Book Discussion | Beyond Binaries: The World of India and China | 15 May 2024 @ 4 PM IST | Zoom Webinar

15 May 2024
Shastri Ramachandaran, Rityusha Mani Tiwary
Venue: Zoom Webinar
Time: 4:00 PM

“Beyond Binaries: The World of India and China” (2024) explores the tapestry of Sino-Indian relations from 2008 to 2022, weaving together a history of the ties between these two Asian giants. It seeks to transcend conventional narratives eschewing simplistic categorizations of India-China relations as merely good or bad; instead, it illuminates the strategic calculus underlying each move and countermove by these nations, shedding light on the nuanced dynamics at play. The book highlights areas of cooperation and engagement in international forums, juxtaposed with contentious issues like boundary disputes. Beyond Binaries extends its gaze beyond the main actors, exploring the roles of other stakeholders, from South Asian nations to global powers like the United States. This holistic approach provides readers with a panoramic view of the multifaceted landscape within which India and China navigate their relationship. Drawing from the author's extensive experience and writings both within and outside China, he offers a comprehensive analysis of the internal and bilateral compulsions that have shaped this complex relationship. This seminar aims to explore the underlying impulses that motivated this book, discuss its key highlights and elucidate how it makes a case for liberating perceptions of India and China from the confines of binary thinking.


About the Speaker

Shastri Ramachandaran is a journalist—editor and columnist, covering national and global affairs with special focus on Nepal, Sri Lanka and China. Currently, he is a contributor to WION TV and He has worked with several newspapers including the Sunday Mail, The Times of India, The Tribune, Deccan Herald, Indian Express and NewstimeGoteborg Post (Sweden) and Dagbladet Information and Politiken (Denmark). In China, he was Senior Consultant and Editor of China-India Dialogue, and Senior Editor with China Daily and Global Times. He is co-editor of the book State of Nepal and co-author of Media, Conflict and Peace. He has authored a monograph titled, Human Rights of Agricultural Labourers in Tamil Nadu. He was also invited as a Global Personality to Denmark’s Images of the World-2000 Festival.


About the Discussant

Rityusha Mani Tiwary is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She holds a Doctorate in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is an Honorary Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi and Associate Editor of the prestigious journal, China Report. She is also the IOE Fellow at the Delhi School of Transnational Studies, University of Delhi. She has been the recipient of several fellowships including the Visiting Program for Young Sinologists in 2017 by the Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China; the International Visitor Leadership Program by the Department of State, USA, in 2016 among others. Her areas of specialisation include East Asian regionalism, China’s political economy and foreign policies of China and India.


About the Chair

Sreemati Chakrabarti is the Chairperson and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is former Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. She has also been Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi; Head of the Department of East Asian Studies for three terms and Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies (2009-2012). She was a Visiting Faculty at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China in 2018. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University. Her publications include China and the Naxalites, Mao, China’s Intellectuals and the Cultural Revolution and China (a volume for the NBT). She has also edited Higher Education in China: Select Perspectives and co-edited Taiwan Today. In addition, she has published several articles in journals, magazines and newspapers and contributed chapters to books. In 2010, she was conferred the “China-India Friendship Award” by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.


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