Afroz Alam Sahil for BeyondHeadlines
BeyondHeadlines Team Congratulates Mr. Kamala Kanta Dash for being nominated to head the Public Policy and Communications division of an Australian think tank in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Dash joined as the new director at South Asia Community Link Group-Australasia (SACLG-Australasia) and will be responsible for shaping policy and research initiatives on South Asian and Australian communities. He will engage with the Australian and South Asian governments, universities, industry and communities to undertake research and advocate policy issues. President Farrukh Hussain and Secretary Deepak Vinayak congratulated Mr. Dash in a press release. South Asia Community Link Group-Australasia (SACLG-Australasia) is a policy, research and advocacy think tank representing the interest of the South Asian Communities in Australian continent. As a non-political, not-for profit organization SACLG provides a strong platform to the South Asian and broader Australian communities to come and work together in collaboration for a peaceful, cohesive and harmonious Australia.
Mr. Dash has been with BeyondHeadlines (BH) for more than a year and works as the Honorary Editor to guide us in the process. As a firm believer in the values of democracy and secularism, he has strong credentials in community service, media and policy analysis. We at BH have been happy to have his guidance and support. He played an important role in shaping Initiative for Nation’s Service and Affirmative Action Network (INSAAN), an India based International Foundation. The name INSAAN was his suggestion as he felt that we Indians have not been doing enough to promote Insaaniyat, “the intrinsic human quality that connects all of us.” Ideologically rooted in the ideas of social inclusion, communal harmony and interfaith he chose to work on the Muslim Community(ies) of Delhi for his PhD and wanted to understand Muslim Community Engagement in Public Policy with a specific focus on Police-Muslim Engagement. He is working with Prof Marika Vicziany, Dr. Pete Lentini and Dr. Ben MacQueen for his PhD in Public Policy and South Asian Studies at Monash University.
Mr. Dash comes from the village of Brahmapur of Kendrapara in the state of Odisha. He has an MA in Political Science from Ravenshaw and an M.Phil in IR from JNU. He was awarded Odisha Government’s Higher Education Fellowship in 2003 to pursue an MPhil in JNU and also received Australia India Council (AIC) Fellowship in 2006-07 to study Civil Society and State Interface in Fighting Terrorism in India and Australia. During his JNU days he worked for popularising Yoga and National Service Scheme (NSS) on the campus and beyond. In Australia he has received training in community dialogue from Centre for Dialogue of La Trobe University and promoting healthy relationships in families from Spectrum. He has won awards in community service, debating and script writing. We at BeyondHeadlines and INSAAN International Foundation are proud of our association with Mr. Dash and wish him all the best in his new role.