Dr. Avijit Banerjee, Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Chinese Language & Culture (Cheena Bhavana) Visva-Bharati University. Dr. Banerjee has done his graduation, postgraduation and Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from Visva-Bharati. He studied in China at Beijing Language University from Sept.1996 to July 1997 under the India-China Bilateral Cultural Exchange Programme. He was awarded a scholarship for attending a Short-Term Teacher’s Training Programme held at Beijing Normal University, China from 9 July to 12 August 2007. He also has authored many articles and chapters in several volumes and co-edited a book‘中国青年眼中的印度’ “zhongguo qingnian yanzhong de yindu” “ India in the eyes of the Chinese Youth" in April 2016. Dr. Banerjee’s research interest includes Chinese language and India-China cultural studies. He has also attended and presented papers in many international conferences in various cities of China.View Full Bio
Debasish Chaudhuri, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, is an independent researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Delhi. The current focus of his research includes Chinese ethnic policies and local responses, the political economy of minority regions, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative in the peripheries, Chinese nationalism as well as collective actions and dissident movements. Chaudhuri is the author of Xinjiang and the Chinese State – Violence in the Reform Era (Routledge, 2018).View Full Bio
Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM ( Retired) superannuated from Indian Army in February 2016 after nearly four decades of service. Recipient of four President’s awards for distinguished Service/ gallantry and two Chief of Army Staff commendation awards. Held prestigious appointments of Deputy Chief of Army Staff , Adjutant General and Corps commander 15 Corps (Srinagar).View Full Bio
Anurag Viswanath is an independent writer based in Singapore. She is currently a leading columnist with Financial Express (Delhi) from 2011-. While she has written about Thailand, India, Singapore, her main focus is on contemporary China. Anurag was awarded a fellowship for her Ph.D. by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, as well as a Research Fellowship at Fudan University from the Government of India and Ford Foundation. She was also a Visiting Scholar under late Prof. Richard Baum at the UCLA, USA.?She taught at Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi for 2 years before turning to writing full-time.View Full Bio
Bharati Puri is an Associate Professor (Philosophy) in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi.View Full Bio
Gautam Das has been fascinated by many aspects of Chinese culture since an early exposure in the Kolkata of the early 1950s. He was practically involved with the Sino-Indian border issue while an Army officer in the period 1968-1991. His interests include Chinese art (painting and three-dimensional), Chinese cuisine, and the Chinese martial arts. He is the author of several books on military matters - military history, Sino-Indian border issues and the border war of 1962, defence policy, and counter-insurgency policy for North-East India.View Full Bio
Geetha B. Nambissan is a faculty in the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU.View Full Bio
Govind Kelkar is the Senior Advisor at Landesa, India and a Regional Council Member of Asia and Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has previously worked as coordinator of IFAD-UNIFEM Gender Mainstreaming Program in Asia and later headed Economic Empowerment of Women Unit at UN Women, South Asia Office, New Delhi. Dr. Kelkar has extensively worked on the impact of women’s right to land on gender relations in rural Asia.View Full Bio
G. Venkat Raman is currently a faculty in the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, Humanities and Social Sciences (Department) since February 2015. After graduating from the Peking University he worked as a Business Development Manager (middle level management, M-7) in the Essar Steel’s representative office in Beijing for two years and eight months. His research interests include Sinology (mainly Chinese Government and Politics), India-China Relations, International Relations.View Full Bio
Manmohan Agarwal has been teaching at the Centre of International Trade and Development at JNU for more than a quarter of a century. He teaches mainly Macroeconomics, both open and closed, but has also taught Investment Finance and Development Economics. His publications are in his main areas of research interest, namely international economics and development economics, though he has publications also in the area of environmental economics and international political economy.View Full Bio
Nanda Kumar Janardhanan specialises on energy and climate policy. The areas of his work include energy policy, climate negotiation, low carbon development, energy geopolitics, nuclear and renewable energy. He is a teaching faculty with the Energy Studies Programme of School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University. As an External Expert (Fellow & Regional Coordinator), he has been guiding the research of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES, Japan) on energy in South Asia. The positions he held previously with IGES include ‘Fellow-Climate and Energy (External Expert)’, and ‘Energy Policy Researcher’. Prior to his affiliation with IGES, Nanda Kumar worked as Associate Project Manager-Nuclear Energy (GlobalData, India), Senior Energy Analyst (GlobalData), Visiting Fellow (Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo), Research Assistant (IDSA, Delhi), and Research Associate (IIPA, Delhi).View Full Bio
