Cchavi Vasisht is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, for her PhD research. Her doctoral research focusses on understanding entrepreneurship from a gendered lens in Kathmandu and Rautahat districts of Nepal. She has been awarded the UGC NET Senior Research Fellowship to pursue her research work. She completed Masters of Philosophy from Centre for South Asian Studies, where she understood international surrogacy from the sociological perspective within South-Asia. She completed her Master of Arts in Sociology from the same university.

Contributions 
An Analysis of ASEAN’s Special Envoy Visit to Myanmar As Cambodia takes over as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2022, the visit of Cambodia’s Foreign Minister, Prak Sokhonn as ASEAN’s Special Envoy to Myanmar marks an important development in the current crisis-rid...

2021 - A Year of Military Rule: Predictions and Way Forward for 2022 The year 2021 was the most distressing period in Myanmar’s independent history. Unlike the earlier two coups, the opposite forces (National Unity Government, People’s Defence Forces and Ethnic Armed Organisations) reacted sharply to the military ...

Myanmar’s Battle on Social Media In the present century, social media has become a battleground to provide authenticity and validation for oneself as well as to produce hatred and discontent for others. Since the rise of the Arab Spring, the role of social media in spreading democra...

Maldives' UNGA Presidency: Prospects for India On 21 September 2021, Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih delivered his first speech at the UNGA. He spoke in Maldives’ official language Dhivehi and highlighted the rich culture and heritage of the country. He recollected the journey of Maldi...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Politics of Geo-politics: Continuity and Change in India-Nepal Relations; Edited by Lok Raj Baral (2018); 256p; price: 799 ISBN-10: 81-8363-138-9; Publisher Adarsh Books, New Delhi The edited volume includes multiple perspectives of former diplomats and academicians from India and Nepal. It theorises India-Nepal relations, focussing broadly on economic, security and geopolitical relations. The book was published in 2018, and wr...

Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier by Bertil Linter, Publishers: Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2015 Arthur Conolly, an intelligence officer of British East India Company, conceived the expression “great game” to define the strategic rivalry between the British and the Russian empires to acquire supremacy in Central Asia. It was further used to ...

VIF Briefs 
India-Maldives Policy Brief The Maldives has attracted international attention due to the increased importance of the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region. India-Maldives relations have made immense progress in the past years. The relations have seen significant positive de...

Event Reports 
Talk on "Recent Visit of Foreign Secretary to Myanmar and India-Myanmar Relations" On 04 January 2022, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a talk on "Recent Visit of Foreign Secretary to Myanmar and India-Myanmar Relations”. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, gave the introductory remarks followed by Amb Rajiv Bh...

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...

Book Launch of ‘BIMSTEC: The Journey and the Way Ahead’ On 30 September 2021, the Vivekananda International Foundation organised a virtual book launch session of the book edited by Dr Sreeradha Datta ‘BIMSTEC: The Journey and The Way Forward. The book was formally released by Ms Riva Ganguly Das, Secret...

Talk on "India and Maldives Bilateral Relations" On 06 September 2021, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a talk on “India-Maldives-bilateral Relations”. India-Maldives relations had made progress in the last couple of years. These relations are backed by positive activity...

Talk on China in Rajapakse 2.0: Ports and Geo-Political Challenges On 02 August 2021, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a talk by Prof Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, author and Senior Advisor on Security and Geopolitics, Sri Lanka, on "China in Rajapakse 2.0: Ports and Geo-Political Challenges in Sr...

Outreach 
India-Myanmar Relations: An Analysis of Connectivity Diplomacy Published in The Kootneeti on 3 September 2020....

Perceptions & Awareness in the Times of Coronavirus Crises: An Analysis of Media Reports Published in University of Mumbai Journal Sambhāsan June 2020 Vol. 1 Issue 2 on June 2020....

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