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Governing Council

  • Ashok K. Kantha

    Secretary
  • Patricia Uberoi

    Chairperson
  • Sreemati Chakrabarti

    Vice-Chairperson
  • Ravi Bhoothalingam

    Treasurer
  • Hemant Adlakha

    Member
  • Madhavi Thampi

    Member
  • Manoranjan Mohanty

    Member
  • M V Rappai

    Member
  • Sabaree Mitra

    Member
  • Shyam Saran

    Member
  • Joint Secretary (EA)

    Ex-Officio Member

Ashok K. Kantha
Secretary

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. 

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Patricia Uberoi
Chairperson

Patricia Uberoi is currently Chairperson and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. A sociologist by training, Dr Uberoi has taught Sociology at the University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and retired as Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research interests centre on aspects of family, kinship, gender, popular culture and social policy in respect to both India and China.

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Sreemati Chakrabarti
Vice-Chairperson

Sreemati Chakrabarti is Professor of Chinese Studies and Head (Chair), Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. Currently, she also holds the position of Dean (Social Sciences) in the same University. She has been Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi since 2003. In 2015 she became Vice-Chairperson of the Institute.  Between 2009 to 2012 she was also Honorary Director, Institute of Chinese Studies,  Delhi. She has a Ph. D in Political Science from Columbia University and holds Master’s degrees from Delhi University (Political Science) and Harvard University (Regional Studies – East Asia). 

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Ravi Bhoothalingam
Treasurer

Ravi Bhoothalingam is currently Founder and Chairman of Manas Advisory, a Consultancy practice focusing on Leadership Coaching as well as on business and cultural relations with China, Mongolia and Myanmar. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Ravi has traveled extensively in China and its neighbourhood, and is active in Track-II initiatives in the region. He is a member of the four-country Joint Study Group examining the feasibility and scope of a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor.

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Hemant Adlakha
Member

Hemant Adlakha is Associate Professor at the Centre for Chinese & South East Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Madhavi Thampi
Member

Madhavi Thampi is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and Editor of its journal China Report. She was an Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies in Delhi University, where she taught Chinese History. Her publications include the monograph Indians in China, 1800-1949 (2005). She has co-authored (with Brij Tankha) Narratives of Asia from India, Japan and China (2005), as well as a book entitled China and the Making of Bombay (with Shalini Saksena, 2009).

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Manoranjan Mohanty
Member

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.

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M V Rappai
Member

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.

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Sabaree Mitra
Member

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). 

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Shyam Saran
Member

Ambassador Shyam Saran is an Indian career diplomat. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1970 and rose to become the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to his appointment as the Foreign Secretary he served as India's ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and as High Commissioner to Mauritius. Upon completion of his tenure as the Foreign Secretary he was appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Indo-US civil nuclear issues and later as Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change.

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Joint Secretary (EA)
Ex-Officio Member

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