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India-Australia ties: Time to change the vocabulary

As Indian President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to Australia November 21, it should be remembered that no relationship can be crafted if it does not matter in their own right. Till Canberra recognizes this, we would remain trapped in the cauldron that the 3Cs (cricket-curry-Commonwealth) represent, writes Amb Amit Dasgupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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