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Rise of the Asian Giants: The Dragon -Elephant Tango

Patricia Uberoi (Editor) Tan Chung (Author)

While the rise of China has long been an accepted fact of international economic and political relations, the recent rise of India as an economic power has provoked intense global interest in the question of what the emergence of the two together portends for the rest of the world. to the other, focusing on their shared and divergent experiences of modernization and economic reform and the ramifications thereof in respect of each country’s role in global affairs. Eschewing the geopolitical idiom of competition and rivalry between emerging Asian giants, the book seeks to understand the parallel, complementary, convergent and divergent development experiences from a more self-consciously geocivilizational perspective. Substantive chapters focus on the agrarian sector, where both countries face similarly acute problems of enhancing productivity and bettering the lives of huge rural populations; on industry, where China has long established herself as the 'factory of the world' while India has seen substantial expansion only in the service sector; and on the information and Communication technology industry, where India’s achievements have attracted world attention and where China and India have achieved a certain complementarity hardware and softcover production respectively. These experiences are he basis for the realizations of the ideal of ‘Chindia’s in the new Asia century.

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About the authors

Patricia Uberoi

Patricia Uberoi is Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.  She was earlier Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  In addition to her recently published book, Freedom and Destiny: Gender, Family and Popular Culture in India (2006), She has edited Family, Kinship and Marriage in India (1993), Social Reform, Sexuality and the State (1996), Tradition, Pluralism and Identity (co-ed., 1999) and Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Anthropology and Sociology (co-ed., 2007).  From 1992 to 2006, she was Co-Editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology.

Tan Chung

Tan Chung is an Indian citizen of Chinese descent born in Malaya in 1929, having lived, first, in China for 23 years and then in India for 44 years till date. He stepped into the shoes of his illustrious father, Prof. Tanyun-shan (1898-1983) of Santiniketan-a pioneer of Chinese studies in India and Sino-Indian studies-and contributed to the building up of the Chinese studies programmes in Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1964 up till 1994 when he finally retired from JNU as Professor of Chinese. He has been a Consultant of IGNCA from 1989 onwards to help develop its East Asian Programme. He has authored many books, among which, China and the Brave New World and also Triton and Dragon (a Gyan Publication) are textbooks for history courses inIndian and foreign universities. His Dunbuang Art Through the Eyes of Duan Wenjie is a reference book for art courses on US and other English language compuses.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rise of the Asian Giants: The Dragon -Elephant Tango
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.10.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Anthem Press
Language: English
isbn 9788190583596
length xlii+298p., Tables; Notes; 25m.