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Pragati: It Hindi for 'progress'


Rory Medcalf


4 February 2008 12:22

India has to do its share of the lifting in taking Australia-India relations to a new level, I suggest in this month’s issue of Pragati, a new Indian current affairs magazine.  In recent months I have proposed a series of steps the new Australian Government can take to follow through on its rhetoric about building the India relationship. Of all Australia’s relationships with major powers, the India one is the most unfinished.

But it remains to be seen if India also realises what a serious player today’s Australia really is: the world’s 15th largest economy, 12th biggest military spender, a massive resources supplier, a stable and multicultural democracy, and located in India’s broader region to boot. India has to recognise Australia as an independent strategic actor in the Indo-Pacific region, not solely a US ally.
India also has to try harder to understand and connect with Australian thinking on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation if there is to be any basis for building bipartisanship in Canberra on an eventual arrangement to supply Australian uranium to help meet Indian energy needs.