Be My Guest | Sinophile publisher from India: 'Dragon and elephant can dance together'
The history of interaction between India and China, two of the most ancient civilizations in the world, can be dated back to over 2,000 years ago. Kaushal Goyal, CEO of GBD BOOKS, is one of those people who have been keen on building a bridge between the two cultures through his own efforts.
One of his friends told us, "Mr. Goyal is the only Indian publisher I have ever met who is so committed to publishing Chinese books. And all this is because he truly loves China."
Asked why he is so interested in publishing Chinese books, he always answers with a smile, "I love China, I love Chinese culture, and I want more people to know about China."
Goyal is a regular guest of the Chinese Embassy in India and is committed to promoting and publicizing Chinese books in the community. He was awarded the honorary title of "Sino-India Book Publishing" by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People's Republic of China at the World Book Fair 2016 in New Delhi. He was also invited as a guest speaker at the "Belt and Road Summit Forum" during the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in August 2016.
Even in relatively sensitive periods of Sino-Indian relations, he never stopped supporting the export of Chinese culture through practical actions. His dedication has enabled lots of Indian readers, especially today's Indian university students, to understand China with a more comprehensive perspective.
"I love to read, write, and edit, and I am often the final editor of every book that comes out." Since 2008, Goyal's team has published more than 60 books on Chinese language learning in Hindi and English and more than 100 books on Chinese politics, history, and culture.
His Chinese books are published in partnership with all Indian college libraries as well as 125 book dealers and over 400 retail bookstores. Goyal told us, "I want to promote the exchange between India and China through my own efforts. I hope that the younger generations will increase cultural interaction so that the dragon and the elephant can dance together. For more details, please watch the full interview.