By Taazakhabar News Bureau
In order to foster new dimensions in Chinese studies and Sinological research worldwide, the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences organized a symposium on “Values and Pursuits of Contemporary China”
Prof. Priyadarsi Mukherji an eminent expert in Sinology from India was invited to present a paper at the Symposium at Beijing.
Prof. Mukherji focussed on the Contemporary Interpretation of Traditional Chinese Culture and delivered a lecture entitled— “Sinology or Sin-Indology? A Quest for an All-Inclusive Scientific Interpretation.”
In his lecture in Chinese language, Prof Mukherji delved deeply into the question of Sinology or China Studies, predominantly in the light of the Indian cultural influence on China.
Culture Minister of China, Liu Qibao with Prof. Priyadarsi Mukherji on the sidelines of the Symposium of China Studies
According to Prof Mukherji a new dimension is required to dispel stereotypical Western perspective adversely affecting the indigenous sinologists of China.
Chinese Vice-Minister of Culture, Ding Wei with Prof. Priyadarsi Mukherji at the valedictory session of the Symposium of China Studies
Coining a new word “Sin-Indology” (汉印学), Prof. Mukherji used a series of diagrams, tables and images in power-point presentation, to project the cultural fusion between India and China amidst the pre-existing dichotomy, thereby evolve a cross-cultural interdisciplinary subject.
Prof. Mukherji’s elaborate presentation, in Chinese, got the immediate attention of the top cultural administrators of China.
He was invited to share his perceptions with the Chinese Minister of Culture, Liu Qibao and Vice-Minister of Culture, Ding Wei.
Prof. Mukherji was one of the eight – out of the fifty-odd delegates at the symposium, speakers selected to address the august body at the National Library of China, Beijing. The Chinese officials were highly impressed by Mukherji’s presentation and promised to to accommodate the suggestions in future academic discourse and deliberations.
Prof. Mukherji presented an idol of Buddha to Mr. Ding Wei as a mark of friendship and gratitude.