Poonam Surie is Adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs. An economist by training, author and columnist Poonam Surie has written extensively over the last 30 years on cultural issues, diaspora studies, gender and economic issues. As a columnist for the Financial Express (while posted in New York 1994-97 ), she wrote a column ‘NY Notes’ on issues such as gender, art and culture and subsequently freelanced for a number of Indian newspapers, writing on contemporary issues including a number of travel pieces.View Full Bio
Prabir De is a Professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He is also the Coordinator of ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at RIS. De works in the field of international economics and has research interests in international trade and development. He has been conducting policy research for the Government of India and several international organisations. His recent publication includes “Developing Cross-Border Production Networks between North Eastern Region of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar: A Preliminary Assessment” (RIS, New Delhi, 2014) and “Developing Economic Corridors in South Asia” (Asian Development Bank, Manila, 2015).View Full Bio
Raviprasad Narayanan is Associate Research Fellow with the Institute of International Relations (IIR) and concurrently, Assistant Professor, International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University, Taipei. The main thrust of his writings is to tease out interstices within the rubric of China-India relations and to explore nuances of a growing bilateral that despite palpable differences on contested issues like the unresolved boundary between the two countries has elements of cooperation – evidenced by the congruence the two sides display when it comes to non-traditional security issues like climate change.View Full Bio
Ranjit Gupta joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1964 and retired in 2003. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisory Board for the term 2009-2010. He has been participating in Taiwan related activities of ICS - primarily by organising and participating in interaction with visiting delegations from Taiwan, attending Taiwan related talks and seminars etc. and writing on Taiwan related subjects for the ICS Journal. He has lectured and written about India China relations in a variety of fora fairly regularly.View Full Bio
Siddiq Wahid is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi and Adjuct Fellow the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in Delhi. Prof. Wahid is also associated with the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI). He is currently also a participant in the Borderland Project of the India China Institute at the New School University in New York. He received his PhD in the field of Inner Asian and Altaic Studies at Harvard University where he specialized in Tibetan and Central Asian political History.View Full Bio
Sonia Shukla is a Chevening Scholar from the University of Westminster, London. She is currently co-authoring a book on the India-China border policy, as well as working as a consultant on Indian foreign and security policy issues. Sonia has been an editor at The Indian Express, contributing regular articles and opinion on all areas of Indian foreign policy including India’s fight against terrorism and the rise of fundamentalist forces in the region, India-Pakistan relations, missile defence, India’s relations with its other neighbours and the United States.View Full Bio
Srabani Roy Choudhury is an Associate Professor in Japanese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. She associates with business schools like Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and Management Development Institute to give insight into eastern management practices.View Full Bio
Rajiv Ranjan, PhD is an Associate Professor at College of Liberal Arts, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. He is trained in the Chinese language and teaches courses in international politics. He is an adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi and Charhar Institute, Beijing, China. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, and a Visiting Senior Scholar at the School of Political Science and Public Administration, Shandong University, Jinan, China. He has co-edited "China and South Asia: Changing Regional Dynamics, Development and Power Play" , Routledge, 2021 and co-authored 《近代东方国家的变革》, Jinan University Press, China, 2020.View Full Bio
Sushila Narsimhan, Professor of Japanese Studies, began her career in 1964 in Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, and later moved to the Department of East Asian Studies where she taught until her retirement in October 2007. Her specialization is Japan’s Meiji period and 19th century Sino-Japanese relations. Her academic interests also include the study of plants that changed the course of human history and world civilization.View Full Bio
