Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Prof. Tulsiram
Prof. Tulsiram, the former Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies is currently Director of the UGC Area Study Programme on Russia and Central Asia in the School of International Studies, JNU. Prof. Tulsiram a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies at Moscow and St. Petersburg, is a prominent critic on Indian Literature and Buddhism. He has Master’s in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh. He has also Master’s in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and holds a Ph.D degree in Soviet Studies from the same school.
Prof. Tulsiram’s expertises are on World Communist Movements, International Buddhism and, Society and Politics in Transcaucasia.

Published Books

  • (Forthcoming), Murdhiya, Part II, Rajkamal: New Delhi.
  • (2010), Murdhiya, Rajkamal: New Delhi.
  • (2003), Ideology in Soviet-Iran Relations (Lenin to Stalin), Institute for Media Communication Publication: New Delhi.
  • (1985), Persia to Iran: One Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, Mahajan Publishing House: New Delhi.
  • (1981), The History of Communist Movement in Iran, Grafix: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • (1978), CIA: American Weapon of Political Destruction, People Publisher: New Delhi [in Hindi].
  • (1976), The Liberation of Angola, People Publishing House: New Delhi [in Hindi].


Prof. Ajay Kumar Patnaik
Prof. Ajay Kumar Patnaik, former Director of the UGC Area Study Programme on Russia and Central Asia is currently Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asia Studies in School of International Studies. A Ph.D from School of International Studies, JNU, Prof. Patnaik was a Visiting Scholar in the faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK, (1992-93), ICSSR Exchange Scholar at the Institute of Ethnography, Moscow (1999) and Visiting Solanki Professor and Scholar at Yadunandan Centre for Indian Studies, California State University, United States (2006). He is also the Executive Editor of the journal Contemporary Central Asia.
Prof. Patnaik’s expertises are on the issues of Nationality, Ethnicity, Gender Security, Stability and Security in the Central Asia/ Eurasia, Caucasia and Caspian Sea Region.
Prof. Patnaik, the author of three books and a research monograph, has contributed many articles and research papers in referred journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Frontiers of SociologySecurity and SocietyTurkic Civilization Studies, Contemporary Central AsiaDialogue and World Focus. Some of his publications include:

Books Authored

  • (2003), Nations, Minorities and States in Post-Soviet Central Asia, Anamika Publishers: New Delhi.
  • (1996), Central Asia between Modernity and Tradition, Konark Publishers: New Delhi.
  • (1989), Perestroika and Women Labour Force in Soviet Central Asia, New Literature: New Delhi.


 Prof. Anuradha M. Chenoy
Prof. Anuradha M. Chenoy is former Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies and Director of UGC Area Studies Programme of Russian and Central Asian Studies. A Ph.D from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. Chenoy, was the recipient of the ICSSR fellowship and Fulbright fellowship for her M.Phil work in University of Columbia, New York. She joined the School of International Studies in 1979 and since then has held several other positions in University, like Chairperson of the Gender and Sexual Harassment Committee, Member of the Academic Council, etc.  She also has been on the governing bodies of several institutions in New Delhi. Prof. Chenoy gives regular lectures at several national institutions like Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi; Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi; National Defense College, New Delhi; Naval War College, Mumbai; Institute of Defence and Strategic Analysis, New Delhi; United Nations Centre for Peacekeeping; New Delhi.

Books Authored

  • (2002), Militarism and Women in South Asia, Kali Books: New Delhi.
  • (2001), Making of New Russia, Har-Anand Publishers: New Delhi.
  • (1998), The Russian Transition to Capitalism, People’s Publishing House: New Delhi.


Prof. Arun Mohanty
Prof. Arun Kumar Mohanty, has Ph.D degree from USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Prior to his appointment in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. Mohanty has taught at Moscow State University, Moscow City Pedagogical University and Moscow Institute of Management, Moscow. He has worked in Russian media – Moscow Radio World Service, for seven years in various positions. He was Moscow correspondent of India Abroad News Service for several years.

