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Researchers

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Research Topic: Resources and Infrastructure in the Northeast & India’s Look East and Act East Policy

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Ranabir Samaddar is the Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies of the Calcutta Research Group, and belongs to the school of critical thinking. He has pioneered along with others peace studies programmes in South Asia. He has worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the context of conflicts in South Asia. The much-acclaimed The Politics of Dialogue (Ashgate, 2004) was the culmination of his work on justice, rights, and peace. His particular researches have been on migration and refugee studies, the theory and practices of dialogue, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, and new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control. He authored a three-volume study of Indian nationalism, (Whose Asia Is It Anyway – nation and The Region in South Asia, 1996, The Marginal Nation – Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal, 1999, and A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997, 2001). His recent political writings published in the form of a 2 volume account, The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007), and the just published The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009) have challenged some of the prevailing accounts of the birth of nationalism and the nation state, and have signalled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking. Email : ranabir@mcrg.ac.in
 
Snehasish Mitra He is a Research Assistant in Calcutta Research Group (CRG). He completed his masters in the discipline of 'Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development' from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, Assam (India). His masters dissertation focussed on the issues surrounding the settlements on the hills of Guwahati, mainly through legal and environmental paradigms. He has worked as a Research Assistant in a project supported by Stockholm University (Sweden) which aimed to understand the phenomenon of labour migration from Northeast India to other parts of India and into the wider global network. His reserach interests are - migration, urban studies, environmental justice and political ecology. In 2016 he worked on India's Look East Policy with specific focus on Northeast India which resulted in a co-authored publication with Ranabir Samaddar titled 'Bridge of Spaces: East by Northeast, Ah! The Northeast'. (Policy and Practices, 76) Email: snehashish@mcrg.ac.in
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Research Topic: Bangladesh: The Key to India’s Look East

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  Subir Bhaumik, former BBC's bureau chief (East-Northeast India) , is now senior editor with Dhaka-based bdnews24.com and consultant editor with Myanmar’s Mizzima News.  He has worked for Reuters and Time magazine, Press Trust of India and Ananda Bazar group. He has been a Queen Elizabeth House fellow at Oxford University(1989-90) , a fellow at East-West Center , Washington ( 2004) and Eurasian-Nets fellow at Frankfurt University (2009). He is the author of Insurgent Crossfire: Northeast India and Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s Northeast and has edited Living on the Edge and Counter-Gaze: Media,Migrants, Minorities.  He writes regular columns on regional issues and defence and security for leading Indian dailies like Telegraph, Times of India, the Hindu and Economic Times and does special features for BBC and Al Jazeera Online. He is closely associated with the Track 2  Kolkata-Kunming (K2K) process involving Indian and Chinese border states  and is a member of the Calcutta Research Group.
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sbhaum@gmail.com
 
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Research Topic: Interrogating Migration in India’s Northeast

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Samir K. Purkayastha is an independent writer and journalist based in Kolkata. He has worked in various capacities in The Telegraph, The Asian Age, The Sentinel, The Seven Sisters Post, The Nagaland Page and the Nagaland Observers. He has written several scholarly articles in journals and books. Some of his publications include UID’s Augean Task? Assam and the Illegal Migrants and The Consequences of Long Term Conflicts in Northeast India: Impact on Assam. Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.
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samirpurkayastha@gmail.com

