Past Researchers

People > Research Faculty Past Researchers

Past Researchers

  • Jabin T Jacob

    Former Fellow
  • Tshering Chonzom

    Former Associate Fellow
  • Panu Pazo

    Associate Fellow
  • Gunjan Singh

    Research Associate
  • Mita Deshpande

    Research Associate
  • Peter Joy Hudson

    Research Associate
  • Alpana Verma

    Research Assistant
  • Diki Sherpa

    Research Assistant
  • Aprajita Sarcar

    Research Assistant
  • Jaya Kumari

    Research Assistant
  • Jayshree Borah

    Research Assistant
  • Jigmey Thinley

    Research Assistant
  • Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem

    Research Assistant
  • Konchok Paldan

    Research Assistant
  • Kush Kumar Gayasen

    Research Assistant
  • Minakshi Biswas

    Research Assistant
  • Naina Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Namkha Tsering

    Research Assistant
  • Nongmaithem Kishorchand Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Prarthana Basu

    Research Assistant
  • Prateeksha Tiwari

    Research Assistant
  • Renu Rana

    PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China
  • Samir Sharma

    Research Assistant
  • Sanglipong Lemtur

    Research Assistant
  • Saurav Sarkar

    Research Assistant
  • Seemi Zafar

    Research Assistant
  • Shilpa Sharma

    Research Assistant
  • Sooraj Aurora

    Research Assistant
  • Thejalhoukho Casavi

    Research Assistant
  • Rajesh Ghosh

    Research Assistant
  • Uddipta Ranjan Boruah

    Research Assistant
  • Vaishali Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Uday Khanapurkar

    Research Assistant
  • Rashmi Muraleedhar

    Research Assistant
  • Muhammed Kunhi

    Research Associate
  • Anu Dhull

    Research Assistant
  • Anandita Thakur

    Research Assistant
  • Reena Bhatiya

    Research Assistant

Jabin T Jacob
Former Fellow

Jabin T. Jacob was a Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has spent time as a student and researcher in Taiwan, France and Singapore. Jacob's current research interests include China-South Asia relations, China's 'belt and road' initiative, Sino-Indian border areas, and centre-province relations in China. 

Jacob has co-edited a volume, China and its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (Pentagon Press, 2017). He was also the Associate Editor of the ICS journal, China Report, blogs at https://indiandchina.com/ and tweets at @jabinjacobt

View Full Bio

Tshering Chonzom
Former Associate Fellow

Dr Tshering Chonzom Bhutia was a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She holds a  PhD from the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her thesis was titled ‘Applying Negotiation Theory to the Sino-Tibetan Talks, 1979-2006’. She has just completed a major research project comparing the Indian and Chinese government’s ethnic minority/nationalities policies. 

View Full Bio

Panu Pazo
Associate Fellow

Panu Pazo was an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He worked on 'India-China Collaboration in Third Countries: The feasibility of cooperation in hydro-electricity projects in Nepal.' His areas of interest are energy security, environmental politics and comparing China and India's global energy relations.

View Full Bio

Gunjan Singh
Research Associate

Gunjan Singh was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She also worked as an Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. Her research interests include Chinese Foreign Policy, the Chinese Communist Party, Minorities in China, Mainland-Taiwan Relations, Chinese media, Chinese civil society Tibet and Space Security. She is the Assistant Editor of the CBW Magazine, published by the IDSA, is co-editor of Space Security and Global Cooperation, and has published in Strategic Analysis, International Affairs Review, Harvard Asia Quarterly, World Affairs: A Journal of International Issues and The Book Review.

View Full Bio

Mita Deshpande
Research Associate

Mita Deshpande was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She worked on comparative health project and explored themes of the experience of tuberculosis programs in India and China; and traditional health systems across both countries. Her areas of interest include social inequalities and health with a specific focus on caste and gender.

View Full Bio

Peter Joy Hudson
Research Associate

Peter Joy Hudson was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has an M. Phil in East Asian Studies, specializing in Japanese Studies, from the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University. He did his Post Graduation from School of International Studies, Pondicherry University.

View Full Bio

Alpana Verma
Research Assistant

Alpana Verma is a PhD scholar in Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi. She has worked on a project on Higher Education in China organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies in 2015.

View Full Bio

Diki Sherpa
Research Assistant

Diki Sherpa was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese, Delhi. She completed her M.Phil from the dept. of history, University of Delhi. She worked on ‘The Indo-Tibetan Trade through the Eastern Himalayas in the First Half of the Twentieth Century’  She completed her B.A and M.A  from the department of history, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.  

