Santiniketan, Sep 6 : In this year of the 73rd anniversary of Indian Independence and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Visva-Bharati and Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata will jointly hold an International Conference on Perspectives on India-China Developmental Dynamics on September 6 and 7 at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. The conference aims to further people-to-people exchanges especially think tank exchanges between the two countries and promote better mutual understanding and bilateral relations.
This conference will be the first ever occasion when top scholars from China and india share insights and thoughts on how the two great countries are well governed by their great leaders, i.e. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi. Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Vice-Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Mr. Zha Liyou,
Consul-General of PRC in Kolkata, and Ambassador Dr. T. C. A. Raghavan, Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs will be present at the inaugural session.
Nearly 40 eminent Indian and Chinese professors like Manoranjan Mohanty,
TCA Rangachari, Prof. Sreemati Chakraborty, Lan Jianxue, Sun Yixue, DG ICWA
TCA Raghawan, Prof. B.R.Deepak, Prof Sabaree Mitra, Tarun Vijay, Li Anshan,
Prof Sawaran Singh, etc will deliver lectures and participate in brainstorming sessions to discuss on the India–China Developmental Dynamics.
This International Conference is focusing on topics related to China-India relations as below: Development Strategies of India and China and India have become global economic powers. China is now the second largest economy. In China, scholars have conducted intense research on how the China development model becomes successful during the last 70 years esp. the last four decades, in particular on the thoughts and theories of development in the new ear initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is backed by Chinese people’s strong faith in its theory, system, path and cultural heritage.
While in India, scholars are also discussing on how India developed so fast in the past 72 years and how it should continue doing so in future. China and India influence global economic and political dynamics, and can provide alternative sources of development assistance and a number of potential lessons for each other and other developing countries.
India-China Cultural and Economic linkages: From the beginning of the Christian era, India maintained commercial contacts with China, Southeast Asia, West Asia, Central Asia, and the Roman Empire. As neighbors and two of the world’s oldest civilizations, China and India have shared a long history of cultural, scientific, and economic linkages. In modern times, economic ties between the two countries were almost completely severed from 1949 to 1978.
Economic ties between China and India will play a large role in one of the most
important bilateral relationships in the world by 2020. People-to-people ties are the new operative word in India-China relations. The high-level mechanism on cultural and people-to-people exchanges between India and China has had two successful meetings so far. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in various fields that include cultural exchanges, cooperation in film and television and joint production, museums, think tanks, sports, youth, tourism, state and city level exchanges, traditional medicine, yoga, and education.
Chinese perception of India and India’s perception of China talking about perception in India-China relations, it has witnessed many ups and downs in the course of history. Bilateral relations and perception has always been evaluated in both the countries based on border issues in the contemporary era.
The scholars of both the countries have said we have more to cherish than to
contradict, and have urged both sides to come forward with a constructive
approach in order to evaluate the bilateral relation. Mutual perception plays an
important role in India-China relations if we want to work together, which is actually the need of the time considering the changing global geopolitics.
Quoting from President Xi Jinping’s speech “If China and India speak with one
voice, the whole world will listen.” Similarly Indian Prime Minister Modi said, “we share a common thinking. Your dream of New Era and our efforts of New India are a step in the right direction for the benefit of the world”. This shows the importance of changing perception in a more positive way in the bilateral relationship.
Constructive competition on the basis of peaceful coexistence: India and China
in contemporary era. The history of India-China relations can be traced back several centuries earlier to ancient times. The two countries have always maintained more or less peaceful contact throughout the ages, until the Sino-Indian War broke out in 1962 and the eventual hostility that followed, overshadowed the progress achieved in friendly cultural exchanges.
However the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to China in 1988
marked a new beginning in bilateral relations. And gradually, despite continuing border issues, difference in opinion about certain major global issues and skirmishes along the border line from time to time, these two Asian giants have been able to set aside their differences and chosen carefully to walk along the path of mutual benefit and development.
The peace and development of the Asia pacific region as well as several small
South East Asian countries depend on peaceful coexistence of India and China,
and these two countries have, in recent years, chosen to be far more tactful
and use soft power diplomacy to their fullest advantage. Tagore’s visit to China and the resurgence of India-China all-around cooperation. Tagore’s visit to China in 1924 broke new ground in India-China relations that had gathered the dust of time. This visit helped reconstruct the bridge of friendship and cultural exchanges between two of the greatest and most ancient Eastern civilizations of the world.
Tagore’s visit to China not only laid the groundwork for the fulfillment of his vision of reigniting the flame of the centuries old friendship and cooperation between the two people, but also laid the foundation for further strengthening of cultural and scholarly exchanges between India and China, opening up a new vista for the future generations of Indian and Chinese scholars. Both China and India have long civilizational links, which stems from strong influence on each other’s faith and culture. A greater exposure to each other’s culture and traditions through various areas must be explored. (UNI)