Tusharika is a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham where she is affiliated with Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS). She is the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor' Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) award from the University of Nottingham to pursue her PhD. Prior to starting her PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Tusharika has completed her MSc in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen and was the recipient of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government for the year 2016-17. Previously she has done her Bachelors (Honours) in Political Science from the Indraprastha College For Women, University of Delhi. Her research project investigates the ongoing Kashmir Conflict from an internal perspective and the question of citizenship of Kashmiris in Contemporary India.
Tusharika has also been the recipient of the School's Michael Cowan Award, given in recognition of her research achievements.
Tusharika was the assistant editor (Jan 2019- April 2020) for the Asia Dialogue (South Asia), the online magazine of the University of Nottingham, Asia Research Institute.
Currently, she is the Editor-at-large at E-International Relations and the Social Media Editor for Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Taylor and Francis Publication.
Ethnic Conflict, Violence, Religion and Politics, South Asian Politics, Critical Terrorism Studies, Securitisation, New Wars, Technology
International Politics in the Twentieth Century POLI2049 (Level 2, Second Year)
Politics at the University (Level 1)
Tusharika' research mainly explores the reasons behind political discontent and resort to violence in India-administered Jammu & Kashmir. The nature of the Kashmir conflict has entered into a new… read more
Tusharika' research mainly explores the reasons behind political discontent and resort to violence in India-administered Jammu & Kashmir. The nature of the Kashmir conflict has entered into a new phase. One of the substantial aspects of Indian politics is the revival of right-wing politics or Hindu-Nationalism or Hindutva. The central issue emerging here is not the equality of citizenship (or lack of it) but competing frameworks of Kashmiri identity. As the central Indian government becomes more aggressive from 'top' in its notion of Hindutva being the central component of Indian citizenship, an alternative notion of Kashmiri citizenship based on Muslim identity has emerged from 'below' and appears to be succeeding in unifying the various Kashmiri factions. Another aspect that unifies such groups is their inter-connectivity through technology and social media. The proposed study aims to explore four themes to understand the changing nature of the Kashmir conflict.