View Full Bio

Aprajita Sarcar
Research Assistant

Aprajita Sarcar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Her areas of interest are population, gender, anthropology, comparative public health in China and India.

View Full Bio

Jaya Kumari
Research Assistant

Jaya Kumari was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She completed her M.Phil from the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include development and welfare with special reference to minority cultures and communities.

View Full Bio

Jayshree Borah
Research Assistant

Jayshree Borah was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She worked on various projects related to foreign policy and diplomacy at the Institute such as 'India-China Database with Reference to the Boundary Dispute', ‘The Diplomacy of India & China: Content, Capacity and Methods’ etc. Her areas of interests are Chinese politics, foreign policy and ideology, leadership, and India-China comparison.

View Full Bio

Jigmey Thinley
Research Assistant

Jigmey Thinley was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.  He completed his M.A. in politics (with specialized in international relations) from the School of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently, he is pursuing his M.Phil in political science from the School of Social Science, Delhi University.  His area of research interest includes South Asia, China and its minorities, Tibet etc. 

View Full Bio

Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem
Research Assistant

Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She recently submitted her PhD thesis in Japanese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, titled “The Politics of Japan’s Rice Protectionist Policy: 1995-2011”.  

View Full Bio

Konchok Paldan
Research Assistant

Konchok Paldan was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He worked on India-China border issues, trade and incursions. His areas of interest are India-Pakistan and Sino-India border issues; tribal studies; rural sociology and sociology of environment in the Himalayan regions in Ladakh.

View Full Bio

Kush Kumar Gayasen
Research Assistant

Kush Kumar Gayasen was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis on ‘Assessing the China Factor in India's Maritime Doctrines: A Study of the India-China Naval Interface in the Indian Ocean Region’ at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

View Full Bio

Minakshi Biswas
Research Assistant

Minakshi Biswas is a PhD Scholar from Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Her PhD topic is ‘Care for the Elderly and Terminally Ill: Issues and Policies in India’. At present she is in the phase of data collection for her PhD. She is also teaching Political Science as an Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, G D Goenka University. She has pursued both her post-graduation and MPhil in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Her areas of research since MPhil have mainly reflected concerns on the issues of right to die, euthanasia and living with dignity debate in India. She has quite a few publications to her credit and has also presented several papers in both international and national conferences. 

View Full Bio

Naina Singh
Research Assistant

Naina Singh was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is pursuing MPhil in international Organizations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has completed her Masters from South Asian University, New Delhi in International Relations with special focus on the South Asian region. Her research interests include primarily cultural and international relations, regional and sub-regional arrangements (Asia) and multilateral diplomacy.

View Full Bio

Namkha Tsering
Research Assistant

Namkha Tsering has completed his M.Phil. in Center for East Asian Studies, Chinese Division, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He did his graduation and post-graduation in history from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively before taking up Chinese studies for his M.Phil. His M.Phil. dissertation is titled “Minority Nationalities and the Statist Narrative on Tibet in History Textbooks: A Study of ‘Chinese’ Nationalism during the 2008 Beijing Olympics”. The dissertation discusses how the Chinese state has constructed ‘China’ and ‘Chinese’ through history writing to serve its nation-building project but at the same time leading to a‘historiographical colonization’ of the ‘minorities’through owning their history and limiting their representation space. Namkha is interested in history theory in particular and social science theories in general. Few of his areas of interest are Modern Chinese history, Chinese nationalism, nation-building, identity creation, ethnic-relations in China, history education and nation-building etc.

View Full Bio

Nongmaithem Kishorchand Singh
Research Assistant

Nogmaithem Kishorchand Singh was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese studies, Delhi. He completed his M.A in politics (with specialisation in International Relations) from the school of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He holds an MPhil degree from the centre of West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where he also submitted his PhD thesis. His area of research interest includes West Asian politics, China and West Asia, North-East India studies etc. His current research focuses on China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI) in West Asia.

View Full Bio

Prarthana Basu
Research Assistant

Prarthana Basu was a Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She completed her M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. As a part of her master's curriculum, she worked on a dissertation titled 'China's Rise in the Emerging Global Order and its Implications'. She completed her B.A.(H) in History from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has interned under Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli in Jawaharlal Nehru University and written an extensive research paper on the 'Chinese Naval Modernisation and its implications in the Indo-Pacific Region', which is published online. Her research interests are China's role in environmental geopolitics, China's development in S&T, China's military modernization and India's foreign policy towards China.

