Professor Amitabh Mattoo arrived in Australia shortly after the violent attacks on Indian students. It was a time when Australia was accused of being racist, and unsafe, by the Indian community. In fact Amitabh's friends warned him that he would literally go “Down Under”.
But on completing his posting as one of the inaugural directors of the Australia India Institute, Amitabh says that the relationship is now energised - not only has Prime Minister Abbott visited the sub-continent, but Narendra Modi was in Australia for the G20 conference last month - the first time an Indian prime minister has visited Australia in 28 years. The times, as Amitabh puts it “are clearly changing”.
Prof Mattoo spoke to Geraldine Doogue about the transformation in Australia-India Relations, his personal experiences in Australia and what lies ahead. To listen in to the conversation, go to the following link:
(Courtesy: ABC )