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Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize

Eminent Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize 2015 in n the Academic category.

Apart from him Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize category) and Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture category) were also chosen for this edition of award. They have been selected for their outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.

The awards will be presented to them on September 17, 2015 at the Fukuoka International Congress Centre. During this award ceremony Mr Guha will give a lecture on “Gandhi, India and the World”.

About Ramchandra Guha

  • He is historian and writer. His research interests include social, political, environmental and cricket history.
  • He also write as a columnist in various newspapers including The Telegraph and Hindustan Times and also pens for the magazines The Caravan and Outlook.
  • His famous bibliography: Gandhi Before India (2013), Patriots and Partisans (2012), Makers of Modern India (2010), India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy (2007) etc.
  • Awards: Padma Bhushan (2009), Sahitya Akademi award (2011) for India After Gandhi.
  • For year 2011–12, he had served as the Philippe Roman Chair of International Affairs and History at the London School of Economics.

About Fukuoka Prize

  • Established: in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation.
  • It is an annual prize that honours the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
  • Prize has three categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize.
  • The award ceremony is held in every year in September (which is also known as Asian Month in Fukuoka) along with the public forums by the prize winners.
  • Winners of 2014 are Mohammad Yunus, Romila Thapar, Ashis Nandy and Mo Yan.

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First translated version of Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita released in China

Translated Chinese version of Bhagavad Gita, a sacred ancient Indian scripture was released in China.

This is the first a well-known Hindu ancient religious text was published in China. The book was released by Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha during an international yoga conference.

It was translated in Chinese by Professor Wang Zhu Cheng and Ling Hai of Zhejiang University in Shanghai and was published by Sichuan People’s Publications.

The foreword for the book was written by K Nagaraj Naidu who had served as the consulate general at the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou city of China.

Some of India’s ancient are well-known in China. It includes ancient Buddhist scriptures which were introduced to them by celebrated Chinese traveler Huen Tsang after he had visited India in the 7th century.

Earlier in 2014, scholars from India and China published an Encyclopaedia on the age-old cultural contacts between both countries which had showcased their history to over 2000 years.

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