Dr. Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group, and belongs to the school of critical thinking. He has pioneered along with others peace studies programmes in South Asia. He has worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the context of conflicts in South Asia. The much-acclaimed The Politics of Dialogue (Ashgate, 2004) was the culmination of his work on justice, rights, and peace. His particular researches have been on migration and refugee studies, the theory and practices of dialogue, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, and new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control. He authored a three-volume study of Indian nationalism, (Whose Asia Is It Anyway – nation and The Region in South Asia, 1996, The Marginal Nation – Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal, 1999, and A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997, 2001). His recent political writings published in the form of a 2 volume account, The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007), and the just published The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009) have challenged some of the prevailing accounts of the birth of nationalism and the nation state, and have signalled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking.

1. Office and corresponding address - Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (Calcutta Research Group), GC 45 (F.F.), Sector 3, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700106, India (Ph: 91-33-23370408 / fax: 033-23371523
E-mail address:
ranabir@mcrg.ac.in / mcrg@mcrg.ac.in 

2. Residence – HB 232 (F.F.), Sector 3, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700106, India (ph: 23371801)

Educational Qualifications: 

(a) Ph.d. (Political Science), Calcutta University
(b) M.A. (Political Science), Calcutta University
(c) B.A. (hons. in Political Science), Calcutta University

Ph.D. dissertation title, "Economics, Politics and The Age of Electronics - A Case Study of Automation in the Indian Newspaper Industry"

Current Positions: 

1. Director, Calcutta Research Group

Previous Posts Held

1. Director, Peace Studies Programme, South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu (1999-2003)
Professor (Professor-in-charge on 1997-98), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta (1997-1999)
3. Senior Fellow, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (1993-1997) 
4. Fellow, Political Science, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (1989-92).
5. Part Time Lecturer, the Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University (1991-96)

6. Reader and previously Senior Lecturer and Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Gobardanga Hindu College, 24 Parganas (North), West Bengal (1980-1989 and 1992)

Research Areas:

1. Migration and Refugee Studies
2. P
eace Studies with an emphasis on the theory and practices of dialogue
3. Nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia

4. Labour Studies with reference to technological restructuring, and labour flows across borders.

Work & Research Related Experience:

