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Countering the Cold War: interactions between Australia and India, 1945 - 1975, through the lens of the women's movements

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From 1945 to 1975, Cold War hostilities reduced diplomatic communication between Australia and India, despite both remaining in the Commonwealth. Yet relationships between activists in the women's movements of each country actually increased. We investigate how Australian and Indian women activists sustained and expanded their interactions during the Cold War. Their multiple affiliations - as feminists, unionists and peace activists - allows a broader and more nuanced account of how left wing individuals and organisations responded to the Cold War. Understanding these earlier contacts in difficult times offers insights into how best to nurture today's interactions between students, businesses and the cultural industries of both countries.