Past Researchers

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Past Researchers

  • Jabin T Jacob

    Former Fellow
  • Aravind Yelery

    Former Associate Fellow
  • Tshering Chonzom

    Associate Fellow
  • Panu Pazo

    Associate Fellow
  • Gunjan Singh

    Research Associate
  • Mita Deshpande

    Research Associate
  • Peter Joy Hudson

    Research Associate
  • Alpana Verma

    Research Assistant
  • Diki Sherpa

    Research Assistant
  • Aprajita Sarcar

    Research Assistant
  • Jaya Kumari

    Research Assistant
  • Jayshree Borah

    Research Assistant
  • Jigmey Thinley

    Research Assistant
  • Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem

    Research Assistant
  • Konchok Paldan

    Research Assistant
  • Kush Kumar Gayasen

    Research Assistant
  • Minakshi Biswas

    Research Assistant
  • Naina Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Namkha Tsering

    Research Assistant
  • Nongmaithem Kishorchand Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Prarthana Basu

    Research Assistant
  • Prateeksha Tiwari

    Research Assistant
  • Preksha Shree Chhetri

    Research Assistant
  • Renu Rana

    PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China
  • Samir Sharma

    Research Assistant
  • Sanglipong Lemtur

    Research Assistant
  • Saurav Sarkar

    Research Assistant
  • Seemi Zafar

    Research Assistant
  • Shilpa Sharma

    Research Assistant
  • Sooraj Aurora

    Research Assistant
  • Thejalhoukho Casavi

    Research Assistant
  • Vaishali Singh

    Research Assistant
  • Rashmi Muraleedhar

    Research Assistant
  • Muhammed Kunhi

    Research Associate

Jabin T Jacob
Former Fellow

Jabin T. Jacob is Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has spent time as a student and researcher in Taiwan, France and Singapore. Jacob’s current research interests include China-South Asia relations, China’s ‘belt and road’ initiative, Sino-Indian border areas, and centre-province relations in China. 

Jacob's latest work is a co-edited volume, China  and  its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (Pentagon Press, 2017). He is Associate Editor of the ICS journal, China Report, blogs at https://indiandchina.com/ and tweets at @jabinjacobt

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Aravind Yelery
Former Associate Fellow

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. 

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Tshering Chonzom
Associate Fellow

Dr. Tshering Chonzom Bhutia is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She has a  PhD  from the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her thesis was titled ‘Applying Negotiation Theory to the Sino-Tibetan Talks, 1979-2006’. She has just completed a major research project comparing the Indian and Chinese government’s ethnic minority/nationalities policies. 

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Panu Pazo
Associate Fellow

Panu Pazo was an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies from June 2012 to March 2014. He worked on 'India-China Collaboration in Third Countries: The feasibility of cooperation in hydro-electricity projects in Nepal.' His areas of interest are energy security, environmental politics and comparing China and India's global energy relations.

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Gunjan Singh
Research Associate

Gunjan Singh was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She has also worked as an Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. Her research interests include Chinese Foreign Policy, the Chinese Communist Party, Minorities in China, Mainland-Taiwan Relations, Chinese media, Chinese civil society Tibet and Space Security. She is the Assistant Editor of the CBW Magazine, published by the IDSA, is co-editor of Space Security and Global Cooperation, and has published in Strategic Analysis, International Affairs Review, Harvard Asia Quarterly, World Affairs: A Journal of International Issues and The Book Review.

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Mita Deshpande
Research Associate

Mita Deshpande was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies from February 2014 to April 2014. She worked on comparative health project and explored themes of the experience of tuberculosis programs in India and China; and traditional health systems across both countries. Her areas of interest include the social inequalities and health with a specific focus on caste and gender.

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Peter Joy Hudson
Research Associate

Peter Joy Hudson was a Research Associate at the ICS. He has an M. Phil in East Asian Studies, specializing in Japanese Studies, from the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University. He did his Post Graduation from School of International Studies, Pondicherry University.

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Alpana Verma
Research Assistant

Alpana Verma is a PhD scholar in Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi. She has worked on a project on Higher Education in China organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies in 2015.

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Diki Sherpa
Research Assistant

Diki Sherpa was a research assistant at the institute of Chinese (ICS) Delhi. She completed her M.Phil from the dept. of history, University of Delhi. She worked on ‘The Indo-Tibetan Trade through the Eastern Himalayas in the First Half of the Twentieth Century’  She completed her B.A and M.A  from the department of history, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.  

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Aprajita Sarcar
Research Assistant

Aprajita Sarcar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies from August 2013 to May 2014. Her areas of interest are population, gender, anthropology, comparative public health in China and India.

