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Name Dr. Raj Kumar KOTHARI
Designation Professor
Department Name POLITICAL SCIENCE
Office Phone No +91 3222 298-298 / Centrex Extn. 232
Email ID kothari65@outlook.com
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Address Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal-721102
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph.D. in Political ScienceUniversity of Bombay1994
Diploma in Russian LanguageUniversity of Bombay1993
M.Phil. in International StudiesPondicherry Central University1990
M.A. in Political ScienceKalyani University1988
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Professor of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal since August 2, 2014
Teaching Experience: 21 Years
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal Since August 2, 2011
Reader, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 2, 2008 to August 1, 2011
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 23, 2005 to August 1, 2008
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Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
International Relations and Foreign Policy
Central Asia: Emerging Economic and Security Dimensions
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers: USA; Russia; China & India
Indias Foreign Policy
Society and Politics in South Asia
Course/ Subject Taught 
Subject: Political Science
Courses Taught: International Relations; Western Political Thought; Society & Politics in South Asia
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Book ReviewBharat Karnad Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and Indias Global AmbitionSouth Asia Survey Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Page Nos. 156-158.2019SAGE Publications
Indias Connect Central Asia Policy: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology 2(6): 239-2452014Horizon Research Publishing
India’s ‘Connect Central Asia Policy’: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 239-245.2014Europe


National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
The State of India’s Democracy: A Realistic Assessmentjointly authored with Sukanya Mukherji in Parshuram Sial and Bibhuti Bhusan Biswas (ed.) Indian Democracy at 70: Challenges Ahead2019New Delhi: Mark Books, 2019), pp. 45-58.
Civil Society in the Third World: Reality or Hoax?International Journal of Research on Social and Natural Sciences, Vol. IV, Issue 2, December 2019, pp. 1-11.2019(Online) ISSN: 2455-5916. Web Link: file:///C:/Users/Raj%20Kumar/OneDrive/Books-Articles%20for%20Publications/Raj%20Kumar%20Kothari-Pol%20Sc-Article-Civil%20Society.pdf
Cultural Commonalities in South Asia: The Indo-Centric PerspectiveInternational Journal of South Asian Studies [Pondicherry University, Puducherry] Vol. 11, No. 1, January-June 2018, pp. 12-19.2019Web Link: http://www.pondiuni.edu.in/sites/default/files/20200121_Jan-Jun2018.pdf
The Trajectory of Russia’s South Asia Policy: Emerging ScenarioBibhuti Bhusan Biswas (ed.)International Changes in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities, pp. 259-266.2018Indu Book Services, New Delhi 2018).
India’s Strategic Interests in Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Years: Expanding Vistas of PartnershipInternational Journal of Political Science, Vol. 4, No. 1, January-June 2018, pp. 23-32.2018Red Flower Publications, New Delhi
Global Peace in the Twenty First Century: The Gandhian PerspectiveGandhi Journal November 20172017Gandhian Centre, Mumbai.
Rural Development in the Developing World: The Indian ContextAbhijit Bhattacharya and Mousumi Ghatak (ed.) Rural Development Programmes in India: Effectiveness and Evaluation, pp. 34-41.2017New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2017.
The Trajectory of Russia’s South Asia Policy: Emerging ScenarioBibhuti Bhusan Biswas (ed.), International Changes in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities , pp. 259-266.2017New Delhi: Indu Book Services, 2018.
New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy: Quest for Major Power StatusNAM TodayVol. LVXXIII, No. 12, December 2017, pp. 14-20.2017Delhi
ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute: India’s StandThe Indian Journal of Political Science Vol. LXXVII, No. 2, April-June 2016 ISSN: 0019-55102016Indian Political Science Association
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Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
Indias Connect Central Asia Policy: Emerging Security and Economic DimensionsProgressive Publishers, Kolkata2019First Author
India Becoming a Global Power in the Twenty First Century: Rising Challenges and Newer OpportunitiesAtlantic Publishers, New Delhi2016Editor
US Policy Towards China, India and JapanAtlantic, New Delhi2013Editor
Indo-Russian Relations in the Post Soviet Years: Emerging Challenges and New ProspectsLAMBERT Academic Publishing2013Sole Author
Emerging India as a Global Player: Growing Ties and ChallengesAtlantic Publisher2012Sole Editor
Indias Foreign Policy in the New MillenniumAcademic Excellence2010Sole Editor
From Communism to Democratic Freedom: Perestroika and Glasnost of Mikhail GorbachevDeep and Deep1994Sole Author
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Siddartha Shankar MannaEthnic Crisis in Sri Lanka: Implications for India's SedurityNilSubmitted2020
Kalyanasis BhattacharyyaEthics in Politics: Conceptualising Political Forgiveness vis-a-vis Global JusticeNilOngoing2020
Priyanka BhaduriThe Politics of National Identity in South Asia: Select Case Studies Ongoing2020
Ankita ChakrabortyThe Status of Indian Migrants in Myanmar During the Colonial and Contemporary PeriodsNilOngoing2020
Sonika SharmaSoft Power Diplomacy in Indian Foreign Policy: Emerging ScenarioNilOngoing2020
Nilanjana NayakIndia-Bangladesh Relations Since 1990sn/aOngoing2019

