Affinities: India and Korea Past and Present

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Item Code: NAH541
Author: Pankaj Mittal, Daisy and Ravi Bhusan
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788124606933
Pages: 286 (32 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.8 inch x 6.5 inch
Weight 740 gm
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This volume is comprised of the proceedings of an international conference on "India-Korea Relations: Past and Present", dealing with India's relationship with Korea since CE 48. While Buddhism was the amblical cord of Indian relationship with Korea in the first millennium, the end of Cold War has helped to scale up their relations to a new league. Complimenting their bilateral relationship are the "Look East Policy of India" and the" New Asia Initiative" of Korea.

These economic giants of Asia have many things in common to share, give and take in the post- colonial era. The "rag to richess" story of the "miracle on the Han River" gives impetus to India's surge in the economic front. From a hermit-kingdom image, Korea now stands tall among the Asian countries with its rapid socio- economic progress and a per capita income of US $ 22,000. Its advancements in education, science and technology, and defence deserve kudos.

The book thus delves deep into all aspects of bilateral relationship - commercial, cultural, economic, educational, historic, language and literature, political, science and technology, and trade. Both the countries have experienced drastic economic progress, increase in trade volumes, Korean corporates investing in India vis-a-vis Indian companies in Korea. A target-trading volume of US $ 40 billion by the year 2015 tells a vibrant story. Also, both are committed in making Asia the most happening region.

The book provides a graphic account of all these developments, shedding light on India's low per capita income of US $ 1,219 and suggesting to put her acts together, to lead Asia from the front.


About The Editors

Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, M.Sc., Ph.D., is Vice- Chancellor, BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana. Having a wide-ranging experience of over two decades, Dr Mittal is a well-known persona in the realm of Higher Education. An awardee of Fulbright Nehru Seminar Grant for educational administrators, Dr Mittal is a member in many high-powered educational committees and professional bodies. She has presented numerous papers and published a number of articles on higher education and women empowerment in journals of international repute.

Dr Daisy, MA, M. Phil. (ELT), Ph.D. in English, is Associate Professor at BPSM Girls' College under BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat, Haryana. She is a bilingual poetess (in English and Hindi). Dr Daisy has published her poems in various anthologies and journals, and has published her own anthology of Hindi poems Aas. She has presented papers in many national and international forums and published twenty articles. She also has five books to her credit including a reference book on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. She is on the Editorial Board of the peer reviewed international research periodical: Journal of ELT & Poetry.

Dr Ravi Bhushan, MA, Ph.D., teaches English at BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat, Haryana. He has presented thirty-five papers in national and international conferences (most of them published) and written four books, including a reference book on William Golding. He is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of English Linguistics, Canada. His areas of interest are ELT, Communication Skills and Orality.



THE "Look East Policy" of India has accelerated her relationship with all Asian countries. As part of this initiative, University Grants Commission (UGC) established the Centre for Indic-Asian Studies at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, in 2011. Korea, which had a historic relationship with India, is continuing strong relationship with India in the arenas of culture, education, trade and commerce. These two strong democracies share a special bond.

Having sustained a strong association between both the countries from early first millennium, much through Buddhism, both the countries are vying to strengthen the mutual relationships in all walks of modern life - culture, defence, economics, education, social development and rural reconstruction. To cement the existing relationship between both India and Korea, the Centre for Indic- Asian Studies organized a bilateral International Conference at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSWV), Khanpur Kalan, Haryana, on 18-19 July 2012.

This book is a collection of lectures delivered in the conference on "India-Korea Relations: Past and Present", where scholars from India and Korea have presented their views on the history of relationship and the multifaceted issues confronting both the countries. This International Conference, the first of its kind in the Area Studies Programme, examined historical, cultural, economic, commercial, educational, and social and rural reconstruction experiences in India and Korea.

We hope the academic community - national and international - will find this a useful contribution towards mutual understanding and co-operation in a world, which is increasingly becoming interdependent.




  Preface v
  Acknowledgement Xl
l. Conference Rationale 1
  - Kapil Kapoor  
2 India-Korea Cultural Relations 3
  - Kim Do-young  
3 Korea and India: Lessons in Economy 6
  - S.S. Prasad  
4 Korea and India: Interchange of Technology 8
  - Geeta Bhukkal  
5 An Indian State and Korea: The Road of Co-operation 10
  - Bhupinder Singh Hooda  
6 The Ambassador's Keynote: Korea and India 12
  - Kim Joong-Keun  
7 Korean Language Education and Korean Studies in India 23
  - Kim Do-young  
8 Korea's Indian Connection and the Tradition of Language Learning and Translation 32
  - Ramesh Chand Sharma  
9 Indic-Asian Studies Towards an Alternative Cosmopolitanism 42
  - Makarand R. Paranjape  
10 Constructing a Trajectory of Cultural Transactions Through Translation Between India and Korea 47
  - Avadhesh K. Singh  
11 Buddhism: The India and Korea Connector 67
  - Kwangsu Lee  
12 The India-Korea Dynamic Relationship 75
  - Ravinder Gargesh  
13 Literature of "Beyond" Towards "out of" Eurocentrism 92
  - Ko Myeong-chel  
14 Two Different Metaphysics of Language 101
  - Kyung-Hee Lee  
15 Aesthetic Experience in Jeong Ji Yong's Poetry 117
  - Ravikesh  
16 Feminism in Yi Moon-Yeol's Novel "Seontaek" (Choice) 135
  - Kim Young soon  
17 The Unification Policies of the Republic of Korea from 1988 to the Present 142
  - Alokka Dutta  
18 Analysing Deepening Strategic Partnership Among India, South Korea, the United States and Japan 156
  - Sanjeev K. Shrivastav  
19 Reconstruction and Development 172
  - G. Balatchandirane  
20 Trade, Commerce: Past, Present and the Possibilities 185
  - Lee, Soon-Cheul  
21 What India Has Given 206
  - Geshe Samten  
l. Cultural Interflow Between India and Korea 209
  - Lokesh Chandra  
ii. Buddhism as the Creative Vision of Korea 213
  - Lokesh Chandra  
iii. Gandavyuha and the Korean Cave of Sokkuram 222
  - Lokesh Chandra  
  Contributors 239
  Index 244
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