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New book: Re-thinking India: Perceptions from Australia January 28, 2014

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Re-thinking India: Perceptions from Australia

Edited by Lance Brennan and Auriol Weigold

New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013. (Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Series –  4)

Dating from the early nineteenth century, the ties between India and Australia were initially in trade and then, as parts of the British Empire, together playing a significant role in both World Wars. Since Indian independence there has been a developing relationship, recently expressed in the IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation) where Australia succeeded India as Chair in 2013. Cooperation continues on initiatives from security and environmental issues, to energy and education. The breadth of interests covered by the collected essays reflects the diverse concerns of Australian academics with an interest in India. The essays range from discussions of India’s diplomatic relationships and energy strategy to analyses of communalism and the strength of village elites and on to considerations of the fundamentals of Hinduism.

The contributors come from equally wide backgrounds, reflecting the complexion of Australian academia: Giovanni Arca, Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat, Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan, Tathagata Chatterji, Ian Copland, Gigi Ifergan, Christopher Kremmer, P.R. Kumaraswamy, Peter Mayer, Sanjay Ranade, Rizwana Shamshad, R.F.I. Smith, Christopher Snedden, Sneha Subhedar, Marika Vicziany, Auriol Weigold. Many of the papers in this collection, including some by postgraduate students, were first given at the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s conference held in 2012 at the University of Western Sydney. Other scholars generously contributed work on their current research.


Lance Brennan completed a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex having graduated from the University of Western Australia with degrees in Education and History. He taught Indian history at Flinders University from 1976 to 1999 and has published on the agrarian and political history of Uttar Pradesh, famine relief, and the health of Indian indentured labourers.

Auriol Weigold is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Canberra and, in 2009-10 and 2011-12, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Canberra. She is the author of Churchill, Roosevelt and India: Propaganda During World War II. Also, she has published extensively on the India–Australia bilateral relationship.

 Re-thinking India (ISBN 93-5018-376-5) can be ordered from the publisher’s website: www.readworthypub.com

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