On January 26, Australia and India will both celebrate their National Days; Australia Day and Republic Day. Australia Day marks the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson in 1778 when he claimed Australia for the British. Originally called Foundation Day, Australia Day has been celebrated on this day since the landing.
The nationwide outrage at the beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj and the mutilation of the body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh is symptomatic of a collective and deep sense of angst across the country. The brutal streets of the national capital region (NCR) and the treacherous heights of the LoC are increasingly becoming a metaphor for a State that is unable to provide security to its citizens. Security, in its fundamental sense, is freedom from fear. Today, large sections of both urban and rural India are terrified at the prospect of what the future may unfold. And because emotions are running high, it is important for the prime minister to build a national consensus on critical issues before another incident overwhelms us all.
Twenty high-profile artists from India and Australia will be embarking on a journey to India’s historic city of Jaipur to collaborate and create new artworks. Running from the 20th to the 31st of January, The Australia India Institute’s Artists’ Retreat will see artists taking part in a series of curated sessions, and visiting sites of inspiration in India such as the Amber Fort.
The Honourable Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resources Development of the Government of India, former Under-Secretary of the UN, and Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute (Aii) yesterday officially launched the Aii's Artists' Retreat. Comprising of twenty high-profile artists from India and Australia, the painters, sculptors and photographers embarked on a journey to India’s historic city of Jaipur to collaborate and create new artworks.
Twenty students from Australian universities will arrive in India this week on a journey of understanding. The students, representing leading institutions, will travel to Mumbai, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana during their ten day tour (Jan 17 – 27) which includes a debate at O.P. Jindal University on whether or not sales of Australian uranium to India will benefit both countries.
The vigorous public discourse following the recent brutal gang rape and mutilation of the 23-year-old in Delhi is a positive sign but hopefully the demand for quick solutions will not ignore the complexities involved in dealing with all forms of violence against women. There are also other connected issues that require urgent attention including the description of a rape as a "state worse than death", making out certain acts of violence to be rare aberrations when they are depressingly routine, ignoring the sexual violence within families and the need to make the legal system accountable to the female citizenry.
In keeping with the Australia India Institute’s mission to engender greater interaction between Australia and India, the Australia India Institute
Music touches hearts and changes lives in ways few other art forms can. We will never calculate how many tears must have flowed for the loss of the greatest sitar player of his age, Pandit Ravi Shankar. His influence is beyond measure, as Christopher Kremmer writes.
A key forum policy forum in New Delhi has called on Australia, India and Indonesia to take the lead in shaping the region’s response to the growing might of China
The Australia India Institute has announced the successful applicants for its Emerging Leader Fellowship program for 2013. Undertaking a series of 8 week residential fellowships, the ELFs are outstanding mid-career Indian professionals from a variety of disciplines including media, the arts, academia, the civil service and public life.