T G Suresh is currently an Associate Professor in the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His publications and conference papers on China covers a broad range of concerns including nationalism, the political economy of reforms in Sichuan province, labour and building production in Shanghai and Delhi and the new urban labour regime in China. His current research focuses on how new forms are social labour are getting shaped at the intersections of urban spatial practices and global economic flows in Delhi and Shanghai.View Full Bio
V Krishnappa is currently reading for Master’s in Strategy and Innovation at Said Business School, University of Oxford. Krishnappa is working on culture and strategy formation in business and foreign policy domains in India, China and Japan. His other research interests include: corporate strategy; innovation and change management; culture and strategy; scenario approach to strategy formation and global strategy. He is particularly interested in cultural and political dimensions of strategy formation in complex organizational contexts.View Full Bio
Anita Sharma is the former Pro Vice Chancellor at K. R. Mangalam University, Gurugram, Delhi-NCR, India. She is an Adjunct Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She was a Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. She is former Head, Department of East Asian Studies and former Dean, Faculty of Social sciences, University of Delhi. She studied History in Delhi University at under graduate level and continued to receive her Post graduation specializing in Ancient Indian History and Chinese History. After completing her M.Phil. in History from University of Delhi, she studied Chinese History at Fudan University, Shanghai, China and Chinese Language at Beijing Language Institute, Beijing, China. She was the recipient of Ministry of Human Resource Development scholarship to China for two years. She received her doctorate in Buddhism from the University of Delhi where she taught History, Buddhism and Chinese Language for more than thirty years.View Full Bio
Atul Bhardwaj is Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research with the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), New Delhi. He is an Ex- Indian Naval Aviator. He is pursuing PhD in ‘political and ideological influences on Indian leadership leading to 1962 war’, from Ambedkar University, Delhi. He writes for Economic and Political Weekly, besides magazines like Frontline.View Full Bio
Sriram Natrajan is an independent researcher/economist. He is currently collaborating with the Urban Economy Forum, Toronto on research initiatives in the field of urban food systems and food security. He has engaged with China research for over two decades in the areas of agrarian change, rural transformation, food security, sustainable agriculture and more recently urban agriculture. He has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO) on socio-economic security and as a lead consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organisation on improving food security statistics in Asia as part of the Zero-Hunger initiative. He has also guest lectured at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University besides designing and conducting a post-graduate course on India and the ASEAN at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.View Full Bio
Dr. Usha Chandran is an Adjunct Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is Assistant Professor, teaching Chinese language, Literature, translation, as well as interpretation to Bachelors and Masters students at the Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Pursued MPhil and Ph.D from the same centre. Keen on using Chinese language skills to understand various facets of China, specifically the issues of Gender. Major research interests are, Chinese Language and Literature, Gender issues in China and comparison with India and West, Comparing Women's subjectivity in some of Lu Xun, Tagore and Virginia Woolf's works in a comparative perspective and role of language in gender. Recent research includes looking at the role of language in practicing gender. Organised an international symposium on " Language and Gender" in JNU. Published papers both in English and in Chinese on Gender issues in China, comparative perspective of women's movement in India and China, as well as women's subjectivity in Lu Xun's literary work.View Full Bio
Happymon Jacob is an Associate Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Prior to joining JNU in 2008, Jacob held teaching positions at the University of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir and the Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi. Jacob serves as an elected member of the International Governing Council of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is a columnist with The Hindu, and hosts a weekly show on National Security at The Wire.in. Jacob is the author of several books including The Line of Control: Travelling with the Indian and Pakistani Armies (Penguin Random House 2018), and Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and India-Pakistan Escalation Dynamics (Oxford University Press, 2019).View Full Bio
