Mr Ashok K. Kantha joined as Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi on 31st March 2017. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation, a New Delhi-based think-tank.
A career diplomat, Kantha was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi with responsibility for about 65 countries in India’s extended neighbourhood. His previous assignments include High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Consul General in Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal), and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, Kantha served in different capacities at Indian Missions in Singapore, China and the USA, and at headquarters in New Delhi.
In his diplomatic career spanning over 38 years, Kantha specialized in Asian affairs, with a particular focus on China. Apart from three assignments in China, he served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) and Director (China) at Ministry of External Affairsfor periods of four years each, closely involved in the formulation and implementation of India’s foreign policy in respect of China and East Asia.He has an advanced certificate in Chinese language from National University of Singapore.
Kantha joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977.View Full Bio
Alka Acharya is currently on deputation as Director and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, from the Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies) School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where she is Professor and former Chairperson. She was Editor of the quarterly journal China Report (New Delhi) from 2005-2013. She was nominated by the Indian government as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012). She has authored a book China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement, published in 2008. Her current research focuses on India-China-Russia Trilateral Cooperation and the Chinese strategic response to the post-cold war regional architecture, with special reference to China’s neighborhood.View Full Bio
Aravind Yelery was previously 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 energy and economic in China’s transforming foreign policy. Prior to his PhD, he undertook M.Phil research on China’s SOEs and their re-structuring at the same centre at JNU.View Full Bio
Jabin T. Jacob is Assistant Director and Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. Jacob’s current research interests include China-South Asia relations, China’s new ‘Silk Roads’ policy, Indian foreign policy, Sino-Indian border areas, and centre-province relations in China. At the ICS, he is associated with the BCIM Forum (formerly the Kunming Initiative) supported by the governments of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar and has helped create new initiatives such as the ICS Border Studies Programme and the ICS Scholar-in-Residence Programme. As part of his research, he has traveled in many of India’s border states and visited parts of the country’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan as well as the international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.View Full Bio
M V Rappai is a Delhi based security analyst specializing in Asian Strategic issues. He worked with the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India and later on joined the IDSA as a Research Fellow (1996 - 2002). He is currently associated with the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi and has published chapters in books and articles in reputed journals and newspapers. Rappai holds a P G Diploma in Chinese language from the School of Foreign Languages, Govt. of India, New Delhi.View Full Bio
Madhurima Nundy is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She completed her MPhil from the same Centre. Before joining ICS she was Senior Programme Coordinator at the Public Health Resource Network and has been a Technical Consultant with the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Her areas of interest include studying different health service systems, health policies and inequalities in health. She has several publications to her name.View Full Bio
Manoranjan Mohanty (b.1942) is a teacher, researcher and writer. A Political Scientist, China Scholar and Peace and Human Rights activist he has many books and research papers on theoretical and empirical dimensions of social movements, human rights, development studies and global transformation. After retiring from University of Delhi he has been with the Council for Social Development (CSD) and is the Editor of the CSD Journal, Social Change published by Sage. He is also Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and Fellow at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UC, Santa Barbara.View Full Bio
Sabaree Mitra has been teaching Chinese Language, Literature and Culture in Jawaharlal Nehru University, since 1990. Her basic training has been in Chinese Language and Literature and her research interest includes contemporary Chinese literature, criticism and cultural history. Her books include Purbadiganter Kabita: Samakaleen tin china kabir ek jhalak (2002), a collection of contemporary Chinese poetry translated into Bengali, Literature and Politics in 20th century China: Issues and Themes (2005), and, Chinese Women Writers and Gender Discourse (1976-1996) (2008)View Full Bio
Tshering Chonzom Bhutia is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She speaks and writes regularly on Sino-Tibetan issues. Some of her writings have appeared in the publications of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Indian Council of World Affairs and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Among others, she has published in China Report, Hindustan Times, World Focus and Phayul. To her credit, she has designed and developed the website of the Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, her alma mater. She is also a proud recipient of the 'Best Researcher Award' from the same Centre in 2008.View Full Bio
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