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Amit Bhattacharya
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Name
Amit Bhattacharya
Designation
Professor of History, Jadvapur University, Kolkata
About / Bio
I did my B.A from Presidency College, Calcutta and M.A from Jadavpur University. I got my Ph.D degree on ‘Swadeshi Enterprise in Bengal 1900-1920‘ and D.Litt degree on ‘Swadeshi Enterprise in Bengal 1921-47′. My areas of interest include Economic History of Modern India, Business History of Bengal, Science & Technology in Colonial Bengal, Modern China, Civil Rights Movement and People’s Movements. I am currently engaged in research on the Maoist movement in India.
Contact Info
Email
amit_bh200405@yahoo.com
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Areas of Research Interest
Economic History of Modern India with emphasis on Business History, Social History of Science and Technology, History of Modern China, Civil Rights Movement, Maoist Movement in India.
Educational Qualifications
M. A (JU), Ph.D (JU), D.Litt (JU)
Work Experience
University/College/Research Centre
Total research experience: 31 years since 1982
Total teaching experience: 29 Years
In 2 colleges: Nearly 2 years from 1982 to 1984
In Jadavpur University: 27 years since 1984
Awards / Fellowships / Scholarships / Research Support
1. UGC Research Fellow
2. Ph.D degree
3. D.Litt degree
4. UGC Major Research Project on “Some Aspects of the Maoist Movement in India: Recent Trends in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal(1990s to 2009)” for two and a half years from February 2011 to July 2013
Publications
1. Introduction, Chin Prabashi (in Bengali) by Ashutosh Roy, Kolkata, Jadavpur University, June, 2013.
2. Exploring the Green Horizon: Aspects of Environmental History, Setu Prakashani, January 2013, edited by me jointly with others. ISBN: 978-93-80677-36-5.
3. The Chinese Civilization Hsia to the Ch’in Dynasty 2207 BC-206 BC, Rachayita, Kolkata 2011.
4. Transformation of Japan 1600-1945, Setu Prakashani, Kolkata, January 2010.
5. Chiner Rupantarer Itihash1840-1969. Revised and enlarged. Setu Prakashani, Kolkata, March 2011.
6. Swadeshi Enterprise in Bengal The First Phase 1880-1920, Readers’ Service, Kolkata, 2008. Revised and enlarged.
7. Aadhunik Bharater Arthanaitik Itihasher Ruprekha, Progressive Publishers, Kolkata, January 2009.
8. Japaner Rupantarer Itihash 1600-1945, Setu Prokashani, Second revised and enlarged edition, Kolkata February 2009.
9. Human Rights in India Historical Perspective and Challenges ahead, edited jointly by Amit Bhattacharyya and Bimal Kanti Ghosh, Setu Prakashani, Kolkata, October 2009.
Books in Press
Essays in Science, Technology and Medicine: A Tribute to Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray edited jointly with Nupur Dasgupta, to be published by Setu Prakashani. Forthcoming.
Articles
1. ‘The Maoist Movement and the Question of Violence: Some Observations’ in the Journal of History & Social Sciences, Vol.II, Issue I January-June 2011.
2. Paper captioned ‘Political Prisoners in India’ published in Bharatiya Samajik Chintan( A
Quarterly Journal of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences) Vol.VII, No.3(New Series) October-December 2008, pp.222-26.
3. Paper captioned ‘Terrorism: Some Relevant Issues and the Role of the State’ published in Proceedings of the Seminar on Changing Faces of Terrorism A 21st Century Perspective
organized by the Gokhale Memorial College, Kolkata and sponsored by the UGC, Kolkata, March 2009.
4. Paper entitled ‘Policy of the Indian State: Nagalim and Human Rights’ in a book edited jointly
by Amit Bhattacharyya and Bimal Kanti Ghosh entitled Human Rights in India Historical Perspective and Challenges ahead, Kolkata November 2009, pp.178-187.
5. Paper entitled ‘State Repression in West Bengal: A Study’ in a book edited jointly by Amit
Bhattacharyya and Bimal Kanti Ghosh captioned Human Rights in India Historical Perspective and Challenges ahead, Kolkata November 2009, pp.241-262.
