My debut Novel. Shortlisted for the ‘Man Asian Literary Prize’ ('Asian Booker') in 2009.Profiled in The Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/21/subcontinent-man-asian-literary-prize
Other editions (worldwide paperback, southasia paperback and e-editions):Read some reviews of this book:Charusheela, S. (2010) Review of 'Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference' in Feminist Economics, 16: 2, 141-146.
Roy, S. (2010) "A Postmodernist Critique", Review of 'Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference', in The Book Review (India's first review journal in English since 1976), 34: 3, 21-22.
Kaul, N. (2016) "From Funerals to Freedom in Kashmir: undoing the Great Indian Democracy", Open Democracy, 11 July.
Kaul, N. (2016) "From Gandhi and Mandela to Modi in South Africa", The Daily Vox, 8 July.
Kaul, N. (forthcoming) "Democracy" and "Identity Cards", in S. Morley, K. Corteen, J. Turner, and P. Taylor (eds), Companion to State Power, Rights and Liberties, Bristol: Policy Press.
Kaul, N (2016) “Kashmiri Pandits Are a Pawn in the Games of Hindutva Forces” (on communalism and the Kashmir issue), TheWire.in, 7 January.
Kaul, N. (2016) "Being Human" (on the common-sense apartheid of nation-statism & European refugee crisis), Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), 4 January.
Kaul, N. (2015) "Hindutva Politics of Hate: Shall I count the ways? (A few things I wasn't able to discuss with BJP leader Ram Madhav during his Al Jazeera interview)", Scroll.in, 30 December.
Kaul, N. (2015) "Mother Wit", Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), May.
Kaul, N. (2015) "Stormy Days Ahead for the PDP-BJP Alliance of Opposites", The Quint, 23 February.
Kaul, N. (2015) "Why the New Film About the Gang Rape and Murder of Jyoti Singh Is Required Viewing", The Nation (USA), 20 March.
Kaul, N. (2015) "Poems by Nitasha Kaul", Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), February.
Kaul, N. (2014) "Words and Worlds: Linguicide", Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), April.
Kaul, N. (2013) “Heart of Darkness: Racism in India”, Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), 2 December.
Kaul, N. (2013) “Beyond Maps, Beyond Nations”, New Internationalist, 6 November.
Kaul, N. (2013) “Fashion: Theory and Praxis”, Kindle magazine: Ideas. Imagination. Dialectics (kindlemag.in), 31 October.
INVITED LECTURES, PLENARY AND KEYNOTE SPEECHES, INSTITUTIONAL SEMINARS, PUBLIC READINGS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (CREATIVE AND SCHOLARLY)
(at universities, international forums, policymaking venues, literary gatherings, public venues)
Speaker, International Women's Day, University of Westminster, 8 March 2017.
Speaker and Chair, In conversation with Sanjay Kak, Book launch of 'Witness /Kashmir 1986-2016 / Nine Photographers', University of Westminster, 6 March 2017.
Speaker, "Women's Resistance in Kashmir", (with Mantasha Binti Rashid), organised by UoW Kashmir Solidarity Society, University of Westminster, 3 March 2017.
Invited Speaker, 'Modified India?: Taking Stock at Half-Time', panel (with Professor Maitreesh Ghatak and Professor Lawrence Saez) organised by KCL politics society, King's College London, 28 February 2017.
Invited speaker, "Bodies, Borders and Belonging", session on 'The Degradation of the Environment and Human Rights', 22nd International Humanitarian and Security Conference: The Role of Geneva in International Humanitarian Action, organised by support of ICRC, UNHCR, Canton of Geneva by Webster University, International Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, February 16-17 2017.
Invited speaker, Panel on "Colonialism and its Effects: Political Power, Culture and Religious Belief", Borderlines Conference 2017: Religion, Nationalism and Identity, Old Divinity School, University of Cambridge, UK, 5 February 2017.
Invited Lecture, "Fiction, Feminism and Conflict", organised by Professor Hameeda Nayeem, Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir, Kashmir, 6 January 2017.
Book Reading (Residue) and Discussion, "Speaking Sphere: With Dr Nitasha Kaul" (chaired by Professor Shafi Shauq), organised by Syed Shujaat Bukhaari and Rising Kashmir, Hotel Comrade Inn, Rajbagh, Srinagar, Kashmir, 5 January 2017.
Invited speaker, "Media, Power, Violence", Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), School of Media Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Kashmir, 2 January 2017.
Interactive session and Q&A, Kashmir Life, Srinagar, 2 January 2017.
Invited Lecture on India and Kashmir, KehwaTalk Special Session (with Professor Dibyesh Anand, Dr Peer G N Suhail), Centre for Research and Development Policy (CRDP), Hotel Comrade Inn, Rajbagh, Srinagar, Kashmir, 31 December 2016.
Speaker, "China, Tibet and the Himalayas", Session I with Professor Dibyesh Anand, Dr Tenzin Desal, and Moderator, Session III with Dr Rinzin Dorjee, Sherab Woeser. Joint conference of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), Dharamsala, India, 27 December 2016.
Speaker, Panel on "The Future of Kashmir: United or Divided?" (with Jonathan Fryer, Phil Bennion, Jay Iqbal, Hina Malik, Lord Qurban Hussain, Liberal International British Group, National Liberal Club, Whitehall, London, 28 November 2016.
Speaker, "Kashmiri Politics of Identity/Art/Resistance II", panel chaired by Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir (event with Inder Salim, Essar Batool, M C Kash), Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 25 November 2016.
Keynote Speaker, Creative Reading, Borderlands: Biennial Gender Research Conference, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Hull, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), 23 November 2016.
"Wounded Kashmir: Pellets in Paradise", speaker at panel discussion and event (with Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Professor Dibyesh Anand, Ousman Noor, Lord Qurban Hussain, Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur, Ali Saffudin, MC Kash, Mehroosh Tak), organised by Kashmir Solidarity Movement, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 29 October 2016.