Sucharita Sengupta is associated with Calcutta Research Group (CRG). Her research interests pertain to Forced Migration and Border studies in the context of Asia. After masters’ in Political Science from the University of Calcutta, she joined the Calcutta Research Group as a Research Assistant working on ‘West Bengal-Bangladesh Borderland: Humanitarian issues’. Under this, she wrote a paper on women trafficked from Bangladesh incarcerated in jails of West Bengal, India. This was presented at a workshop “Interrogating Forced Migration” in March 2015 and published as “Bordered Lives: Women from Bangladesh behind bars in India”, La Frontera 35 (2). Her recent research in CRG focused on the Rohingya refugees as part of the perilous irregular maritime migrants to the shores of South East Asian nations like Thailand and Malaysia. In this work she tried to trace the history and context of such maritime drives, reasons that allure them to take to the sea, and also the recent media attention to the phenomenon generating mass awareness of the issue internationally, especially in Bangladesh, and to some extent, India. The recent focus on the plight of the boatpeople on the high seas therefore, shows the need of a comprehensive research and continuous advocacy to keep the issue relevant. Currently she is working on patterns of migration in Northeast India in wake of the Look East policy of the Indian government, whether population mobility is impacted upon by the developmental trajectory of the government in the region and issues of out migration from Northeast to the rest of India. In 2016 she co-authored two research papers on Migration in the Northeast and Refugee Movement in West Bengal during the decade of 50s. Both these papers were published in the Policies and Practices Series of the Calcutta Research Group (77 and 80). Email: sucharita@mcrg.ac.in

 
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Research Topic: Kolkata as a Logistical Hub with Special Reference to the Kolkata Port

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Iman Mitra is presently a Research and Programme Associate at Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group. He has registered with Jadavpur University as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow for his PhD in 2009 and submitted his thesis for examination in 2013. His PhD dissertation explores the history of dissemination of economic knowledge in colonial Bengal through various pedagogical and institutional networks. His research interests include modes of popularization of the discipline of economics in colonial and post-colonial India and the appropriation of and negotiations with disciplinary knowledge at the level of practical application. At MCRG, He is involved in a project on the interconnectedness between rural to urban migration, urbanization,and social justice in post-liberalization India. He has also contributed in many Bengali and English dailies on issues of political and social import. Email: imanmitra@gmail.com
 
Mithilesh Kumar
is a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University, Australia. His dissertation tries to understand the evolution of new forms of governance, sovereignty and labour processes and politics in the context of infrastructure. He studied Delhi airport for his thesis. He has earlier worked on logistics of migration, disaster management and governance in Bihar. His interest is in the issues of logistics, migration and labour and politics. He is now currently working on the dialogic relationship between the nature, evolution and innovation of the Indian state with social and political movements in India. He is the author of "Governing Flood, Migration and Conflict in North Bihar." Government of Peace Social Governance, Security and the Problematic of Peace. Ed. Ranabir Samaddar. London: Ashgate, 2015 and “Statistics , Public-Private Partnership and the Emergence of a New Subject.” Accumulation in Postcolonial Capitalism, Ed. Ranabir Samaddar, Samita Sen, and Iman Kumar Mitra, Singapore: Springer, Forthcoming.
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kmithilesh@hotmail.com
 
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Research Topic: Being Connected Logistic Visions to the East and West of India

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  Anita Sengupta is currently Senior Researcher at the Calcutta Research Group. She is an area studies specialist and her work has been focused on the Eurasian region with Uzbekistan being her area of special interest. She has also worked extensively on Turkish politics. She has collaborated with scholars in a number of Universities and Institutes in Tashkent, Bishkek, Almaty, Ankara, Istanbul, Berlin, Washington and been invited to participate in events organized in the region. She was part of the Stockholm International Programme for Central Asian Studies, SIPCAS and is currently associated with the Nordic Network for Research on Migration, Identity, Communication and Security. She is a member of the editorial board of journals published in Turkey and Kazakhstan and peer reviews articles for a number of international journals. Her book Heartlands of Eurasia: The geopolitics of political space published in 2009 ((Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Oxford: Lexington Books) was selected by the Oxford Bibliographies Online in 2011 as a must read on the section Geopolitics and Geo-strategy. She is also the author of Russia, China and Multilateralism in Central Asia, (New Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2005); The Formation of the Uzbek Nation-State: A Study in Transition, (Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Oxford: Lexington Books, 2003) and Frontiers into Borders: The Transformation of Identities in Central Asia, (Delhi and London: Hope India Publications and Greenwich Millennium Press Ltd, 2002). She has also edited a number of volumes on Eurasian politics. She is a governing body member of a Track II organization, India Central Asia Foundation, and has travelled to the region with this team. She is the author of Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Exploring Developmental Alternatives (New Delhi, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer 2014). Her most recent publication is Symbols and the Image of the State in Eurasia, published by Springer in 2016. Her research on Connectivity in Asia has been published in the Policies and Practices series of Calcutta Research Group (79) in 2016. Email: anitasengupta@hotmail.com  
       

