Celebrating Diwali, Festival of Lights, with Swinburne University

I was delighted to represent Minister Ros Spence recently at the Diwali, Festival of Lights celebration at Swinburne University (via Zoom). You can view a portion of my speech here.

Diwali, from the Sanksrit word dipavali meaning “row or series of lights”, is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

In that spirit, I was very pleased to offer remarks alongside various dignitaries including; Professor Pascale Quester (Vice Chancellor, Swinburne University), Raj Kumar (Consul-General of India), Trent Smyth (Hon Consul of Malawi), Kapila Fonseka (Consul-General of Sri Lanka), Andrew Crisp (Emergency Management Commissioner, Victoria Police) and Neil Angus MP for Forest Hill.

I would like to commend Swinburne University and in particular the Swinburne Punjabi Club for their leadership in utilising online platforms.

The Swinburne Punjabi club has hosted numerous online events in 2020 which has gone a long way in keeping the community connected and has partnered with organisations such as the Sikh Community of Victoria and Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria.