Professor Partha S Ghosh












Partha S. Ghosh, Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, was formerly a Professor at JNU, ICSSR National Fellow, Senior Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, ICCR Chair Professor at the Victoria University, Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University, and Ford Scholar at the University of Illinois. He had a long stint as research director at Indian Council of Social Science Research. His recent books are The Politics of Personal Law in South Asia (Routledge, 2018, Second Edition), BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism: Savarkar to Vajpayee to Modi (Manohar, 2017), and Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia (Sage, 2016). Some of his other important titles are: Ethnicity versus Nationalism: The Devolution Discourse in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: Sage, 2003), BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism (New Delhi: Manohar,1999, 2000), Pluralism and Equality: Values in Indian Society and Politics (New Delhi: Sage, 2000, co-edited), Rivalry and Revolution in South and East Asia (London: Ashgate, 1997, edited), Cooperation and Conflict in South Asia (New Delhi: Manohar, 1989, 1995) and Sino-Soviet Relations: US Perceptions and Policy Responses: 1849-1959 (New Delhi: Uppal, 1981). He has contributed chapters to many edited volumes and published extensively in professional journals, magazines, and newspapers. Between 2008 and 2016 he was the editor of India Quarterly (New Delhi: Sage), the flagship journal of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi.


Professor Lipi Ghosh





















Lipi Ghosh is a M.A. and Ph. D in history from the University of Calcutta, India. She is the Professor and Former Dean ( Arts) of University of Calcutta. Presently she is the Director of the Centre for South & South East Asian Studies and Director, Women’s Study Research Centre , University of Calcutta. She founded Indian Association for Asian & Pacific Studies.. Professor Ghosh has many publications to her credit. Her first book is- Burma: Myth of French Intrigue ,Naya Udyog, Kolkata,1994. Other works are - Prostitution in Thailand: Myth and Reality, Munshiram Manoharlal Pvt. Limited, New Delhi, 2002, Religious Minorities in South Asia : Selected Essays on Post- Colonial Situation, 2002 and. Ethnicity, Nations, Minorities : The South Asian Scenario, Manak Publications Pvt. Ltd , New Delhi (co-edited) 2003, Indian Diaspora in the Asian & Pacific Regions, Rawat Publications, New Delhi, 2004, Women Across Asia : Issues of Identity,Gyan Publishers, New Delhi, 2005, Political Governance and Minority Rights: South & Southeast Asian Scenario, Routledge, New Delhi, London, 2009, Connectivity and Beyond: Indo Thai Relations Through Ages ,Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2009. Eastern Indian Ocean: Historical Links to Contemporary Convergences, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London, 2011, India- Myanmar Relations: Historical Links to Contemporary Convergences,Paragon International, New Delhi,2015, ,Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place and Space in Asia,Primus India, New Delhi, 2016,Rabindranath Tagore in South East Asia: Culture, Connectivity & Bridge Making, Primus India, New Delhi, 2016,India- Thailand Cultural Relations. Springer Nature, Singapore, Southern Silk Route: Historical Links and Contemporary Convergences, Manohar, New Delhi.2019 Professor Ghosh was formerly a Visiting Associate to IIAS,, Shimla, Visiting Faculty , Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, Visiting Professor, SOAS, London under British Academy Award, Ford Asia Fellow to Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, She was also a Charles Wallace Visiting Scholar , Visiting Scholar to University of British Columbia, Canada, Visiting Faculty to ISEAS, Singapore, She was the first ICCR Chair Professor in Lund University, Sweden and recipient of Nehru Fulbright Professional and Academic Excellence Fellowship, . She knows French, Thai and Assamese languages. Email:


Dr Sarvani Gooptu













Dr. Sarvani Gooptu is Professor of Asian Literary and Cultural Studies in Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata. Previously she worked for 20 years in the Department of History, Calcutta Girls’ College, Kolkata. Her main areas of research are Nationalism and Culture in colonial and post-colonial period. Among her publications are-The Actress in the Public Theatres of Calcutta (Primus Books, New Delhi, 2015), The Music of Nationhood: Dwijendralal Roy of Bengal (Primus Books, New Delhi, 2018), and a co-edited volume with Ishita Banerjee- Dube On Modern Indian Sensibilities: Culture, Politics, History, (Routledge, London, 2018).Besides publications on minority communities of Calcutta she has also worked on biographical essays. She has presented papers on Asia as represented in the journals and literature of Bengal, Women’s Travel Narratives and Asian Buddhist pilgrimage in the past and present, Gandhi and Bengal and Gandhian Philosophy and the Asian dimension in national and international conferences and contributed papers in edited volumes and journals of repute. She has recently completed a State Government funded major research on Showcasing Asia at the Imperial exhibitions in London in late 19th century. At present she is working on two books, Knowing Asia: being Asian: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Bengali periodicals (1870-1940) and Women’s travel narratives. Sarvani Gooptu is actively engaged with the Netaji Research Bureau as its Council Member and is the Secretary of the Executive Council of the Indian Association for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Joint Secretary