"Political Myth-Making as Part of Postcolonial Neoliberal Nationalism in Contemporary India", paper presentation at the International Summit on Political Psychology (ISPP), O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR, India, 25-26 October 2016
Chair of session on "Isolation vs. Integration within the State Structure", International Summit on Political Psychology (ISPP), O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR, India, 25-26 October 2016.
"The Paradoxical Politics of Postcolonial Neoliberal Nationalism", paper presentation at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) Research Seminar, Westminster Forum, 18 October 2016.
"India and the question of Kashmiri sovereignty" (event with Dr Aditya Sarkar, Dr Goldie Osuri, Mehroosh Tak, MC Kash), University of Warwick, 13 October 2016.
"Kashmiri Politics of Identity/Art/Resistance I" (with Rafiq Kathwari, Ali Saffudin, Sanaah Sultan, Professor Dibyesh Anand), Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) research theme on “Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers” Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 7 October 2016.
"Political Boundaries and Bodies at the Border", paper at British International Studies Association (BISA) Workshop on Identity, Space and the Questions of the State, Westminster Forum, London, 30 September 2016.
Speaker, "From salt-making to beef-banning: politics of food in anti/post-colonial nationalisms in India", Event on 'Banning Taste: Food Boycotts, Identity and Resistance' (with Dr Elisabetta Brighi, Dr Daniel Conway, Professor Laleh Khalili), The Empire Remains Shop (Installation and Event Project), 91-93 Baker Street, London.
"Working with Alternative Traditions of Thought”, Annual Workshop of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA), School of Humanities, University of Brighton, 2 September 2016.
Speaker, "Panel Discussion with Kashmiri academics on recent state violence", organised by Bloomsbury Pakistan, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, 15 August 2016.
Speaker, "Democracy? Whose democracy? India on the 69th anniversary of its Independence", organised by South Asia Solidarity Group, Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, 14 August 2016.
Speaker, "Conflict in Kashmir implications and the road ahead", Graduate Union, University of Cambridge, 12 August 2016.
"The Performativity and Precarity of Democracy in India and Kashmir", paper at “Gendering (In)Security: The Exclusionary Effects of the Global Neo-Liberal Turn”, workshop co-organised by SOAS and University of Hull, 1-2 July 2016.
“Political Boundaries and Bodies at the Border”, paper at British International Studies Association (BISA) 41st Annual International Conference on ‘Global Justice’, Edinburgh, 15-17 June 2016.
“Postcolonial Neoliberal Nationalism and Modi-led BJP”, Department of Political Science, University of Lund (in collaboration with SASNET, Swedish South Asian Studies Network), Sweden, 19 May 2016.
“Gendering Democracy and Occupation in India and Kashmir”, Workshop on Gender and Sexuality: Identities, Institutions, and Intersectionality, Centre for the Study of Democracy event, University of Westminster, 13 May 2016.
“Paradoxical Politics of Postcolonial Neoliberal Nationalism in India”, invited lecture at the University of Hull organized by the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies (India, South and South East Asia Project), 27 April 2016.
“Everyday Borders”, speaker at panel discussion and film screening (with Director Orson Vava, Dr Hannah Cross, Dorrie Chetty) Centre for the Study of Democracy event in collaboration with Migrants’ Rights Network, University of Westminster, 19 April 2016.
"Nation, Sedition and Kashmir", speaker at panel discussion (with Dr Rahul Rao, Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Dr Sarah Hodges, Dr. Tarunabh Khaitan, Mayur Suresh, Karan Nagpal) on Sedition and the Nation (Solidarity with JNU and HCU event), Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, University of Oxford, 8 March 2016.
Speaker at International Women’s Day 2016 event organized by Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, 8 March 2016.
“The Good We Share”, a one hour talk on the question of the common good and the philosophy of hope, Lent Lecture, St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Great Missenden, 21 February 2016.
“Casteism and Other Bigotries in India”, speaker at panel discussion (Murali Shanmugavelan, Jayaseelan Raj, Sayantan Mondal, Dr Dalel Benbabaali, Dr Dibyesh Anand), Centre for the Study of Democracy event, University of Westminster, 8 February 2016.
Reading from Residue, chaired by Dr. Caroline Magennis, Third Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium: Asylum, Refuge, Migration, joint event by University of Manchester and University of Salford, MediaCityUK, 29 January 2016.
Speaker at BFI Time is Now Programme film screenings of 'He Named Me Malala' (Director Davis Guggenheim) at David Lean Cinema, Croydon, London, 10 December 2015 (UN Human Rights Day).
"Right Wing Populism and the New Global India" paper at Contemporary Populism: Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy Conference, Department of International Relations, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 27 November 2015.
"'The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls': Speaking Power and Politics in Street Imagery", paper at Popular Culture and World Politics 8 (PCWP8): Worlding Popular Culture Conference, University of Westminster, London, 20-21 November 2015.
Chair of panels on "Geopolitical Literacies" and "Music and Dissent", Popular Culture and World Politics 8: Worlding Popular Culture Conference, University of Westminster, London, 20-21 November 2015.
Roundtable on "Politics of Exclusion, Marginalisation and/or Occupation in Post-Colonial Democracies", Doing and Thinking Democracy Differently CSD 25th Anniversary Conference, Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 7 November 2015.
"Political Boundaries and Bodies at the Border", paper at British International Studies Association (BISA) Workshop on 'Borders, Bodies and (Un)Belonging: How Place and Displacement Shape Identities?', Westminster Forum, London, 30 October 2015.
Chair of session on "Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of (Un)Belonging", British International Studies Association (BISA) Workshop on 'Borders, Bodies and (Un)Belonging: How Place and Displacement Shape Identities?', Westminster Forum, London, 30 October 2015.
"Syrian Refugee Crisis", panel organised by International Development Society, University of Westminster, 8 October 2015.