Experts

1. Sanjay Barbora is currently working as an Associate Professor at TISS’ Guwahati campus. Research interests include agrarian change, resource conflicts, media studies and human rights. Having worked as a human rights activist on issues pertaining to militarization of Northeast India, I managed an advocacy and research based media initiative on peace building in South Asia from 2005 to 2011. Other than my stated academic interests, I continue to be energized by my involvement in community media and radio journalism, as well as the democratization of public spheres. Email: xonzoi.barbora@gmail.com

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2. Atig Ghosh is Assistant Professor of History, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. He has taught history on a part time basis at the West Bengal State University (Barasat). Having studied history at the Presidency College and Jawaharlal Nehru University, he received his doctoral degree from El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City. His doctoral research was lodged around conjoint concerns of political economy and cultural anthropology in the context of small town (mofussil) Bengal in the nineteenth century. He has researched statelessness and its socio-ontological textures and tangles in the intractable fastness of the Indo-Bangladesh enclaves. Email: atigghosh@gmail.com

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3. Meghna Guhathakurta is executive director of Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB), a research support organization based in Dhaka, which specializes in action research with marginalized communities. From 1984 to 2007, she taught International Relations at the University of Dhaka. Her field of specialization has broadly been international development, gender relations, and South Asian politics. She is widely published on these issues. She serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social Studies published from the Centre for Social Studies in Dhaka. She is advisor to the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission, an advocacy watchdog, and has been project coordinator of RIB’s project in the official Rohingya camps as implementing partner of UNHCR from 2011-2014 Guhathakurta graduated from the University of Dhaka and received her Ph.D. Politics from the University of York, United Kingdom.
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meghna.guhathakurta@gmail.com

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4. Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay is Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Mohali. He has been Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer, State and Democracy Research Group, Centre for Modern India Studies, University of Gottingen (October, 2012-July, 2013) Postdoctoral Associate, Urban Research and Policy Programme, NIAS, Bangalore (November, 2010-September, 2012). He did his PhD in History (Jadavpur University/ Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India, and partly at Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) He has a post doctoral Fellowship at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. 2009 – 2010: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral-and-Professional-Research-Fellowship, housed by University of California, Berkeley, USA. 2006 – 2009: Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship Fund Doctoral Fellowship, housed by the Department of History, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. 2008: SYLFF-FMP Doctoral Visiting Fellowship, housed by El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. He is the author of The Rule of the Street: Institutions and Informality in Calcutta in the Long Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, (Under Contract). Email: ritajyoti@gmail.com

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5. Binoda Kumar Mishra is director of Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development (CSIRD). The Centre is a non-profit organisation involved in research in International Relations and Development issues. His personal research area is security studies that include the emerging traditional and non-traditional security scenarios in South and Southeast Asia, regionalism, and Indian Foreign Policy. He is also interested in “Diaspora” studies. He completed my Ph.D. in Disarmament and Strategic Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. The title of the PhD Thesis is “Evolution and Working of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).” The title of the M.Phil Dissertation is “Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Survey of Proposals and their Prospects.” Taught graduate students at Panchakot Mahavidyalaya, Burdwan University, West Bengal, from May 2003 – December 2005 as a regular faculty. He has presented papers on, India’s Foreign Policy, Nuclear Politics, Regional Institutional Arrangements in various national and international seminars. Email: bkmishra27@gmail.com

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6. Debarati Bagchi is a Transnational Research Group (Max Weber Foundation) Postdoctoral Fellow based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her postdoctoral research studies the print and proliferation of SylhetNagri script in colonial Sylhet-Cachar region. She completed her doctoral dissertation from the University of Delhi and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta in 2015. Her doctoral work was on Many Spaces of Sylhet: Making of a “Regional Identity”, 1870s-1940s.Debarati completed her B.A. and M.A. in History from Jadavpur University. In 2014, she had been associated with the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group as Research Associate and has contributed to the project on ‘Cities, Rural Migrants and Urban Poor’. Debarati had also been associated with the British Library Endangered Archives Programme funded project on the archiving of SylhetNagri texts at the School of Cultural texts and Records, Jadavpur University, during 2005-07.
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bagchidebarati@gmail.com

