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Modi-Xi Summit: The story behind Mamallapuram’s Chinese connection

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is located on the East Coast Road. The name is said to be derived from the word “Mamallan�, which means great warrior, a reference to King Narasimhavarman I.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet on Friday and Saturday for the second informal summit between them after the first was held in in Wuhan, China, in April 2018. The meeting, will not be held in New Delhi, which has been the tradition, but in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, almost 50 kilometers south of Chennai. The question is why PM Modi chose this town to be the venue of the meet. While many believe that by choosing Mamallapuram, PM Narendra Modi wants to send a message to other Dravidian parties in the state that the BJP is serious about Tamil Nadu, another reason could be the town’s historical connections with China. Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) After the decline of the Gupta Dynasty, the Pallavas rose to power in South India, ruling from the third century until the end of the 9th century AD. The best period of their rule, between 650 and 750 AD, was called the Golden Age of the Pallavas. The Pallavas were profound thinkers and were very powerful. Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is located on the East Coast Road. The name is said to be derived from the word “Mamallan”, which means the great warrior, a reference to King Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava dynasty, who ruled the region from AD 630 to almost AD 670, and was also known for his love of art and sculpture. Many of the monolithic rock-cut structures that are now seen in this region were created during his time…

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Modi-Xi Summit - the Story Behind Mamallapuram’s Chinese Connection  

Modi-Xi Summit: The story behind Mamallapuram's Chinese connection on Business Standard. Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is locat...

Modi-Xi Summit - the Story Behind Mamallapuram’s Chinese Connection  

Modi-Xi Summit: The story behind Mamallapuram's Chinese connection on Business Standard. Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is locat...

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