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Prof. Badri Narayan (From conception of the project till 14th June 2015) is a Social Historian and Cultural Anthropologist and Professor at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. His wide ranging interests cover culture, memory and politics, contemporary histories, ethnography of marginalized politics, social and anthropological history, dalit and subaltern issues and Identity formation and the question of power. He was a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Fellowship (September 2005-April 2006) and the Smuts Fellowship, University of Cambridge (February 2007 – October 2007). He has been a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1998-99), Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2002) and HGIS Fellow at the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam (2001). He has also been Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Visiting professor in The South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.


Besides having written a number of articles both in English and Hindi, he has authored Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits, 2014 (Penguin), The Making of the Dalit Public in North India: Uttar Pradesh 1950-present, 2011 (Oxford), Fascinating Hindutva – Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation, 2009 (Sage), Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India, 2006 (Sage), Documenting Dissent,2001.

He has also completed various national and international projects successfully. He completed international projects like Bidesia: Migration, Culture and Change in collaboration with Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, and University of Paramaribo, Suriname and Past as Power with MSH, Paris. In Bidesia Project he developed a gallery on Indentured migration: India, Suriname and Netherlands. A prestigious outcome of the Bidesia project was the publication of a book Kahe Gaile Bides, dealing with the issues of Diaspora and migration.

He is also the Coordinator of Dalit Resource Centre, a centre established by his active efforts funded by the Ford Foundation. Due to his academic and literary contribution, he has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards.

Dr. Archana Singh (15th June 2015 till date) is Assistant Professor at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. She is doctorate in Philosophy and did her post – doctoral project on “Eco-feminism: A war against survival of the fittest” under the aegis of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. Presently, she is working on various aspects of Caste and Gender. Focusing on ongoing literary writings and activism in Hindi belt by Dalit women, she is trying to examine how these Dalit women are strategically using and recreating socio-cultural spaces as tools to generate collective and critical dialogue on issues of patriarchy and caste. Her work is an attempt to analyze the emergence of Dalit women as counter publics in reaction to the exclusionary politics of the mainstream. She is also trying to understand contemporary caste/gender issues among Dalits, tribes and minorities, especially the method that these women are using to resist subjection hidden in Caste-class-gender dynamics.

Senior Research Officer

Dr. (Mrs.) Tinku Paul (April 2015 – till date) is a Doctorate in Economics, University of Allahabad, and has inclination towards feminist writings. Her focus of work has been revolving around women work and economic empowerment. She has to her credit three self authored books like Women Employment and Empowerment, Women Empowerment through Work Participation, and Languishing Incarceration of Women undertrial Prisoners: A Gendered Perspective, and many articles, monographs and research publications in international refereed journals. Apart from her academic involvements she is equally active in action research mobilizing women generating awareness on legal and property rights. Her endeavours also center on feminist criminology and understanding the state of women prisoners.


Mousumi Majumder (December 2013 to March 2015) has worked in several projects in the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya, including ‘Bidesia: Migration, Folklore and Change’. She is a prolific writer and involves in writing as a freelance journalist. She has richly contributed in several leading newspapers and magazines in India.


Senior Research Assistants

Brijendra Kumar Gautam (December 2013-till date) has Master’s in subjects Sociology and History. He also did his Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from BHU, Varanasi. He has been endeavouring as a freelance journalist. He has several articles and feature stories to his credit and also authored numerous articles on Dalits history, politics and sociology. He qualified NET in the year 2011 and also received Dr. B. R. Ambedkar fellowship, Bhartiya Dalit Academy, New Delhi (2002). He is committed to his efforts for giving a new direction to the Dalit cause. His research focus is the study of emanicipatory politics of Dalits.

Ritu Sureka (December 2013-till date) is a Post graduate in Human Development (gold medalist) from AAIDU, Allahabad. She is also a scholarship holder of Saraswati Project of the Fair and Lovely Foundation (2005). She qualified her NET in the year 2012. She is currently involved with her research work on studying the deplorable condition of the marginalized communities. She is interested in studying the issues sensitive to women and children of the vulnerable sections of the society.

Nivedita Singh (December 2013- January 2015) with Master’s in Sociology and a post graduate diploma in Journalism, she has been with the Centre for about five years. She has pursued an International project on Cultural repertoire around Indentured Migration (Bidesia). She is keenly interested in writing and photography and has been presently involved in her research work on the visual aspect of Dalit culture. She has several publications to her credit and her write-ups gets regularly published in several established magazines and newspapers.

Ms. Julie Khanna (December 2013- November 2014) did her M.Phill in Sociology from Lucknow University, Lucknow and her Masters is in Women’s Studies. She had taught in Rohilkhand University and Lucknow University as Guest Lecturer. She has been actively involved in social and women issues from past many years. Her Research Interests include gender and social issues.

Jai Prakash Tripathi (December 2014-till date) is a post graduate in Medieval and Modern History from the Purvanchal University. He qualified his B. Ed in the year 2009. He draws his field experience from his active involvement in MBARD field trips. He has been involved in several social science research projects on Mid Day Meal Scheme, Validation of EMIS Data, CASHPOR Micro Credit and Nara Maveshi Movement.

Research Assistants

Vandana Mishra (February 2015-till date) is a post graduate in Political Science from the Dean Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University. She has rich experience in action research with her association in NGOs and other such research organizations. She bears expertise in Bhojpuri translation and transcription work. She also has knowledge of tally and Hindi typing.

Kulendra Nath (February 2015-till date) is Masters in Computer Applications from the IGNOU. His technical expertise proves handy in solving technical hassles. His budding interest in Dalit discourse channelizes in his output in form of transcriptions, photography etc.

Office Assistant

Sobhnath (December 2013 – till date)