Madhavi Thampi is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and Editor of its journal China Report. She was an Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies in Delhi University, where she taught Chinese History. Her publications include the monograph Indians in China, 1800-1949 (2005). She has co-authored (with Brij Tankha) Narratives of Asia from India, Japan and China (2005), as well as a book entitled China and the Making of Bombay (with Shalini Saksena, 2009).
She is also the editor of the volume India and China in the Colonial World (2005, 2010). She recently coordinated a project to catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India, and is also a member of the Expert Group involved in compiling the Encyclopaedia of India-China Cultural Contacts jointly sponsored by the Government of India and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
With almost every aspect of life in today's world feeling the impact of an increasingly powerful China, the strategic importance for India of studying China seriously hardly needs to be emphasised. Yet, although the "buzz" about China has certainly increased, it is apparent that this has not necessarily translated into a more informed understanding of China here in India.
This paper presents an overview of the relatively unexplored holdings in the National Archives of India (NAI) related to China in the first half of the twentieth century, and particularly Republican-era China (1911-1949).
This work is an effort to catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India (NAI). This is the first ever publication catalogued materials related to China in the Special Collections of the NAI.
Throughout much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the British colonial Government of India was closely involved with affairs pertaining to Britain’s engagement with China.
India-China relations in the colonial era, and, more broadly, on intra-Asian historical interactions.
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