This book discussion will commence with the lead speaker, Dr. Rajan Kumar providing an overview and highlighting the core ideas of the book, while also dwelling on India's role in the BRICS. Next, Dr. Sundriyal would explicate on the possibilities of locating the BRICS culturally. Prof. Mehra will then speak on the dominant socio-economic trends of the BRICS countries over the last 3-4 decades and finally Prof. G. Venkat Raman will talk about China & BRICS. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the participants.
Abstract of the Book
From a Global South perspective, the formation of the BRICS multilateral platform has been among the most significant developments in the post-cold war era. The expansion of BRICS in the recent Johannesburg summit has also been projected as a matter of immense significance, though there are differing views regarding the impact of this expansion on intra BRICS dynamics as also for convergences amongst the countries of the Global South. This recently edited volume (2023) published by Routledge comprising a number of insightful analyses, highlights the significance of BRICS in a wider global context and foregrounds the long-pending demand for the reform of global governance institutions. It
The editors hope that their modest attempt in compiling this volume would prove to be a useful intervention in situating BRICS as one of the major players in global governance. The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international political economy, international business and finance, international relations, politics, and Global South Studies.
About the Speakers
Rajan Kumar is an Associate Professor in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University which he joined in December 2006. He completed his PhD from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He undertook some courses on research methods and international conflicts from University of Kentucky, USA and the ICPSR Programme in Quantitative Method at University of Michigan, USA. He teaches courses on Research Methods, and Foreign Policy in the School of International Studies, JNU, Delhi. His research interests are India’s Foreign Policy; International Politics; Politics of Global South and Great Power Politics; Politics and Society in Russia and Central Asia; Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. His last book, Re-emerging Russia: Structures, Institutions and Processes was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He has published articles in several reputed journals and contributes regularly to The Financial Express, The Indian Express, BBC and Dainik Bhaskar.
Meenakshi Sundriyal is an Assistant Professor at Centre for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University since 2006. She has worked as Part-time teacher at the same centre from 1993-2004. She holds a doctoral degree from the JNU on the theme of philosophical underpinnings in the theatre of Calderon de la Barca. Her broad interest areas are cultural studies, the Global south and its cultural expression, theatre, Spanish Golden Age art and literature, poetry, interface of history and arts, translation studies and gender. She is the founder of a theatre group named ‘Murciélago’, which came out with several productions at the JNU. She has taught courses on the Spanish language, literature, history and culture at all levels i.e., B.A, M.A, MPhil and PhD.
Meeta Keswani Mehra is Professor of Economics at the Centre for International Trade and Development (CITD), School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her research interests are the interface of environmental and climate economics, growth theory, open-economy macroeconomics, development macroeconomics, international trade, energy economics, politics of regulation and political business cycles. She has also been an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. Professor Mehra held the Chair Professorship on India Studies in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2013, and was awarded the Rockefeller Bellagio Academic Residency in 2013. She is a member of several professional bodies and has published extensively in reputed journals and books and presented her research widely at international conferences and seminars.
G. Venkat Raman is a Professor in the Area of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Management, Indore and currently a Fulbright Fellow, associated with the Schar School of Policy and Government, Arlington Campus, George Mason University, Virginia, USA. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. Fluent in Mandarin, he completed his doctoral studies from the School of Government, Peking University, Beijing. He has been a visiting Fellow at the BRICS Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, a visiting Faculty in ICN Nancy, France. His areas of research interest are China’s interface with Global Governance and Business Ethics pedagogy. Prof. Raman has also co-authored case studies on Indian businesses in China and contributes regularly to popular media outlets like Founding Fuel, Financial Express, and Quint.
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