Nirmola Sharma is Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She has a PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. In her PhD dissertation, she critically looks at the radicalization of the immigrant Indian community in China under the banner of the Indian National Army during the Second World War and its implications on wartime Sino-Indian relations. She was the recipient of the Institute of Chinese Studies- Harvard Yenching Institute Doctoral Fellowship for China-India Studies Program (2014-17). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University for the academic year 2014-15. She was earlier awarded a Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) scholarship to study mandarin in China. She was part of an ambitious archival project to classify and catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India. She is interested in studying Sino-Indian interactions in the colonial period.View Full Bio
Debasish Chaudhuri, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, is an independent researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Delhi. The current focus of his research includes Chinese ethnic policies and local responses, the political economy of minority regions, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative in the peripheries, Chinese nationalism as well as collective actions and dissident movements. Chaudhuri is the author of Xinjiang and the Chinese State – Violence in the Reform Era (Routledge, 2018).View Full Bio
Shamshad Ahmad Khan is Visiting Associate Fellow at the ICS. Until recently, he was Assistant Professor (Visiting) at the Department of International Relations at Sharjah University, UAE. He is author of "changing dynamics of India-Japan Relations" He has many publications in journals as well as in edited books. He has authored a book on India-Japan Relations. Dr. Khan was Japan Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow (September 2015 to August 2016) and was affiliated with Keio Research Institute, Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus as Senior Researcher. He has a PhD degree in International Relations (Japanese Studies) from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was a Mombukagakusho Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo while he was pursuing his PhD. He has subsequently been associated with various institutes in Japan including the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University (December 2010 to March 2011), the Institute for Developing Economies (November 2012 to February 2012) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (November 2014 to January 2015) as a Visiting Research Fellow. He has also been associated with Indian think tanks such as the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (June 2009-September 2013) and subsequently with the Indian Council of World Affairs (October 2013 to September 2015). He is also an Assistant Professor (guest) at the Department of East Asian Studies and has taught Japan’s Foreign Relations to the Students of Japanese studies at the Master level. Because of his contribution to Japanese studies at such a young age he was presented with the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award by Japan’s former Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro in 2011.View Full Bio
Barnali Chanda is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Barnali’s PhD thesis conducts a comparative thematic study of selected strange and fantastic narratives of Pre-Modern China and India. Currently she is teaching at the Techno India University as an Assistant Professor of English. She has been teaching Chinese Language as a Guest Faculty in the School of Languages and Linguistics, Jadavpur University since 2014. Her field of interests includes comparative literature, travelogue studies, Chinese and Indian literary transactions in the classical period, reception of Buddhist ideas in the Chinese and Sanskrit marvelous stories and translation of Chinese classical and vernacular literature into English and Bengali. Barnali has co-authored two books, Of Asian Lands: A View from Bengal (An Annotated Bibliography of a Century of Travel Narratives to Asian Lands in Bangla) published by Jadavpur University in 2009 and Tellings and Retellings: Strange tales of Medieval China, published by Jadavpur University in 2015. Barnali was selected as an ‘Emerging Scholar’ by the India China Institute, New School, New York in 2015. She received the MOFA Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (2011-2012) and the HRD Chinese Government Scholarship (2008-2009).View Full Bio
Bhim Subba (蘇斌) is a Research Associate at the ICS. He has recently submitted his PhD dissertation in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. He was an ICS-HYI Visiting Fellow and spent a year at Harvard University for his doctoral research (2016-17). He is a Political Science major from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, Delhi. From 2015-16, he was affiliated with the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, ROC where he pursued language study and independent research. As a recipient of a Confucius Institute Scholarship, he was also enrolled at Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang, PRC pursuing Mandarin language training. His research interests include comparative political theory, Chinese politics and India-China comparatives.
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Veda Vaidyanathan is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She completed her Ph.D. from the Centre for African Studies at the University of Mumbai on the Resource Diplomacy Strategies of India and China in Africa. She was initially a doctoral fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research and in 2014 received the Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard Yenching Institute (ICS-HYI) China-India studies fellowship. From 2015-16 she was a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University, China and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Harvard University the following year.
She joined the ICS in 2018 and designed projects examining China-Africa engagement under the Institutes 'China in the World' Research programme . Her first project examining Chinese Infrastructure Development in Tanzania and Kenya was completed successfully with a multi-cultural team and the resultant monograph was published in November 2019. She is currently leading two projects with transnational teams analyzing Chinese investments in Zambian agriculture and Zimbabwean minerals. Her paper titled 'Reimagining Engagement and Realigning Priorities: How India and China are Informing the African Growth Story', won the World Society Foundation Award in Switzerland in April 2019. Veda has conducted extensive fieldwork interviewing various stakeholders in India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, USA and the UK.View Full Bio
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Assam. He completed his Masters of Philosophy from the Diplomacy and Disarmament Division, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; his Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his Bachelors in Political Science Honours from Hindu College, Delhi University. His areas of interests include research on Northeast India, mainly on issues relating to transboundary water sharing and hydropower dams, roads and connectivity infrastructures, conflict and insurgency, peace building, development politics, migration and cross border exchanges. His research specialization is on border studies in Northeast India and transboundary water sharing and management issues between China, India and Bangladesh. He is committed to grassroots based alternative community work and development models. He has travelled extensively in parts of Northeast India for research work. He has led research teams in Northeast India, and has travelled parts in China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar for research. He has worked as a consultant on many research projects in Northeast India. He has teaching experience as Visiting Faculty, and has participated in several workshops and academic conferences.View Full Bio
Rityusha Mani Tiwary, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, teaches in the Department of Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The current focus of her research includes unpacking the interplay of power and hegemony in East Asia and China’s role in shaping regionalism therein. She was the recipient of the Visiting Program for Young Sinologist in 2017, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. She was earlier awarded the International Visitor Leadership Program by the Department of State, USA, in 2016 and Pavate Fellowship at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge, UK, in 2013. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai in 2012. She is interested in the questions of leadership, hegemony and power in South Asia and East Asia with an emphasis on strategic thought in China and India. Her other research interests include studying gender, peace and conflict. She is the Assistant Editor of China Report: A Journal of East Asian Studies since 2016.View Full Bio
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