Crossing a Bridge of Dreams: 50 Years of India and China

edited by G.P. Deshpande & Alka Acharya

First published 2001, hardback

2002 (second edition)

Paperback

x + 538 pages

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 81-85229-61-9

Rs500 / $20

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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, environment).
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G.P. Deshpande was Professor of contemporary China at the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies and on the Editorial Board of China Report. His earlier publications include China’s Cultural Revolution and United Front against Imperialism: A Study of China’s Foreign Policy in Africa.

Alka Acharya is Assistant Professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies and Associate Editor of China Report. She is currently working on a book on Sino–Indian relations in joint authorship with G.P. Deshpande.

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“There is no doubt that this is in every sense a pioneering work on the India-China equation. . . . The total picture which emerges is one of objective, analytical understanding of these complex states and societies. It certainly does attempt to ‘cross a bridge of dreams’ but does not seek refuge in wistful nostalgia or a romantic agenda of creative cooperation.”
The Book Review