"Contemporary Neoliberal Dehumanisation", paper at 'From the Thirty Years' Crisis to Multipolarity: the Geopolitical Economy of the 21st Century Conference', Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 25-27 September 2015.
"Kashmir as a Challenge to the Sovereignty-Security Nexus", paper at international Conference on Security Challenges in South Asia, Faculty of Political Sciences, University Complutense de Madrid and Casa Asia, Madrid, Spain, 17-18 September 2015.
"What really is the way ahead?", panel on Kashmir at Kashmir-EU week, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 15 September 2015.
"Reflections on anger/apathy towards immigration/immigrants in 'Fortress Europe'", paper at European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Citizenship Workshop in association with CEISR and CESTE, University of Portsmouth, 10-11 September 2015.
"Self-Determination and the Empowerment of Women: changing the political and social order of Kashmir", plenary session speaker, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 21 April 2015.
"Building for the Future: The Role of women in tackling global issues", (with Damian Drăghici, Modi Ntambwe, Clémence Neyrat), Panel organised by European Youth for Human Rights Forum, Brussels, Belgium, 25 March 2015.
"Art and Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberalism", Public Lecture, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell, USA, 24 February 2015.
"Book Reading and Signing: Residue", University Bookstore, Seattle, USA, 23 February 2015.
"India and Kashmir: Necropolitics of Sovereignty", conference paper in session SB18 on Sovereign States, Non Sovereign Bodies: Kashmir, India And Colonial Politics In A Postcolonial World, International Studies Association (ISA) 56th Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, 18-21 February 2015.
"Kashmir's Torture Trail", panel discussion and film screening (with Safoora Teli), Kashmir Solidarity Movement, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 30 January 2015.
"Kashmir EU Week at European Parliament", Keynote speaker, European Parliament, Brussels, 8-11 September 2014.
"Kashmiris: Contested Presents, Possible Futures", (Book Launch of 'Residue' and roundtable on 'Challenge for Kashmir and Kashmiris today' with Mirza Waheed, Dr Dibyesh Anand, Victoria Schofield), and moderator for panel on 'Context and Beyond' (with Andrew Whitehead, Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Professor Fozia Qazi), University of Westminster, 2 June 2014.
“Contested and Possible Sovereignties: The ‘State’ of Kashmir workshop”, (panel with Victoria Schofield, Farah Bashir), University of Warwick, 5 March 2014.
“Kashmir: A People Divided”, panel discussion and film screening, including the first ever cross-LoC - line of control - film on Kashmir (with Mohammad Irfan Dar, Muhammad Arif Urfi, Dr Dibyesh Anand), Conciliation Resources and Emerging Powers Programme, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, London, 3 March 2014.
“A dialogue on contemporary British Asian writing”, conference co-organised by School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester, Friends Meeting House, Manchester, 2 November 2013.
“What does it mean to be an internationalist today?”, (symposium with Prof Dan Smith, Jonathan Glennie, Asad Rehman, John Holary, Marieme Jamme, Hannah Pool, Jessica Horn), New Internationalist 40th Anniversary event, Amnesty International Human Rights Centre, London, 31 October 2013.
“Political Situation in Kashmir”, (with Prof. Uma Chakravarti, Dr Mridu Rai, Marjan Lucas) Panel organised by LUCIS, in cooperation with the Modern South Asia Seminar at Leiden University, The Netherlands, 23 September 2013.
"From Non-Alignment to Alignment: The Compulsions in Indian Foreign Policy", (symposium with Lord Meghnad Desai, Dr Harsh Pant, event moderated by Reginald Massey, organised by Joe Nathan at Confluence), Nehru Centre, London, UK, 15 November 2012.
“Internal Contradictions of the Indian Democracy: A Critical Perspective”, Cafe Diplo (Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique), The Gallery, London, UK, 11 June 2012. http://mondediplofriends.org.uk
"Writing a Path Through International Affairs" (with Bidisha, Anna Blundy, Rosie Garthwaite), Mosaic Rooms (Contemporary Culture from the Arab World), London, UK, 19 May 2012.
"Aspects of Public Action: Apathy and Anger as symptoms of Globalisation" (keynote) and "Literature, Conflict and Transformation", at the I-SAPS-HEC (Institute for Social and Policy Sciences and Higher Education Commission) International Colloquium on 'Public Action in Pakistan: Between Apathy and Anger', Islamabad, Pakistan, 19-20 March 2012.
"The Inaugural: A Global Approach to Feminism", plenary address at the opening session (upon the election of a new auditor presenting a paper) The College Historical Society, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 22 February 2012.
"The Beloved Witness: Celebrating Agha Shahid Ali" (with Kamila Shamsie, Mirza Waheed), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 8 December 2011.
"Democracy, Development, and Economic Justice", seminar talk, part of 'Development Week', organised by Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) and Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 7 November 2011.
Sessions on "The Romantic Economist: Imagination in Economics" (with Eleanor Tiernan, Karl Spain, Martín Lousteau, Alan Beattie), "Has Austerity Ever Worked Anywhere, Ever? (with Colm O'Regan, Jeffrey Sachs, Martin Lousteau, Max Keiser, John Mauldin), and The Glee Club: Optimistic Economics Brunch" (with Colm O'Regan, Paddy Cullivan, Fintan O'Toole, Will Hutton, Margaret E. Ward, George Anders), at Kilkenomics Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland, 4-6 November 2011.
Panelist (with Rachel Dwyer, Justine Hardy, moderated by Dibyesh Anand), discussion at the screening of the documentary film 'Inshallah Football' (director Ashvin Kumar) about Kashmir, part of Himalaya Film and Cultural Festival, Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn, London, 20 October 2011.
"Narratives of the Faraway: Creative Writing in Bhutan", illustrated lecture at the DSC South Asia Literature Festival, opening weekend, RichMix, Shoreditch, London, 8 October 2011. Festival blog summary of my talk is http://southasianlitfest.com/2011/10/narratives-of-faraway-creative-writing-in-bhutan/
"On Kashmir" at the Democracy and Dissent in India and China: Resistance and accommodation in Tibet and Kashmir, University of Westminster, London, UK, 2 June 2011.
