22 January 2014
Vipul Khosla - Courtesy of ABC Australia Plus India
A new series of books was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival providing fresh perspectives on Australia’s evolving relationship with India.
The Foreign Policy Series, a six volume publication from the Australia India Institute was launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival on 19th January, 2014 by the Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling.
The Series focuses on the evolution and changes in Indian foreign policy taking into account the economic and demographic shifts in the country and internationally.
India has been through dramatic changes in the past two decades with economic liberalisation in the country, the rise of China as an economic superpower in the region and the end of the Cold War internationally.
At the event, India’s external affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid said things had changed from the foreign policy era of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.
"We no longer have the same intensity of involvement as far as the Non-Aligned Movement is concerned. We are now part of G20; we are seen as partly developed. It is no longer what it used to be," he said.
One of the six publications, India-Australia Relations in the Asian Century: Perspectives from India and Australia focuses specifically on the political, economic and security relations between the two countries with reflections on the issue of nuclear proliferation and the changing dynamics of foreign relations.
The launch was also attended by India’s Member of Parliament, Amar Singh and Australia India Institute Director, Amitabh Mattoo.
The launch of the series is just one of many events at the Jaipur Literature Festival. This year the festival also featured more than 240 authors, including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Australian writer Robyn Davidson.
As part of a panel discussion, Restless Women, Davidson spoke about her solo adventurous journey through the harsh Australian desert travelling from Alice Springs to the west coast of Australia in 1977. Tracks, the writer’s memoir of the journey, was produced as a film last year and premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2013.
The festival which ran from 17th to 21st January, 2014 concluded with a debate on democracy, its challenges, interpretation and practice in India.
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