"My Heart is a Mirror" and "Life in the Cattle Yard"
Professor Ji Xianlin, one of China’s leading public intellectuals, died in July 2009 at the age of 98. Widely hailed as the grand old man of Indian studies in China, he was also a prolific essayist and public commentator. He received many honours and awards from the Chinese government, and in recognition of his services to Sino–Indian relations he received India’s highest honour, the Padma Bushan, in 2008. A fearless opponent and outspoken critic, Professor Ji remained a ‘true believer’ and ardent patriot to the very last.