Nalanda to be developed
The development of Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning in Bihar,
will help improve ties between India and China, an expert said. "Nalanda's
proper development will help improve India-China ties due to its
importance in both countries," said R. Pant, vice chancellor of Nav
Pant, who was delivering a talk said Nalanda still attracts the
attention of China and other southeast Asian countries for its
historical and cultural legacy.
"India had initiated the move to develop Nalanda. China then showed
keen interest in this project," said Pant.
Nalanda is about 90 km from Patna. Pant said China was taking a keen
interest in buddhist sites and there is a place named 'Rajgir' in
China's Lingsa province where a 200 ft statue of Lord Buddha has been
He said Nepura village in Silao block was also being developed for
its specialisation in silk weaving as silk bags were quite popular among
the Buddhist monks in China and other countries.
Nalanda pottery, which was also popular among the Buddhist tourists,
would be given due attention. A cultural village and the Nalanda
International University are being set up with the help of foreign
countries including China and Japan.
According to Pant, a hall built last year in memory of 7th century
Chinese traveller Xuan Zang (Huen-Tsang) in Nalanda, inaugurated by
Chinese foreign minister Li Zhaoxing, is a sign of growing India-China
friendship. The hall was built in memory of Xuan Zang's visit to India.
Xuan Zang is famous for his 17-year-long trip to India, during which
he studied with many noted Buddhist masters, especially at Nalanda.
He was a student at Nalanda for five years and taught for a year.
While returning to China, he carried 657 Sanskrit manuscripts with him
and translated them in Chinese, laying a strong foundation of Buddhism
not only in China, but also in Korea and Japan. Courtesy: Buddhist