Books Authored

  • (2010), Old India: Voyage Beyond Three Seas, (trans.), Har-Anand Publications: New Delhi.
  • (2004), India-Russia: Trade and Economic Relations, Ikar Publishers: Moscow.
  • (2003), India-Russia: Dialogue of Civilizations, Ikar Publishers: Moscow.
  • (2003), Genesis of Russia’s Market Reforms, Slovo Publishers: Moscow.
  • (2002), India-Russia: Strategic Partners, Ikar Publishers: Moscow.
  • (2001), Indo-Russian Relations: From Yeltsin to Putin, Ikar Publishers: Moscow.
  • (1999), Russia in Agony, Mahavir Publishers: Bhubaneswar, Orissa


Dr. Rajan Kumar
Dr. Rajan Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the centre. He has done his B.A. Honours in History from Ramjas College, Delhi University and Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Kumar has done six courses on research methods and international conflicts from University of Kentucky, USA. He has also taught two courses on American Politics and Culture and Politics in University of Kentucky as a teaching assistant (TA). His publications include:

Books Authored

  • (2006), Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of Chechnya, Hope India Publishers: Delhi.
  • Research Papers in Journals
  • (2008), “Putin’s Legacy and the State of Democracy in Russia”, International Studies, Sage Publications, New Delhi.
  • (2001), “India–Russia Relations: Imperatives for Strategic Partnership in the International Power Structure”, Journal of Peace Studies, New Delhi.
  • (2001), Chechnya: Obstacles to Peace and Conflict Resolution”, Journal of Peace Studies, May-June, New Delhi.


Dr. Rohan D’Souza
Dr. Rohan D’Souza is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy. He was awarded his PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is the author of Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood control in Eastern India (1803-1946), Oxford University Press, 2006. His edited books include The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and subversive essays (Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad, 2012). His interests and research publications cover themes in environmental history, conservation, ecological politics, sustainable development and modern technology.


Dr. Milap Chand  Sharma
Dr. Milap Chand  Sharma is an Associate Professor in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, JNU. His areas of interest/specialization include Glacial Geomorphology, Temporal Glacial Fluctuations, Palaeoclimatic Reconstruction, Glacial Chronology, Mass Movements and Earthquakes in the Himalayas.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Landscape Modification and Geomorphological Consequences of the October 1991 Earthquake and the July-August 1992 Monsoon in the Garhwal Himalaya. Lewis A. Owen, Milap C. Sharma and Richard Bigwood; Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 103, pp 359-372 (1995).
  • “Quaternary Glacial History of NW Garhwal, Central Himalayas”. Milap C. Sharma and Lewis A. Owen; Quaternary Science Reviews, 15, pp 335-365 (1996).
  • Rates and Magnitude of Paraglacial Fan formation in the Garhwal Himalaya: Implication for Landscape Evolution. Lewis A. Owen and Milap C. Sharma; Geomorphology, 26/1-3, pp 171-184 (1998).
  • Cosmogenic Radio Nuclide Dating of Glacial Landforms in the Lahul Himalaya, Northern India: Defining Timing of Late Qauternary Glaciation. Lewis A. Owen, L. Gultieri, R.C. Finkel, M.W. Caffee, D.I.Benn and Milap C. Sharma; Journal of Quaternary Science, 16, pp 555-563 (2001).
  • Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide Surface Exposure Dating of the Glacial Successions in the Himalayan Orogen: Ladakh Range, Northern India. Lewis A Owen, MW Caffee MW, KR Bovard KR, RC Finkel and Milap C. Sharma; Geological Survey of America Bulletin, 118, pp 383-392 (2006).


Dr. Meenakshi  Sundriyal
Dr. Meenakshi  Sundriyal is Assistant Professor in the Centre of Spanish,Portuguese, Italian & Latin American Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU.


Prof. Subodh Narayan Malakar
Prof. Malakar holds Master’s degree in Politics (with specialization in International Relations) and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in International Studies. His research areas are: social conflict in Africa, Agrarian Transformation in Africa, Social Change and Democracy in Africa. His published books include; Agrarian Transformation and Political Dynamics in Ethiopia (Academic Excellence Publication, 2006), India’s Energy Security and the Gulf (Academic Excellence Publisher, 2006) and The second coming: US war on Iraq 2003: An Indian perspective (Academic Excellence Publisher, 2004).


