I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst and have a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.
I am currently working on my dissertation monograph The past is a foreign country: the politics of colonial re-territorialization in 20th century India that connects the histories of partition in the South Asian subcontinent with the violence perpetrated against Dalits (lower castes) and Muslims in contemporary India. Based on 20 months of archival and ethnographic research this book project focuses on the understudied histories of the merger of sovereign principalities into the Union of India between 1947 and 1975. It examines the historical conditions under which subjects enter into the nation especially in the aftermath of trauma and how this shapes political identities like “Hindus”, “Muslims” and “Dalits” intersubjectively. The project makes two theoretical innovations: one, the nation is not a synchronic site of inquiry and two, the violence of national border making is not an event or a series of events but a process and must be studied as such.
In a second book project underway titled Select works of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois (A critical annotated translation) I have taken on the task of thematically curating and translating an anthology of eight annotated essays of W. E. B. Du Bois from English to Hindi. This project is funded by an Andrew Mellon Fellowship (2019-2020) awarded by the W. E. B. Du Bois center at the UMass Amherst.