1. Member of a EU supported collective research and documentation programme on protection of minority rights (2007-)
2. Member of the UNESCO Network of Philosophers (2006-)
3. Head of a collective research and documentation programme on patterns of social justice in India (2006-)
4. Member of the ICSSR Review Committee for evaluation of all ICSSR research bodies in the East and the Northeast of India (2006)
5. Member of the Expert Body of PANOS Institute, media centre, Northeast (2006-);
6. Joint coordinator of a three year research and conference programme to be jointly conducted with the International College of Philosophy (Paris) and Calcutta Research Group (2005-)
7. Evaluator of the Dialogue Book published by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) at Sweden and the UNDP (2006)
8. Key-Participant in a programme of constitutional deliberations in countries in transition (South Africa and Bolivia, 2005-)
9. Co-Designer of a Peace Audit exercise for South Thailand (2004-) 
10. Member of the International Network for Studies on Autonomy for Ethnic Groups (2004-)
11. Scientific coordinator of a seminar programme (hosted by the Maison Des Sciences de L’homme, Paris) on comparative studies on constitutionalism and change (2004-2005);
12. Designed and directed winter course on forced migration in South Asia (2003-);
13.  Head of a 2 year research programme on patterns of autonomy in India (2003-2005);
14. Designed and directed regional peace studies programme which included designing public audits of peace, developing audit methodology, and holding South Asian peace studies orientation courses at regional level and national level (1999-2003);
15.  Developed short courses on the two themes of (a) neighbours, neighbourhoods, and dialogues in South Asia, and (b) the theories and practices of dialogue (2004-)
16.  Currently working on the theoretical implications of the argument for taking seriously the materiality of politics and the emergence of the political subject – and in that perspective studying selected areas in law and the dynamics of justice, particularly constitutional origins of some of the political injustices in South Asia (2003-);
17.  Just completed work on the political dynamics of dialogue in the time of war and peace in   South Asia that includes studies of (i) pluralities and partition, (ii) geopolitics and democracy, (iii) plural dialogues, (iv) politics of accommodation, (v) minority rights and forms of autonomy, (vi) politics of ceasefires, (vii) refugees and the politics of care, hospitality, and kindness, and (viii) received histories of war and peace (1999-);
18.  Co-Founder of Calcutta Research Group, a public policy group on issues of human rights and peace in India and South Asia, with emphasis on the Northeast (1997-)
19.  Member of an advisory group of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on fellowship programme for South Asia on “Politics of Resources” (2002-);
20.  Adviser of a working group set up by the Brookings Institution to study patters of internal displacement in South Asia in the light of the UN Guiding Principles (commonly known as Deng Principles) on Internal Displacement (2001-);
21.  Member and Coordinator of a UNHCR supported research group on institutional practices of refugee care and protection in India (2001-);
22.  As a Visiting Professor under the International Programme in Advanced Studies of the Columbia University and the Maison Des Sciences De L'Homme participated in a research group on a comparative study of partitions and dialogues (2001-2002); 
23.  Participated in a working group set up by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) to conduct a diagnostic study of the institutional arrangements for protection of minority rights in countries of South Asia, and member of the planning team for advisory services on minority rights in South Asia (2001-2002);
24.  Participated in a study conducted by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) on patterns of conflict and new approaches to peacemaking in South Asia (2001);
25.  Member of a UN sub-commission Minorities expert group in 2001 on forms of autonomy (2001);
26.  Invitee to the Eminent Persons Group (UNHCR), South Asia (2001);
27.  Head of a working group of peace researchers on the concept and rules of peace audit exercise that involves determining methods of such audit of peace processes, their applicability, and summary of audits of three audit exercises in South Asia (1999-);
28.  Participated in the working group of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) on the study of dialogues (2000);
29.  Participated in the framing of modalities of dialogues on conflict resolution in various instances; meeting organised by the Council of Europe on human rights and conflict resolution   in a comparative format involving Europe and Asia, particularly South Asia; member of a South Asian study team on the treatment of immigrants in Germany, particularly the Turks; member of the drafting committee of the South Asian Forum of Human Rights on the issues of the minorities and the refugees; member of the committee to discuss the model national law on the refugees in South Asia; chaired several panels both in India and abroad on peace studies and conflict-resolution projects;  member of the inter-regional groups convened by the Council of Europe to study the regional human rights protection systems in Europe, Africa, and Asia (1996-2000);
30.  Member of the trade union enquiry committee for wage revision in the graphics industry following technological modernisation (1983-87);
31.  Member of the citizens' enquiry committee regarding conditions of occupational health and safety of labour in the tanneries of Calcutta, and the health rights of the workers (1989-92);

32.  Member of a workers’ enquiry committee regarding the impact of technological   modernisation on labour in the Eastern Railways (19992-1993);