Dr Nandini Bhattacharya













Nandini Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Calcutta Girls’ College, Kolkata. She received her MA (1993) and Ph. D (2003) degrees from the Department of History of Jadavpur University. She is the author of the book, Dueling Isms: Soviet and Regional Identity in Central Asia, Shipra Publications, Delhi, 2007. Her second book on Bengal Partition experience , titled , East Bengal: A Lost Land of Immortal Memories' , was published from Gangchil, Kolkata, in 2017. She has quite a few articles to her credit in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes of good repute. She has entries into two major series of encyclopedias of international standard. She has presented papers in many national and international seminars and conferences on Soviet and Post Soviet Tajikistan, its society, culture and identity. She has travelled widely in connection with her research and academic presentations to Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Czech Republic . She has successfully completed two minor research projects under UGC and one in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. Presently , she is undergoing a project with research grant from ICHR titled, " A Reappraisal of India's Historic Link with Tajik-Uzbek Cultural Heritage : A Shared Past Revisited Through Relics and Artifacts" .She is a member of Indian Association for Asian and Pacific Studies , Kolkata , ever since its inception . She is also a life member of Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad and Institute of Historical Studies.


Dr. Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury







Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with the Neighbourhood Initiative of Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata. She is the coordinator of the research project “Proximity to Connectivity.” She specialises in South Asia, refugees, forced migration, and women in conflict zones. She is the recipient of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust Senior Media Fellowship (2007) and the Kodikara Award from the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo (1998–99). Anasua was also ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellow (2004–06) at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (New Delhi) and Visiting Fellow at The Maison des Sciences de I’Homme (Paris). Her recent publications include “India–Myanmar Borderlands: Ethnicity, Security and Connectivity” (co-edited), 2020; “Connecting Nations: India and Southeast Asia” (co-edited), 2019; “State of Being Stateless” (co-edited), 2015; “Women in Indian Borderlands” (co-edited), 2011.

Regional Secretary (Telangana)

Dr Suchandra Ghosh











Suchandra Ghosh is presently Professor in the department of Ancient Indian History & Culture, University of Calcutta with specialization in Epigraphy and Numismatics. She broadly takes interest in Politico-Cultural History of North-West India, Early India’s linkages with Early Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean Buddhist and Trade Network. She is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship, Nehru Trust UK Travel Award, ENITAS Scholarship, Chulalongkarn University, Bangkok, Lowick Memorial Grant, Royal Numismatic Society, London. She also received visiting Professorship in Paris in the Indo-French Exchange programme and recently (2018) in Director de Etudes Associe programme from the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme, Paris. She acted as Sectional President, Ancient India section for the 80th session of Indian History Congress (2019) and Paschim Vanga Itihas Sansad (2019) and Punjab History Congress(2020) She has published more than sixty essays in national and international journals and edited volumes. She also edited two issues of the Journal of Ancient Indian History. Her recent books are From the Oxus to the Indus: A Political and Cultural Study (300BCE-100BCE)(2017), a short monograph entitled Exploring Connectivity: South Eastern Bengal and Beyond(2014). She is one of the editors of Inscriptions and Agrarian Issues in Indian History, Essays in Memory of D.C.Sircar (2017), Subversive Sovereigns Across the Seas, Indian Ocean Ports –of-Trade From Early Historic Times to Late Colonialism (2017), Early Indian History and Beyond: Essays in honour of B.D.Chattopadhyaya (2019), Cross Cultural Networking in the Eastern Indian Ocean Realm,C.100-1800 CE(2019). She is the Area Editor, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa, Wiley Blackwell.

Regional Secretary (Assam)

Professor Chandan Sharma

Chandan Kumar Sharma isProfessor of Sociology at Tezpur University. He did his B.A. from Cotton College, Guwahati and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi. His research areas include development, environment, urbanization, migration and identity politics with special reference to northeast India and he has published his works in various journals and edited volumes. He also is a regular commentator on various socio-political issues pertaining to Assam and northeastern region of India in popular media. He has been a member of many important government bodies and academic institutions. He was a Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow to Queen’s University, Belfast in 2008. He has also been a visiting fellow to several Indian Universities including Delhi School of Economics and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently, he is the editor of Explorations, the e–journal of the Indian Sociological Society. He is the editor (with Reshmi Banerjee) of the forthcoming book Fixed Borders, Fluid Boundaries: Identity, Mobility and Resources in Northeast India (Routledge, 2020)


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