6. ‘Bharatrashtra bonam Maobadi aandolan: Rononiti o Ronokoushal’ Bartaman Lokayatik, Vol.20, 2008, Nos.3&4. Issue on Warfare, Weapons and Science of War (2),pp.85-123.
7. ‘Policy of the Indian State, Nagalim and Human Rights’ in Proceedings volume of the UGC
sponsored State Level Seminar held on 11 April 2008 at the Scottish Church College, Kolkata, November 2008, pp.7-16.
8. “Prachin Chiner Somor bignan: Sun Tzu-r ‘Juddha-kala’(The Art of War) granther ekti porjalochona”, Bartaman Lokayatik, Vol.19, Nos.1-2, 2007-08,pp.6-44.
9. “Bharatrashtra bonam Maobadi Aandolan: Rononiti o Ronokoushal(1), Bartaman Lokayatik, Vol.19, Nos.1-2, 2007-08,pp.153-172.
10. “Nandigram struggle—the Symbol of Defiance and Resistance”, Bharatiya Samajik Chintan(A
Quarterly Journal of the Indian Academy of Social Scienes), Vol.VI No.3(New Series) OctoberDecember 2007,pp.183-195.
International Publications
Entries in The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest edited by Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, City University of New York and published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2009.
1. The Taiping Rebellion.
2. Sun Yat-sen.
3. The Revolution of 1911.
Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Workshops/Invited lectures (last five years)
International Conference
1. Presented a paper on ‘Bureaucratic Capitalism’ at an International conference at the University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil on 26 September 2012.
2. Presented a paper on the ‘Semi-feudal Indian Economy’ at the University of Maceia, Recife, Brazil on 28 September 2012.
3. Presented a paper on ‘Semi-feudal Indian Economy’ at the University of Porto Velho, Rondinia, Brazil on 2nd October 2012.
4. Presented a paper on ‘Bureaucratic Capitalism’ at an International Conference held at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 4 October 2012.
5. Presented a paper at a conference organized by the Universidade Federal Fluminense(UFF), Niteroi, Brazil on ‘India: Historical and Social Reality’ during 3-11 August 2011.
National Conference
1. Attended a National Conference on “Special Economic Zones: Economic and Social
Perspective” organized by the Indian Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute of
Advanced Studies, Shimla held at Shimla from 17 to 20 September 2008 and presented a
paper entitled “Special Economic Zone: its Genesis, Nature and the Alternative Model of Development”.
2. Gave a talk on “Challenge of neo-Imperialism: Political, Economic and Strategic Ramifications” at the IV Plenary Session at the 32nd Congress of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences held in Jamia Milia University, Delhi, from 18 to 22 December 2008.
3. Gave a talk as Chairman of the Multi-disciplinary Committee entitled “History, Archaeology and Culture” on “The Indian Republic at the Crossroads” at the 32nd Congress of the Indian
Academy of Social Sciences held in Jamia Millia University, Delhi from 18 to 22 December 2008.
4. Gave a talk on “Whither India: Are we experimenting a stasis or Are we witnessing the beginnings of a radical renewal of the republic?” at the VIII plenary Session at the 32nd
Congress of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences held in Jamia Millia University, Delhi from 18 to 22 December 2008.
Seminar: International
1. Presented a paper on “The Maoist Movement and Socio-economic Changes: A case study of
Gadchiroli, Maharastra” at an international seminar on “Social Systems, Science and
Environment: Experience of different countries” under the UGC_DRS Phase II Department of History, Jadavpur University during 28-29 January 2013.
2. Presented a paper on ‘Special Economic Zones in India: Genesis, Nature and Impact’ at an
International Seminar on “Environment, Science, Technology and Culture: Trajectories of
History” organized by the Department of History UGC-DRS Programme, Jadavpur University during 22-24 February 2012.
3. Gave the Keynote Address on the ‘Naxalbari: Its Significance and Impact on Indian Politics,
Culture and Society’ at a two-day International Seminar on “North Bengal: The Politics,
Society and Cultural Heritage” organized by the Department of History, University of North Bengal during 16-17 March 2012.