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7. Anandaroop Sen has completed his PhD Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (August 2016). He has worked at CHS with Professor Neeladri Bhattacharya. At present he teach as a guest lecturer in the Sociology department at Presidency University, Kolkata (from January 2016).His thesis titled ‘Tales of Territoriality, Practices of Region Making: North Eastern Frontier of Colonial India c.1761-1895’ looks at production of ‘frontiers’ under a sign of ‘other spaces’. In the dissertation he look at how this region has been historically produced as a violent and other space. Introduced by colonialism, persistent in post independent India, this idea of another space has been entrenched through ‘exceptional’ legislations. The thesis maps these processes. At a conceptual level it probes the relationship between violence, law and exceptional spaces. His particular expertise concerns the sub-regions of British Tippera (Tripura State) and the Lushai (Mizoram state), Chittagong Hill Tracts ( Bangladesh), Rakhine or Arakan region (Myanmar) Chin Hills (Myanmar) all of which have long been neglected in the mainstream histories of South Asia. His areas of interest are as follows: Emergency Laws, Law and Society, Histories of Capital, Historical Anthropology, Analytics of the Primitive, Bio-politics, Histories and Theories of Frontier, Violence and Law.
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anandaroopsen@gmail.com

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8. Gurudas Das  is currently Professor at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar, Assam. Earlier, he had worked in  North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, as a Reader in Economics;  AmiyaKumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati, as a Research Fellow; and St Anthony’s College, Shillong, as a Lecturer in Economics . He graduated from ABN Seal College, Coochbehar and later did his Masters and Ph D from the University of North Bengal, Siliguri, West Bengal. For last 25 years, he has been working and writing on the society, economy and polity of India’s Northeast. He has pioneered studies on border trade and advocated to use cross-border trade and sub-regional cooperation as strategies for the development of the bordering regions in North East India. His book on Security and Development in India’s Northeast (OUP, 2012) and co-authored and co-edited volume on Look East to Act East: Implications for India’s Northeast (Routledge, 2016) have received wide acclamation. He is widely published and traveled in and outside the country. Besides teaching and social research, he also provides consultancy services to a number of research and business organizations in the country. He has been nominated, as a member, to different academic and research bodies in and outside the region.  He is the founder of Society for North East Development Studies (SNEDS) and editor of The Social Scanner. He is currently working on a compilation on BCIM: Interplay of Geo-politics and Geo-economics.
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gurudas_das@yahoo.co.in

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9. Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He specializes in the theory and practices of geopolitics; with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean Region. His current area of research is geopolitics of climate change. He is recipient of several visiting professorships and fellowships abroad including Curtin University, Australia; University of Wurzburg, Germany; India-China Institute, The New School, USA; The University of Adelaide, Australia; University of Cambridge, England; University of Durham, UK; Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-YusofIshak Institute, Singapore (2010-2012), Columbia University Institute for Scholars, Paris; Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; and Henry L. Stimson Centre, Washington D.C., USA. Chaturvedi is the founding Vice-Chairman of Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG), which has Observer Status under the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). He has also been a member of the Steering Committee of International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Political Geography (2004-2012) and the Co-Chair of Research Committee 15 (RC 15) on Political and Cultural Geography of International Political Science Association (IPSA): 2006-2012. Chief Editor of Panjab University Research Journal (Social Sciences), Chaturvedi, he is the co-editor of Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Routledge) and the Regional Editor of The Polar Journal (Routledge). He also serves on the international editorial/advisory board of Geopolitics (Routledge), Co-operation and Conflict (Sage), Journal of Global Faultlines (Pluto) and The Journal of Borderland Studies (Routledge).Chaturvedi’s most recent co-authored books are: Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and Climate Change and the Bay of Bengal: Emerging Geographies of Hope and Fear (Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore). His forthcoming books include co-authored: Rise and Return of Indo-Pacific (Oxford University Press, 2017) and co-edited: Environmental Sustainability from the Himalaya to the Oceans:  Struggles and Innovations in China and India (Springer, October 2016). He has also been a Visiting Speaker at the National Defence College and Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi. He has visited 46 countries in connection with various academic assignments. Email: csgiorg@gmail.com

