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P.K.Anand is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. He holds a PhD in Chinese Politics from the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Awarded in June 2017, his doctoral thesis is titled 'Market Dynamics and State Responses in China: Social Welfare and Industrial Workers, 1987-2008'. He also completed his M.Phil from the same centre in 2008. He completed his Master's in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2006. 

He completed a two-year India-China comparative project funded by ICSSR on Labour Relations and Welfare in Small and Medium Enterprises in Mumbai and Wenzhou. He also spent ten months as a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA from August 2016-May 2017. 

In addition to his Research Associate position, he is also the Programme Officer at the Institute. 

His areas of interests are China's Political Economy, Labour, Social Welfare and Social Policies, Economic Reforms, and Urbanization.

The diminishing status of the Chinese worker
23 Jul 2021

The centenary of the Communist Party of China is a chance to look at the status and role of the working class

India’s workers devastated by deadly second wave of Covid-19
13 May 2021

P.K. Anand reports on how India’s government has learned little from last year’s pandemic and lockdown measures and reveals how workers are suffering as a result.

The Tightrope between Production, Industrial Peace
24 Dec 2020

Apple’s decision to place its Taiwanese supplier, Wistron Corp., on probation by not giving new orders — after an audit of the serious lapses in labour practices that led to violence in its facility in Narasapura

The Karnataka Garment Workers Union, Bengaluru: A case study
16 Nov 2020

For the tens of thousands of garment workers in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru and the surrounding state of Karnataka

The All-India Gig Workers Union: A case study
09 Nov 2020

As with the Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT), discussed previously

The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers: A case study
02 Nov 2020

The rapid growth of the sharing economy and app-based employment has presented tremendous challenges to trade unions across the world.

In China and India, street vendors face similar urban challenges
10 Sep 2020

Visible in both China and India is a dominant vision of urbanity that perpetuates sanitised order and pristineness, devoid of any informal or irregular spatial practices.

ചൈനീസ് സ്ഥാനപതിയുടെ മാധ്യമ ഇടപെടലുകളും അവ ഉയര്‍ത്തുന്ന ചോദ്യങ്ങളും
19 Aug 2020

സ്ഥാനമേറ്റ് ഒരു വര്‍ഷം തികയാറാകുമ്പോള്‍ മാധ്യമങ്ങളില്‍ ഇത്രയേറെ എഴുതിയ മറ്റൊരു വിദേശ സ്ഥാനപതിയും ഇന്.

Hazarding Hazards: An Assessment of China’s Workplace Safety Since Year 2000
16 Jul 2020

COVID-19 has (re)ignited conversations on workplace safety across the world, thus necessitating renewed attention on policies and practices in this regard. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that each year 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related..

PTI interview was only latest salvo in Chinese envoy’s blitzkrieg in Indian media over the past year
12 Jul 2020

Indian publications have regularly provided space for the Chinese ambassador to present his country’s point of view. That didn’t raise eyebrows – until now.

Urban Spaces | Migrant workers remain invisible in India and China
21 May 2020

While political systems, level of State capacity and trajectory of development may vary, cities in China and India have retained many common threads of socio-spatial exclusion of migrant workers.

Covid-19 and the crisis of informal labour in India
13 Apr 2020

With India’s national lockdown set to be extended, P.K. Anand argues that the time has come for the Indian government to wake up to the precarious reality of labour relations in the country.

COVID-19 | Labour, lockdown and the State’s predicament
03 Apr 2020

The images of migrants on roads across India should perhaps help us re-evaluate the often romanticised images of the massive movement of workers annually in China.

Coronavirus exposes the brittleness of China's economic prowess
18 Feb 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has not only brought to fore the employment uncertainty workers face in the service sector but has also showed China’s incapacity to come up with a formal solution to this.

Why BRI through India is wishful thinking at best
23 Jan 2020

Subramanian Swamy’s comments on the Mumbai and Kolkata ports provides the opportunity to highlight the pressing concern of weak infrastructural capacities in India.

Policy | Entry of Chinese manufacturing in India is a bridge too far
09 Oct 2019

The Modi-Xi informal summit is a good time to analyse the economic capacity of China, especially the role of manufacturing sector, in powering the country and its positioning in the China-India dynamics.

Non-Standard Employment and Precarity: Student-Workers in China
30 Oct 2018

Global economic changes and the resulting shifts in the role of the state from being a provider of resources, has led to significant transformation of the concept of full-time, permanent employment. This has led to new forms of non-standard employment and work arrangements, thus making labour, fluid and dynamic.

Labour Dynamics and Social Security in Leather-Based Enterprises in Mumbai and Shanghai- A Preliminary Background Study
11 Sep 2014

In the late 1980s and early 1990s under the forces of Globalization, Liberalization and Privatization, sustained changes were brought in the patterns of economic production and distribution.

China’s Small and Medium Enterprises: A Key Growth Engine Propelling the Economy
01 Mar 2014

Over three decades of economic growth and transformation by China has not only caught the world’s attention and generated considerable interest, but...



Current Positions

    • Visiting Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi

Past Positions

    • Research Assistant, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Research Intern (July-September 2012), Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi


    • Pursuing Ph.D, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
    • MA. Politics (with Specialization in International Relations), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2006)

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