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'The Dynamics and Intricacies of Indo-Australian Bilateral Relations Revisited' His Excellency Mr. Peter Varghese AO, Australian High Commissioner to India addresses GNLU on Indo-Australian Diplomacy

International peace has an inseparable nexus with globally symbiotic relationships among the members of the world. Under the auspices of the ‘Distinguished Ambassador Lecture Series’ an initiative of the GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, GNLU deemed its utmost honour in hosting His Excellency Mr. Peter Varghese AO, Australian High Commissioner to India who addressed the august gathering on the dynamics and the intricacies of ‘Indo-Australian Bilateral Relations’ this Monday, 3rd October 2011. H.E Ms. Avryl Lattin, Deputy Consul General, Australian Deputy Consulate General and Mr. Jinendra Khara, Business Development Manager, Australian Trade Commission also graced the occasion.

Mr. Bimal N Patel, Director, GNLU, in his welcome address highlighted various avenues of Indo- Australian collaborations that could possibly augment profound bilateral relations between these two major players in the world arena.  GNLU expressed interests in having ties in the areas of sports law between the University of Queensland and the GNLU, joint research projects and emphasized the need and encouraged the High Commissioner to motivate more and more Australian students to visit Indian institutions. Director Patel mentioning that seeing is believing, informed the audience that GNLU has invited Australian students and institutions for Study Tour of India.

His Excellency Mr. Peter Varghese AO, in his intellectually-enriching key note address discussed the nature of the volatile dynamics of Indo-Australian Foreign Diplomatic Relations. He remarked that “… so far, there is nothing in the trajectory of India that is against pro- Australian interests” and that, on the other hand, there is a convergence of interests over various issues in the global sphere in what he termed “…cordial yet largely underdeveloped relationship between the two nations”. Commenting on the intricacies of the Sino-Indian dynamics in the international arena, H.E Mr. Varghese wittily remarked that ‘India is a settling point of relations and not an Anti- China chess piece on anybody’s chess board’. Further, he went on to shed some light on the economic, political and strategic facets of Indo-Australian relations and the profound impact of the same at World Forums like G-20 etc. Also, he maintained that Australia wholeheartedly supports India’s stance on her efforts in the direction of permanent membership at the UN Security Council.

Thereafter, another key issue discussed was that of ‘Maritime Security’ as Australia being an island nation and the Indian Ocean being a major exchange gateway. He also appreciated GNLU’s new venture of organizing the Global Maritime Security and Anti- Piracy Conference 2011 from 25- 27th November, 2011 which would open floodgates of Regional and International Cooperation on this quintessential concern. He sympathized with the victims of violence on the Indian Diaspora but reiterated the utmost commitment of the Government of Australia to ensure internal security and safety for all. Conclusively, he said that the rise of India is not a cause of anxiety but a cause for celebration for the world at large progressing towards stronger global democratization and emphasized on the role of the Indian Diaspora in Australia in strengthening ties between the two nations.

All in all, this momentous occasion, of the visit of the Australian High Commissioner and the other delegates at the Gujarat National Law University, marks the onset of renewed strategic and peaceful ties between these two nations that would open newer vistas for further cultural, economic, strategic and intellectual collaborations and exchanges between the two key player nations in the dynamic international arena. 

Last Updated : 01-08-2014