Mr Richard Toppo

Pran Nath Bahl Scholarship Recipient for 2012-13

Richard completed his Bachelors in History from Loyola College, Chennai. Before coming to Oxford he also worked as a Research Intern and Research Assistant at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). Richard has a wide variety of interests relating to Contemporary India, from International Relations to internal politics and he has a long-standing association with the on-going tribal movements in areas of central and eastern India. He chose the MSc in Contemporary India for its wide ranging curriculum. It was the first such degree in the world and now offers India-focused courses in Anthropology, Political Economy, Human Development, International Relations, Anthropology, Politics and Research Methods.

Ms Ipshita Ghosh

Pran Nath Bahl Scholarship Recipient for 2013-14

Ipshita graduated with a Masters in English from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and has also completed a course in conflict transformation and peacebuiding. Before coming to Oxford, she worked as an assistant professor in English at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. Her interests are in Indian democracy, globalization and current forms of nationalism. She has also gained experience working at Transparency International India and The Dalai Lama Foundation.

“I wanted to do the MSc in Contemporary India from Oxford University because of the unique, interdisciplinary structure of the program which is focused on a comprehensive engagement with the issue of modernity in India. I also believe that the structure and content of this course will directly inform my doctoral research. The idea of doing this course is exciting as it provides exposure to various aspects of Indian politics, economics and culture while giving each student an opportunity to focus on the area that really interests them. It is, I feel, an intellectually stimulating program that not only provides extensive knowledge on India but also helps us unravel some of the complexities associated with developing nations which are as diverse as India. It is an important program given the general worldwide focus on emerging countries like India. This program helps disperse many of the media generated stereotypes to enable a more rigorous and multi-disciplinary engagement with India, and indeed, South Asia.”

 

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