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Nirmola Sharma is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She has a PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. In her PhD dissertation, she critically looks at the radicalization of the immigrant Indian community in China under the banner of the Indian National Army during the Second World War and its implications on wartime Sino-Indian relations. She was the recipient of the Institute of Chinese Studies- Harvard Yenching Institute Doctoral Fellowship for China-India Studies Program (2014-17). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University for the academic year 2014-15. She was earlier awarded a Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) scholarship to study mandarin in China. She was part of an ambitious archival project to classify and catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India. She is interested in studying Sino-Indian interactions in the colonial period.  


The Long Sweep of India–China History
11 Apr 2020

India, China and the World: A Connected History by Tansen Sen

When Bhutan got Caught Up in the Tug-of -War Between Colonial Britain and China
26 Feb 2020

This article focuses on the Bhutanese case to bring out the role played by the smaller Himalayan states in this power struggle. In this article, an attempt has been made to present the Bhutanese factor in the Britain-China power struggle in the period before the 1914 conference at Shimla.

Unravelling the Micro-History of the Bank of China in India
27 Sep 2018

This article will attempt to show how the official dispensation in British India saw the increase in the operations of the Bank of China in India and whether in contemporary times, we could draw parallels from this particular case.

When Bose was in China !
13 Jun 2018

This article focuses on Bose’s wartime China connections and attempts to bring to light two little known visits made by Subhas Chandra Bose to China during the war period.

Catalogue of Materials Related to Modern China in the National Archives of India, 1939-1945
19 Jun 2015

This work is an effort to catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India (NAI). This is the first ever publication catalogued materials related to China in the Special Collections of the NAI.

Catalogue of Materials Related to Modern China in the National Archives of India Part One (Special Collections)
25 Jan 2013

Throughout much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the British colonial Government of India was closely involved with affairs pertaining to Britain’s engagement with China.


Areas of interest

India-China interactions in the colonial period, Border studies, Intellectual history in India and China. Japanese Imperialism in Asia, India-China Comparatives


Current Positions

    Visiting Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies

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