Dr. Veena Ramachandran


Veena Ramachandran completed her PhD in Januray 2018, Centre for China Studies, IIT Madras, worked with Dr.Sonika Gupta.She has been honored with Gold Medals for her outstanding academic achievement (First Merit) in her Masters and Undergraduation in Political Science.Veena has two years of teaching experience as an Assistant Professor in Dept. of Political Science at Madras Christian College (MCC),Chennai. She has online publications of her Articles on various topics related to “Governance in China, Security Issues, Environmental Policy” in CSC website.

Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Harmonizing Xinjiang”: Examining China’s Ethnic Management Strategy post-2009 (Degree Awarded on 12 January 2018)

Field of Specialization:

Nationalism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, Civil Society, Chinese Domestic Politics, Harmony and Stability Discourse in China, China’s Ethnic Policy, Religion in China, Xinjiang, Bilingual Education in Xinjiang, China and Central Asia in the context of OBOR, China and Islam, Environmental Movements and Internet Activism in China.

Expert Lectures

Delivered a lecture titled The Construction of Ethnic Difference in China at Department of Ethnology, National ChengChi University, Taipei, Taiwan on 25th November 2013.

Delivered a lecture on Forging Partnership: Mandarin as a Bridge between Taiwan and India at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan on 23rd November 2013.

Research Publications

  • International Refereed Journals

(Post-review) Ramachandran, V. The Harmony Discourse and the Construction of Ethnic Difference in China. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics.

Ramachandran, V. (2017) Redefining China’s Xinjiang Policy: Rhetoric or reality?International Area Studies Review, 20 (3), 273–290. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2233865917703904

Gupta, S. and R, Veena (2016) Bilingual Education in Xinjiang in the Post-2009 Period. China Report, 52 (4), 306-323. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0009445516661885

  • National  Journal

R,Veena. (2016) Critical Examination of the Stability Discourse in China.  Indian Journal of Political Science, LXXVII (1), 85-92.

  • Book Chapters

(Review) Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB): Synchronization of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policy in an edited volume.

R, Veena. Uyghur Separatism and Stability Discourse in China. pp 56-67. in D. Subha Chandran, Teshu Singh and Namrata Hasija (eds) Inside China: New Leadership, Social Change and Economic Challenges Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Asian Security Series, Samskriti Publishers, New Delhi, 2013.

Ramachandran, V. Indian Federalism in a Transitory Phase: From Asymmetry to Multiculturalism. pp 68-77. in G. Gopakumar (ed) Foreign Policy, Federalism and International Treaties , New Century Publications, New Delhi, 2011.

Online Magazines (International)

Ramachandran, V (2018) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Uyghur Challenge and the Chinese Security Model, The Diplomat, 30 March, https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/china-pakistan-economic-corridor-the-uyghur-challenge-and-the-chinese-security-model/

Conference Papers

  • International Conference

A paper titled Islam with Chinese Characteristics: Ethnic vs. Extremist at the International Conference, Ethnographies of Islam in China, held from 27-29 March, 2017 at China Institute, SOAS, University of London.

A paper titled Silk Road Economic Belt: Challenges and Opportunities for China’s Harmonized Xinjiang  and Harmonious World at the International Conference onIndia, China and the New Silk Road Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities, held from 11-12 November, 2016, at the Institute for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

A paper titled The Harmony Discourse and China’s Engagement with Ethnic Difference at 7th Annual Conference on Cultural and Social Anthropology of East Asia 2013 (theme: Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity and Ethnic Policies in China) from 31 October-2 November 2013 at the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

A paper on Critical Examination of the Stability Discourse in China at theInternational Conference on 'Participation, Contestation, Legitimation in Chinese Politics', conducted from 3-5 December 2012, at IITM CSC.

  • National Conference

Paper on Critical Examination of the Stability discourse in China at the Fifth All India conference of China Studies on December 15-16, 2012, at Santiniketan, Kolkata.

Paper titled Uighur Separatism and the Stability Discourse in China, presented at Inside China: Second Annual Conference Organized by IPCS on 8th September 2012 at New Delhi.

Paper presented on  Chinese Winter: A study on Netizen activism in China at U.G.C Sponsored National Seminar on Democracy and Civil Society in India, Organized by Centre for Gandhian Studies, Alphonsa College, Pala, on 7-8 February 2012, at Kottayam.

Paper on Islamophobia in Europe at the Second International Workshop on Politics in the Global Age: Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism,from 6-10 June, 2011, Organized by Centre for Comparative European Union Studies, DoHSS, IIT Madras.

Paper on Indian Federalism in a Transitionary Phase from Asymmetry to Multiculturalism at the national seminar on Indian Constitution, Federalism and International Law, organized from 4-5, February, 2010 by the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala.



Dr. Veena Ramachandran

Research Student (China Studies Centre)

Research Guide: Dr.Sonika Gupta