Rishi Gupta is research associate with the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. He completed his MPhil in Foreign Policy Studies from the University of Calcutta and MA in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University, where he received the South Asia Foundation Group Fellowship. He has been associated with the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), Kathmandu, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, China. He worked as a Project Fellow at the Center for Southern Asia Studies, Pondicherry University. Currently, he is completing his PhD at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests include India-Nepal relations, National Security of Nepal, Nepal-China and Tibet, and Strategic Himalayan Region. He has contributed research papers in edited volumes, journals and is a regular contributor to national dailies- The Pioneer, Deccan Herald, Dainik Jagran, and Rashtriya Sahara.

Contributions 
The Unmaking and Making of Sri Lankan Crisis: Options before India Unfolding Events Sri Lanka has elected six-time former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new President. In the parliamentary votes Ranil Wickremesinghe received 134 votes against his closest contestant Dullus Alahapperuma got 82 vo...

नेपाली प्रधानमंत्री देउबा की भारत यात्रा पीएम देउबा का दौरा नेपाल के प्रधानमंत्री शेर बहादुर देउबा अप्रैल महीने में अपनी तीन दिवसी...

The Himalayan Conundrum: Nepal and Bhutan in 2021 Nepal The year 2021 can be surmised as a year of political upheavals, economic downfall, and geo-political uncertainties for Nepal. Also, when countries worldwide were engaged in making arrangements to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal’...

Functioning of Judiciary in Nepal The Crisis For more than one month now, Nepal’s judicial system has come to a partial halt. The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) is protesting against Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana and demanding his unconditional resignati...

A Welcome Reset in India-Nepal Relations Amidst Chinese Encroachment of Nepalese Territories A New Beginning Amidst the gloom and pessimism in India-Nepal relations in the past five years, the two countries now seem to be moving towards a reset in bilateral ties. Since taking office in July 2021, the newly appointed Prime Minist...

VIF Papers 
South Asian Response to Ukraine Crisis: Political, Economic and Humanitarian Implications The Russian “special military operation” launched against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, has impacted countries worldwide. While the global powers are busy in either extending support or condemning Russia in their respective ways, the fundamental ...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
“Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties” by Ranjit Rae, Vintage Books, New Delhi, pp. 224, 2021, ₹ 499 As one completes the immigration and security checks at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and passes through the boarding gates, one gets amused on why is there another set of security checks, just next to the runway, before boarding an Air I...

VIF Briefs 
Event Reports 
Talk on Evolving Situation in Sri Lanka The Vivekananda International Foundation organized a talk on Economic Situation in Sri Lanka on 18 May 2022. The talk was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation The economic situation in Sri Lanka is an evolvin...

Talk on "Nepal-India Relations" by Ambassador of Nepal H.E. Dr. Shankar P. Sharma By Khusmita Dhabhi & Rishi Gupta The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a talk by H.E. Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, Ambassador of Nepal on "Nepal-India Relations" on 1st June 2022 at 1100. The session was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Di...

Virtual Talk on India-Bhutan Relations A virtual talk was organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation on 21 October 2021 on India-Bhutan Relations. The talk delved upon the following areas. The foundation of India-Bhutan diplomatic bilateral ties was laid in 1968 with the op...

VIF Virtual Book Discussion on “Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties” by Ambassador Ranjit Rae The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a book discussion on “Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties”on November 05, 2021. The event was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF. Author of the book Ambassador Ranjit Rae delive...

VIF Interactive Session with Sunil Bahadur Thapa and Bishow Parajuli The Vivekananda International Foundation organized an interactive session with Shri Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Joint General Secretary, Nepali Congress, and Member of Constituent Assembly on 08 November 2021. Shri Thapa was joined by Brishaw Parajuli, Repr...

Outreach 
Lending a helping hand to Sri Lanka Published in the Daily Pioneer on 26 July 2022....

Deuba’s visit to rev up ties with India Published in The Pioneer Newspaper on 1st April 2022....

Deuba Seeks Better Relations with India Published in South Asian Voices on 20th January 2022....

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