Rishi Gupta is a Research Assistant with the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. He completed his MPhil in Foreign Policy Studies from the University of Calcutta and MA in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University, where he received the South Asia Foundation Group Fellowship. He has been associated with the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), Kathmandu, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, China. He worked as a Project Fellow at the Center for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University. Currently, he is completing his PhD at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests include India-Nepal relations, National Security of Nepal, Nepal-China and Tibet, and Strategic Himalayan Region. He has contributed research papers in edited volumes, journals and is a regular contributor to national dailies- The Pioneer, Deccan Herald, Dainik Jagran, and Rashtriya Sahara.

Contributions 
Functioning of Judiciary in Nepal The Crisis For more than one month now, Nepal’s judicial system has come to a partial halt. The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) is protesting against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana and demanding his unconditional resignati...

A Welcome Reset in India-Nepal Relations Amidst Chinese Encroachment of Nepalese Territories A New Beginning Amidst the gloom and pessimism in India-Nepal relations in the past five years, the two countries now seem to be moving towards a reset in bilateral ties. Since taking office in July 2021, the newly appointed Prime Minist...

Taliban Takeover and Implications for Nepal Nepalese in Afghanistan Amidst Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the leading global powers continue to repatriate their citizens from Afghanistan. At the same time, geographically smaller countries are looking for international cooperation...

Compulsions of Coalition Politics in Nepal The Backdrop Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba led Government in Nepal unveiled a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) on August 08, 2021.1 In less than a month in office, Deuba has launched the CMP as a systematic planning model to ad...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
“Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties” by Ranjit Rae, Vintage Books, New Delhi, pp. 224, 2021, ₹ 499 As one completes the immigration and security checks at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and passes through the boarding gates, one gets amused on why is there another set of security checks, just next to the runway, before boarding an Air I...

Event Reports 
VIF Virtual Book Discussion on “Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties” by Ambassador Ranjit Rae The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a book discussion on “Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties”on November 05, 2021. The event was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF. Author of the book Ambassador Ranjit Rae delive...

VIF Interactive Session with Sunil Bahadur Thapa and Bishow Parajuli The Vivekananda International Foundation organized an interactive session with Shri Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Joint General Secretary, Nepali Congress, and Member of Constituent Assembly on 08 November 2021. Shri Thapa was joined by Brishaw Parajuli, Repr...

India Nepal Economic Dialogue: Unleashing Potentials In the ongoing VIF series on India and Its Neighbours, an interaction programme was organised on “India-Nepal Economic Dialogue: Unleashing Potentials” on 9 September 2021 in association with the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Stu...

Virtual Book Discussion on "Bengal and its Partition: An Untold Story" authored by Amb Bhaswati Mukherjee On August 25, a Book Discussion on Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee’s book "Bengal and its Partition: An untold Story" was organised by the Vivekanand International Foundation. The discussion was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director. Author Am...

India’s Engagement with Nepal and Bhutan: What can India do More? Amidst rising tensions along India’s northern border, does India’s engagement with Nepal and Bhutan meet its strategic requirements, and what else can India do more? To discuss these questions, a webinar was organised on “India’s Engagement w...

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