INDIA NEWS and INDIA NEWS TV on YouTube in Australia, bring to our readers and subscribers national and international news, editorials, expert columns, community activities and interviews of political leaders, celebrities, business professionals, academics and sport personalities among others. By drawing upon our team’s decades of experience in the government and business engagements, journalism, academics, policy-making, stakeholder dialogues and community events, we have geared up to keep over 750,000 Indian diaspora, and other Australian and ethnic community members, and key stakeholders in India, updated with the latest news, events and trends in bilateral relationship. The community magazines and papers in Australia have been unable to make the necessary impact in shaping public-policy and strategic-thinking and INDIA NEWS, a fortnightly newspaper fills that critical void in Australian media sphere covering India and Australia-India news.
Dr Ram Mohan, Chairman
Dr Ram Mohan is the Chairman of India News Group. Born in India, he moved to Australia in 1998, and possesses several decades of experience in academics, business, media, philanthropy and community service.
Dr Mohan obtained his PhD from the University of Madras, India on the “Ecology and Recruitment of Post-larval Penaeid Prawns in the Mangrove and Estuarine Habitats of Cauvery Basin in India. He has received the UNESCO fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) to work on the effects of PCB’s on plaice, Pleuronectesplastessa, in the North Sea. Post-PhD, he joined the faculty at the School of Agriculture, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman where he focussed on the ecology and fisheries of penaeid prawns and tropical rock lobsters.
Prior to his migration to Australia, he was deeply engaged in the field of Marine Science and Fisheries, and presented at international conferences, including in Australia and New Zealand and won the best research paper award in the International Lobsters conference at Queenstown, New Zealand. The visit left an indelible mark on his outlook and thinking and convincing him to migrate to Downunder in 1988.
In Australia, he pursued a successful career as a lecturer at the Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory and later joined the University of Queensland as a lecturer in Biological Sciences. Twenty years ago, when there was little awareness about at climate issues, at UQ he became a pioneer in championing the cause of banning single use plastic bags and introducing Eco Bags for regular use. Soon he started his business in manufacturing eco-friendly bags.
Not content with his academic pursuits, and yearning for more in life, Dr Ram Mohan joined the Australian Border Security as a quarantine officer, and soon after starting his own business in 2007.
Dr Mohan has held leadership roles successfully throughout his professional life, alongside volunteering and serving the Indian and multicultural community in Australia. He has been a source of inspiration to the younger generation in the field of education, sports and community work.
He has served as the president of the Indian Cultural Society in Darwin, vice president of the Tamil Association of Queensland, and president and vice president, of the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ). As the president of FICQ, he has strengthenedthe FICQ as a leading community organisation and enriched the multicultural ethos of Queensland by building bridges with the larger Australian society.He has retained his association with FICQ an adviser.
As a Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Dr Mohan has published a successful community monthly magazine, India News Queensland for four years, which has now been transformed into a fortnightly national paper, INDIA NEWS.
Dr Ram Mohan believes, “Information plays a key role in shaping the society by changing people’s perceptions. And people’s perceptions, shaped by trustworthy and credible information from INDIA NEWS will not only keep them ahead of the rest, but also impart a deeper understanding of the world around them. This awareness is vital for building an informed and responsible society”.
Chair – Queensland Multicultural Ambassador Program of Mental health Foundation of Australia (MHFA)
Publisher & Editor – India News & Indian News Queensland (INQ)
Adviser – The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ)
Adviser – Gandhi Salt March Limited (GSML)
Ambassador – Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA)
Ambassador – Universal Peace Federation (UPF)
Dr Ashutosh Misra, Editor-in-Chief
Dr Ashutosh Misra is the Editor-in-Chief of INDIA NEWS.
He is also the CEO and founding Executive Director of the Institute for Australia India Engagement (IAIE) in Brisbane. Dr Misra is a gold medallist in Master of Arts (history) from the Banaras Hindu University and completed M.Phil and PhD on India-Pakistan negotiations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fellowship for his doctoral research in 1997 and 1998. Post-PhD he has worked for the United Nations in Jordan where he received a Special Letter of Commendation from Her Majesty Queen Noor al Hussein.
In 2002 he joined as one of India’s leading security expert at the Ministry of Defence’s think-tank, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He also provided policy briefs to the Indian Parliament, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home and Ministry of Defence, and key foreign embassies including United States, United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union delegation on South Asian affairs.
Since moving to Australia in 2007, he has worked at Griffith University and the University of Queensland, which is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. He possesses over 20 years of research experience on Indian, South Asian and international security and has an impressive publication record comprising books, refereed journal articles in A ranking journals, op-eds and policy reports.
In Australia, Dr Misra has facilitated a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Griffith University and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad to promote research and practitioner’s exchanges between Indian and Australia. Between 2010-2015 he also closely engaged with the Interpol in sports corruption eradication and with India-based National Investigation Agency in counter-terrorism, Central Bureau of Investigation in corruption eradication and integrity in sports, and with UNESCO Chair at Banaras Hindu University in peace and conflict studies and multiculturalism. In 2015 he was instrumental in securing the Bar Council of India’s accreditation for the University of Queensland’s Law School to facilitate post graduate studies and higher degree research exchanges.
As one of the leading Indologists and Asianists in Australia, Dr Misra shares his expertise with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Defence College and National Security College and leading universities and think-tanks India and South Asia.
Dr Misra has an impressive international media profile and contributes op-eds on India, Australia-India relations in newspapers and appears frequently in the electronic and print media in Australia, India and internationally.
As a person of very humble origin and son of a school principal in Varanasi, Dr Misra remains connected to his roots in Varanasi and contributes passionately to the rise of India and standing in international affairs.
Mr Sushant Pathak
Mr. Sushant Pathak is the INDIA NEWS YouTube Channel News Director. He possesses having over a decade of Investigative Journalism experience in India during which he worked with the leading media groups such as India Today, AajTak, India TV, Star News, News Express, Tehelka.com and Cobrapost.com. Not perturbed by personal threats and risks to life, Sushant has produced exclusive jaw-dropping investigations and exposes’ in his career. In addition to winning awards for journalism and investigative skills, he was also honoured by the National Investigation Agency, a premier Indian government agency dealing with counter-terrorism, extremism and other subversive activities in India.
Harpreet Bhagrath, India Editor
Harpreet Bhagrath, our India editor, has extensive experience in writing, editing, and the media. A Griffith University alumnus, Harpreet has been editing and managing publications in India, Australia, and Fiji for more than 18 years, and at 44, he is happily unmarried to fulfill his work commitments better. A voracious reader in his younger years, Harpreet loves reading P.G. Wodehouse when he gets time now.