PROF. SHUBHRA TRIPATHI
HEAD, DEPT. OF ENGLISH
Two ancient and culturally rich civilizations, India and China, are in the process of shaping a new economic order in South Asia. Centuries of harmonious cultural and trade interactions have been interspersed with periods of diplomatic and political distrust. However, in the era of digitalization and globalization, economic ties between the two seem to be strengthening steadily. The Indian market is replete with “Made in China” and the international media has “Make in India” splashed all over. Now, it looks like both sides are willing to set aside the political issues in order to improve economic ties. In 2013, the Chinese premier Li Keqiang, chose India as his first overseas stop. Similarly, the visits of President Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping to each other’s home towns were strong and bold steps in soft diplomacy. In all these diplomatic visits, shared cultural links were referred to profusely, with a view to promoting national ties. In this context, this paper examines the ethics of Confucius and those enshrined in the Hindu treatise Bhagwad Gita, to promote a harmonious economic ambience and strengthen national bonds for mutual benefit.
Key Words: Culture, Confucius, The Bhagwad Gita, ethics