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Type: Journal article
Title: Beyond cricket: Australia-India evolving relations
Author: Mayer, P.
Jain, P.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2010; 45(1):133-148
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1036-1146
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Peter Mayer and Purnendra Jain
Abstract: Australia's relationship with India stands in apparent contrast with its relations elsewhere in Asia. Most accounts of Australia's links to India liken them to recurrent bouts of amnesia, arguing that Australia has not put the same efforts into engaging with India that it has into fostering ties with Japan, China and Indonesia and that, like a patient with injury to the hippocampus who has lost the ability to lay down long-term memories, Australia appears to approach each episodic moment of contact without recollection of the past. Australia's relationship with India has passed through distinct phases, from a brief moment of warmth in the years immediately after India achieved independence, through frosty decades of the Cold War. In contrast to many other accounts, the paper argues that since the 1980s Australia has sought with considerable consistency to engage with India and that the tenuousness of the relationship is primarily due to Indian indifference. Recent bilateral issues, including the supply of uranium to India and attacks on Indian students, have led to an enlargement of contacts which may signify that the engagement is at last becoming a mutual one.
Rights: © 2010 Australian Political Studies Association
RMID: 0020096837
DOI: 10.1080/10361140903517759
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