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I have completed my Masters, M.Phil and PhD. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. I completed my PhD in 2016, having been supervised by Professor Tanika Sarkar. During my years as a doctoral student, I also won the prestigious Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) from Nippon Foundation, Japan 

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Communalism and Communal violence 
  • Gandhian politics of mass mobilizations 
  • Caste politics and national identities 

I would be happy to assist and advise students on the above research fields.  


I  teach courses on late medieval and modern South Asia as well as on history of radical thought.  

Selected publications 

  • Making Peace, Making Riots: Communalism and Communal Violence, Bengal 1940-47 (Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2018)  
  • ‘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, 2017) 
  • ‘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) 
  • ‘Anatomy of a Riot: The Great Calcutta Killing, August 1946’, Bengal Past and Present (Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society), Volume 128, Year 2009 (Published in 2011)