Tag: Dr. Pradeep Taneja

Polarisation against what Gandhi & Nehru stood for : Karan Singh


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 13 November 2021: Dr. Karan Singh today minced no words saying polarisation generates negativities and that is in reverse of what Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru stood for. Dr. Karan Singh (Son of the late Maharaja Hari Singh J&K, former cabinet minister in India and Governor J&K 1952-1965) was answering a pointed question by SAT about hate politics engulfing many countries. He was answering select questions after a presentation at a webinar ‘ A life dedicated to the Nation – One of the architects of freedom movement & nation builder’ on the eve of Jawaharlal Nehru’s 132nd birthday tomorrow (14 Nov 2021). The webinar was organized by Indian Overseas Congress Australia.

“Polarisation on the bases of religion and caste remains in Hindu society and they can be countered by bringing people together on environmental issues and inter-faith harmony. And, hate is countered by positivity,” he said.

Dr. Karan Singh who was the Main Speaker and Chief Guest at the webinar detailed Jawaharlal Nehru’s big achievement as being participation in India’s freedom movement and later laying the foundation of democratic India. His miscalculations, he said, were two- a misreading of China and taking the J-K issue to the UN.

“Totally, Nehru was a giant being the founder of India’s democratic process and harmony among other things,” Dr. Karan Singh said.

The webinar was also addressed by David Klark, former Parliamentarian NSW, Dr. Pradeep Taneja, University of Melbourne, Mr. Suresh Vallath, and Mr. Manoj Sheron of the Indian Overseas Congress Australia. The webinar was also joined by Uma Mesthrie, great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandi from South Africa.

Short cultural segments also formed part of the webinar.


PODCAST: India’s soft power push with vaccine diplomacy

Dr. Azad Bali & Dr. Pradeep Taneja


India is the world’s largest donor of COVID-19 vaccines despite having the world’s second-highest caseload of coronavirus. What are India’s motivations for this bold move? Will India have enough vaccines for its 1.3+ billion people, and what does India’s apparent generosity say about the vaccine nationalism of the west?

Political scientist Dr. Pradeep Taneja and health policy researcher Dr. Azad Bali join presenter Ali Moore to examine India’s vaccine diplomacy.

An Asia Institute podcast. Produced and edited by profactual.com. Music by audionautix.com. Transcript here.

The views in the podcast are that of the authors and not of southasiatimes.com.au.

Source- melbourneasiareview.edu.au (Under Creative Commons Licence)

Scott Morrison sets up Taskforce in ‘response against foreign interference’

Photo: PM website

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 2 December: The Federal Government has decided to set up an $87.8 million new taskforce aimed to counter foreign interference and deter anyone attempting to undermine the country’s national interests. The announcement comes after Australian media reports of rising Chinese interference in Australia, though the media release today from the PM’s Press Office in Canberra, does not mention China or any other country.

A report in Guardian Australia says,” The Chinese government has dismissed allegations of espionage in Australia – including plans to install a pro-Beijing plant in parliament – as “nothing but lies”, insisting “China doesn’t interfere in other countries’ internal affairs”.

Dr. Pradeep Taneja, a specialist in Asian Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne says, “Judging by media reports, Australian intelligence agencies believe that foreign interference activity in Australia is at an unprecedented level. In political terms, this has already translated into more funding and new powers for intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

While I have no reason not to believe the claims of intelligence agencies, the evidence presented so far is less than overwhelming. As taxpayers, we have the right to see evidence in the form of prosecutions and convictions under these laws. Perhaps the new Counter Foreign Interference Taskforce will gather that evidence and present it before the Australian public.”

“The Taskforce will work into the National Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator that we established last year in the Department of Home Affairs and expand the resources the Coordinator has at their fingertips. It will be led by a senior ASIO officer and bring together a new team of Australian Federal Police investigators and representatives from AUSTRAC, the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation. The Office of National Intelligence will also support the Taskforce.

The new dedicated capability of the Taskforce will also increase the collaboration and streamline the decision-making between agencies, and strengthen Australia’s analysis of the sophisticated disinformation activities happening across the world, particularly against democratic processes and elections,” says the media release.