Anand P. Krishnan is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), and is presently a Visiting Faculty at National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. He holds a PhD in Chinese Politics from the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for his doctoral thesis titled, 'Market Dynamics and State Responses in China: Social Welfare and Industrial Workers, 1987-2008'. His main area of research is labour relations in China, and also focussing on studies through a comparative framework with India (and, in the global south). He was a Non-Resident Fellow under the China-India Scholar Leaders Initiative, of the India China Institute, The New School, New York City, from 2018-21. In 2016-17, he was a Visiting Fellow, at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He has also completed a two-year India-China comparative research project funded by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, on Labour Relations and Welfare in Small and Medium Enterprises in Mumbai and Wenzhou (2014-16). Previously, he was a Research Associate and Programme Officer at ICS. His interests also lie in China's Political Economy, informal labour, social policies, and labour's interface with urban questions in the global south.
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Nirmola Sharma is Visiting Associate Fellow 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
Bhim B Subba is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, and a visiting associate fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. He holds a PhD/M. Phil. from the University of Delhi and an MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Dr Subba is an Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard-Yenching Institute China-India Doctoral Fellow; a Ford Student Fellow; and a recipient of the Confucius Institute Scholarship for Mandarin Language Training. His research interests are China studies (domestic politics and party leadership); comparative politics, and international affairs. His articles have appeared in journals, edited books, review blogs, and other online commentaries. Recently, Dr. Subba also co-guest edited two special issues of China Report on CPC’s Hundredth Anniversary.
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Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman is a Programme Coordinator and Research Associate at the Heinrich Böll Regional Office, New Delhi and is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. He is responsible for the Programme on Democracy and Pluralities and co-manages the Alternative Development Paradigms/Worldviews with a geographical focus on Northeast India. He also co-manages thematic coordination and research with HBS Dialogue Offices in Washington D.C, Brussels and Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Assam. He completed his MPhil in Diplomacy in Disarmament and 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 interest include research on Northeast India, transboundary water sharing and hydropower dams, roads and connectivity infrastructures, conflict and insurgency, peacebuilding, development politics, migration and cross-border exchanges.View Full Bio
Veda Vaidyanathan is a multi-disciplinary researcher who specializes in Asia - Africa interactions. As an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) in New Delhi, and an Associate at the Harvard University Asia Center, she brings a comparative perspective to her work, often examining Chinese and Indian engagements in the continent. Her expertise lies in managing research projects, curating multi-cultural teams and conducting extensive fieldwork across geographies. Research projects she has designed and led have examined investments in financial services and mining in Zimbabwe, agriculture in Zambia, infrastructure development in Tanzania and Kenya and pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ethiopia.
Her effort has been to work with universities, research institutes and Civil Society Organizations to gather perspectives from the grassroots, produce evidence-based research that bridges the academic research – development practitioner work gap. During her PhD at the University of Mumbai, she was a recipient of the ICS-HYI China-India Studies Fellowship and spent a year at Peking University, China and the Harvard-Yenching Institute. Prior to this, she was also a Doctoral Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
Her analysis and Op-Ed's have been published in The Washington Post, The Hindu, The Diplomat, South African Journal of International Affairs and findings presented in various global conferences and podcasts, including as part of the Indian delegation to the 17th Russia-India-China (RIC) academic trilateral in Beijing. She tweets @vedavn.View Full Bio
Shamshad Ahmad Khan, is Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. He is also an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, UAE. Recently, he concluded his term as Visiting scholar at Waseda Institute of Advanced Studies, Waseda University. After completing his Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Studies, from the Japanese Studies Division in JNU, New Delhi, he researched at Indian and Japanese institutes. He was associated with the Indian Council of World Affairs, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. He had been associated with various Japanese think tanks including the Policy Research Institute, Keio Research Institute, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Institute for Developing Economies, Slavic and Eurasian Research Centre, Hokkaido as a visiting researcher. Before assuming his current position at BITS Pilani Dubai campus, he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Sharjah, UAE. He got Nakasone Yasuhiro award in 2011 from the International Institute of Policy Studies, Tokyo for his research on Japan-India relations. Apart from many journal articles and book chapters, he has also authored a book on India-Japan Relations: “Changing Dynamics of India-Japan Relations: Buddhism to Strategic Partnership”, Pentagon Press, New Delhi.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 a China Studies Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Ashoka University. Since 2014 she has taught Literature and Chinese Language in the universities like Jadavpur University, Techno India University and Christ University. 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 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). She published articles in Journal of Comparative Indian Language & Literature and Asian Studies Journal of Netaji Institute of Asian Studies.View Full Bio
Nishant Dilip Sharma is a visiting researcher at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is enrolled as a doctoral fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University. His doctoral thesis focuses on the Institution of Paternalism in China. He completed his Masters in International Studies from Christ University, Bangalore. His research interests also include China's domestic governance and the role of China's historical memory in public diplomacy.View Full Bio
Samanvya Hooda is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He has completed a B.A (International Relations) from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts. As part of his coursework, he has authored a dissertation exploring the factors that led to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015, along with a seminar paper about 'Legal Aspects of Digital Surveillance in India'. Prior to working at ICS, he worked for a year with a New Delhi based advocacy consultancy, and also as a Research Intern for the Nuclear Security Programme at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His research interests lie in Nuclear Doctrines and Security, South Asian Geopolitics, Border Conflicts, Conventional Deterrence, and Security in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.View Full Bio
Adveetya Kachiar is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Previously she worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Conflict Management. Her work there mainly focused on creating an Armed Conflict Database in the South Asian region. Her area of interests include Indian Foreign Policy, India and the neighborhood, and Role of Technology in shaping the international order.View Full Bio
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