Panelist (with co-editors Singay Wangmo, Sippy Das, Ugyen Tsheten Lepcha, Dawa Saday, Palden Wangchuk), Session on Book Launch of "November Light: An Anthology of Creative Writing from Bhutan", at Mountain Echoes Literature Festival, Thimphu, Bhutan, 22 May 2011.
Panelist (with MJ Akbar, Basharat Peer, Mirza Waheed, Swapan Dasgupta, Rahul Pandita) on session "Kashmir, Kashmir" at Jaipur Literature Festival, (Goldman Sachs Public Affairs Series), Front Lawns, Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India, 23 January 2011. Media coverage included: The Hindu ('Jaipur Literature Festival feels the trauma of Kashmir'), The Times of India ('Kashmir: what hope does future hold?'), Rediff News ('Kashmir under spotlight at literature fest'), Mail Today ('Profile').
Speaker (with Stephanie Blankenburg, Nikola Ivanovski), Open Democracy (OD) Discourses event on 'Representations of the Financial Crisis', London, 8 July 2010.
Discussing my novel Residue (at the time, unpublished and award shortlisted) at literature events in London:
'Contemporary Literary Festival' event on "Migration and Displacement: New Writing From India" (moderator Sukhdev Sandhu, co-panelists Neel Mukherjee, Tishani Doshi), at National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London, UK, 27 May 2010.
'Migration and Displacement: New South Asian Fiction' event (moderator Sathnam Sanghera, co-panelists Neel Mukherjee, Tishani Doshi) at the Festival of Asian Literature, Asia House, London, 26 May 2010.
"Subaltern Geopolitics of Bhutan", Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India, 21 January 2010.
“Democracy in Bhutan”, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi, India, 19 January 2010. http://ipcs.org/event-details/democracy-in-bhutan-827.html and http://ipcs.org/event_report_details.php?recNo=827
“In-between China and India: Subaltern Geopolitics of Bhutan”, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, India, 18 January 2010.
“Words We Die For: Passport, Identity, and Exile”, lecture/reading based on my novel Residue, Centre for Integrated Studies (CIS), Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, 8 January 2010.
“Understanding Bhutan's democratisation”, Political Science Departmental Seminar, Central University of Hyderabad (CUH), Hyderabad, India, 5 January 2010.
“What is the Gender of Democratic Normativity?”, a Colloquium address at the international series titled Gender and ‘the Political’ in a Postcolonial World: Negotiating Normativity, in collaboration with the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 25 November 2009.
“Postcolonial Feminism: Then and Now”, speaker, chair, and moderator at the inaugural session of the Frankfurt Research Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 23 November 2009.
Reading from my novel Residue, shortlisted author event, organised by the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, China, 15 November 2009.
Invited to speak at the International Seminar on Development Policy Issues: Responding to the interlocked financial, climate and care crises, organised by the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in collaboration with SID and HIVOS, sessions on “Responding to the Crisis” and “New Models of Development”, UN Plaza, New York, USA, 29-31 October 2009. Seminar marked the launch of Development issue on “Beyond Economics”.
“Democracy in the Non-West: Facts, Frictions, and Fictions”, Keynote Speech, Conference on Sustaining and Deepening Democracy in Asia, organised by the Centre for Bhutan Studies (CBS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Zhiwaling Paro, Bhutan, 12 October 2009.
“Lost and Last Shangri Las: The Search for Happiness in Tibet and Bhutan, talk with Nitasha Kaul and Dibyesh Anand”, Asia House, London, UK, 23 September 2009.
“City Sights and Be/Longing”, session on Representing the City and Diaspora: Film and Art, Diaspora Cities: Urban Mobility and Dwelling, conference of the Department of Geography and The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), London, UK, 16 September 2009.
“Economics: What is it Good for?”, Economics Department Seminar, University of Western Sydney (UWS), Sydney, Australia, 5 August 2009.
“Critical Realism”, Australian Association for Critical Realism seminar, University of Sydney (UOS), Sydney, Australia, 4 August 2009.
“Wandering Subject: The Street as a Site of Thought”, 20/20 Seminar Series, Research School of Humanities, Australia National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, 3 August 2009.
“Changes and Challenges in the Himalayas: A Case of Bhutan”, Research School of Humanities, Australia National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, 3 July 2009.
“Greatest Good of the Greatest Number: Bhutan's transition to democracy”, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, 5 June 2009.
“(Geo)Politics of change: On Bhutan and democracy”, International Conference on China, India, and the Himalayas, University of Westminster, London, UK, 23 May 2009.
“Bhutan: Growing a Democracy”, Loden Foundation Fundraiser, National Liberal Club, Whitehall, London, 27 March 2009.
Roundtable Speaker, “Tibet Question in International Politics”, International Studies Association (ISA) 50th Annual Convention, New York City, USA, 15-18 February 2009.
“Democracy in a small state”, Westminster Politics Seminar, University of Westminster, London, UK, 5 February 2009.
“Democracy as a gift to the people: Small Bhutan, Big Example”, Interrogating Democracy in International Relations, Millennium (Journal of International Studies) Annual Conference, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, 25-26 October 2008.
“Monarchies in Transition in Asia”, Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford University, USA, 5-6 June 2008.
“A Different Democracy: The Bhutanese Expression”, Bhutan Society of the UK, Stratford Place, London, 22 May 2008.
“Uni-Verse celebration of international poets”, my poetry reading at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI), Bath, UK, 14 May 2008.
“A Snapshot of a Changing Kingdom: Democracy and Identity in Bhutan”, Centre for South Asia Studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 10 April 2008.
“Cultural Econo-Mixes of the Bazaar”, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS), Atlanta, USA, 3-6 April 2008.