Prof. Arjun Dev
Prof. Arjun Dev is a historian and former faculty member of NCERT,
Arjun Dev and Amit K. Gupta (Eds.), Towards Freedom 1941, Part I, ICHR Publication, Oxford University Press, 2009


Prof. R.C. Thakran
Prof. R.C. Thakran is Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi
Specialisation: Prehistoric Archaeology, Protohistoric Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Settlement Archaeology, Archaeo-botany, Archaeo-zoology, Archaeo-hydrology, Soil Morphology, Subsistence Archaeology, Climatology, Remote Sensing and Archaeology


  • Thakran, R C. 2002. Kya Harappa Sabhyata Saraswat Thi. New Delhi: Joshi-Adhikari Institute.
  • Thakran, R C. 2000. Dynamics of Settlement Archaeology, (Haryana). New Delhi: Gyan Publishing.
  • Thakran, R C. 2010. Progress Report of Excavations. Indian Archaeology-A Review (Accepted for Publication).
  • Thakran, R C. 2010. Manheru Excavations (2009) and other Explorations in its Environs. Aitihya- Journal of Ancient History Culture and Archaeology. 1: 129-159.
  • Thakran, R C. 2010. Excavations at Harappan Site of Badali (2008-09). Puratattva. 39: 165-171.


Prof. S. K. Chaube
Dr. S. K. Chube is Professor (Retd.), Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.
Specialisation: Indian Political System, North-East, The Himalayas


  • S.K. Chaube, Constituent Assembly of India: Springboard of Revolution, PPH, New Delhi. 1973, reprinted, Manohar, Delhi, 2000.
  • The Himalayas: Profiles of Modernisation and Adaptation. Edited by S.K. Chaube. New Delhi: Sterling, 1985.
  • S. K. Chaube, Hill Politics in Northeast India, Orient Blackswan, 2012


Dr. Jaya Mehta
Dr. Jaya Mehta is a senior economist who has been working full time in Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies since 2009. She was the principal coordinator for the study of marginal farmers across eight states in India. She has been a senior fellow at the Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Before that she worked as a Reader in Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. Dr. Jaya Mehta is a founder member of Alternative Economic Survey Group and has been contributing regularly to its annual numbers. She has written a number of articles on poverty measurements, agrarian relations, women’s issues and the working of socialist economies. Some of her important articles are:

  • ‘The Right to Food’, Paper presented at National Confernce of National Federation of Indian Women, published in Revolutionary Democracy in the issue of April-September, 2012.
  • ‘Mankind did fly’, Paper presented at 35th Indian Social Science Congress at Alagappa University, Karaikkudi, Tamilnadu, 2006.
  • Changing Agrarian Structure in Indian Economy, Alternative Economic Survey,2002-03, Rainbow Publishers, New Delhi, 2000.
  • `Poverty Statistics: Bermicide’s Feast’, Economic and Political Weekly, July1, 2000.
  • `Women and Globalisation’. Paper presented at the Seminar on `Women’s Empowerment: Present Status and Future Strategies for Effective Participation in Development’, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences, Mhow, 14-15 April 1999. Revolutionary Democracy, September, 1999.
  • `Plan and Market’. Paper presented at the 8th US-Cuba Philosophy and Social Science Conference, University of Havana, June 17-21, 1996.


Vineet Tiwari
Vineet Tiwari is a senior journalist and socio-political analyst. He has worked in Naidunai, Indore and edited and published several booklets on various issues ranging from Globalisation, Communalism, Tribals, Dam and Development, Literature, International Relations, etc. He has also served 8 years as State General Secretary of Madhya Pradesh of Progressive Writers’ Association. He holds Master’s degree in Philosophy with two Gold Medals. He has also made three documentary films and organised several meetings, workshops and seminars. He has been also actively involved with peoples’ social movements in Madhya Pradesh and other progressive activities. He brought out the Hindi version of reputed journal World Rivers Review for four years. He has also written and directed plays for Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).
He is also a founder member of Sandarbh Collective at Indore, a group of left oriented intellectuals and activists. He is associated with Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies since 2009 when the project of studying the problems of marginal farmers was undertaken by JAISS. He was in the national core group of the project. Currently, he is the principal coordinator of the research project on Kudumbashree collective farming experience of Kerala. Some of his important publications include:

  • Communal Violence in Indore, Economic and Political Weekly, 26 July 2008.
  • Agrarian Crisis: Life at Stake in rural India, 2009
  • Yaadon ki Roshni me, biography of Homi Daji, 2011
  • Sunil Janah: Politicking through Camera, 2012
  • Ulgulaan, Moving Worlds, Volume 9, No.1, 2009, University of Leeds, UK