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'He no doubt felt insulted': the White Australia Policy and Australia's relations with India, 1944-1964

Meadows, Eric 2013, 'He no doubt felt insulted': the White Australia Policy and Australia's relations with India, 1944-1964. In Beaumont, Joan and Jordan, Matthew (ed), Australia and the world: a festschrift for Neville Meaney, Sydney University Press, Sydney, N.S.W., pp.81-98.

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Title 'He no doubt felt insulted': the White Australia Policy and Australia's relations with India, 1944-1964
Author(s) Meadows, Eric
Title of book Australia and the world: a festschrift for Neville Meaney
Editor(s) Beaumont, Joan
Jordan, Matthew
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 15
Start page 81
End page 98
Total pages 18
Publisher Sydney University Press
Place of Publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) history
white Australia policy
Nehru
Indian immigration
Summary The Government of India never publicly criticised the White Australia policy. Nonetheless it was a subject of constant reporting to New Delhi by the Indian High Commission in Canberra.  The Australian High Commission in New Delhi regularly reported criticism of the policy in the Indian press and in elite opinion.  It urged the introduction of a quota for Indian immigration to Australia, but ministers remained unwilling to modify the policy in any substantial way, in the period under study.  South Africa's apartheid policy was a far more serious problem in race relations for the Indian Government.  The existence of the White Australia policy when countries such as Canada had introduced quotas for Indian immigration, suggested an Australia mired in attitudes irrelevant to a decolonising world.  The Australian High Commissioner thought that although Nehru made no public comments on the policy, he must have felt insulted by its existence.
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ISBN 1743320159
9781743320150
Language eng
Field of Research 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2013, Sydney University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053669

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