Awarded Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Sukanya MukherjeeIndias Strategic Policy towards Central Asia: Emerging Security and Economic DimensionsNilAwarded2019
Eyasin KhanThe Human Rights of the Bhutanese Refugees in NepalNilAwarded2018
Project Work



Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Status
Post-Soviet Dynamics in Central Asia: India's Perceptions and PoliciesPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity Grants Commission10296003 year20152018
South Asia Through the Russian Prism: 1990s & BeyondProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission5265002 year20102012
India and Russia in the Twenty First Century: A Study of Their Bilateral Relations and Foreign Policy PerceptionsProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission650002 year20072009
Environment & Sustainable DevelopmentProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission450002 year20042005
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
India’s Changing Equations During Pandemic Times: Focus on India-China RelationsDepartment of Political Science, New Alipore College Kolkata on June 30, 2020 at 6 pm to 7.30 pm.google meet platform2020
Delivered a special lecture on “India’s Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalisation”Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha on January 24, 2019.Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha2019
Delivered a special lecture on “India’s Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalisation”Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha on January 24, 2019.Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha2019
Delivered a special lecture on “India’s Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalisation”Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha on January 24, 2019.Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha2019
Delivered a special lecture on “India’s Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalisation”Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha on January 24, 2019.Department of Political Science, MPC Autonomous College, Takhatpur, Baripada, Odisha2019
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Membership of Learned Society 
Expert for Review of Manuscript for the Jhargram Raj College Journal, Jhargram, West Bengal since 2012.
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Member of Advisory Board of Eastern Regional Progressive Tribal Research and Welfare Organisation, Hooghly, West Bengal since January 2011
International Studies Association, USA
Life Member of West Bengal Political Science Association
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Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, KolkataSince 2000
Life Member: West Bengal Political Science AssociationSince 2005
Member: Jadavpur Association of International Relations, Kolkata2009 to 2015
Life Member: Indian Political Science AssociationSince 2012
Life Member: Council for Political Studies, KolkataSince 2005
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Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Revisiting Vidyasagar After 200 Years2020Paper PresenterKharagpur, Kharagpur College, West Midnapore March 2, 2020.
Security Dilemma in India-China Relations: Rising Concerns at a webinar [google meet platform] on The Rising Dragon and the Dancing Elephant: Dynamics of Sino-Indian Strategic Contestation in South Asia in Contemporary Times2020Paper Presenterorganised by the Department of Political Science, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, West Bengal on July 4, 2020.
The Dawn of a New International Order Covid 19 and Aftermath University of Gour Banga West Bengal on 8 June 20202020Paper PresenterTheorising Post Covid International Order From Anarchy to International Society at the plenary session of the international webinar on The Dawn of a New International Order Covid 19 and Aftermath organised by the Department of Political Science
Developing hypotheses and key questions National Workshop (virtual mode) on Research Methodology in Social Sciences2020Paper Presenterjointly organised by the Department of Political Science, Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women Kolkata in collaboration with the Bengal Institute of Political Studies Centre for Studies of South and Southeast Asian Societies Kazi Nazrul University West Bengal on 16th May 2020
Presented a paper on "Democracy in South Asia: A Comparative and Historical Perspective with Reference to India and Pakistan" at the National Seminar on Indo-Centric Parliamentary Democracy in South Asia: Retrospect and Prospect2019Paper PresenterKanchrapara College, West Bengal on February 26-27, 2019.
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Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
International Conference on Historicizing Sub-regional Cooperation South Asia: Society, Culture and Politics in Bangladesh and Easetern India held on May 30 to June 1, 20122012ConvenerVidyasagar University, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata
Awards
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Ford Foundation Research FellowDeparment of Civics & Politics, University of Bombay1990
M.A. First Class FirstKalyani University1989
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