Jayan Jose Thomas is an Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, where he has been employed since July 2010. From August 2016 onwards, Jayan has also been serving as a Member of the Kerala State Planning Board, advising the State government on policies related to industry and employment growth. Jayan’s research has dealt with various aspects of Indian development, especially issues related to labour, industrialization and the macroeconomy. He teaches courses on macroeconomics, Indian economic development, international economics, and planning and development. Jayan completed his PhD in development economics from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, and holds a Bachelors degree in industrial engineering from Kerala University. His previous academic positions were at the National University of Singapore (2004-2008 and 2014), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (2008), Madras School of Economics (2008-2009), and Central University of Kerala (2009-2010). His research papers have appeared in reputed journals including World Development, Development and Change, and Economic and Political Weekly, and have also been included as part of the syllabi for undergraduate programmes at Delhi University. He has worked on research assignments for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He contributes regularly to media outlets including the Hindu, Mint, Frontline, and BloombergQuint, and his research has been cited in the Government of India’s Economic Survey, Times of India, NDTV, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal.View Full Bio
Kamal Sheel did his B.A. Honours in History from the Banaras Hindu University and had graduate training in Chinese language and history at Fu-Jen Catholic University and the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He earned his Ph.D. in the field of Modern Chinese History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. He has been Visiting Professor/ Fellow at the universities in Wisconsin- Madison, Yale, Copenhagen, Beijing, Singapore, and Taiwan.
His current research interest primarily lies in the area of social and intellectual history of China, and cultural interaction and encounters in Asia with a focus on India and China. His major publication is Peasant Society and Marxist Intellectuals in China (Princeton 1989). He also has to his credit jointly edited volumes entitled India on the Silk Road (Delhi, 2009), From Local to Global: Papers in Asian History & Culture (Delhi, 2017), Thirteen Months in China: A Subaltern Indian and the Colonial World (Oxford, 2017). He has also been one of the editors and contributors to the Encyclopaedia of India-China Cultural Contacts. His major articles include “Chinese Discourses on India”, “State and TVEs in China”, and “Informal Economy and Post-Mao Reform”, "China in Vernacular Indian Wriitngs at the turn of the 20th century". He has just completed a publication ready ms with the translation of Kang Youwei's Indian travelogue and entitled "China Encounters India: Civilizational Bonhomie and national Anxieties in Kang's Indian Travelogue".
Prof Mahendra P Lama (b 1961), is an AdjuncFellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He is a development economist, has been a senior Professor in the School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is presently Chief Economic Adviser in the rank of a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Sikkim. He was the Founding Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Sikkim and became the youngest VC of a national University in India. He served as a Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India; Chief Economic Adviser in the Government of Sikkim with a Cabinet Minister Rank (2002-2007) and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He is presently Government of India’s nominee in the Eminent Persons Group set up by the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal. He was bestowed full professorship by JNU at a relatively young age of 38.View Full Bio
Ambassador (Retd) Gautam Bambawale is an Adjunct Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1984 to 2018. He was India’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Pakistan and China. Bambawale was stationed in Washington DC in 2004-07 during the Indo-US nuclear deal which transformed ties between the two countries. He has been India’s first Consul General in Guangzhou (China) 2007-09. He was Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin 1994-98. Ambassador Bambawale worked in the Prime Minister’s Office 2002-04. At the Ministry of External Affairs he was Joint Secretary for East Asia from 2009-2014. Bambawale has dealt with China for 15 years of his 34 year diplomatic career.
Ambassador Bambawale is currently Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune.
Professor (Dr.) Amita Batra is an Adjunct Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is Professor of Economics and currently the Chairperson of the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Prior to this Prof. Batra was Senior Fellow in ICRIER for five years from 2002-2007 and before that Reader, Hindu College, Delhi University. Prof. Batra has also been Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney in October 2018 and the first holder, in January-May, 2013, of the ICCR Professorial Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the Centre for South Asian Studies & Edinburgh-India Institute, University of Edinburgh. She has also been visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad.
