Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts

Vice President - Shri Hamid Ansari and Hon’Liu Yuanchao launches the Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts in Beijing (June 30, 2014)
Vice President - Shri Hamid Ansari and Hon’Liu Yuanchao launches
the Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts in Beijing (June 30, 2014
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The cover page of Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts
The cover page of Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts

The Encyclopedia of India-China cultural contacts” - was released in both English and Chinese versions by both the Vice Presidents of India Hon’Shri Hamid Ansari and China Hon’Liu Yuanchao on June 30, 2014, in Beijing. The Encyclopedia features over 700 entries, encapsulating the rich history of contacts and exchanges between the two countries in the trade, economic, literary, cultural, and philosophical spheres. While the contents of both the Chinese and English versions are the same, the Chinese version was released in a single volume, while the English version is in two volumes. It was one of the greatest ideas for enhancing people-to-people cultural relations between India and China.

Vice President Shri Hamid Ansari launches the Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts in Beijing (June 30, 2014)
Vice President Shri Hamid Ansari and Liu Yuanchao launches the 
Encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts in Beijing (June 30, 2014)
The compilation of the Encyclopedia was undertaken by a Joint Compilation Committee comprising officials and scholars from both India and China. The Indian side of the Joint Compilation Committee comprises of Prof. Sabaree Mitra of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. Madhavi Thampi of Delhi University, and Professor Kamal Sheel of Benaras Hindu, and Prof. Arttatrana Nayak, formerly of Visva Bharati University. The Encyclopedia was released in both English and Chinese versions simultaneously by the Hon’ble Vice Presidents of India and China on June 30, 2014, in Beijing. The Encyclopedia features over 700 entries, encapsulating the rich history of contacts and exchanges between the two countries in the trade, economic, literary, cultural, and philosophical spheres. While the contents of both the Chinese and English versions are the same, the Chinese version was released in a single volume, while the English version is in two volumes.

India and China have a shared history of over two thousand years. Being a seminal contribution to the literature on the cultural contacts between India and China, the publication of the Encyclopedia will not only bring this history into the public domain, making it easily accessible to people of both countries but also provide a much-needed boost to the effort to build popular consciousness of and confidence in our shared cultural experience. It is our expectation that the Encyclopedia will be a dynamic document that is updated periodically as greater research and studies are undertaken on the civilizational interface between India and China.

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