“A Himalayan Experiment: Bhutan’s Unique Path to Democracy”, Harvard University Asia Center and the South Asia Initiative, Harvard University, USA, 3 April 2008.
“Role of the University in enhancing Gross National Happiness (GNH)”, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan, 19 February 2008.
“Himalayan Visions of Happiness: My Travels in Bhutan, Sikkim, and Tibet”, United Nations Organisation, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI), Bath, UK, 29 October 2007.
“Postcolonial Economies”, ESRC Seminar Series on Postcolonial Economic Geographies, University of Newcastle, UK 12 September 2007.
“Borders of difference: Securitizing economic migration”, session on the ‘Grammar of Security and Insecurity’, International Studies Association Annual Conference, Hawaii, USA, 1-5 March 2005.
“Identity and the Marketplace: Symbolic Geography of Janpath Bazaar”, Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago, USA, 18-21 November 2004.
“Symbolic Geography of a Bazaar”, Interrogating Modernity and Postcoloniality Seminar, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, USA, 9 November 2004.
“Economics and Ideology”, Conference workshop supported by CNRS France and Journal Revue de Philosophie Economique, Aix-en-Provence, France, 24 September 2004.
“Heterodox Economics: Challenging theory and practice of mainstream economics”, Department of Economics, Visvabharati University (Santiniketan), India, 17 August 2004.
“Strange Encounters: Exploring Orientalism in the economic context”, Re-reading Orientalism Conference, University of Jadhavpur, India, 12-14 August 2004.
“Women, Nation, Work: Border Crossings”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, UK, 4-7 August 2004.
Chair of a panel, “Writing a feminist history of economics”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, UK, 4-7 August 2004.
“Economics and Ideology”, Association for Heterodox Economics Conference, Leeds, UK, 16-18 July 2004.
“Working through and resisting the (b)orders of difference”, The new orders of difference: the Cultural Discourses and Texts of Economic Migration, International Conference organised by the Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Conflict (GIPSC) project of the OU and SOAS, University of Surrey, UK, 14-16 July 2004.
“Something Old, Something New: revisiting the Transatlantic Agenda” (with D. Anand), Transatlantic Studies Association 2004 Annual Conference, University of Dundee, UK, 12-15 July 2004.
“Planes Above and Radical Democracy Below: Living in Presence of the Present”, (plenary speaker responding to Chantal Mouffe on global civil society and cosmopolitan democracy), XIth Symposium of International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPH): Human Good – Dignity, Equality, and Diversity, University of Goteborg, Sweden, 19 June 2004.
“A stranger's eye on the ‘I’ of Cosmopolitan Universalism: Seeing the different Values”, XIth Symposium of International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPH), University of Goteborg, Sweden, 17-19 June 2004.
Roundtable Speaker, “Feminism and the Classification of Economic Knowledge”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, University of the West Indies, Barbados, 26-29 June 2003.
“Postcolonialism meets Economics”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, University of the West Indies, Barbados, 26-29 June 2003.
Chair of a panel, “Intra-Household Inequality”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, University of the West Indies, Barbados, 26-29 June 2003.
“Does one go to Caliban for a judgement on Miranda? Economic theorizing and the Postcolonial”, (paper delivered in absentia), Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA), Washington DC, USA, 3-5 January 2003.
“Enlightenment Epistemology in Economics: the Case of Explanation and Interpretation”, International Network for Economic Method (INEM), University of Stirling, Scotland, 1-2 September 2002.
“Writing Economic Theory AnOther Way”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, 12-14 July 2002.
Discussant, “2001 World Bank Policy Report on Engendering Development”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, 12-14 July 2002.
Roundtable Speaker, “Creating/Constructing a Feminist Philosophy of Economics”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, 12-14 July 2002.
“Political Economy and Postcolonial Theory”, panel on Gender, Class and Postcoloniality in Political Economy, Conference on Translating Class, Altering Hospitality, AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis Theory and History (CATH), Congress CATH, University of Leeds, UK, 21-23 June 2002.
“The Anxious Identities We Inhabit: Post’isms and Economic Understandings”, Session on “The Social Construction of Facts and Epistemic Authority”, Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meetings, New Orleans, 5-7 January 2001.
“The Anxious Identities We Inhabit: Post’isms and Economic Understandings”, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 15-17 August 2000.
“Situating Theory in Social Economics”, Tenth World Congress of Social Economics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK, 6-9 August 2000.
“Subverting ‘Discipline’/Feminists Theorise the Economic”, Women’s Studies Network Association Conference, University of West England, Bristol, UK, 12 July 2000.
“Theory as an issue in Socio-Economics”, Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Conference, Research Network on Socio-Economic Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, 7-10 July 2000.
“Social Theory of the Economic”, Knowing the Social World Conference, Salford University, UK, 5-7 July 2000.
“Who is outside the Economy? (and why)”, Association for Heterodox Economics Conference, London, UK, 27-28 June 2000.
“The Economics behind the Economy: Subjects of Economics and Literature”, Metaphors of Economy Conference, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, 23-24 June 2000.
“Feminist Poststructuralist Economics and the Postcolonial Sentiment”, Postcolonial Studies Network Seminar Series, University of Hull, UK, 17 May 2000.
“Theory on Critical Realist Terms: Contextual Social Political Economy”, Cambridge Realist Workshop Reunion Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, 5-7 May 2000.
“Issues in the Philosophy and Methodology of Economics as a Social Science”, Economics Research Seminar, University of Hull, UK, 3 May 2000.
“Between Literature and Economics: Discourse Matters and Matters”, Session on “Between Economics and Literature: Gap or Dialogue”, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Yale University, USA, 25-27 February 2000.
“Economics and Feminism: Theoria and Aporia”, Session on “New Horizons in Economics”, Annual Leeds Economics Conference, UK, Leeds, 12 November 1999.
INTERVIEWS (CREATIVE AND SCHOLARLY)
'World in Focus' about sale of US F-16s to India (2/3/17).
