Written by- Dr. K N Raghavan, Commissioner Mumbai Central CGST Commissionerate
Chief Guest- Boney Kapoor – Indian Filmmaker & Producer; Tabu- Bollywood Actress; Sh. S M Krishna – Ex. Minister of External Affairs.
Guests: Jabin Jacob – Senior China Analyst; Uday Bhaskar – Retd. Comodore, Indian Navy; Srikanth Kondapalli – Prof. Chinese Studies, JNU
MRP- Rs 349/- only
(Paperback), pp386, Platinum Press
Dr. K N Raghavan, Commissioner Mumbai Central CGST Commissionerate launched his new book “DIVIDING LINES” which is published by Leadstart Publishing.
The launch saw the presence of legendary singer Babbu Maan, Dj Shiezwood. & Dr. Sharmila Nayak.
Author Dr. K N Raghavan says “This book is a humble attempt to make ordinary Indians aware about the historical facts behind the border dispute and the causes for the border war of 1962. The updated edition endeavours to analyse the consequences of the conflict in the half century that has gone by since then.”
Swarup Nanda, CEO Leadstart Publishing says “Dividing Lines is one of it’s kind of a book , giving a deep perspective to the vital India-China relationship, from its traceable origins to the 1962 war to the current day situation post the Doklam conflict. Raghavan has put in years of research to put the work together. We are certain it will be an eye opening read to everyone.”
About the book: The chessboard of Sino-Indian relations, fraught with emotion, diplomatic strategy, military stand-offs and global ambitions, will perhaps be the most keenly watched during the 21st century; certain to send ripples across the world, influence markets and international policy. So where do the fault lines lie in this contest between the two Asian giants, poised on either side of the Himalayas?
India and China, inheritors of two of the world’s most ancient civilisations have had aeons of neighbourly bonds, cemented by Buddhism and the bridge-building missions of Fa Hien, Huen Tsang and Kotnis. No strife was witnessed till the fateful autumn of 1962, when the two countries fought a short and bitter war on the desolate Himalayan heights. Ever since, mutual suspicion, sporadic face-offs and a spirit of competitive nationalism have bedevilled relations between them, even as unsettled borders possess the ability to trigger further conflict.
In a cogent and comprehensive analysis, the author traces the origin of the discord to the flawed legacy of imperial Britain’s unilateral border delineation and the ebb and flow of Chinese activism in Tibet. The gripping narrative carries the reader from the post-1947 Panchasheel bonhomie to years of mutual distrust, aggravated, among other causes, by Chinese paranoia over Tibet, and Indian public opinion. India’s cataclysmic defeat in the 1962 war, which remains a young nation’s humiliation, is attributed to the ill-advised Forward Policy and failure of the politico-military leadership of the time.
In this revised and updated edition, the author chronicles the events after the 1962 war and the changes in the relationship subsequent to the evolution of China into a economic and military superpower. The impact of China’s special relationship with Pakistan, their apprehensions about the Dalai Lama, the role of USA, and the recurring incidents of the border, including Doklam, are analysed lucidly as are the challenges faced by Indian Military and diplomatic establishment in tackling the threat from across the Himalayas.
Beyond conventional publishing, Leadstart also runs a literary agency to foster fresh talent and provide an avenue for writers to garner value for their creative work. Leadstart Publishing is a preferred content vendor for several production houses which use content created by its authors, for filming.
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