Hullabaloo: The Fuss About The India-Australia Relationship

The word Hullabaloo signifies a big fuss, usually a big ado. The relationship between India and Australia has been in increasing focus, a big fuss has been made about the importance of developing collaborative partnerships in science and technology, academic research, and industry and business. Everyone agrees that there is a lot of potential and progress has been made in many areas, but there is a long way to go. The strategic imperative for multi-level engagement with the rising economies in our region, like India, has been recognised by successive Australian governments resulting in trade talks and dialogue between the leaders of Australia and India at the highest level. As this century unfolds, Australians who can manage the culturally complex challenges of operating in India will be in strong demand as they will have the cultural competence and knowledge of India to leverage the relationship. In this book, invited authors present their own perspectives on how the engagement with India might grow and prosper for the mutual benefit of both the countries. They explore various aspects of the relationship from social, cultural and technology perspectives and the similarities and differences between India and Australia which can be an advantage in bi-lateral engagement.

About the Authors:

Dr. Marlene Kanga is a leading engineer and the first Asian born national president of Engineers Australia. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, completed a Master’s degree at Imperial College London and a PhD at Macquarie University. She is a Fellow of engineering institutions in Australia, New Zealand and India and the Institute of Company Directors. Marlene is a board member of Innovation Australia and Sydney Water Corporation and Chair of the Department of Industry R&D Incentives Committee. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed patented technology for automated video analysis. Marlene is a board member of the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists and Executive Council member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. Marlene has a Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Bombay, the 2014 Engineer of the Year Award from the Federation of Engineering Institutions in the Asia Pacific and was listed among the Top 100 Engineers and the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia in 2013.

Professor Amitabh Mattoo is the CEO and Director of AII and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. He concurrently serves as Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mattoo has been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India and the National Security Council’s Advisory Board. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002-2008. He received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. He has published extensively including eight books and more than a hundred articles. He was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life.