Past Events

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Pivot to India: Our Next Great and Powerful Friend?

As Australia’s relationship with China has soured, India has emerged as the great new hope. Yet can Australia realise the potential of the world's largest democracy? Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International for The University of Melbourne,  has explored the foreign policy complexities for Australia in his new essay Pivot to India: Our Next Great …

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Podcast: The Significance of Satyagraha –The legacy of Gandhi’s peace movement

The Australia India Institute's Director, Lisa Singh in conversation with Professor Bindu Puri from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the significance of satyagraha as a method of earning rights through self-suffering rather than inflicting suffering on others and the influence of such satyagraha on contemporary movements and as an inspiration to those who seek to …

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AII Fellows’ Series: Beyond 2021 – Geopolitical opportunities for the Australia & India relationship

The Australia-India bilateral relationship has never been stronger. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the elevation of the relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership last year has raised the profile of both countries’ common interests and commitment to work together in various areas of political and economic significance. But with common concerns over the ever-changing geopolitical …

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AII Fellows’ Series: Indian Education Policy and the Hybrid State

Indian education systems have long been characterised by the involvement of non-state actors – from the missionary schools established during the colonial period through to the growing power of international agencies and private schools and colleges since the 1990s. While we know a lot about diverse actors’ involvement in education delivery, less attention has been …

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AII Fellows’ Series: Denationalising Indian Environmental Issues

National histories, as is often the case, tend to reflect the parochial visions and grandiose territorial posturing of their governments. Environmental issues (think climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic), in contrast, reveal the fissures and poverty of such nationalist narratives. This presentation will offer new ways of thinking about ‘Indian’ environmental issues from a denationalised …

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Invisible inequalities in business and society: Why should we care?

Inequalities associated with visible characteristics (e.g., gender, race, age) are recognizable and measures can be taken to address them. In contrast, inequalities associated with invisible characteristics (e.g., caste and class) cannot be easily recognized and acted upon. In this presentation, I will discuss the implications of caste to businesses and societies, focusing particularly on multinational …

The CECA: Roadmaps for the Australia - India Economic Relationship

The CECA: Roadmaps for the Australia – India Economic Relationship

There is increased momentum for the negotiation of an Australia-India FTA, known as the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). This year, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to conclude a CECA, including reaching an interim early harvest agreement by December 2021, and concluding the negotiations on a full CECA by the end of 2022. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be …