More to relation with India than curry, cricket: Melissa Parke

Melissa ParkeWest Australian MP Melissa Parke said Australia and India had strong links that were both substantial and symbolic and growing, Daily Telegraph reported.

"There is a genuine and long-standing warmth of regard felt by Australia and Australians for India and its people that I believe goes beyond the oft-cited notion of cricket, curry and Commonwealth," she was quoted as saying.

She was speaking after tabling the parliamentary committee report on relations with India as an emerging world power.

Her report refers to India's development into a global and regional nation of enormous significance and "it acknowledges India's success as the world's largest democracy and as a nation with an outward looking and resolutely independent foreign policy".

It also recognised the importance of India's very substantial military capability.

The report cited numerous opportunities for developing Australia's cultural, strategic, defence, business and trade relationship further, Parke said.

The report comes in the backdrop of a string of attacks on Indian students in Australia. Nearly 100,000 students from India are enrolled in various courses in this country.

"It is heartening to see the overwhelming commitment of the Australian community at all levels to the safety and well-being of Indian students, visitors and migrants within our community.

"With the improved understanding both within and between our nations that has arisen out of these unfortunate and regrettable incidents, it is hoped that India and Australia will continue to develop and enhance an already significant bilateral relationship," it read.


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