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Himalaya calling

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World Century Publishing Corp is proud to announce an exceptional volume on the history of Chinese and Indian civilization. Himalaya Calling: The Origins of China and India takes the reader through the passage of time and examines the intertwining history between these two great nations.

Written by Dr Chung Tan of the Institute of Chinese Studies in India, who divides his life between the two countries, readers are given a new sense of the dynamics between China and India from the geo-civilizational paradigm of the Himalaya Sphere, the shared origins of the two empires and how the civilizations have been linked through the ages.

Among the new concepts introduced is an understanding of the Buddhist tryst with China's developing process as a super-state along with the interaction of the dynamics of 'wandering ascetics' from India and 'householder' in China. It conveys the message of two 'civilization-states' akin to oases in the desert of modern 'nation-states' and advocates the Indian spiritual goal of 'Vasudhaiva kutumbakam' (the whole world is one single family) and the Chinese spiritual goal of 'tianxia datong' (grand harmony all-under-Heaven).

Mr Shivashankar Menon, former National Security Advisor to the Government of India, said that "this book is probably the most detailed attempt that I have seen to square the circle of reconciling India and China's present preoccupations with their past in order to build a future, or, in other words, to unify thinking about today's politics and yesterday's civilizations to permit a 'golden' future".

Ms Nirupama Rao, former Indian Ambassador to the United States, added, "In discussing the modern-day progress of India and China, Tan Chung cites numerous success stories in both countries of individuals who have brought glory to their motherlands, through entrepreneurship and innovation. Their examples are worthy of emulation by the youth of India and China". Mr Menon and Ms Rao provided the Foreword and Preface respectively for Himalaya Calling.

World Century Publishing Corp is proud to have worked on such as titular title and the publication coincides with the commemoration of the diamond jubilee of the Panchsheel (Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence).


Himalaya Calling is available in hardback (US$98 / £65 / SGD126) at all reputable bookstores. For more information, please visit

About the Author

Born in 1929, Dr Chung TAN who attained his MA & PhD (History), D Litt (honaris causa), taught in Indian universities for four decades. He was Head of Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies in Delhi University from 1971 to 1978, Chairman of Centre for Afro-Asian Languages, and Chairman of Centre for East Asian Languages of Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1980s until retirement in 1994. He was Professor-Consultant and head of East Asia section of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts from 1990 to 1999. He was also the founder-chairman of Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (1990-2003). Now settled at Chicago, IL, USA, he authored and edited 20 books in English and Chinese, including India and China: Twenty Centuries of Civilizational Interaction and Vibrations (co-authored with Prof. Geng Yinzeng of Peking University), which is a part of the series of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization (published by Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi), and Tagore and China (Sage India publication), and the Chinese version of India and China, Tagore and China and Chindia -- Idealism and Realization. He has been invited as a speaker to many international conferences on oriental studies, Chinese history, culture, Buddhism, Sino-Indian studies and Dunhuang studies among others. He has been a regular commentator on current affairs for Chinese language newspapers and journals in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and Malaysia. He was awarded the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, "Padma Bhushan", in 2010 and is the second Chinese scholar (after Ji Xianlin) to have been awarded this honour. He is also the fourth Chinese to be awarded the highest honorary degree of Deshikottama from Tagore's Visva-Bharati University (in 2013) after Zhou Enlai, Tan Yun-shan and Wu Baihui. He was also one of the nine awardees of the China-India Friendship award and received this award from Premier Wen Jiabao in 2010.

About World Century Publishing Corp

World Century Publishing Corp is a joint venture of World Scientific Publishing Group and Shanghai Century Publishing Group. Incorporated in the United States, this collaboration draws on both our strengths to publish titles related to China's economy, society, and culture, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and expanding to other areas such as Science, Technology, Mathematics and Education. World Century authors consist of leading scholars and practitioners globally, including experts from within China. There are also opportunities to publish the English books in Chinese or any other languages. The books are distributed worldwide by World Scientific.

Shanghai Century, established in China as the first publishing group approved by the Government, is one of the leading publishers in the country. Its publications range from higher education to mass-market titles. The group has since expanded to comprise more than 40 subsidiaries, including about 30 book publishers, 10 audio-visual and electronic publishers, 70 journals and 10 newspapers. Prominent publishers under the group include Shanghai People's Publishing House, Shanghai Education Publishing House, Shanghai Classic Publishing House, Shanghai Scientific & Technological Education Publishing House, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, Shanghai Science and Technical Publishers and Shanghai Lexicographic Publishing House.

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