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Jaya Kumari
Research Assistant

Jaya Kumari is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She did her M.Phil from the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include development and welfare with special reference to minority cultures and communities.

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Jayshree Borah
Research Assistant

Jayshree Borah was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She worked on various projects related to foreign policy and diplomacy at the Institute such as 'India-China Database with Reference to the Boundary Dispute', ‘The Diplomacy of India & China: Content, Capacity and Methods’ etc. Her areas of interests are Chinese politics, foreign policy and ideology, leadership, and India-China comparison.

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Jigmey Thinley
Research Assistant

Jigmey Thinley is research assistance at the institute of Chinese studies (ICS) Delhi.  He completed his M.A. in politics (with specialized in international relations) from the school of international relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Currently, he is pursuing M.Phil in political science from school of social science, Delhi University (DU).  His area of research interest includes south Asia, China and its minorities, Tibet etc. 

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Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem
Research Assistant

Kimneijou Rosy Lotjem is a Research Assistant at ICS. She recently submitted her Ph.D thesis in Japanese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of international Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, entitled “The Politics of Japan’s Rice Protectionist Policy: 1995-2011”.  

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Konchok Paldan
Research Assistant

Konchok Paldan worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies from April 2015 to June 2015. He worked on India-China border issues, trade and incursions. His areas of interest are India-Pakistan and Sino-India border issues; tribal studies; rural sociology and sociology of environment in the Himalayan regions in Ladakh.

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Kush Kumar Gayasen
Research Assistant

Kush Kumar Gayasen is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis on ‘Assessing the China Factor in India's Maritime Doctrines: A Study of the India-China Naval Interface in the Indian Ocean Region’ at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Minakshi Biswas
Research Assistant

Minakshi Biswas is a PhD Scholar from Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Her PhD topic is ‘Care for the Elderly and Terminally Ill: Issues and Policies in India’. At present she is in the phase of data collection for her PhD. She is also teaching Political Science as an Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, G D Goenka University. She has pursued both her post-graduation and MPhil in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Her areas of research since MPhil have mainly reflected concerns on the issues of right to die, euthanasia and living with dignity debate in India. She has quite a few publications to her credit and has also presented several papers in both international and national conferences. 

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Naina Singh
Research Assistant

Naina Singh was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She is pursuing MPhil in international Organizations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has completed her Masters from South Asian University, New Delhi in International Relations with special focus on South Asian region. Her research interests includes primarily cultural and international relations, regional and sub-regional arrangements (Asia) and multilateral diplomacy.

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Namkha Tsering
Research Assistant

Namkha Tsering has completed his M.Phil. in Center for East Asian Studies, Chinese Division, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He did his graduation and post-graduation in history from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively before taking up Chinese studies for his M.Phil. His M.Phil. dissertation is titled “Minority Nationalities and the Statist Narrative on Tibet in History Textbooks: A Study of ‘Chinese’ Nationalism during the 2008 Beijing Olympics”. The dissertation discusses how the Chinese state has constructed ‘China’ and ‘Chinese’ through history writing to serve its nation-building project but at the same time leading to a‘historiographical colonization’ of the ‘minorities’through owning their history and limiting their representation space. Namkha is interested in history theory in particular and social science theories in general. Few of his areas of interest are Modern Chinese history, Chinese nationalism, nation-building, identity creation, ethnic-relations in China, history education and nation-building etc.

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Nongmaithem Kishorchand Singh
Research Assistant

Nogmaithem Kishorchand Singh is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese studies (ICS) Delhi. He completed his M.A in politics (with specialisation in International Relations) from the school of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He holds an MPhil degree from the centre of West Asian studies,Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where he also submitted his PhD thesis.HIs area of research interest includes West Asian politics,China and West Asia,North-East India studies etc.HIs current research focuses on the China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI) in West Asia.

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Prarthana Basu
Research Assistant

Prarthana Basu is a Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) Delhi. She recently completed her M.A. in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. As a part of her master's curriculum, she worked on a dissertation titled 'China's Rise in the Emerging Global Order and its Implications'. She completed her B.A.(H) in History from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has interned under Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli in Jawaharlal Nehru University and written an extensive research paper on the 'Chinese Naval Modernisation and its implications in the Indo-Pacific Region', which is publised online. Her research interests are China's role in environmental geopolitics, China's development in S&T, China's military modernization and India's foreign policy towards China.

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Prateeksha Tiwari
Research Assistant

Prateeksha Tiwari is a recent graduate from Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. She is a guest lecturer of Chinese language at Khalsa College, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include science and technology development in post-reform China, Chinese domestic politics, and political economy.

