The National Identity Database team for India is headed by two PhD candidates at the National University, Singapore (NUS) along with three other contributors from Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Copenhagen and German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (GIGA). This research is supported by the Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund, Singapore. As of April 2018, the team has produced a report for Indian identity in 2010 respectively and has developed draft reports for years 1950 and 1990.
The country editors and co-authors for the book on Indian identity are Amit Julka (Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore) and Manali Kumar (PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore). In his doctoral research, Amit looks at the role of mass common-sense in shaping India’s foreign policy regarding Kashmir from the year 1947-50. Specifically, he is responsible for chapters on Indian identity for the years 1960, 1990 and 2000. Manali’s research focuses on the concept of Prudence and its relevance to foreign policy decision making. In this project, Manali will look at Indian identity discourses during 1970 and 1980.
Medha and Kalathmika Natarajan are contributing a chapter on Indian identity during 1950. Medha is a Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and a PhD Candidate at Christian Albrecht Universität zu Kiel. In her PhD she investigates the place of Islam in India’s identity and foreign policy discourses. Her research interests encompass the historical constitution of international relations, postcolonial and de-colonial studies, global/ non-Western international relations, and discourse theory. Kalathmika Natarajan is a PhD Fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Her research explores the intersection of race, caste and class in defining the limits of citizenship and postcolonial mobility that shaped British-Indian diplomatic relations after Empire (1947-68). Prof. Shivaji Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) has written a chapter on Indian national identity in 2010. His work focuses on the role of domestic factors in foreign policy of Asian states.
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