Rising Power and Changing People

Rising Power and Changing People

The Australian High Commission in India

Edited by: David Lowe orcid, Eric Meadows

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Beginning in 1943–44, Australia’s relationship with India is its oldest continuous formal diplomatic relationship with any Asian country. The early diplomatic exchanges between Australia and India have teased for their suggestions of potential unrealised, for opportunities missed, especially when compared with the very recent excitement about the future of Australia–India relations. How did Australia’s representatives and their staff in New Delhi negotiate the many dimensions of Australia–India relations? This book brings together expert analyses of the work of the Australian High Commission, its key people and the challenges they faced in New Delhi.

The important India Economic Strategy to 2035 report handed to the Australian Government in mid-2018 begins with the comment: ‘Timing has always been a challenge in Australia’s relationship with India.’ As the Australian Government works to implement some of the ambitious recommendations in the report, this book adds to our understanding of why timing has been a challenge, and how those at the coalface of the relationship have grappled with it.


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Sep 2022
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: History; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies
Australia; South Asia: India

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  1. Creating the Diplomatic Relationship (PDF, 0.2MB)Eric Meadows doi
  2. Two Conferences on Asian Matters in New Delhi (PDF, 0.2MB)Julie Suares doi
  3. New Delhi and Canberra in the 1950s (PDF, 0.1MB)Eric Meadows doi
  4. The Ambassador Extraordinary and the Formidable Public Servant: Sir James Plimsoll and Sir Arthur Tange, 1963–69 (PDF, 0.3MB)Peter Edwards doi
  5. The Buildings and Their Locally Engaged Staff (PDF, 0.5MB)David Lowe doi
  6. The Bangladesh Crisis Seen from New Delhi (PDF, 1.0MB)Ric Smith doi
  7. Mediating Middle Powers: Shaw, Grant, Curtis and Upton, 1972–83 (PDF, 0.3MB)David Lee doi
  8. Arresting the Drift: The Graham Feakes Era (PDF, 0.1MB)Meg Gurry doi
  9. Trade and Education: Australia–India, 1998–2008 (PDF, 0.1MB)Michael Moignard and Quentin Stevenson-Perks doi
  10. Building an Indo-Pacific Security Partnership (PDF, 0.2MB)Ian Hall doi
  11. High Commissioners as Scholarly Observers: Crocker on Nehru, and Grant on Indira Gandhi (PDF, 0.2MB)David Lowe doi

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