Emerging Scholars 2012 Working Papers

The following are Working Papers produced by the first cohort of India China Institute’s Emerging Scholars Symposium. Please feel free to discuss Emerging Scholars’ works in the comments section below. Your feedback and thoughts are valuable to us.


Yang Xiaoping, “The Security Architecture of South Asia: Problems and Prospects

Anil Kumar, “Rising India Through China’s Eyes

Ka-Kin Cheuk, “Indians in the Chinese Textile City: Middleman Traders in Upgrading Economy

Chris Eberhardt, “Figuring Out Responsibility: Making Sense of Climate Change in China

Li Lairu, “The Role of Law in Social Development: An Analysis of Legislations of China and India

Tang Xiaoyang, “Comparing Technological Innovation of Textile Industries in India and China

Elmie K Rengma, “Soft Power Game: A Study of China, India and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Tripartite

Mitchell Cook, “The Entrepreneurial Local State: Recent Trends and Future Prospects in India and China



China Conversations: Presenter Profiles

Profiles of Presenters


Session I:    India-China Interactions: Bilateral
“Rising India through China’s Eye”

Anil Kumar Research Scholar, University of Delhi, Delhi
Anil is currently pursuing his Phd from the Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Delhi University. His thesis is titled “Sino-Indian Relations (1998-2010): A Constructivist Approach”. His focus area is Sino-India Relations post Pokharan-II. His other research interests include China and Indian Ocean, Chinese Military Modernization, China and South China Sea, China’s Military Infrastructure in Tibet, China-Pakistan nuclear nexus. He has participated in several conferences including those organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies and the The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS). He was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship (in Indian History) by University Grants Commission (UGC), India in June-2010.

“India-China Relations: Strained Ties & Competitive Future”

Shubhrajeet Konwer Assistant Professor, Gauhati University, Guwahati
Shubhrajeet is currently teaching in the Department of Political Science in Gauhati University, Assam. He completed his PhD from the same schoo; his thesis was titled “International borders in Northeast India: A case study of India-China Border”.  He has completed his Masters and M. Phil programme from The School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests encompass areas such as Indian foreign policy, Look-East policy and strategic studies.

Session II:    India-China Interactions: Regional
“India-China Relations in the New Global Order: A Comparative Analysis under the NDA and UPA Governments”

Mohor Chakraborty Assistant Professor, South Calcutta Girls’ College, Kolkata
Presently Assistant Professor in Political Science, South Calcutta Girls’ College, Kolkata, she is pursuing her doctorate on India’s Look East Policy(under supervision of Prof. Tridib Chakraborti) in the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Having completed her B.A., M.A. and M. Phil from the above Department, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the same. Her areas of research include South, Southeast and East Asia and she actively participates in national and international Seminars pertaining to these areas. She is a regular contributor to World Focus, Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Sciences and Research Compilations (Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University). Her recent contribution in an edited book, South Asian Security: 21st Century Discourses, (Routledge, London) is awaiting a December 2011 publication.

“The Soft Power Game: A Study of China, India and SAARC Tripartite”

Elmie Konwar Rengma M.Sc Student, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Elmie is currently pursuing an MSc in International Politics from the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS. Prior to that, she has completed an MA in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Elmie has a keen research interest in Chinese Foreign Policy towards South Asia and women empowerment issues in the context of modern South Asian conflicts. She has also done a certificate course on Women Studies from Delhi University. Apart from these, she loves travelling and cooking global cuisines.


Session III:    India-China Interactions: Global
“China’s Nuclear Strategy and Doctrine: An Emerging Strategic Player”

M.S. Prathibha Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
M. S. Prathibha is a Doctoral candidate at the Chinese Studies Division, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Senior Scholar in Beijing Normal University on a China Government Scholarship from September 2009-July 2011. She worked on “Missile Defence and China’s Strategic Force Modernisation” for her Mphil dissertation.  M. S. Prathibha holds a Masters degree in International Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai.  Her publications include ‘Verifying Fissile Futures – View from India’ Carnegie – Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (Forth Coming). Her research interests include China and Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation and China, Chinese Security and Politics, China and World Order and Chinese Political Philosophy.

“Chinese Participation in “US-led hegemony”

Rukmani Gupta Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Delhi
Rukmani is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis examines the domestic Chinese discourse on the United States’ interaction with international economic and political institutions. She has undertaken Chinese language studies at Dalian and Beijing.

Her current project as Associate Fellow at IDSA focuses on the conception of Chinese national interests and explores the domestic rationale behind foreign policy making. Prior to joining IDSA, Ms Gupta had worked at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, where she had been responsible for facilitating joint research with Chinese scholars and managing China-related projects funded by the Brookings Institution and the MacArthur Foundation.

Session IV:  State and Society in China
“Chinese Buddhism: A Fine Example of Exquisite Indigenous Craftsmanship”

Dhriti Roy Associate Fellow, Sikkim University, Gangtok
Dhriti is currently working on her thesis titled “A Critical Study of India China Monastic Relations in the Fifth Century C.E. Based on a New Annotated Translation of Fo Guo Ji (Faxian’s Itinerary).” She was awarded the prestigious Chinese Government Scholarship for a year in 2008 to learn modern Mandarin at the College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University, China. Her publications include “Tagore’s Role In Strengthening Sino-Indian Relations” in the Journal of Astha-Bharati and “A Search For The Rudiments Of Political Thought In Ancient Confucianism” in The Visva-Bharati Quarterly.

“Nobel Peace Prize 2010 and the Controversy”

Swati Mishra Research Scholar, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras
Swati  Mishra  is  a PhD  student  at  the Department of  Foreign Languages, Faculty of  Arts  Banaras Hindu University. She is pursuing her PhD in “State and society in Contemporary China”. She is also teaching Chinese at the Department of Asian Languages, Chinese, Sikkim University.

Swati   has  done   BA Honours  and  also  her  MA   in  Chinese  language   from  the Centre  for  Chinese  Studies / School  of  Languages Literature  &  Cultural  Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru  University, New Delhi. After  completing  her MA from JNU, she  joined  Peking  University , Beijing, China where she did an advance  degree  course in Chinese  language.