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Preksha Shree Chhetri
Research Assistant

Preksha Shree Chhetri is currently pursuing her PhD from the Centre of European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has done her schooling from her hometown, Darjeeling. She went to Andhra Pradesh to do her graduation from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning after which she went to Jadavpur University, Kolkata for pursuing masters in International Relations. She has recently submitted her MPhil dissertation titled 'Germany- China Economic Relations since 1990' from JNU.

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Renu Rana
PhD Candidate at Fudan University, China

Renu Rana is Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. She holds a MPhil degree in Chinese Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, New Delhi.  Her area of study is Chinese Studies. She completed MA Political Science from Daulat Ram College, DU; MA Sociology from IGNOU and BA (hons) Political Science from Miranda House, DU.  She cleared UGC NET in Political Science in 2012.

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Samir Sharma
Research Assistant

Samir Sharma was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies from May 2013 to July 2013. His areas of interest are politics of accommodation, institutional frameworks for minorities and the practice of federalism and citizenship.

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Sanglipong Lemtur
Research Assistant

Sanglipong Lemtur comes from a truly multi-disciplinary area of research. Having completed his Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He had moved on to study Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University for his Master’s. He went on to study Social Medicine and Community Health for his MPhil from JNU where his dissertation reviewed the new and exciting technoscientific field of Synthetic Biology, and its Implications on Public health. He completed his dissertation under the guidance of Prof. Mohan Rao. He is currently a PhD Scholar working under Prof. Rama Baru in the same Centre, researching on Antibacterial Resistance, specifically examining antibiotic drug development and its political economy. 

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Saurav Sarkar
Research Assistant

Saurav Sarkar is a Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. He has completed his MA in International Relations (2016-18) from Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida and done his BA (Honours) in English (2013-16) from the same university. He has received the Best Strategic Thinking Achiever’s Award during his post-graduation from the university. He had interned at Pragyavataran Educational Society, Noida in May-June 2017 as a social work volunteer. His MA dissertation was on “Counter-terrorism policies of the Obama administration in Afghanistan-Pakistan”. His areas of interest are China-Pakistan military and strategic cooperation, geopolitics of the South China Sea dispute and counter-terrorism.

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Seemi Zafar
Research Assistant

Seemi Zafar was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies February 2013 to March 2013. She worked on study of the role of diaspora, and influence of multilateral and bilateral organizations in the marketed expansion of healthcare in India and China through a comparative lens. Her areas of interest include commercialization of healthcare and studies in comparative health.

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Shilpa Sharma
Research Assistant

Shilpa Sharma is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She has obtained her undergraduate and masters in History. She completed her M.Phil in Chinese Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. In 2014, she was awarded Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to study Chinese at National Taiwan University for a year.

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Sooraj Aurora
Research Assistant

Sooraj Aurora was a Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies from July 2014 to February 2015. He worked on studying the planning commission process in China. His areas of interest are India-China political and military relations, diplomacy and disarmament and conflict management.

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Thejalhoukho Casavi
Research Assistant

Thejalhoukho Casavi was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese (ICS) Delhi. He submitted his M.Phil dissertation titled “Naga Customary Law and Multiple Modernities, 1880-1980” from the Dept. of History, University of Delhi. His M.Phil research engages with the complex interaction between the colonial legal system and the customary law of ‘tribes’. He completed his BA Honours in History from St Stephen’s College and MA History from Hindu College.

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Vaishali Singh
Research Assistant

Vaishali Singh is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She has completed her BA honours in Political Science from Miranda House and her MA (Political Science) from Hindu College, University of Delhi. She has also completed her M.Phil in East Asian Studies from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. Currently she is enrolled in the same department for a Ph.D programme in East Asian Studies (Specialization-China Studies). In 2013-14, she has been to Shandong, China under the MHRD-China Government Scholarship.

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Rashmi Muraleedhar
Research Assistant

Rashmi Muraleedhar is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She is currently assisting in a project which looks at the political, economic and military implications of US-China strategic engagement for India. She completed her Master’s in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2018. Her bachelor’s was in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati (2009-2013). She is also currently pursuing a short research project at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies which looks into whether China is softening its approach towards India in the context of US unilateralism.  Her interest lies in the cross section of Sino-Indian bilateral relations, Nationalism, Indian Foreign policy, and Great Power politics.   

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Muhammed Kunhi
Research Associate

Muhammed Kunhi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He recently submitted his PhD thesis titled “Memories of War and Construction of the Other: An Analysis of Mainstream Indian English Newspaper Discourse on China and Pakistan” to the Centre for International Politics Organization and Disarmament, in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He completed his MPhil from the same centre in 2013. His research interests include India-China relations, Environmental issues in India and China, and Non-traditional security.

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