Australia India Institute director lauded for growing engagement with India

May 14 / 137

Australia India Institute (AII) director Amitabh Mattoo has been honoured by the Australia-India Business Council (Victoria) with an Ashoka Award in recognition of his work to build ties with India.

Former Victorian Premier and Ashoka recipient Ted Baillieu, presented the award to Professor Mattoo.

Former Victorian Premier and Ashoka recipient Ted Baillieu presented the award to Professor Mattoo, who is the first Indian-born person to receive the award since its creation three years ago.

The award is named for fourth-century Maurya emperor Ashoka who conquered and ruled over most of the Indian sub-continent. 

In his later life, Ashoka converted to Buddhism and worked to promote peaceful unity across his realm.

Professor Mattoo said he was deeply humbled to receive the award, particularly because other recipients had truly been great leaders.

“Ashoka was one of India’s greatest statesmen; a leader whose humanity and vision has inspired Indians for centuries,” he said.

“I see the award as symbolically recognising all those who have been working tirelessly to improve Australia’s relations with India.”

Victorian Tourism Minister Louise Asher also received an Ashoka award.

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