Dr. Parama Sinhapalit

Dr. Parama Sinhapalit is a Research Associate of CCPN Global (UK), who is an independent scholar currently based in Singapore. Apart from her research engagements, she has been actively engaged with schools while in New Delhi. Dr Sinhapalit had history at her Bachelor’s but later specialized in Political Science and International Relations. Despite clearing her NET she continued to teach Political Science at a higher secondary school in New Delhi given her commitment to work with children.

Parama also knows Mandarin (functional) and writes regularly for Indian as well as other international newspapers such as Oriental Morning Post (in Chinese), Straits Times and China Daily.

Recent Academic Engagement

  • January 2012 – till Date:  Book  and Research Projects on China’s soft power, its regional application and comparative aspects
  • January – April 2016 : Business Foundation Course at Confucius Institute (CI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
  • January - March 2015: Mandarin language (Intermediate III) at Confucius Institute (CI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
  • October - December 2014: Mandarin language (Intermediate II) at CI, NTU, Singapore.
  • January – April 2013: Mandarin language (Intermediate I) at CI, NTU, Singapore.
  • November 2011 – April 2012: Mandarin language (Pre-Advanced) at Ikoma Language School, Singapore’
  • November  2010 – October 2011  : Mandarin language student (Intermediate) at Ikoma Language School, Singapore.
  • January- October 2010: Mandarin language student (Basic) at Ikoma Language School, Singapore.

Professional Experience

  • July – December 2008: Academic Visitor, Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore. Main responsibilities included developing a research database on the Middle East with emphasis on strategic affairs and writing on the Middle East.
  • July 2007- April 2008: Senior Associate, Corporate Law Group (CLG), Delhi. Main responsibilities were editing a quarterly newsletter on infrastructure and energy policies, researching on global intellectual property rights issues and preparing policy papers on global developments.
  • December 2006 – May 2007: Research Fellow (Deputy Secretary), International Affairs, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI), Delhi. Main responsibilities involved preparing background papers and agenda notes for all committee meetings of the International Affairs Department, disseminating information on international business affairs to PHDCCI members, interacting with embassies and foreign diplomatic missions for facilitating business interface, writing for PHDCCI monthly bulletin and coordinating the Japanese Business Proficiency Test (BJT) of the JETRO, Japan.       
  • August 2005 – November 2006: Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Studies & Simulation (CS3), United Service Institution of India (USI), Delhi. Main research focus was on US policies in Asia and Implications for Indian Security. Other responsibilities included disseminating research findings to core strategic experts, providing strategic policy inputs and writing.
  • June 2001 – July 2005: Researcher, Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA), Delhi. Primary research focus was on American foreign policy. Other responsibilities included writing for Strategic Analysis (a peer reviewed quarterly journal on strategic issues), preparing the ‘Defense and Disarmament Review’ in the monthly Strategic Digest of IDSA, delivering lectures at in-house training courses for government officers and armed forces and coordinating international conferences.
  • July 1998-May 2001: PGT teaching Political Science to Classes XI and XII at the Bluebells International School, New Delhi
  • June 1995-May 1996: PGT teaching Political Science to classes XI and XII and Civics to Class IX and X at the Greenfileds School, New Delhi

Knowledge of Language

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
  • Mandarin [Appeared and excelled at the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)  organized by the Ministry of Education, Beijing, Level III]

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013-15: Diploma in Mandarin language, Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • 2010-12: Certificate in Basic, Intermediate I & II and Pre-Advanced Mandarin language, Ikoma School of Language, Singapore
  • 2003:  Ph.D. in International Studies from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal   Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (March). Doctoral thesis: The Bush Administration and Indo-US Relations: 1989-92
  • 1999:  National Eligibility Test (NET) of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for Lectureship   Subject: International Relations
  • 1998:  M. Phil in International Relations, School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), with distinction
  • 1995:  M.A. in International Relations, JNU
  • 1993: B.A in History from Jesus & Mary College (JMC), Delhi University (DU)


