Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Meeting with the High Commissioner for India, Ambassador Manpreet Vohra

31 Aug 2022 - by Lauren Bartley

Through his work in developing a sacred site at the ACC&C, his involvement with the Royal Commonwealth Society, and the auspices of its President, Kanti Jenna, Professor Anthony Maher was this week invited to the Indian High Commission to meet with His Excellency Monpreet Vohra. They discussed the seventy-five-year friendship between India and Australian, along with interfaith relations and their histories, including the fact that India is the birthplace of several world religions.

Christians in Kerala believe that the Apostle Thomas visited India A.D. 52 and established one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Today India is home to almost 30 million Christians. Professor Maher presented His Excellency with the Centre’s recently published book, Gandhi’s Truths in an Age of Fundamentalism and Nationalism, Sathianathan Clarke and Stephen Pickard ed. Fortress Press.

His Excellency Manpreet Vohra arrived in Canberra on 25 April 2021 to assume his assignment as High Commissioner of India to Australia. Ambassador Vohra joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. He was Ambassador of India to Mexico and High Commissioner to Belize (2019-21), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2016-18) and Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia (2011-15). Earlier, he was Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan (2007-09) and in Nairobi (2005-07), where he was also Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Environment Programme and UN-Habitat. Prior to this, he served in various capacities at the Indian Missions in Hong Kong, China, Mongolia and United Kingdom.

Together with His Excellency and Senator the Honourable Katy Gallagher, Professor Maher has been invited to present a keynote paper at the ‘Gandhi Today Symposium’ at Parliament House in Canberra.