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India is booming: everyone says so. The economy is growing to match its massive population, and new industries like IT are creating a thriving middle class. Yet millions of Indians, especially women, are doing it as tough as ever.
Following our spotlight events on Indonesia, Syria and China, the Fifth Estate turns to incredible India. What are the foreign policy objectives of this rapidly growing nation? And why has its relationship with Australia never quite worked as well as it might, despite strong ties in trade, sport, education and culture?
Join Sally Warhaft and guests Christopher Kremmer and Professor Robin Jeffrey for an in-depth look at India today, its relationship with Australia and the world.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Professor Robin Jeffrey is a researcher and author with expertise in Indian politics, culture and media.
Christopher Kremmer is the author of Inhaling the Mahatma, a memoir of the eight years in which he lived and worked in India.
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