On BBC World Service
Panelist (with Dr Brian Klaas, LSE) on BBC 'Weekend' Programme (hosted by Julian Worricker on 28/1/17, broadcast 120 minutes between 0630 and 0830 GMT).
Radio Student Slovenia
“Hindutva V Akciji” about saffronization in India under Modi regime, expert commentator (zeitgeist programme with Matej Zwitter on 7/3/16).
Monocle 24 Radio - on current affairs - usually at 40.00’’.
The Globalist, Show 835 (9/1/15). Monocle Daily, Show 815 (19/12/14). Monocle Daily, Show 777 (28/10/14). Monocle Daily, Show 760 (3/10/14). The Globalist, Show 726 (11/8/14). Monocle Daily, Show 693 (2/7/14). Monocle Daily, Show 678 (11/6/14). The Briefing, Show 664 (27/5/14). Monocle Daily, Show 660 (16/5/14). The Globalist, Show 665 (16/5/14). Monocle Daily, Show 655 (9/5/14). Monocle Daily, Show 638 (16/4/14). Monocle Daily, Show 624 (27/3/14). Monocle Daily, Show 621 (24/3/14). Monocle Daily, Show 607 (4/3/14). The Globalist Show 559 (19/12/13). Monocle Daily, Show 551 (9/12/13). The Globalist: Asia Show 177 (3/12/13). Monocle Daily, Show 538 (20/11/13). Monocle Daily, Show 535 (15/11/13). Monocle Daily, Show 527 (5/11/13). Monocle Daily, Show 520 (25/10/13). Monocle Daily, Show 513 (16/10/13). Monocle Daily, Show 505 (4/10/13). Monocle Daily, Show 495 (20/9/13). Monocle Daily, Show 485 (6/9/13). Monocle Daily, Show 480 (30/8/13). Monocle Daily, Show 475 (23/8/13). Monocle Daily, Show 465 (9/8/13). The Briefing, Show 460 (7/8/13). Monocle Daily, Show 460 (2/8/13). Monocle Daily, Show 445 (12/7/13). The Briefing, Show 407 (24/5/13). The Globalist, Show 387 (23/4/13).
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Radio
On BBC Urdu
"On enforced disappearances in Kashmir" (with APDP President Parveena Ahangar on 3/6/14).
On BBC Asian Network
"Is Britain to blame for the problems that exist between India and Pakistan over Kashmir" (Show hosted by Nihal on 6/4/11).
“The situation in Kashmir” (Show hosted by Nihal on 11/8/10).
“Writing and Identity” (Show hosted by Satnam Rana on 25/5/10).
On BBC World Service
Panelist (with Henry Chu, LA Times) on BBC 'World Today' Programme (hosted by Rebecca Kesby on 4/7/10, broadcast 120 minutes between 0600 and 0900 BST).
On U-Wave Radio
One hour programme titled "Voices from the Margins: Conversations with non-mainstream writers and filmmakers", interviewed by Dr Alka Kurian about my novel "Residue" and life as an academic, scholar, and human rights activist.
Scholarly interview - on economics and ethics - transcript in link below.
“The need to reconnect Value with values”, individual audio interview on the financial crisis by Laura Fano Morrissey (Society for International Development), New York, USA, October 2009.
TV and Film interviews
DD Kashir (Doordarshan Kashmir) - Good Morning J&K (with Mohammad Amin Bhat and Azhar Hajini)
One hour morning news and conversation programme between 8 and 9 am IST.
Al Jazeera - News (with Lauren Taylor)
Interview on the Demonetisation Crisis in India (16/11/16).
Islam Channel - Asia Wired (Episode 6) on The Kashmir Question - expert commentator (17/7/16).
France 24 International News TV Channel – “Is the pursuit of Gross National Happiness helping Bhutan?” - expert commentator (14/4/16).
Islam Channel - The Report (episode 435 with John Rees), on the issue of proposed rewriting of Indian history textbooks by India’s Hindu nationalists (10/3/16).
Al Jazeera - on Head to Head Programme hosted by Mehdi Hasan. Panelist responding to interview on Hindu Nationalism
"Is Modi's India flirting with fascism?" on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1W-oXZ_31U
Sky TV - on Sky News (with Adam Boulton)
Interview on India's PM Modi UK visit (13/11/15).
Islam Channel - Interview on Chinese President Xi Jinping's UK visit (25/10/15), on violence and assembly elections in Kashmir (5/12/14).
Arise TV - on current affairs, world politics
"Hong Kong Occupy Movement and UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee visit cancellation" - expert commentator (1/12/14).
"China and Japan leaders long-awaited meeting" - expert commentator (10/11/14).
Press TV - on global economy, literature, current affairs - links to transcripts and programme videos below.
"US faces major social, economic challenges", on US economy - expert commentator (7/10/14).
"Global economic system must be recast", on global economic crisis - transcript and individual video segment (5/8/11).
News analysis (with Max Keiser, Michael Kosmides) on the Greek economic situation - entire programme (28/6/11)
“Epilogue”, book review programme, discussing Fatima Bhutto’s ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ with US novelist Attica Locke and ex-mayor of London, Ken Livingstone (5/7/10). Watch on youtube here: part 3, part 2, part 1)
“Epilogue”, book review programme, discussing Aravind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’ with UK Labour Member of Parliament Diane Abbott and media theorist Hugo De Burgh (29/4/09).
“Between the Headlines”, panelist on Current Affairs Programme hosted by Amina Taylor (25/4/09).
BBS TV (Bhutan Broadcasting Service)
On Bhutan’s politics and government, 30 minutes interview, telecast on BBS National TV (10/11/09).
On Bhutan’s transition to democracy, 30 minutes interview, telecast on the BBS National TV (6/3/08).
