India and China in the Colonial World brings together thirteen essays by eminent Indian and Chinese scholars as well as young researchers who look at the multidimensional interaction between the two countries. This interaction was of many kinds and took place at various levels. This volume casts new light on some of the problems that have confronted the relations between India and China as new states and, in doing so, challenges stereotyped images of this relationship. The major areas of India-China relationships covered in this book include some aspects of the situation during and after World War II. Some papers, such as those on the importance of Shanghai in Sino-Indian trade, the presence of the Chinese community in India and Indians in China; Indian fighters in the Taiping Rebellion; Gandhi and the Chinese in South Africa; and ties between south-west China and north-east India during World War II; present the findings of new research. Others such as those pertaining to India-China relations in the period, such as the opium trade; the controversial visit of Rabindranath Tagore to China; and the complexity of Subhash Chandra Bose’s position with relation to both China and Japan have been put in a new light. The essays in this book are particularly relevant as they help to understand the relationship between India and China in the context of a historical perspective.
Table of Contents
- Madhavi Thampi- Introduction
TRADE AND ECONOMIC INTERACTIONS 2. Asiya Siddiqi- Pathways of the Poppy: India’s Opium Trade in the Nineteenth Century 3. Chen Zhilong- Shanghai: A Window for Studying Sino-Indian Relations in the Era of Colonialism and Imperialism
CHINESE IN INDIA, INDIANS IN CHINA 4. Ramakrishna Chatterjee- The Chinese Community of Calcutta: Their Early Settlement and Migration 5. Madhavi Thampi- The Indian Community in China and Sino-Indian Relations
CULTURAL INTERACTION 6. Sisir Kumar Das- The Controversial Guest: Tagore in China 7. Huang Chih-lien- Turning Point of India-China Relations in the Twentieth Century: The Linkage Role of Tan Yun-shan
LINKS BETWEEN THE NATIONAL AND REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS IN INDIA AND CHINA
7. B.R. Deepak- The 1857 Rebellion and Indian Involvement in the Taiping Uprising in China
8. Mira Sinha Bhattacharjea- Gandhi and the Chinese Community in South Africa 9. Avinash Mohan Saklani- Nehru, Chiang Kai-shek, and the Second World War 10. Girish Chandra Maiti- Subhash Chandra Bose’s Perspective on China
EMERGENCE OF A NEW RELATIONSHIP 11. Ge Yikun and Li Wei- Links between Yunnan and India during the Second World War 12. Shalini Saksena- Indian Perceptions of the Emergence of the People’s Republic of China 13. Surjit Mansingh- Perceptions and India–China Relations at the End of the Colonial Era
Madhavi Thampi teaches Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Studies of Delhi University. She is the author of Indians in China, 1800-1949 (Delhi, 2005) and co-author of China and the Making of Bombay (Mumbai, 2009). She is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, and Associate Editor of China Report.