President Professor Partha S Ghosh















Partha S. Ghosh is a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, and the Editor of India Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Indian Council of World Affairs.  Formerly, he was Professor of South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, JNU, and the ICCR Chair on Indian Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Still earlier, he was a Visiting Professor at the OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, Research Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Humboldt Fellow at the Heidelberg University, Ford Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.  His academic interests include South Asian politics, ethnicity, majority-minority relations, inter-state migrations, and domestic politics-foreign policy interface.  He has a long list of publications.  His books include Politics of Personal Law in South Asia: Identity, Nationalism and the Uniform Civil Code (New Delhi: Routledge, 2007), Unwanted and Uprooted: A Political Study of Refugees, Migrants, Stateless and Displaced in South Asia (New Delhi: Samskriti, 2004), 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).  Ghosh has published many research papers in eminent professional journals and edited volumes.  He also has a long list of newspaper and magazine articles. Email: /
















Professor Purusottam Bhattacharya

Purusottam Bhattacharya graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta and obtained a B.Sc. (Econ.) with International Relations as special subject from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Subsequently he received his M.Phil and Ph.D. in West European Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  

Currently Professor Bhattacharya is a Professor of International Relations and a former Director, School of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He also served as Reader in International Studies at Pondicherry University between 1988 and 1990 and taught at Burdwan and Vidyasagar Universities in West Bengal. He was a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of International Studies and Law, Coventry University in the UK in January-March 2000. He also visited the UK and Belgium on a research grant from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi during 1986-87. Professor Bhattacharya was a participant Fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Austria in 1995. In November-December 1993 he visited a number of American Universities and Research Institutions, including Harvard and Columbia, as a participant in the International Visitor Programme of the United States Information Agency, Washington.Professor Bhattacharya participated in a round table discussion on the “Foreign Policy of the European Union in the Eyes of its Strategic Partners”organised by the European Studies Unit of the Department of International Relations,London School of Economics and Political Science in London on 30 April-1 May,2012 Author,Editor and Co-editor of ten books Professor Bhattacharya has contributed a large number of research papers and articles to edited volumes and national and international journals. He is also a regular participant in TV and Radio programmes on international affairs.

Secretary Dr Suchandra Ghosh
















Suchandra Ghosh is presently Associate Professor in the department of Ancient Indian History & Culture, University of Calcutta. Her areas of interest are cultural history of the north-western part of the subcontinent, India’s linkage with Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean trade network. She was awarded Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship in England and Nehru Trust UK Travel Award. She also received visiting fellowship in Paris from the Maison des Sciences de l’homme. Received the best paper prize in Ancient India Section of The Indian History Congress, held in Mysore, 2003 and B.B. Chaudhuri prize for Best Paper in Economic and Social History by the Indian history Congress, held in Delhi in 2009.

She had been the Head of her department from 2008-2010. She is associated with institutions like The Asiatic Society and Indian Museum as Member, Historical and Archaeological Committee and Verification Committee respectively. She was also an executive committee member of the Indian History Congress and is an executive committee member of Pashchim Vanga Itihas Sansad.

She was involved in several projects related to Southeast Asia as co-investigator, one of the projects being , ‘India’s Past Cultural Fabrics in Southeast Asia:  A Study of  Dvaravati Civilization of Ancient Siam’, the other is entitled ‘Archaeology and History of central and south Vietnam, 1st-10th c. AD. in relation to its linkage with India’, 

She has published more than fifty articles in various international and national journals like South Asian Studies, BAR International Series, Studies in History and in edited volumes. She is the principal editor of Revisiting Early India: Essays in memory of D.C.Sircar, published by R.N.Bhattacharyya, Kolkata (2013) and had edited Journal of Ancient Indian History, Vol. XXVI and XXVII. Her monograph From the Oxus to the Indus : A Politico-Economic Study (c.3rd century BCE-1st century BCE)  will be published shortly.

Joint Secretary  














Dr Sarvani Gooptu

Sarvani Gooptu is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department in History in Calcutta Girls’ College. Her areas of research are Nationalism and Culture in colonial and post colonial period. Her forthcoming publications include Actresses in public theatre of Calcutta by Primus Books, New Delhi in 2014, Dwijendralal Roy and the rise of nationalism in India by Social Science Press, New Delhi as well as articles in leading journals. Recently an article Nation and the Other has been published in Studies in History. Among other articles on theatre are “The Public Stage of Calcutta and the plays of Rabindranath Tagore: Special focus on performance of actresses”, in Women and Tagore: Recreating the Space in the new Millennium, Abhijeet Publications, New Delhi, 2012 and “Drama Offstage : a Study of the origin of the performance by Actresses in the Bengali theatre (1796-1872)” in Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture Vol 5&6 July 2010-2011. She has two forthcoming articles on leading actresses in theatre like Prova Debi. Besides nationalism and theatre, Sarvani has also worked on minority communities of Kolkata and as part of a Major Research Project conducted by the Jadavpur University she conducted a research on the Bohras of Kolkata which has appeared in a book The Calcutta Mosaic: The Minority Communities of Calcutta,  Eds. N Gupta, H. Banerjee, S.Mukherjee. Anthem Publishers, 2009. She is also interested in biographies and has published articles on Phulrenu Guha, Aswini Kumar Dutta and Ashapurna Debi. She has completed a project on Schooling in the Colonial period (Jewish Girls’ School ) under IDSK. Recently she has extended her interests beyond Bengal and is presently working on India’s links with south east and East Asia. 

Sarvani Gooptu is a Council and Finance Committee member of Netaji Research Bureau.  She is also a practicing musician. Email:

Founder Secretary & Treasurer 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 Director of the Centre for South & South East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta and she is also the Head of the Dept of South & South East Asian Studies.  She founded, organised and has been administrating the Indian Association for Asian & Pacific Studies, a Calcutta based international forum for scholars of Asian & Pacific research interests. 

Professor Ghosh is a distinguished scholar of South East Asian studies in India and her achievement is  to promote India- Thailand and India- Myanmar academic relations.She specializes on South East Asian studies and to be specific on Myanmar and Thai studies. Her major areas of research interest are ethnicity, minority & cultural studies in context of South & Southeast Asia. Her special interest is inter-Asian connectivities. 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, (Manak Publications Pvt. Limited, New Delhi, (co-edited), 2002., 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)  and Eastern Indian Ocean: Historical Links to Contemporary Convergences, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London, 2011) One of her major contribution in case of Thai studies is a book named- Connectivity and Beyond: Indo Thai Relations Through Ages (Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2009 ). 

Professor Ghosh was formerly a Visiting Associate to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1997) Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor to Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris (1999,1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012) Visiting Faculty to the School of Oriental and African Studies, London under British Academy Award (1999) and Ford Asia Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2000). She has also been awarded the Visiting Scholarship to SEAP. Cornell University, USA.  She was also a Charles Wallace Visiting Scholar to SOAS in 2004, Visiting Scholar to the Centre for Women Studies & Gender Relations, University of British Columbia, Canada., 2005, and Visiting Faculty to the Nalanda Srivijya Centre, Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, 2010. She was the first ICCR Chair Professor in Lund University, Sweden in 2010-2011.In 2012, she visited Myanmar as state guest of Ministry of Culture, Republic of Union of Myanmar, Recently she has been awarded the Fulbright Professional and Academic Excellence Fellowship, 2014-15. 

She has participated to several national & international seminars/ workshops in different countries of world like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand. France, USA and Sweden. 

She knows French (Degree from Alliance Francaise, Kolkata), English, Elementary German( Degree from Maxmuller Bhavan), Thai (Degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)  and Assamese languages.


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