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.

ICI Fellow Victoria Marshall to Speak at York University: April 9, 2011

Cohort Spaces: Reflections on Creating Knowledge About India and China

Saturday April 9, 2011

Through the story of the India China Institute at the New School, and travels between the U.S., China, and India, Victoria Marshall will reflect on the everyday project of sharing knowledge and the long term project of creating knowledge at the mid‐way point of her India China Institute 2011‐2012 fellowship.

Victoria Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Parsons the New School for Design at the New School, New York. She is an India China Institute Fellow 2010‐2012 focusing on the theme of social innovation for sustainable environments.  She is the director of the BS Urban Design Program, the first undergraduate urban design program in an art and design school in the nation. Her scholarly focus linking urban design, drawing and ecology is present in her research as well as TILL, a Newark based landscape architecture and urban design practice which she founded in 2002.  She is a member of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Urban Design Working Group, a Long Term Ecological Research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She has taught at University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Harvard University, Pratt Institute and the University of Toronto.

An “Intersections: New Approaches to Science and Technology in 20th Century China and India “event.

The lecture and the ‘Intersections: New Approaches to Science and Technology in 20th Century China and India’ workshop are kindly supported by the SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Situating Science and the following York University sponsors: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation, York Ad‐Hoc funding, York Alumni Association and the York Centre for Asian Research

Slideshow: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

Below is the presentation for the March 10, 2011 event, Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, by Pranab K. Bardhan.

Parallax Visions



Beyond First Impressions
– Amita Bhide: Chini Kavita (English translation) and Chini Kavita (in Marathi)
– Guo Yukuan: New York City is Our Campus: an interview with The New School President Bob Kerrey (in Chinese) and New York City is Our Campus (English translation)
Partha Mukhopadhyay: How is China Different?
– Chakrapani Ghanta: Good or Bad: It is People’s China (English translation) and Good or Bad: It is People’s China (in Telugu)
– Hiren Doshi: Learn to Say Thank You in Chinese
– Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 1 (English translation)

Intertwined Development Paths
– Hiren Doshi: Tango of the Dragon and Elephant
– Hiren Doshi: China focusing its energies on innovation
– Chakrapani Ghanta: China: Agriculture Reaping Rich Harvest (English translation)
– Wu Xiaobo The Comparison of China and India with the view of National Innovation System (English translation)

Vexing Urbanisms
– Guo Yukuan: Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (in Chinese) and Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (English translation)
– Amita Bhide: Migration & Slum Dwellers: Some Reflections (English translation)
– Partha Mukhopadhyay: The Promised Land of SEZs

Governance and Democratization
– Guo Yukuan: The importance of independent research for national policy decision-making (in Chinese)
– Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 2 (English translation) .
– Chakrapani Ghanta: Communist China is on Siege of ‘Capital’ (English translation)
– Guo Yukuan: Playing a Red Face to the End (in Chinese)

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Call for Papers – India China Working Paper Series

Call for papers – India China Working Paper Series


The India China Institute welcomes papers from any academic discipline related to its thematic concerns for its India China Working Paper Series. These concerns include but are not confined to India-China comparisons, India-China relations, and the historical and contemporary effects of India and China together in the wider world.  The working paper series is multi-disciplinary in character.

We encourage submissions of unpublished papers reflecting relevant recent work by academic and non-academic researchers anywhere in the world. The aim of the series is to provide a single location for rapid dissemination of research to a global community of scholars and practitioners, with the aim of disseminating ideas, encouraging constructive comment and fostering debate.

Although research topics may be historical or contemporary, and belong to any discipline, as long as they are related to the broad thematic concerns mentioned above, the Institute has a special interest in work on shared contemporary problems in China, India and other major countries (including the United States).   The focal topics of the Institute’s fellowship program in recent years, which include urbanization and globalization, prosperity and inequality, and social innovation for sustainable environments, reflect this interest.

Review and Publication

Papers will be reviewed by one member of our Editorial Advisory Board and may be returned to authors for revision. After suitable revision, papers will be finally accepted or rejected. All papers that pass through the editing process will be published on the India China Working Paper Series website.  Authors will be free to publish subsequent versions of a paper elsewhere. However, the Institute may approach authors with proposals to include working papers in edited volumes or other publications which it may initiate. It may also occasionally hold on-site or on-line discussions or conferences on themes related to submitted working papers. The Institute will make efforts to bring widespread attention to the working paper series.

Submission Requirements

Please follow the step-by-step instructions on how to submit a manuscript by visiting the E-submit page on Editorial Express. Papers should be sent in MSWord format wherever possible to facilitate editing and reformatting.

Authors should consult Working Paper Series Style Guide and include ALL of the following information with submission:

  • A list of subject keywords
  • Author’s contact information, including phone number, fax, and e-mail address. If there is more than one author, a corresponding author should be specified
  • Primary institutional affiliations
  • Title page and complete bibliography
  • Abstract of no more than 100 words

STUDENT TRAVEL/RESEARCH FUNDS 2011 – $3,000 award for travel and research in India or China

The deadline for this program has passed.  Thank you for all your applications and we will get back to you shortly.

Five awards are available for undergraduate or graduate students to support an independent study project, or to defray the cost of attending a New School program in India or China. The field visit has to be taken by the end of Summer 2011. The funds could be used towards expenses such as airfare, local transportation, room and board, and interpreters.


  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline
  • For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credits completed, and for graduate students, a minimum of 9 credits completed by the end of Fall 2010, and planning to enroll in the Fall semester 2011.
  • Has a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Know a New School faculty member who can supervise the project
  • Prior knowledge of India and China is not necessary. MA and PhD students specializing in India and China may apply. However, priority will be given to non-specialists looking to deepen their knowledge of one or both countries.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of academic accomplishments and interests
  3. Statement of purpose (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) describing:

a)       How the funds will expand your knowledge of India and/or China

b)      Your independent research project or The New School summer program

  1. One letter of recommendation from a New School faculty member
  2. A signed New School Faculty Mentor Form
  3. Applications on any topic are eligible, but preference will be given to those addressing this year’s theme “Social Innovations for Sustainable Environments” with particular focus on the social, political, and market barriers to addressing environmental challenges.

Award Requirements

Please refer to full program guidelines. Recipients of ICI travel/research fund are required to make a public presentation of their works in mid-fall 2011. They must also submit a final written report on their project by mid-February 2012.

Deadline Application due October 14, 2010, Interviews November 11th and 12th.

Welcome from the Senior Director of India China Institute

The initiative is designed to unlock the potential of collaboration amongst a growing field of scholars and their work. By building platforms for dialogue between and among these three countries, we empower a new generation to tackle global issues. Through these interactions, participants will learn from each other how their respective countries can build unique and effective solutions for the people of Asia’s economic engine.