I joined the University of Edinburgh as the British Academy Newton International Fellow in March 2021.
I am Consulting Editor (Book Reviews) at the Economic & Political Weekly, Mumbai, India. Previously, I have taught in postgraduate programmes at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai and Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India.
My doctoral research, drawing from the writings of Dr B R Ambedkar and a land movement waged by Dalit landless labour in Maharashtra (west India), explored the Dalit Land Question in India. As part of my postdoctoral research, I seek to contextualise the Dalit land question in the larger political philosophy of Ambedkar, and develop a comparative theoretical framework between the Dalit and leftist land movements in India. A further goal is also to enquire into the contemporary and subjective meanings of land vis-à-vis the Dalit land movement and its participants. Finally, I will also explore the tensions between movements for social equality and protection of “commons” with regards the Dalit land demand, as well as the debates concerning the meaning and implications of such terms as “public” and “common” in the movement.
- PhD Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2012-2019.
- MPhil, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2010-2012.
- MA Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2007-09.
- BA Honours in Economics, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. 2004-07.
- Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Development, International Graduate School North-South (graduate school of Universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich) 2019.
Significant Publications (in chronological order)
- ‘B R Ambedkar on Caste and Land Relations in India’, Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan-Jun 2020).
- ‘Reading Ambedkar in the Time of Covid-19’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 55, No 16, 2020, 34-37.
- Have RCTs Brought Back the “Empirical” into Economics?’, Symposium on Development and Poverty Alleviation, World Development, Vol 127, March 2020 (with Aardra Surendran).
- ‘Caste and Public Health’, Frontline, 22 May 2020.
- ‘India’s Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children: Review of ‘Where India Goes’ by Dean Spears and Diane Coffey’, The Wire, 22 September 2017.
- ‘The Great Masquerade: On the Maratha Morchas’, The Hindu, 27 November 2016.
- ‘Where is Caste in Development? Bihar Assembly Elections 2015’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 50, No 45, 2015.
- ‘Nitish Kumar’s Honorable Exit: A Brief History of Caste Politics’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 48, No 28, 2013, pp. 15-17.
- ‘Non-family Labour in the Swiss Agriculture: A Status Report and Future Prospects’, Journal of Socioeconomics in Agriculture, Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Vol 7/8, 2015 (with Huey Shy Chau and Silva Lieberherr).
- ‘A Class Analysis of the ‘Bihari Menace’, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 44, No 28, 2009, pp.124-127.
Book Reviews/Review Articles
- ‘Reimagining Public Policy Studies in India’: Review of Public Policy: A View from the South by Vishal Narain, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 55, No 38, pp. 30-32.
- ‘Autobiography of an Iconoclast’: Review of Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nalin Verma, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 50, No 20, pp. 25-28.
- ‘The Crisis of the Small Farm Economy in India’: Review of How Do Small Farmers Fare? Evidence from Village Studies in India (2017) by Madhura Swaminathan and Sandipan Baksi (eds.), Tulika Books, New Delhi, Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1.
- ‘Village India: Change and Continuity’: Review of The Changing Village in India: Insights from Longitudinal Research (2016) by Himanshu, Praveen Jha, and Gerry Rodgers (eds.), Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2.
- ‘Agrarian Questions: Old and New’: Review of Critical Perspectives on Agrarian Transition: India in the Global Debate (2016) by B B Mohanty (ed.), Routledge, New York, Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol 7, No1.
My primary interest is in the areas of caste, agrarian/village studies, political economy of development and sociopolitical movements in India. In addition, I am interested in the social determinants of public health, especially caste and gender.