On Bhutan, “Shooting for Democracy”, a documentary film by The Emerging Lens Initiative, about the 2008 elections in US and Bhutan as seen by the youth in each country, detailed interviews recorded in Berkeley in April 2008 and in Singapore in June 2009. Film released in 2010, IMDb link.
"Interview", Citizen Eye (15/1/17).
"Conflict Interview", Kashmir Life (12/1/17).
"State controls people’s narratives in conflict zones like Kashmir: Nitasha". Rising Kashmir (5/1/17).
"Nitasha Kaul interacts with CUK's DCJ students", Kashmir Life (3/1/17).
"Kehwa Talk: BJP attempting to rewrite history: Dr Nitasha Kaul", Greater Kashmir (2/1/17).
"Minorities, marginalized a casualty in Modi’s India: Experts", Rising Kashmir (1/1/17).
"Kehwa Talk is now 2 Year Old", Kashmir Life (1/1/17).
“Kashmir's Nitasha", Cover Feature, Kashmir Life, Vol 7, Issue 47, (online 9/2/16, print 13/2/16).
"Bhutan's children get their own parliament", Al Jazeera (7/1/16).
"Doctor, scribe, separatist: the new breed of Kashmir's women storytellers", Catch News (8/12/15).
"In Conversation with Nitasha Kaul", Authint Mail (29/4/14).
"Valley of Metaphors", on Kashmir and writing, The Hindustan Times (16/7/11).
"The Write Way", on books and writing, The Hindustan Times, Delhi (27/4/11).
"In Conversation: The Political Economy of Indian Diaspora", The Journalist newspaper, Bhutan (22/8/10).
“Did Jeffrey Sachs really mean it?", Business Bhutan newspaper (14/8/10).
“Broke or Bust”, on Bhutan’s political scenario, The Telegraph, Calcutta (21/3/10).
On democracy and Bhutan, Kuensel newspaper, Bhutan (15/10/09).
“Will democracy change Bhutanese politics?”, UPI Asia (1/4/08).
University of Hull, UK (full scholarship)
Doctoral Thesis title: “Interrogating the Subject-World of Economic Epistemology: Re-Imagining Theory and Difference” (degree awarded June 2003).
Examiners: Prof. Lawson (Cambridge, Economics) and Prof. Gilbert (Hull, Philosophy).
University of Hull, UK (full scholarship)
Masters’ Dissertation Title: “Economics and Economic Decision-Making: Self-Serving Biases, Cognitive Dissonance and Policy”.
1980-1994 St. Thomas School, New Delhi, IndiaUniversity of Delhi (Shriram College of Commerce, SRCC), India
13 Main papers in Economics and 4 subsidiary papers in Mathematics, English Literature, Hindi Literature.
89% with 5 As at XIIth class/A level school leaving exams (Science stream). Main papers – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English Literature.
82% with 4 As and 1B at Xth class/GCSE level, Main papers – English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL, CRITICAL, SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
(Refereeing, research training, organising, staff development courses, summer schools, professional memberships, thoughtful use of social media)
Feminist Economics, Sage Open Access, Theory, Culture and Society, Strategic Analysis, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Contemporary Political Theory, St. Antony's International Review (STAIR), Social Semiotics, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.
Pluto Books, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge.
Signatory, "Open letter to David Cameron: writers urge British Government to safeguard freedom of expression in India", (PEN International letter signed by authors), The Guardian, 12 November 2015.
Signatory, "On his UK visit, Narendra Modi must be held accountable for his record on human rights in India", (letter signed by UK Academics), The Guardian, 11 November 2015.
Signatory, “Call for UK, EU and non-EU students to be treated and valued equally” in The Guardian, 2 March 2014.
Delegate, “Rule of Law and Political Emergencies”, LSE Forum in Legal and Political Theory Conference, London School of Economics, UK, 15 May 2009.
Delegate, “Gender and Collective Violence” ESRC Workshop, Centre for International Politics, City University, UK, 16-17 February 2007.
Delegate, “Gender and Governance: Gender and International Relations in Britain” Workshop, British Journal of Politics and International Relations and Governance Research Centre, Department of Politics, University of Bristol, UK, 28 September 2006.
Organiser, pre-conference workshop, “Introduction to Feminist Economics” (for graduate students, newcomers to feminist economics, and those involved in gender related work in fields such as development), All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK, 4 August 2004.
Awarded ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Research Methods Training Programme, “Focusing on the Case in Quantitative and Qualitative Research”, University of Durham, UK.
“Exploring Cases and Explaining Trajectories using Numerical Taxonomy Methods”, 8-9 July 2004.
“Research Supervision Training”, Academic Development Programme, University of the West of England, 16 January 2004.
Participant, Mobility Funding opportunities Framework Programme 6 (European Commission), UK Research Office, Bristol, 10 October 2003.
“Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning”, Awarded with Distinction, Academic Professional Development Programme, University of the West of England, September 2002-June 2003.
Three modules of 20 Credits each:
“UTCF11SM: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education”
Hours per week: 3
“UTCR09SM: Researching Higher Education”
Hours per week: 3
“UTCF15S3: The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education”.
Year-long Portfolio and Teaching Observation
BlackBoard e-learning pilot, University of the West of England, 2002-03. Successfully delivered “Virtual Seminars” for E100 first year Introductory Module on a Personal Development Profiling (PDP) basis.
“New Technologies to support the Teaching Role”, eLearning / Centre for Learning Development, University of Hull, 14 March 2002.
Founding member, IAFFE-Europe (European network for Feminist Economics), 2002.
“Methodologies for Heterodox Economics”, Economic And Social Research Council (ESRC) Workshop, School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), London, UK, 23-25 November 2001.
“Institutionalist perspectives on the ‘New Economy’ and ‘Globalization’”, AFEE/UMKC (Association for Evolutionary Economics/University of Missouri-Kansas City) Summer School, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 23-28 June 2001.
Original signatory and co-author,“International Open Letter to all Economics Departments: The Kansas City Proposal”, 2001.
