CHANDIGARH- March 3, 2009: A two-day National Seminar on “China Since 1949” organized by the Department of Chinese and Tibetan, Panjab University, Chandigarh concluded at P.U. Campus here today.. Speaking in the occasion Prof R. C. Sobti mentioned, China is a force to reckon with.
Prof Kashi Ram Sharma, Former Dean, Social Sciences & Former Head, Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University, delivering the key note address dwelt upon various important aspects of Chinese political, economics and administrative policies. He said, after Chairman Mao Zedong there was a paradigm shift. Deng Xiaoping revived Chinese economy. Town and village enterprise played a great role. Now there is revival of Confucianism.
Prof. M. M. Puri, Former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University presided over the inaugural function. He firmly expressed the necessity of understanding China instead of being overawed by its development. He said China is a challenge.
Dr. Damodar Panda, Chairperson Dept. of Chinese and Tibetan welcomed the participants who came from various universities and institutes of the country. While introducing the theme of the seminar, he said, Mao Zedong was great revolutionary, Deng Xiaoping was a visionary. Deng through his policy of reform and open door changed the face of China not only in domestics sphere but also in foreign policy. The present leadership of China is following the Dengist line with refinement and finesse.
On the first day, there were three academic sessions. Prof P. L. Mehra, Prof. P.S. Verma, Air Marshal R. S. Bedi, chaired different sessions. On the second day Brig. Kiran Krishan and Prof Kashi Ram Sharma chaired academic sessions. Air Marshal R. S. Bedi talked about China’s Military Strategy and its Power Aspirations, Brig. Kiran Krishan discussed about Contours of China’s Strategic Game Plan in South Asia, Brig. Harwant Singh talked about A Peep into the Chinese Mind. Prof. H. S. Mehta talked about National Question in China and Tibet Today, Prof. A. Sharma discussed about Dalai Lama and Socially Engaged Buddhist Activities, Dr. Deepak presented on Beijing, Dharamshala and India: Caught in a Perennial Deadlock. Dr. Panda presented paper on China – Africa Relations: An Analysis. Dr. J. Sahu talked about China’s Policy Towards Taiwan: An Assessment, Dr. A. Banerjee discussed about Emergence of New Words and Phrases in Chinese language, Prof. Jain talked about Fear of a Rising China: Rhetoric or Reality? Dr. Surinder K. Shukla spoke on China Since 1949: Patterns of Foreign Policy Interactions with India, Dr. R. N. Das talked about Sino- Indian Relation: Calibrating Sibling Rivalry, Dr. Emanuel Nahar spoke on China’s entry into SAARC and its implications, Dr. S. Roy discussed about Perceptions of Educational Quality in Post-Mao China’s Universities, Ms. Madhu Sharma presented paper on Foot Bound China to Global China. Dr. Panda, Chairperson delivered the Valedictory Address.