View Full Bio

Prateeksha Tiwari
Research Assistant

Prateeksha Tiwari is a recent graduate from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. She is a guest lecturer of Chinese language at Khalsa College, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include science and technology development in post-reform China, Chinese domestic politics, and political economy.

View Full Bio

Renu Rana
PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China

Renu Rana was Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She holds an MPhil degree in Chinese Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, New Delhi.  Her area of study is Chinese Studies. She completed MA Political Science from Daulat Ram College, DU; MA Sociology from IGNOU and BA (hons) Political Science from Miranda House, DU.  She cleared UGC NET in Political Science in 2012.

View Full Bio

Samir Sharma
Research Assistant

Samir Sharma was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. His areas of interest are politics of accommodation, institutional frameworks for minorities and the practice of federalism and citizenship.

View Full Bio

Sanglipong Lemtur
Research Assistant

Sanglipong Lemtur comes from a truly multi-disciplinary area of research. Having completed his Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He had moved on to study Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University for his Master’s. He went on to study Social Medicine and Community Health for his MPhil from JNU where his dissertation reviewed the new and exciting technoscientific field of Synthetic Biology, and its Implications on Public health. He completed his dissertation under the guidance of Prof. Mohan Rao. He is currently a PhD Scholar working under Prof. Rama Baru in the same Centre, researching on Antibacterial Resistance, specifically examining antibiotic drug development and its political economy. 

View Full Bio

Saurav Sarkar
Research Assistant

Saurav Sarkar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has completed his MA in International Relations (2016-18) from Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida and done his BA (Honours) in English (2013-16) from the same university. He has received the Best Strategic Thinking Achiever’s Award during his post-graduation from the university. He had interned at Pragyavataran Educational Society, Noida in May-June 2017 as a social work volunteer. His MA dissertation was on “Counter-terrorism policies of the Obama administration in Afghanistan-Pakistan”. His areas of interest are China-Pakistan military and strategic cooperation, the geopolitics of the South China Sea dispute and counter-terrorism.

View Full Bio

Seemi Zafar
Research Assistant

Seemi Zafar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. February 2013 to March 2013. She worked on study of the role of diaspora, and influence of multilateral and bilateral organizations in the marketed expansion of healthcare in India and China through a comparative lens. Her areas of interest include commercialization of healthcare and studies in comparative health.

View Full Bio

Shilpa Sharma
Research Assistant

Shilpa Sharma was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She has obtained her undergraduate and masters in History. She completed her M.Phil in Chinese Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. In 2014, she was awarded the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to study Chinese at National Taiwan University for a year.

View Full Bio

Sooraj Aurora
Research Assistant

Sooraj Aurora was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He worked on studying the planning commission process in China. His areas of interest are India-China political and military relations, diplomacy and disarmament and conflict management.

View Full Bio

Thejalhoukho Casavi
Research Assistant

Thejalhoukho Casavi was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese, Delhi. He submitted his M.Phil dissertation titled “Naga Customary Law and Multiple Modernities, 1880-1980” from the Dept. of History, University of Delhi. His M.Phil research engages with the complex interaction between the colonial legal system and the customary law of ‘tribes’. He completed his BA Honours in History from St Stephen’s College and MA History from Hindu College.

View Full Bio

Rajesh Ghosh
Research Assistant

Rajesh was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. At the ICS his research included Chinese investments to India, China's new FDI law, Chinese VC and PE presence in India's startup landscape, among others. He created a dataset of China's FDI to India for 2000-2019 which captures important dimensions of valuation, industry, state etc. He has also created a dataset of China's VC and PE investments into Indian startups. Both these datasets are regularly updated and used as a tracker of Chinese activities. During 2018-2019, Rajesh received a one-year scholarship to study Chinese at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. Before that, he was at the O.P Jindal Global University where he earned an MA (International Relations) and was awarded the silver medal for academic performance. He graduated from the University of Calcutta with a B.Com (Hons in Accountancy and Finance). He graduated first class.

View Full Bio

Uddipta Ranjan Boruah
Research Assistant

Uddipta Ranjan Boruah was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is a doctoral fellow in the Department of International Relations at the South Asian University, New Delhi. He has completed his Masters from South Asian University, New Delhi in International Relations with special focus on the role of domestic politics in regional cooperation. His research interests include Regional Integration Processes, Border Studies and issues concerning India's Northeast.

