Australia and India: Mapping the Journey
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After six decades characterised by misperception, lack of trust, neglect, missed opportunities and even hostility, a new chapter in India's relations with Australia has begun. —Professor Amitabh Mattoo
Only rarely has India, home to one-sixth of the world's people, forced itselfonto the maps constructed by Australian diplomats and politicians. In thisbook, Meg Gurry explores why this is so. Australia and India: Mapping theJourney 1944-2014 traces the evolution of Australia's role from outpost of adecolonising British empire and junior member of an American military alliance,to engagement with the Asia-Pacific (without India), and onto partnershipin a newly mapped Indo-Pacific region (with India). The story ends with theexcitement and optimism engendered by the reciprocated prime ministerialstate visits of Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi in 2014, which point, someargue, to a transformative moment for the bilateral relationship.
Along the way, this study explores the obstacles—personal, political,geopolitical—to deeper relations. Based on years of research, the bookprovides a detailed study of the roles of key players in Australian diplomacysince the first High Commission was opened in New Delhi in 1944. Meg Gurryargues that the Australia-India connection—as well as having its own distinctivebilateral trajectory—can best be explained by locating it within the widercontext of Australia's understanding of its regional identity, and by studying thechanging maps that reflect the journey.
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About the author
Meg Gurry, a graduate of the universities of Monash and La Trobe, has taughtAustralian foreign policy and written widely on Australia's relations with India.She has maintained a long interest in Australia's regional history, particularly itspolitics and diplomacy. She is currently a fellow of the Australia India Institute.