Venue: Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street Carlton VIC 3053
In the early history of the India-Australia relationship, people-to-people ties have often been viewed as a missing link. However, while the relationship did not hold the significance that it does now, contact frequently occurred between citizens of the two countries. These pioneers of the bilateral relationship were hawkers and egalitarians, ship wreck survivors and designers.
In his talk, Mr Raj Satija will uncover personal stories of the trailblazers for this relationship. In doing so, he seeks to answer the question: “How have India and Australia contributed to the development of each other as nations?”
About the Speaker
Raj Satija has been an IT Consultant for over 35 years serving the Government and the industry in various capacities. He has completed Master Degree in Statistics, Master Degree in Population Studies and Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. He recently retired from consulting life to take on active community work.
As the current President of the Australia-India United Centre he dedicates his time to a range of community integration activities. In 2013, he started a project to develop an Indian landscape garden in central Canberra that will enhance cultural understanding between the two communities. This project has been supported by several academics, architects, diplomats, the ACT Government and, in particuly, by Ms Pera Wells, also a Fellow of the Australia India Institute.
In November 2014, ACT Government named him “Multicultural Advocate of the Year”.