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Professor Neeladri Bhattacharya

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067

Neeladri Bhattacharya is Professor of Modern History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi. His research and publications have been on the making of the colonial rural order, on custom, law and colonialism, on colonial power and discourse in India, and on the politics of history writing. He has been co-editor of the series Themes in Indian History (Oxford University Press) and the journal Studies in History (Sage) and editor of Tracts for the Times (Orient Longman), a series on issues of contemporary concern. He is Chief Advisor of the new series of history text-books for schools in India published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training. His publications include Commercialization of Indian Agriculture, OUP, 1986 (co-edited), Labouring Histories: Agrarian Labour and Colonialism (2004) as well as numerous articles on colonialism and agrarian society, and the representation of history. His forthcoming publications include The Great Agrarian Conquest: the Making of a Colonial Rural Order (Permanent Black). He has been Agatha Harrison Fellow, St Anthony’s College, Oxford University, and Visiting Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Email: neeladri1(ghi)gmail.com

TRG Projects

Involved in two related projects on schooling of the poor in colonial India.

  1. ‘For the simple folk’: textbooks, classrooms, and pedagogic practices
  2. Educating the poor in colonial India: official and non-official experiments