  • 2015: “Soft Power through education: Indian and Chinese strategies in South and Southeast Asia”, In China, USA and the World – Theatres of soft power, edited by Chitty Naren, being published by Project 211 National Key University in Beijing.
  • “Soft Power through education: Comparing China and India”, In Society Building: A China Model of Social Development (UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) edited by Xiangqun Chang. (The Paper was originally presented at the International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Studies IFCCS4 organized by University of Nottingham, London School of Economics, and Beijing University of Technology; Beijing, August 2012).
  • 2014: “China’s cultural diplomacy: Historical Origin, Modern Methods and Strategic Outcomes”; China Currents, Vol. 12, No. 2; 13 January; http://www.chinacenter.net/chinas-cultural-diplomacy-historical-origin-modern-methods-and-strategic-outcomes/
  • “Asia in the 21st century: India, China engages Southeast Asia”; Malaysian Journal of International Affairs (MJIA), Vol. 1; December
  • : “Strategic Influence of Soft Power: Inferences for India from Chinese Engagement of South and Southeast Asia” (co-authored); ICRIER Policy Series, No. 3; August; http://www.icrier.org/pdf/Policy_Series_No_3.pdf
  • 2010: “China’s Soft Power in South Asia”, RSIS Working Paper no. 200. Also available at   http://www.rsis.edu.sg/publications/WorkingPapers/WP200.pdf
  • 2009: “Cultural Diplomacy for Engaging South Asia: Indian and Chinese Experiences”, ICFAI University Journal of International Relations, Nos. 3 & 4, Hyderabad
  • ------: “Role of Indian Diaspora in Increasing Strategic Influence in a Globalised World”, (co-authored), Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 13, No. 1, January-June, Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA), Dhaka
  • 2008: “Does Intellectual Property Laws in India and China Encourage Innovation”, (coauthored), International Journal of Intellectual Property-Law, Economy and Management, Intellectual Property Association of Japan (IPAJ), vol. 3, no. 4, March, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006: a) “India, China and US-Key Variables in Indian Ocean”, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, December
  • ------: b) “Shared Security Interests”; Asian Affairs, Brunel Academic Publishers Ltd.: UK, June
  • -----: c) “The ‘Singh Doctrine”, (co-authored), Armed Forces Journal, Army Times Publishing Co., 6883: VA 22159, USA, May
  • ------:  d) “Asian Conundrum: US-India-China Triad”; Asian Affairs, Brunel Academic Publishers Ltd.: UK, March
  • 2005:  a) “Changing Dynamics in Indo-US Relations: A Perspective”, Border Security Force (BSF) Journal, Tekanpore, Gwalior, India, June
  • ------:   b) “US ‘Foothold’ Abroad: Implications for Asia”; Asian Affairs, Brunel Academic Publishers Ltd.: UK, June
  • 2004: a) “US-Iran: The Changing Dynamics and the Likelihood of a Conflict”, Strategic Analysis,   IDSA, (January-March)
  • ------: b) “New US Administration and Its Approach to Foreign Policy”; Strategic Analysis, IDSA, (October-December)
  • -----:  c) “The 9/11 Report: Reaffirming Pakistan-Terrorism Nexus”; Strategic Analysis, IDSA, Delhi (July-September)
  • 2002: “Dilemmas in the American Policy towards Taiwan”, Strategic Analysis, IDSA, (October-December)
  • 2001: a) “The Kashmir Policy of the United States: A Study of the Perceptions, Conflicts and Dilemmas”; Strategic Analysis IDSA, Delhi, September. (The paper has been recommended as reference material by the Joint Forces Staff College (Norfolk, National Defense University, USA, for its students)
  • ------: b) “Vajpayee-Bush Joint Statement: Looking Beyond”; Strategic Analysis, IDSA, November

Article Reviews

  • 2015. “China’s SAARC membership”, International Journal of China Studies, University of Malaya
  • 8 June 2015.  “Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood”, vol. 88 (2) Pacific Affairs, University of British Columbia (pp. 345-7)
  • 2013. “A Glimpse of Confucius Institute in the Mekong Region” Issues and Studies: National Chengchi University
  • 2011. “Changing Dynamics of China's Relationship with Nepal: The Post-Monarchy Period” for the South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies: Monash University
  • Papers presented at International Conferences and Lectures
  • 2016 April, Mumbai, India. “Structural features of India and China’s Soft Power initiatives” at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
  • 2015,  25-26 August, Wellington. “Communication of New India: Modi’s Strategy” at the NZIDRI, Victoria University of Wellington (Third International Conference on ‘India as a Global Power in the Twenty-first Century’)
  • 2014 July, Perth. “Similar ends, different means: Comparing China’s soft power with India’s” at the AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders (ASAA 20th Biennial Conference) organized by the University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2013 September, London. “Cultural Diplomacy by China and India: Growing Strategic Significance of ‘Ambassador’ Institutes” at the Communicating Soft Power: Contrasting Perspectives from India and China organized by the University of Westminster, London
  • 2012 August, Beijing. “Soft Power through education: Comparing China and India” at the International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS4) organized by the University of Nottingham, London School of Economics, and Beijing University of Technology

Few Newspaper Articles

  • 18 May 2015. 莫迪“东向”关键词:投资和核能 (Modi ‘eastward’ keywords: investment and nuclear power, Oriental Morning Post at http://epaper.dfdaily.com/dfzb/html/2015-05/18/content_988331.htm
  • 18 September 2014. “左右逢源,印度外交真的不选边?(PR, India diplomacy really is not selected), Oriental Morning Post at http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1266933
  • 16 September 2014. “Building strong bilateral foundations”, China Daily at http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2014-09/16/content_18603617.htm
  • 17 July 2014.“金砖外交|金砖挑战布雷顿森林体系, 给崛起大国提供更大自由” ("The BRIC foreign | BRIC challenged the Bretton Woods system, providing greater freedom for rising powers"), Oriental Morning Post at http://thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1256476
  • 9 June 2014. “莫迪外交会更专注于中国”( “Morty diplomacy would focus more on China”), Oriental Morning Post at http://epaper.dfdaily.com/dfzb/html/2014-06/09/content_896557.htm
  • 21 October 2013. “High-level visits define Sino-Indian ties”, China Daily at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/kindle/2013-10/21/content_17047496.htm
  • 8 March, 2011. “Adding Asian colour to public diplomacy”, China Daily at http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-03/08/content_12134064.htm


Geeta Chopra Award for overall academic excellence in Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, 1994

Voluntary Work

  • Research Associate of CCPN Global, UK
  • Volunteer at Salvation Army, Singapore.