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Book discussion | Shadow States: India, China and the Eastern Himalayas

About the book

Since the mid-twentieth century, India and China have entertained a difficult relationship, erupting into open war in 1962. Shadow States is the first book to unpack Sino-India tensions from the angle of competitive state-making — through a study of their simultaneous attempts to win the approval and support of the Himalayan people.

When India and China tried to expand into the Himalayas in the 20th century, their lack of strong ties to the region and the absence of an easily enforceable border made their proximity threatening. Understanding these recent, competing processes of state formation in the Himalayas is fundamental to understanding the roots of tensions in Sino-Indian relations.

About the author

Bérénice Guyot-Réchard is a lecturer of twentieth century international history at King’s College London. Her research examines the connections between international history and social, political, and environmental change within and across international borders — with a focus on how decolonisation affected international relations and connections in and around the Indian subcontinent.

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Col. Ajai Shukla, Consulting Editor, Business Standard

Prof. Madhu Bhalla, Editor, India Quarterly, ICWA

Amb. Rakesh Sood, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

The timing of the event is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Conference Hall, ORF Delhi