Completed M.Phil in Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies from Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. My M.Phil thesis titled "Lower Mekong River mainstream dams and its various implications 2000-2015" focussed on the dams being constructed on the Lower Mekong River and how that would impact the people inhabiting the region environmentally, economically, and socially. it also focussed on how the construction of these dams are a threat to the Lower Mekong Region's peace and security. Completed Masters in Politics with specialization in International Relations, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Completed B.A. Hons in Philosophy from Gargi College University of Delhi.

Contributions 
Recent trends in Environment and Climate Change: The Case of the High Seas Treaty and Mission Life In this episode of the VIF Podcast, Mr. PK Khup Hangzo, Associate Fellow, VIF and Ms. Heena Samant, Research Associate, VIF discuss two key issues namely the recently adopted UN High Seas Treaty, the first global treaty aimed at protecting marine lif...

Basanti Devi: An Environmentalist and a champion of Women Empowerment Born in a village of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in 1958, Basanti Devi’s life was never easy. She got married at the age of twelve, only to become a widow at fourteen. What transpired after that is nothing more than an inspiration for sever...

World Environment Day: Sustainable Lifestyle is the Key to Protect Our Environment Every year, the world celebrates “World Environment Day” on 5th June. Led by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), it is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the...

Dr. Rajendra Singh: Waterman of India India is facing water distress in both quality and quantity. This is expected to worsen if urgent all-round remedial measures being taken prove to be inadequate. Water shortages, pollution, overuse and significant wastage, low to no water pricing, fl...

Monographs/Compendiums 
Climate Change Adaptation in India from the Past to the Present The impact of climate change have manifested in various ways including through extreme weather events. Extreme weather events are “weather phenomena that are at the extremes of the historical distribution and are rare for a particular place and/or ...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel, Thomas Press India Ltd, 2015, ISBN 978-1-250-12959-8, 337 pp, price- 699 Rupees Israel, a small country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, is a land of many innovations. It has emerged as a leader in the field of technology and has been described as the “start-up” nation of the world. However, another domain wher...

Watershed- How We Destroyed India’s Water and We Can Save it? | Author- Mridula Ramesh, Hachette INDIA, 2021, Gurugram: ISBN 978-93-91028-68-8 415 pp, price- 699 Rupees Water is not an infinite resource. It has no substitute. At present, there is a need for acknowledging this reality with certitude across the world. Globally, at present 2.3 billion people live in water-stressed countries, out of which 733 million pe...

VIF Briefs 
Cape Town Water Crisis of 2018: Lessons we can learn from it A serious water crisis plagued the city of Cape Town in early 2018 to the point that it was on the verge of becoming the first modern global city to run out of water. However, the city never reached to that point because of the strict measures introd...

Post Covid-19 World Order: An Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has been described to be the greatest challenge for the world since the Great Depression and the Second World War. No country and its people had anticipated that they would have to deal with a crisis of such a large scale. The c...

Climate Change in The Himalayas : Its Impact on India’s National Security Human-induced climate change has led to unprecedented changes in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Similarly, the Himalayan and its surrounding mountain ranges, also known as the ‘Third Pole’ is experiencing drastic changes due to global warming....

Event Reports 
Workshop on Bluer, Greener, and Inclusive Growth on the Sundarban through an Ecosystem-based Approach On 24 May 2023, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) and the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), in partnership with the World Bank, organized a workshop on “Bluer, Greener, and Inclusive Growth on the Sun...

Vimarsh on Water Security in India On 7th February, 2023 Vivekananda International Foundation organized a Vimarsh, a monthly talk series, on “Water Security in India”. Shri Bharat Lal, Director General, National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms & Pu...

Visit of Fifth Batch Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme of ICCR to Vivekananda International Foundation The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organized the visit of the fifth batch of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme with delegates from Austria, Costa Rica, Greece, South Korea, Romania, and Australia. The delegates visited Vivekananda In...

Vimarsh on Food and Nutrition Security- Key to National Security, Staying in Course Introduction On 28th July, 2022 Vivekananda International Foundation organized a Vimarsh on “Food and Nutrition Security-Key to National Security, Staying in Course”. Opening and welcome remarks were made by Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VI...

Visit of Second Batch Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme of ICCR to Vivekananda International Foundation The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organized the visit of the second batch of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme from 20th May to 29th May 2022 with delegates from Peru, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, and Brunei. The delegates visited the ...

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