UK correspondent, Post Autistic Economics (PAE) Review (now Real-World Economics Review), 2000-2011.
“Norms, Rules and Globalization”, European Commission Euroconference ESFI (Ecole de Sophia Antipolis sur la Firme et L’Industrie) Annual Summer School, Porquerolles, France, 17-23 September 2000.
“Evaluating Cutting Edge Social Science Research” Economic And Social Research Council/Joint University Council (ESRC/JUC) Training School, Discussant for “A Research Programme in the Making: Care, Values, and the Future of Welfare”, University of York, UK, 25-26 March 2000.
“Value of Culture for Economists”, Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University (AMSU) Summer School, The Netherlands, 1-11 August 1999.
Research Training Programme, Graduate Research Institute, University of Hull, 1998-99.
“05708: Philosophical Issues for Social Scientists”
Hours per week: 3
“05002: Communication Skills”
Workshop (5 credits)
Member, Gender Studies Discussion Group, University of Hull, 1999-2000.
Member, Postcolonial Theory Discussion Group, University of Hull, 1998-1999.
Memberships (current or previous): British International Studies Association, Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists, International Economics and Philosophy Society, Royal Economic Society, World Economics Association, International Association For Feminist Economics, Association for Social Economics, International Association of Women Philosophers, Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics, Women’s Studies Network Association, Association For Heterodox Economics, International Network for Economic Method, International Society for Self and Identity, International Studies Association, Association for Asian Studies, American Economic Association.
"Beyond the Trap of a Map"…An unholy nexus of Geography-Economics-Law has forced truly political questions into the margins (Prejudice of Nation-Statism)
"By the Way"...An artist is a phenomenologist of the peripherals (Literary Musings)
"Some Unusual and Creative Ideas for Kashmir"...A stone for your silence. Another for the violence (Kashmir Politics)
"Sachs, GNH, and Bhutan"...Connectivity connects objects. Relationality connects people (Bhutan)
"April is the Cruellest Month/I'll Show you fear in a handful of Dust"...We have lived through centuries of a certain kind of ‘grounded’ modernity...(Iceland Volcano)
Facebook: Nitasha Kaul
Initiator of two specific FB groups: Ideas, Thoughts, and Things (ITT) and Markets Must Not Dictate Democracy (MMNDD): for economists, journalists, activists interested in scholarly papers, debates, and media comments on the issue of markets and democracy.
PREVIOUS PRIZES, ACHIEVEMENTS, HONOURS
Created art, photographs and concept for book covers of 'Residue' (Rainlight/Rupa, 2014), 'Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 'Tibet: A Victim of Geopolitics' (Routledge India, 2009), 'Imagining Economics Otherwise' (Routledge India 2008).
An exhibition of my photographs of Tibet and Tibetan people (Second prize) at the University of Bristol, UK, 2007.
Delhi University Rector’s Prize (First Prize) for “Intelligence, General Knowledge and Ability”, awarded by the Chief Justice of India and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, 74th Annual Convocation, 1997.
In 1997, after obtaining a first division BA Honours in Economics from Delhi University (SRCC, Shriram College of Commerce), simultaneously selected in competitive Masters (MA) English Literature exam at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU, all India student intake: 20) and selected in competitive media studies exam at Masters in Mass Communication (MA Mass. Comm.) at the A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication & Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Milia Islamia University (all India student intake: 50).
“Dr. Raman Memorial Research Studentship” for work on Environment Friendly Technologies, Waterfalls Institute of Technology Transfer (WITT), New Delhi, 1996-97.
Represented “New Zealand” in Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, at the 42nd Annual Harvard Model United Nations Conference, Harvard University, USA, February 1996.
President, Economics Society, Shriram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, 1995-96.
Editor, school literary chronicle, Jyoti, 1992-94, and College Literary Chronicle, Yamuna, 1995-97.
Founder-Member College Film Club, and Executive Committee member, Debating Society, English Literary Society, Fine Arts Society, Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University, 1994-96.
“Y. Kumar Student Award” (joint), Best project on International Understanding, 1993.
“Project Hriday”, social-work project initiative of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), volunteer award by Sonia Gandhi, 1993.
“Prime Minister” 1993-94, “Minister of Information and Communication” 1992-93, and “Nightingale House Captain” 1991-92, St Thomas School Cabinet.
All India First Prize “Vigyan Vidhi” (Methods of Science), National Scientific and Research Division, Government of India, 1991.
Organiser of Inter-College Annual Economics Festival (“Crossroads”), College Academic and Cultural events (such as lectures by national and visiting international experts, concerts for the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth SPIC-MACAY), College Coordinator of Commonwealth Society of India (CSI).
National level recognition in India for extracurricular activities through awards, gold medals, prizes, and certificates of merit (a total of 51 from the years 1986-1996) from numerous academic and other organizations such as the National Book Trust, Shankar’s International, Parliament of India, Heart Care Foundation of India, National Museum of Natural History (Government of India), National Literacy Mission, Nehru Centenary Organisation, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, National School of Drama, University of Delhi. These were for public speaking, extempore, debates on topics in science and social science, participation in televised national network academic quizzes (“Crossfire”, “Time Machine”), national recognition in painting, poetry, creative writing, photography, dramatics (completed a certificate course with the National School of Drama (NSD) culminating in a lead role at the Kamani Auditorium in Delhi in a production titled ‘Azaadi Ke Chiraag’ based on India’s struggle for independence, and conceived the story script and performed a lead role in “Indorella” at the Air Force Auditorium in Delhi with Barry John’s Theatre Action Group (TAG).
English (native), Hindi (native), Kashmiri (native), French (intermediate, studied at University of Hull), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate, studied at University of the West of England and at University of Westminster), Spanish (basic course from Language Link London), Persian/Farsi (basic, studied at University of Westminster), Urdu (intermediate), Dzongkha – language of Bhutan (learning).