Seminar/Symposium: National
1. Presented a paper captioned ‘Indian Bourgeoisie and British Imperialism: Compromise and
Contestation’ on 15 January 2011at a National Seminar on ‘Underdevelopment and
Development: Challenge and Response’ during 15-16 January 2011 organized by the Department of History, Visva Bharati.
2. Gave the Keynote Address at a UGC-sponsored State Level Seminar on “Interrogating the
Grand Narrative of the Indian Nation: Sub-National Movements and issue of Identity in
North Bengal” organized by Sukanto Mahavidyalay, Dhupguri, North Bengal on 4 September 2011.
3. Gave the Keynote Address at a UGC-sponsored National Level Seminar on “Challenges and
Prospects of Development and Empowerment: Adivasis, Dalits, Minorities and Women in
North-Eastern India in the Twentieth Century” organized by the Department of History, Kaliachak College, Sultanganj, Malda on 16 September 2011.
4. Presented a Paper on ‘Rabindranath and Swadeshi Economic thinking’ at a National Seminar
on 12 November 2011 organized by the Central University of Jharkhand at Ranchi during 1214 November 2011.
5. Presented a paper on ‘Thoughts on Human Rights in India, Rabindranath Tagore, Prison and
the Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners’at a State Level UGC-sponsored seminar
on Human Rights in India: New Dimensions’ organized by the Mahatma Gandhi College at Lalpur Bankura on 2 December 2011.
6. Presented a paper on ‘Human Rights and Rabindranath Tagore’ at a UGC-sponsored State
Level Seminar on “Shardhasatabarshe Rabindranath: Swadesh O Samaj” organized by Behala College, Kolkata on 15 December 2011.
7. Presented a paper on ‘Prafulla Chandra Ray and the Bengal Chemical & Pharmaceutical
Works’ at a seminar on “Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray” organized jointly by EZCC, Ministry
of Culture, Government of India and History Department of Mahishadal Raj College, Purbo Medinipur on 23 December 2011.
8. Presented a paper on ‘Swadeshi Technology in Colonial Bengal’ at a UGC-sponsored State
level Seminar on “Selected Themes of the History of Modern Bengal: Historiography and
Historians” organized by the Department of History, Malda Women’s College in collaboration with the University of Gour Banga, Malda during 13-14 January 2012.
9. Presented a paper on the ‘Genesis of the Lalgarh Movement’ at a UGC-sponsored National
Seminar on “Inauguration of a new political culture based on non-violence and assimilation
in the violence and terror-hit areas of Midnapore(East & West), Bankura and Purulia districts
in south West Bengal erupting in the last few years i.e, 2005-2011” organized by Sarsunal College during 23-24 March 2012.
10. Presented a paper at a UGC-sponsored regional seminar on ‘Human Rights through the Ages’
organized by the Department of History, Bankura Sammilani Mahavidyalaya, Bankura on 11 February 28, 2010.
11. Presented a paper captioned ‘Bengal Immunity & Co: a case study of swadeshi technology’
at the UGC-DRS Phase II sponsored national seminar on ‘Science, Society and Technology in
Historical Perspective’ organized by the Department of History, Jadavpur University on 4 March 2010.
12. Presented a paper captioned “China from the ‘Great Leap Forward’ to the ‘Great Leap
Backward’(1949-1980)” on 5 March 2010 at a two-day National Seminar under UGC-CAS-1
on ‘China and the Contemporary World’ organized by the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University.
13. Presented a paper captioned ‘Development Maladies and remedies’ at a National seminar
on the same theme organized by the Forum for Promoting Inclusive Growth at the Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi on 19 October, 2010.
14. Presented a paper captioned “Imperialism and Environmental and Social Disaster: a case
study of ‘Green Revolution’ in India’ at a National Symposium on ‘Planet Earth: People, Society and Science’ organized by the Indian Academy of Social Sciences from 23rd to 25th January 2009 at the School of International Studies at JNU, New Delhi.
15. Presented a paper captioned ‘Swadeshi Shipping’ at the UGC-sponsored National Seminar on
‘The Region and the Economy: Pre-colonial and Colonial India’ held in the Department of History, Visva Bharati during 21-22 March 2009.
