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Crossing a Bridge of Dreams

50 Years of India and China

Edited by G.P. Deshpande , Alka Acharya

September 2002

5.5 x 8.5 inches

(x+538) 548 pages

ISBN : 978-81-85229-61-4

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This volume is a collection of papers presented at a national seminar held to mark fifty years of independent India and the People’s Republic of China. The objective of the book is to begin a process of systematic inquiry and research into the problems of development and modernization faced by both countries, and their achievements and failures in different directions. It is also an attempt at making a qualitative leap in the vital area of India–China comparative studies in the contemporary context. The subjects covered include: the economy (agriculture, industry, foreign trade); foreign policy and defence (conventional and nuclear developments and strategic doctrine); politics and society (the party system, civil society, women and family); human development (health, education, human rights and environment).

Alka Acharya

Alka Acharya is Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was Director and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and Editor of the quarterly journal China Report from 2005 to 2013.

G.P. Deshpande

G.P. Deshpande taught Chinese Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for thirty-five years. Apart from academic writings on China and international politics, he ran a regular column in the Eco­nomic and Political Weekly for about three decades. He is a prolific writer in Marathi, having published ten plays, two volumes of social and literary criticism, and one collection of poems. He has received the Maharashtra State Government award for playwriting on three occa­sions, and is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. His publications in English include Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays (2009), Dialectics of Defeat: Problems of Culture in Post-Colonial India (2006) and Political Plays (1998). He is the editor of The Selected Writings of Jotirao Phule (2002).