Renowned academician Nehginpao Kipgen succumbs to COVID-19 in Delhi

Nehginpao Kipgen, 46, served as executive director at Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), OP Jindal Global University, New Delhi.


Renowned Kuki academician, political scientist, writer and worldwide orator, Nehginpao Kipgen succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday morning in New Delhi.  He was 46.  He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Nehginpao, son of (Late) Mangkholen Kipge, served as executive director at Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), OP Jindal Global University, New Delhi till he breathed his last. 

Since 2013, Kipgen has served as a 'country expert for Burma/Myanmar' for varieties of democracy (V-Dem), a collaborative academic research project of the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA).

He had published four single-authored books in Routledge (Taylor and Francis), Oxford University Press, and Ruby Press; 24 peer-reviewed academic articles in Asian Journal of Social Science, Social Research, International Studies, World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Profile, Asian Affairs, International Journal on World Peace, and India Review. 

His body will be brought home by road till Kangpokpi Town and his last rite will be held following strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Social media platforms were flooded with written and visual condolence messages on Sunday mourning the untimely demise of Nehginpao Kipgen.

MLA of Kangpokpi assembly constituency Nemcha Kipgen in her visual condolence messages said that the untimely demise of Nehginpao Kipgen is a great loss for the modern world.

The Kuki Inpi Manipur also mourned the untimely demise of Nehginpao Kipgen and extended heartfelt condolences.

Many individuals and various civil voluntary organisations including KSO-GHQ, KSO Delhi-NCR, Thadou Inpi, HTC Moreh, TSA Sadar Hills, Kuki Lawyer Association Manipur and others also extended condolences and mourned the untimely demise of the professor.

Meanwhile, the Home department, Government of Manipur has also issued a No Objection Certificate to transport the lifeless body of Nehginpao Kipgen from Delhi to Manipur subject to adherence to necessary COVID-19 protocols.

The International Human Rights Association (IHRA), Indo-Myanmar also extended its condolence over the unfortunate demise of a pre-eminent international political scholar, Nehginpao Kipgen.

He was a notable eye-opener of the pathway to democracy for Myanmar and an expert in Southeast Asian politics and Human Rights at the academic and political level. He contributed maximum efforts to Southeast Asian Politics where his findings and decisions about politics were indeed anecdotes to the peaceful development and better future or economic growth in the Southeast Asia region, IHRA stated.

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First Published:May 2, 2021, 9:21 p.m.

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