Aii Blog

20 August 2014

Australia has a worldwide reputation for developing a basin-wide river management regime that successfully balances agricultural and domestic uses with environmental flows and cultural rights of the Indigenous population. As such, it seems an obvious good that Australia is assisting India in river basin management. But is it really?

15 August 2014

“This is indeed India! The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle; the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race

07 August 2014

As a young woman on the threshold of a new adventure in a foreign land with her young family, I hadn’t reckoned I would be feeling so homesick so early into the piece. After 18 unending months of pining to join the husband, I could barely wait to be with him and even the child’s fever on the morning of my departure hadn’t deterred me from flying out.

03 July 2014

Australia is being pushed into a closer relationship with India, but to succeed at this we need a real understanding of Narendra Modi, the man recently elected Prime Minister to 1.2 billion Indians.

24 April 2014

A World Health Organisation (WHO) 2009 report states that it is inequality that has the most profound and far-reaching consequences for individuals and wider society. The study, which draws on extensive research states "There is overwhelming evidence that inequality is a key cause of stress ... and the adverse impact of stress is greater in societies where greater inequality exists and where some people feel worse off than others.

09 April 2014

By Alushka Rajaram

The first time I watched Love Aaj Kal, I thought that Imitaz Ali hit the nail on the head with Meera. Finally a female character in Bollywood who didn’t choose a boy over a career. She was ambitious, smart, and a match to Jai in every single way.

24 March 2014

My uneasy journey with being the product of a diasporic culture began with boats in a loading bay in Calcutta, following the trail of the Dutch East India Company and British Imperialists, along the Indian Ocean to a curved bank of Africa’s southern most country. Although the story of the blood that rushes through my veins begins long before my great-grandparents were enticed with the promise of gold and a free ticket to see another land, I believe that the roots of my history, the story my children and grandchildren will pass on to generations to come – until it too becomes too distant to relate to – begins with the boats that carried thousands of optimistic brown skinned opportunists away from their stolen native soil to another.

Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza describes diaspora as, “simultaneously a state of being and a process of becoming, a kind of voyage that encompasses the possibility of never arriving or returning, a navigation of multiple belongings.” This is the best basis to build my journey upon, a starting point to the murkier insights of the perplex internal battle that rages through my soul as I close my eyes on days when the world seems too bleak and curry and rice is all I crave with a cup of hot Rooibos tea.

05 March 2014

Transgender, hijra or gender non-conforming persons living in India have historically confronted and continue to face societal inequality as well as discrimination at each level of the legal system; however, current political and legal activism and a Public Interest Petition in the Supreme Court may offer an opportunity for establishing sorely needed legal and societal recognition and protection for these communities.

The gender nonconforming community in India has long suffered from inadequate legal protection and social protection. Gender non-conforming persons are not recognized by the legal system and are, therefore, often excluded from the protections afforded by the system. In India, gender non-conforming persons do not currently receive legal recognition of their chosen gender (transman, transwoman, hijra, woman, men, gender queer and etc.). The lack of legal recognition prevents gender non-conforming persons from obtaining employment as well securing elected office. In a case before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, a hijra person was elected but her election was overturned as the seat was reserved for “women”.

18 February 2014

With the election campaign in full swing, Fazal Rizvi disccusses the importance of India's education system in moving the country forward and the questions the candidates must face if they are to be successful in the general election.

04 February 2014

Indian Elections in 2014 are shaping up to be one of the most interesting, and ugliest, election battles in recent memory, writes Srikant Rajan