Rising Asia Journal
ISSN 2583-1038
Rising Asia Foundation


Craig Etcheson is a visiting scientist at Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health. From 2006 to 2012, he was chief of investigations for the Office of Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California. His previous books on Cambodia are The Rise and Demise of Democratic Kampuchea (1984), and After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide (2005). One of the world’s foremost experts on the Cambodian genocide and its aftermath, Etcheson draws on decades of experience in his latest book, Extraordinary Justice, to trace the evolution of transitional justice in the country from the late 1970s to the present.

Zulfikar Ghose (b. 1935) is the author of eleven novels, a collection of short stories, six volumes of poems, six books of literary criticism, and an autobiography. Born at the time of the British Raj, he grew up in Bombay and emigrated to the U.K. in 1952. He was active in the London literary scene in the 1960s when his first six books were published, and in 1969 he was invited to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. The wide range of his literary work has attracted serious critical attention, including The Review of Contemporary Fiction with its Summer 1989 number in which he was noted as a world writer of the first rank. Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas, he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, the Brazilian artist Helena de la Fontaine. Ghose’s illustrious literary career started when he received a special award from the E.C. Gregory Trust that was judged by T.S. Eliot, Henry Moore, Herbert Read and Bonamy Dobrée in 1963. His novels are: The Contradictions (Macmillan, 1966); The Murder of Aziz Khan (Macmillan, 1967); The Incredible Brazilian: The Native (Macmillan, and Holt Rinehart, 1972); The Beautiful Empire (Macmillan, 1975; and Overlook Press, 1984); A Different World (Macmillan, 1978; and Overlook Press, 1985); Crump's Terms (Macmillan, 1975); The Texas Inheritance (as William Strang, Macmillan, 1980); Hulme's Investigations into the Bogart Script (Curbstone Press, 1981); A New History of Torments (Holt Rinehart, and Hutchinson, 1982); Don Bueno (Hutchinson, 1983; and Holt Rinehart, 1984); Figures of Enchantment (Hutchinson; and Harper, 1986); and The Triple Mirror of the Self (Bloomsbury, 1991.)

Lalnundika Hnamte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Government J. Buana College, Lunglei and a PhD research scholar in the Department of Political Science in Mizoram University. He obtained his graduate and postgraduate degrees in Political Science from St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bengaluru in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He then obtained an MPhil in Political Science from University of Hyderabad in 2012. He was a Research Associate at Mizoram University conducting a major research project under the Indian Council of Social Science Research in 2013-2014, and then an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science in ICFAI University Mizoram during 2015-2019. He published the book, Prohibition: A Socio-Economic Assessment of Gujarat and Mizoram (Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2014.) His research article, “Institutional Framework for Development of North-East India: The Role of the North Eastern Council,” with Professor I. Ramabrahmam, University of Hyderabad, was published by the Indian Journal of Public Administration in 2016. He has also contributed chapters in several books, research articles in journals, and presented papers at seminars at the national and international levels. His areas of interest are North East politics, peace and conflict studies, political sociology, autonomy politics, and research methodology. 

Sanjay Kathuria is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Ashoka University, Sonipat, India. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in India, and former Lead Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University as an Inlaks Scholar. In twenty-seven years at the World Bank, he worked in South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe, including field assignments in New Delhi and Dhaka. Before joining the World Bank, he was a Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and did his Master’s at the Delhi School of Economics. His most recent publications for the World Bank are Unleashing E-Commerce for South Asian Integration (co-author, 2020); Strengthening Cross-Border Value Chains: Opportunities for India and Bangladesh (co-editor and author, 2020); Playing to Strengths: A Policy Framework for Mainstreaming Northeast India (co-editor and author); A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia(editor and co-author); and Towards New Sources of Competitiveness in Bangladesh: A Bangladesh Diagnostic Trade Integration Study(co-author, 2016). His PhD thesis, Competing through Technology and Manufacturing: A Study of the Indian Commercial Vehicles Industry, was published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi. He has written opinion articles in the Indian Express, Business Standard, FT Sri Lanka, Financial Express (Bangladesh), and in the form of blogs (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/sanjay-kathuria.) His research interests include issues relating to economic growth and development, globalization, international trade and trade policy, regional integration, competitiveness, and South Asia. He also has a keen interest in gender issues. Twitter handle: Sanjay_1818.

Alok Kumar is Guest Faculty in the Department of National Security Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. He graduated from the University of Lucknow and obtained an MPhil and PhD in International Relations, Centre for Studies in International Politics and Governance, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. The title of his MPhil dissertation is “Indo-U.S. Security Cooperation After 9/11 attack: An Assessment of the Policies and Programmes,” and his PhD dissertation is “Indo-U.S. Security Cooperation in the Defence Sector with Special Reference to Transfer of Technology.” The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) awarded a Doctoral Fellowship to him in 2018.  He has published research papers, articles in journals, and chapters in edited books. He has presented papers at national and international conference and seminars. His areas of interest are Foreign Policy, National Security, Technology and National Security, Arms Trade, Transfer of Defence Technology and Global Security.

Milan Narzary grew up in Bongaigaon, a small town in Assam. When the state got embroiled in violent uprisings, he went to a boarding school in Rajasthan. He then obtained a Bachelors’ Degree in English Literature at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and involved himself in the filmmaking industry of Mumbai to hone his skills in creative writing. Afterwards, he took admission in the M.A. program at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, having heard about several Bengali writers since childhood, and because Kolkata had always been a part of his plan to experience literature, art and culture. During his M.A. years, he worked for the Centre for Translation of Indian Literature (CENTIL), Jadavpur, as a Translator and Resource Person translating Bodo short stories into English and Bengali. He has presented a research paper on a comparative study of indigenous communities in Canada (Inuit) and India (Bodo) at an International Conference at the Centre for Canadian Studies, Jadavpur. His research interest is Tribal Literature and History, and the representation of the environment and nature in literature. At present, he is working on his own short stories and preparing to enter a doctoral degree program.

Ambassador Gurjit Singh retired as the Indian ambassador to Germany. He has served as ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia and The Republic of Djibouti. Currently, he is an Honorary Professor of International Relations Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in politics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and a post-graduate degree in International Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A 1980 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, he started his career in diplomacy with a posting in Japan and has since been posted in Sri Lanka, Kenya and Italy. Ambassador Singh has authored five books, The Abalone Factor on India-Japan business relations; The Injera and the Paratha on India and Ethiopia; Masala Bumbu, and a comic book, Travels through Time, both on the India-Indonesia relationship; and Opportunity Beckons: Adding Momentum to the Indo-German Partnership.