AII commemorates Anzac Day with Australian-Indian military focus

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ProfPeter Stanley, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Tim Watts MP, CEO Lisa Singh, Consul General Melbourne, Dr. Sushil Kumar and Indian military veterans // AII

The Australia India Institute (AII), dedicated to fostering understanding and support for the Australia-India relationship, honoured Anzac Day this year by spotlighting the often-overlooked Australian-Indian military friendship born during Gallipoli in 1915.

“Many know the Anzac story, but the Australian-Indian military bond remains less explored,” stated Institute CEO Lisa Singh.

During ‘The Anzac India Story’ event on Monday, Australian military historian Professor Peter Stanley discussed the enduring friendships forged amidst Gallipoli’s fires.

The Bahadur painting, symbolising Gallipoli camaraderie, was officially donated to the Institute. The event also featured insights from Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts MP, who concluded the event with remarks, Indian Consul General Dr Sushil Kumar, and Indian veterans, sharing untold Anzac-India friendship stories.

The institute’s podcast, Chats Over Chai, delves into the Gallipoli camaraderie. Lisa Singh emphasised its significance, featuring Professor Peter Stanley and defence researcher Samuel Bashfield, building on Stanley’s book ‘Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: The Indians on Gallipoli, 1915’.

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