Prof. Batra has undertaken research and published extensively (Books, monograph, research papers in national and international journals, book chapters etc) on India’s Trade policy and related issues, India and global supply chains, preferential trade agreements, regional economic integration in South and Southeast Asia, India and China in the Asian economic integration process and political economy of South Asia. Her recent book is titled “Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: trapped in conflict?2013, Routledge: London and most recent monograph is titled Revealed Comparative Advantage and Gravity Model Analysis of Trade Patterns and Regional Economic Integration: Empirical Evidence in the Indian Context, 2016, Academic Foundation, New Delhi and The Indian Econometric Society. Her most recent research papers include ‘India’s Economic Relevance in the Indo-Pacific’, 2020, Asian Perspective (John Hopkins University Press), Volume 44, Issue 3, Summer, 2020 and ‘Political Economy of South Asia: Commonalities Overshadowed by Conflict’ (Chapter 12) in Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia, (ed. Shiping Hua), 2018: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York among others.
Prof. Batra is member, Economic Affairs Council (for 2020-2021) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She is on the editorial committee of the international journal Asian Perspective (John Hopkins University, USA) and member, editorial board of the Journal of Asian Economic Integration (Sage)., honorary member of the Advisory Board of Centre for Advanced Trade Research of the Trade Promotion Council of India. Prof. Batra is also an occasional columnist for Business Standard, a leading financial daily in India.
Prof. Batra holds an M.A., M.Phil., Ph. D. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.View Full Bio
Dr. Dharitri Narzary Chakravartty an Adjunct Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies. She teaches history to undergraduate and post-graduate students at Dr B. R. Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD). She specializes in Japanese studies and her interest areas include race and minority issues, marginality, multiculturalism, imperialism and colonialism, Japanese pan-Asianism, education, Society and culture. She completed her BA and MA in History at the University of Delhi, M. Phil from the Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies, University of Delhi and Ph. D from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.
She served as the Founder Convenor (2011-17) of North East Forum (NEF) at AUD, a platform for university scholars to share ideas and collaborate for research on India’s north-eastern region, which closely works with the University’s Centre for the Community Knowledge (CCK), Deputy Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies (2014-16) and Deputy Dean of Student Services (2016-18).
Prior to joining AUD in April 2011, Dr Dharitri worked as a Research Associate cum Correspondent at the India Bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun (New Delhi office), the largest circulated Japanese newspaper published from Tokyo (2007-2011). She had also worked as Programme Officer and Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, from 2002-2005 and 2006-2007 respectively.View Full Bio
Aravind Yelery is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Previously, he was associated with Shanghai Ji-Ou (Sino-European Commerce Ltd.) as a Sr. Corporate Consultant (Research). He is a fluent Chinese speaker and before commencing his research at Fudan University, Shanghai, he completed Mandarin language studies from the esteemed Nanjing Normal University, P R China. He is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he was awarded the Doctorate for his research on China, focusing on the role of energy and economy in China’s transforming foreign policy. Before his PhD, he undertook M.Phil research on China’s SOEs and their re-structuring at the same centre at JNU.View Full Bio
Prof. Ramila Bisht is a professor at the Centre for Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before that, she was also the Chairperson in the same centre. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.View Full Bio
Zorawar Daulet Singh is an author and foreign affairs analyst based in New Delhi. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Forum for Strategic Initiative. Dr. Daulet Singh is also a founder of Northcap University, a State Private University located in Gurugram, Haryana.
His research focus includes India’s foreign policy and diplomatic history, various dimensions of India China relations, Eurasian geopolitics, and, international political economy. He contributes to the Economic & Political Weekly, Hindu, ThePrint and Hindustan. He has participated in several Track-II dialogues and has addressed leading training institutions in India including the National Defence College, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and the Foreign Service Institute.
Previously he was a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Zorawar holds a PhD in international relations from King’s College London, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and a BSc from the University of London where he majored in economics and finance.
Dr. Daulet Singh’s recent books includes India China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond and Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch up with China? His latest book, Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies during the Cold War has been published by Oxford University Press.View Full Bio
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