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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 19:30

India, China and the West: Thoughts on the Colonial Period

Dr. Tansen Sen

Associate Professor of Asian History and Religions,

Baruch College, The City University of New York

This event will be held on Monday, October 10.


Embassy of India Culture Wing

1101-03 East Tower, LG Twin Towers
B-12 Jianguomenwai Dajie

Tel 6568 3218


(Please note this event is not at the Embassy of India at Ritan.  It will be held at the East Tower of the LG Twin Towers, Jianguomenwai. See address above.)


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The entry of the European colonial powers into Asia changed the fundamental nature of India-China relations. Most writings on this phase of India-China interactions focus on the Opium Wars, the British interest in Tibet and the demarcation of borders between the two countries.

Dr. Tansen Sen will present neglected facets of exchanges between India and China that deserve more extensive examination such as: the changing nature of written sources and mutual perceptions; the formation of diasporic communities of laborers, “expatriate patriots” and spying networks; and the Asian Relations Conference, held in Delhi on the eve of Indian independence in 1947. Dr. Sen will also suggest how these exchanges have contributed to the shaping of the modern India-China relationship.

Dr. Tansen Sen is Associate Professor of Asian History and Religions at Baruch College, The City University of New York and also the head of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.