the tenets of Hinduism just as people do in celebrating the observances of their faiths.

Just like the rays of the Sun that and lights and the stars that shine from above.

Our Gratitude

As Hindus, Sikhs and others mark Diwali on Saturday, November 14, 2020 (the actual day of Observance), we at Indian Newslink are confident that good sense will prevail among men and women, so that our children will embark on their lives, careers and businesses with greater confidence and competence. The World has witnessed too many wars, conflicting ideologies and destruction and it is time to end this untoward parade.

In offering our Diwali Greetings, we pay our respects and tributes to our forebears, and extend our sincere greetings to our advertisers in Indian Newslink and sponsors and supporters of the Indian Newslink Business Awards, Indian Newslink Lecture, Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards, Indian Newslink Festivals of South India, our photographers, correspondents, contributors, and all the others who ensure the success of our ventures.

May this Diwali promote good health, good spirits and goodwill among all of humanity.

Happy Diwali!

-The Indian Newslink Team
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