On Thursday 26 March, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, CEO & Foundation Director, Australia India Institute launched this new book by Dr Meg Gurry.
"2014 was a transformative year in the life of the Australia – India relationship. The reciprocated prime ministerial state visits of Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi brought a frequently unfulfilled connection into sharp focus.
In time for this watershed moment, academic and writer Meg Gurry has pulled together 70 years of diplomatic relations in a book that examines the highest offices of government and goes beyond the popular clichés of cricket and mutual neglect.
From the Nehru-Menzies discord to India's burgeoning demand for Australian energy, resources and education, Australia and India: Mapping The Journey 1944-2014 highlights the broader regional context of the Australia – India relationship and how this shaped their understanding of each other."
Dr Meg Gurry is an academic researcher who is updating and revising her earlier work on the history of Australia-India government and diplomatic relations. She is a former lecturer in Australian foreign policy at La Trobe University where she currently serves as an honorary research associate. Her area of scholarship and academic publications focus on Australia's engagement with Asia since 1945, with particular attention to India, and her research is principally archive-based, working out of the National Australian Archives in Canberra.
Dr Gurry has also taught history and politics in a number of humanities subjects at secondary school and university level, and worked in the area of aid and community development. She has a BA and DipEd from Monash University, and a PhD in politics from La Trobe.