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'Cinasthana Today', a book on China

Posted on Feb 08, 09:45AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 7 : Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, holding 'non regional powers' responsible for disturbing the equilibrium between India and China has called for revival of the 'Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai' spirit.

'There is a plenty of scope for mutual cooperation if we revert back to 'Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai' model,' Mr Aiyar said here last evening at the release of 'Cinasthana Today', a book on China authored by PS Deodhar, President of India China Economic and Cultural Council(ICEC) and also the former technology adviser to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

He was participating in a panel discussion, moderated by Mr Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times, on 'India China Relations-Beyond Politics and Business' after the book release.

Mr Deodhar, describing himself as not a 'China lover' but a 'China observer', said his involvement with China since early 1980s, gave him a deep insight into the daily lives of Chinese people, culture, trade and transition.

He stressed that his book was different from the other works on China that focussed either on geopolitics or economics.

Explaining the title of the book 'Cinasthana', the name for China during the regime of Chandragupta Maurya(320 BCE-298 BCE) when it was known as 'Sinasthan', he said his book gives an account of China from the Mauryan era to its current status as the world's second largest economy.

Emphasising on 'people to people exchange', Wang Xuefeng, Minister, Embassy of China in India, said he believed that 'Kung Fu' and 'Bollywood' movies could strengthen and promote relations between the two countries.

Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, professor of Chinese studies in JNU, opined that both countries needed to have more media personnel in the two countries to lessen the ignorance on both sides regarding each other.

Mr Ravi Bhoothalingam, honorary fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies and Dr B R Deepak, Centre of Chinese and South Asian Studies, JNU were the other panellists.

The 376-page book, priced at Rs 795, is published by Tata McGraw-Hill publishing company (TMH).