In modern India, a little less than 20% of the world’s population lives on a little more than 2% of its land surface. The incidence of non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer has risen sharply, along with associated death rates indicating a huge gap in access to tertiary healthcare services. Due to the sheer scale of the problem and the size of the gap between the need and provision of services, India’s ability to significantly improve access to tertiary healthcare raises issues of global importance to the entire world community.
INDIA’S Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will deliver a historic address to a joint sitting of federal parliament when he visits Australia for the G20 summit in Brisbane next month.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne MP visited the Australia India Institute (AII) last week for an informal discussion with Indian and local students as well as key figures at the institute.
The recent flurry of official visits by the leaders of India, China, Japan and Australia suggest a collective regional juggernaut designed to transform India and draw lines between friend and foe.