16. Presented a paper captioned ‘Swadeshi Technology in 20th century colonial Bengal’ at a
National Seminar on ‘Situating the History of Science in India’ organized by the Department of History of Jadavpur University on 30 March 2009.
17. Attended a UGC-sponsored State-Level Seminar on “Revisiting India: Society, Economy and
Politics. Colonial and Post-colonial Perspectives” organized by the Department of History,
Fakirchand College, Diamond Harbour and presented a paper on ‘Swadeshi Industries in colonial Bengal’ on 7 April 2008.
18. Attended a UGC-sponsored State-Level Seminar on “Human Rights and Discrimination”
organized by the Department of Philosophy, Scottish Church College on 11 April 2008 and presented a paper on ‘The Indian State, Nagalim and Human Rights’.
19. Gave a talk on 28 February 20008 at a UGC-sponsored State-Level Seminar organized by the
Department of History, Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College on “Changing faces of Terrorism: A 21st century Perspective”.
20. Presented a paper at the 31st Congress of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences held in
December at SNDT College, Mumbai on ‘Nandigram Struggle: a Symbol of Defiance and Resistance’ in December 2007.
Projects and Other Professional Activities
Projects
Got a two-year(later extended for another six months) UGC-funded Major Research Project on
“Some Aspects of the Maoist Movement in India: recent Trends in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal 1990s to 2009” from February 2011 to January 2013 later extended till July 2013.
Other Professional Activities
International Seminars Organized
1. Organized an international seminar on “Environment, Science, Technology and Culture:
Trajectories of History”, as Coordinator, UGC-DRS, History programme, held in Jadavpur University during 22-24 February 2012.
2. Organized an international seminar on “Social Systems, Science and Environment:
Experience of different countries” as Coordinator, UGC-DRS, History programme, held in Jadavpur University during 28-29 January 2013.
Visiting Fellow
1. I was invited by the UGC-SAP, Department of History, Visva Bharati to join as a Visiting Fellow for a couple of days in late March 2013.
2. I was invited by the UGC-SAP, Department of History, Visva Bharati to join as a Visiting Fellow during 28-29 March 2009.
Chairing/Moderating Sessions
1. Moderated an Academic Session on ‘Panel Discussion—Tagore and Cultural Therapy’
organized by the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi on 13—11-2011 at the three-day 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Gurudev Rabindranathy Tagore during 12-14 November 2011.
2. Chaired a session at a UGC-sponsored national level seminar on ‘Historians and
Historiography’ organized by Malda Women’s College in collaboration with the University of Gaur Banga, Malda on 13th January 2012.
3. Chaired two sessions at a two-day UGC-sponsored International Seminar on “North Bengal:
Politics, Society and Cultural Heritage” organized by the North Bengal University during 1617 March 2012.
4. Chaired a session at the National Symposium on ‘Planet Earth: People, Society and Science’ organized by the Indian Academy of Social Sciences from 23rd January 25, 2009 at the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
5. Chaired a session at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata over a talk given by Prof.Chittabrata Palit on ‘Oupanibeshik Aamale Bangaleer Byabosa-o-Banijya” on 24 August 2009.
6. Chaired a session at the National Conference on “Special Economic Zones: Economic and
Social Perspectives” organized jointly by the Indian Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla held at Shimla from 17 to 20 September 2008.
7. Chaired a session at the 31st Congress of the IASS held in December at the SNDT College, Mumbai in December 2007.
Research Supervision
During the last five years, four scholars working under my supervision were awarded PhD degrees. There are at present five other registered scholars engaged in PhD work under my supervision.
Papers Taught
A) At UG level:
1. Early History of India (one semester course)
2. The Chinese Civilization (one semester course) B) At PG level:
1. Economic History of Modern India (one semester course)
2. History of Modern China (one semester course) C) At MPhil/PhD level: Lectures on Methodology.
Any Other Information
Information
At present working on two books, one on the Maoist Movement in India and the other on the
history of the tumultuous period of the 1970s—generally associated with the Naxalbari movement-in the form a memoir in Bengali.
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