In India, the world's largest democracy, voting in the marathon six-week, nine-phase general election is continuing. Here Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Director of the Australia India Institute, and Nicholas Reece, Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne, provide a primer on the logistics, the players, the parties, the policies, and the prospects of the leading campaigners.
April 24 is the second-biggest voting day in India’s nine-phase election, with 117 seats up for grabs. The constituencies are located across the sub-continent, stretching from Nowgong in India’s northeast state of Assam to Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Ocean will become one of the major strategic battlegrounds of the 21st century. The rise of India and China is shaping a new regional balance of power and just as China is asserting itself in the Pacific, India aspires to be the leading power in the Indian Ocean. It is a region that we can no longer afford to ignore.
The Director of the National Gallery of Australia Mr Ron Radford said in a media interview that he will not return to India, the “Dancing Shiva” allegedly stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu and other millions of dollars worth of antiques he had purchased from New York dealer Subhash Kapoor.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, has welcomed a sharp increase in the number of Indians applying for student visas to Australia. The latest immigration figures show 4148 Indians made offshore applications for student visas between July and September last year – more than double the figure for the same period in 2012.
Today is Holi, celebrated as the festival of colours in many parts of India and at its cultural best in India’s most populous, politically powerful and most ungovernable state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Until 1977, every Prime Minister of India had been elected from Uttar Pradesh.
Three more of India’s brightest students will work on their PhD studies at a Victorian institution thanks to the 2014 Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships (VIDS) program.
Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express daily newspaper Shekhar Gupta brought his experience and humour to the Australia India Institute as
Findings from this month’s Australia-India Roundtable have concluded that relations between India and Australia have reached a ‘new maturity’ based on deepening social, economic and political connections.