View Full Bio

Vaishali Singh
Research Assistant

Vaishali Singh was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She has completed her BA honours in Political Science from Miranda House and her MA (Political Science) from Hindu College, University of Delhi. She has also completed her M.Phil in East Asian Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. Currently, she is enrolled in the same department for a PhD programme in East Asian Studies (Specialization-China Studies). In 2013-14, she has been to Shandong, China under the MHRD-China Government Scholarship.

View Full Bio

Uday Khanapurkar
Research Assistant

Uday Khanapurkar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has completed his B.Sc in Economics (Hons.) from the Symbiosis School of Economics situated in Pune. While his academic endeavour has been in the field of economics, he aims to segue into the fields of International Relations and establish a career in academia therein. His areas of interest are geoeconomics, the nexus between economic interdependence and conflict and great power competition in the maritime domain. He authored an undergraduate dissertation entitled Peace in a Globalised Asia: 'The Relation Between China’s Conflictual Behaviour and Levels of Intra-Industry Trade, 2002-2010'. He is also the author of a book entitled 'The Pursuit of Prosperity: Exploring China’s Economic Dependence on India as a Deterrent to Conflict', written for the Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) and published by KW Publishers, New Delhi. 

View Full Bio

Rashmi Muraleedhar
Research Assistant

Rashmi Muraleedhar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is currently assisting in a project which looks at the political, economic and military implications of US-China strategic engagement for India. She completed her Master’s in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2018. Her bachelor’s was in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati (2009-2013). She is also currently pursuing a short research project at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies which looks into whether China is softening its approach towards India in the context of US unilateralism.  Her interest lies in the cross-section of Sino-Indian bilateral relations, Nationalism, Indian Foreign policy, and Great Power politics.   

View Full Bio

Muhammed Kunhi
Research Associate

Muhammed Kunhi was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He submitted his PhD thesis titled “Memories of War and Construction of the Other: An Analysis of Mainstream Indian English Newspaper Discourse on China and Pakistan” to the Centre for International Politics Organization and Disarmament, in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He completed his MPhil from the same centre in 2013. His research interests include India-China relations, Environmental issues in India and China, and Non-traditional security.

View Full Bio

Anu Dhull
Research Assistant


Anu Dhull was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She has completed M.A. in ‘Politics with specialization in International Relations’ from School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. As per the academic curriculum, she presented two Research Papers during M.A., one on “Chinese aid in Africa: analysing it as a foreign policy tool” and other on “Chinese military reforms and changing civil-military relations”.  Prior to working at ICS, she has interned with UNES division of Ministry of External Affairs, India where she authored a research paper titled, “India and South-South Co-operation”. Her research interests include China`s bilateral and multilateral relations, India-China relations, Sino-US relations and their implications for India, dynamism in Foreign Policy discourse, and Chinese aid projects (especially in Africa). 

View Full Bio

Anandita Thakur
Research Assistant

Anandita Thakur is a Research Assistant at ICS. Her master’s dissertation, entitled Karl Marx and the Taiping Rebellion, studied the rhetorical capacities of Marx’s articles on the Taiping Rebellion, and analyzed, through these articles, the state of larger European media surrounding the rebellion, the Chinese body and the Orient in the period between 1849-1860. Her research interests lie in the work of the Chinese-American literary diaspora, post-socialist urban architecture in China, and the influence of British colonialism in China. Prior to ICS, her research experience included a research grant by the Government of Taiwan and the International Institute for Cultural Studies at National Chiao Tung University. As a part of the grant, she worked on Taiwanese New Wave Cinema, focusing in particular on the director Hou Hsiao Hsien and gendered mediations in his film, The Boys from Fengkuei.  She has presented several awarded papers on the use and construction of the Chinese body through the work of author Marguerite Duras and Somerset Maugham for conferences at St. Stephen’s College and Ambedkar University. 

View Full Bio

Reena Bhatiya
Research Assistant

Reena Bhatiya is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies.She completed MPhil from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. The title of the dissertation is “Linear Borders: Theoretical and Historical Analysis”.  Her research interest is broadly Non-Western International Relations Theory, Borderland Studies in International Relations, Border Theories, and Study of the Intractable Border Disputes in South Asia. Currently her specific research focus is on Sino-India Border Dispute in the eastern sector and Borderland Communities, Comparison of Infrastructure Development in Borderlands in China-India.

View Full Bio

© 2019 ICS All rights reserved.

Powered by Matrix Nodes