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Roy, Dr Anwesha

Roy_AnweshaMarie Curie Research Fellow in Gandhian Politics


Tel +44 (0)74 0416 5766

Address Department of History
King's College London
C8 B, North Wing
London WC2R 2LS




I have completed my M. Phil and Doctorate in Modern Indian History from the Centre for Historical studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. While pursuing my PhD. I was a SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders’) Fellow from 2011-2015, an international fellowship funded by the Nippon Foundation, Japan. I have also been a Charles Wallace Scholar to Britain, in the year 2014. Before joining Kings College London, I was a Teaching Assistant at the Department of History at Ashoka University in Sonepat, India. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Communalism and ethnic violence
  • Peace studies, especially Gandhian models of resistance
  • Revolutionary praxis

    My PhD. Thesis focussed on various modalities of communal mobilization in 1940s in Bengal, specifically delving into the inter-relations between hunger, caste and communal politics. I am deeply interested in ‘mass’ politics, ‘crowd’ behaviour and their linkages with elite leadership. For my current project as a Marie Curie Fellow, I focus on revolutionary praxis and practical scope of violence within the ambit of Gandhian mass-movements, specifically the Quit India Movement in Bengal in 1942.

    I would be happy to advise PhD. Students in
  1. Gandhian politics
  2. Violence and mass politics
  3. Communalism and anti-communal resistance 
Selected publications

‘Anatomy of a Riot; The Great Calcutta Killings, August 1946’ Bengal Past and Present, Volume 128, Year 2009

‘Calcutta and its Struggle for Peace: Anti-Communal Resistance, 1946-47’ in Tanika Sarkar and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay (eds.) Calcutta, The Stormy Decades (Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2015)

‘A Test of Faith? The Mahatma and His Tryst With Bengal, 1946-47’, in David Hardiman (ed) Non-Violence in Modern Indian History (Orient Black Swan, New Delhi) (Forthcoming)









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