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10. Pradip Phanjoubam is the founder editor of Imphal Free Press, Imphal. He is the author of two books. The Northeast Question: Conflicts and frontiers (Routledge India, January 2016) which delves into the meta narratives of geography and geopolitics which determined the politics and psychology of India’s Northeast region and Shadow & Light: A Kaleidoscope of Manipur (Hachette India, November 2016) which is a portrait of Manipur, its trials and tribulations, successes and failures. This work was commissioned by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, INTACH. Phanjoubam has worked for a number of dailies before deciding to start the Imphal Free Press in 1996. He began his career with the Times of India, New Delhi after completing a 9-month diploma course in journalism from the Times Research Foundation for Social Journalism in 1986; He left the TOI in 1989 to join Business and Political Observer, New Delhi; In 1990 he left the BPO to start an independent features agency based in Guwahati called “Orient Features”; he wound up the agency after four years to returned to his hometown, Imphal and join The Telegraph, Kolkata as its Imphal correspondent. He still writes opinion pieces for a number of publications, including Economic and Political Weekly, The Hindu, Indian Express, The Times of India, Economic Times, The Asian Age, besides several web journals, on request. In 1994-1995 he received the KK Birla Foundation Fellowship to write a monograph on “Sub-nationalism in the Northeast”. During 2012-2024, he was resident fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His research work during the IIAS fellowship resulted in his first mentioned book. He has also contributed chapters for several edited essay anthologies, including in Sanjib Baruah edited Beyond Counterinsurgency: The impasse in Northeast India(OUP 2009), and Geeti Sen edited Where the Sun Rises when Shadows Fall: The Northeast(OUP 2005). E-mail:phanjoubam@gmail.com

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11. Monirul Hussain obtained his graduation from Cotton College, Guwahati and MA from AMU, Aligarh. He did his M.Phil and doctoral research at the School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the post doctoral research at the University of Oxford. He was recipient of Commonwealth Fellowship in 1999 and South Asia Regional Fellowship (Senior) from the Social Science Research Council (New York) in 2004. He has written extensively on the society and politics in North East India. His book The Assam Movement: Class, Ideology and Identity (1993) is regarded as an indispensable source for understanding Assam’s colonial and postcolonial society and politics. He co-edited two volumes on Religious Minorities in South Asia: Selected Essays on Postcolonial Situation (2001). His latest edited volume is entitled Coming Out of Violence: Essays on Ethnicity, Conflict Resolution and Peace Process in North East India (2005). His book Interrogating Development :State, Displacement and Popular Resistance in North East India was published by Sage Publications (2007). Prof. Hussain has been a Visiting Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. At present he is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University. Currently he is engaged in a research project on human security in South Asia. E-mail: monirulhussain@hotmail.com

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12. Vijaylakshmi Brara is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Manipur Studies, Manipur University. She is a sociologist by training. Her special field of interest is Developmental Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies. The Northeast region has been her main area of study for the last 20 years, which includes her Doctoral research work.  She has been working with the rural populace on issues of development, gender and local self-governance. Her book Politics, Society and Cosmology in India’s North – East, was published by Oxford   University Press in 1998. E-mail: vbrara11@gmail.com Comments
13. Lipi Ghosh is a Professor and Former Director of the Centre for South and South East Asian Studies of University of Calcutta. She is a former Nehru-Fulbright Academic & Professional Excellence Fellow, Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow under British Academy Award, Ford Asia Fellow and First ICCR Chair to Lund University. She has 16 books at her credit. She has expertise on Myanmar and Thailand and her special qualification is that she knows Thai language. E-mail: lipighosh@gmail.com

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