33.  Course director of the South Asian Peace Studies Programme; coordinator of the planning group for orientation programme for M. Phil and Ph. D students on Critical Asian Studies; Member of the planning group of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, for peace studies and publications programme therein (1995-1999);
34.  Worked on patterns of forced migration in South Asia, particularly in the eastern part of  the sub-continent (1995-1998);
35.  Worked on post-colonial borders of the States of the region (1995-1999);
36.  Researched on nationalism in Bangladesh (1993-2000);
37.  Edited monographs and working papers of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (1994-1998);
38.  Member of Institute of Historical Studies, Calcutta; member of West Bengal Political Science Association (1984-);
39.  Participated in the preparation of a dictionary on globalisation published from Paris, and member of an online group on globalisation –
www.mondialisation.org  (2000-2001);
40.  Participated in the working group meetings of the UN on minority rights and autonomy;
41.  Participated in and seminar programmes in Roskilde, Montreal, Bologna, Jerusalem, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Bolzano, Zurich, Strasbourg, Rome, Paris, Geneva, Berne, Venice, Amsterdam, Geneva, Istanbul, Kathmandu, Beer Sheva of Negev, Groningen, Bolzano, Sarajevo, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka, Delhi, Guwahati, Bhuvaneswar, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Tampere,  Sussex, Kairouan, besides several teaching and non-teaching centres in India; visiting professorships in Maison Des Sciences De L'homme, Paris (several times), and Columbia University Institute for Scholars (1991-2001); University of Tampere (2004-2007)
42.  Editor-in-chief (series editor) of the South Asian Peace Studies series of the Sage Publications to begin in 2004;
43.  Editor-in-chief (series editor) of Anthem-CRG Critical Studies Series (2007-) with three volumes published under the series;
44. Founder editor, Refugee Watch (1998-2002; 2006-);
45. Guest Editor, special issue of Diogene (UNESCO, Paris) on “Law, Conflicts, and   Constitutionalism” (2005-2006)
46.  Member, editorial advisory board of Hagar - International Social Science Review, published by the Humphrey Institute of Social Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel (2000-);
47.  Member, editorial advisory board of Transeuropeennes, Paris (2000-);
48.  Member, editorial board of Theoretical Perspectives, Dhaka (2000-).
49.  Member, editorial board of Perihilion, Nicosia (2001-) 

Select Publications (English)


1. The Materiality of Politics, 2 Volumes; Volume 1 – Technologies of Rule; Volume 2 – Subject Positions in Politics (London: Anthem Press, 2007)
2. (Co-authored) Partitions – Reshaping States and Minds (London: Frank Cass, 2005, Indian reprint in 2007 by Foundation Books)
3. Politics of Dialogue – Living Under the Geopolitical Histories of War and Peace (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2004)
4. In the Time of Nationalism – Political Essays on Bangladesh (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2002)
5.  A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997 (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2001)
6.  Marginal Nation – Trans-border Migration from Bangladesh to India (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1999)
7.  Memory, Power, Identity – Politics in Jungle Mahals, Bengal 1890-1950 (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1997)
8. Whose Asia Is It Anyway -- Region and the Nation in South Asia (Calcutta: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and Pearl Publishers, 1996)

9. Workers and Automation -- The Impact of New Technology on the Newspaper Industry (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1994).

Edited Volumes

1.            1.  (With Gilles Tarabout) Conflicts, Laws, and Constitutionalism (London and New Delhi: Routledge, 2007)
2.   The Politics of Autonomy (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005)
3.  Co-edited, Indian Autonomies – Keywords and Key Texts (Kolkata: Sampark Pub., 2005)
4. South Asian Peace Studies I - An Introduction to Concept, Scope and Themes (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004)
Refugees and the State – Practices of Asylum and Care in India, 1947-2000 (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003)
6. Space, Territory and the State – New Readings in International Politics (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2002)
(With Helmut Reifeld) Peace as Process – Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution in South Asia (Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2001).
.   Reflections on Partition in the East (New Delhi and Calcutta: Vikas Publishing House and Calcutta Research Group, 1997).
.  Women in Asia - Work, Culture and Politics in South and Central Asia (Calcutta and New Delhi: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and Vikas Publishing House, 1997).
(With Barun De) State, Development and Political Culture -- Bangladesh and India (Calcutta and New Delhi: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and Har Anand, 1997).
11Anya Pakistan (a collection of political and literary writings of Pakistan, in Bengali; Calcutta:  Punascha and Calcutta Research Group, 1996).
12Cannons Into Ploughshares - Militarization and Prospects of Peace in South Asia (New Delhi: Lancers Publishers, 1995).
13 (Amiya Bagchi in collaboration with Ranabir Samaddar) New Technology, Labour Market and Labour Response (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1994).

Published Papers  

1. “Philosophies and Actions in the Time of Terror”, Naqd, 24, 2008 (in French and Arabic)
2. ‘The Story of the Indian Rights Revolutions” in Eva Pfoestl (ed.), Human Rights and Asian Values (Rome: Editrice APES and L’Instituto de Studi Politici “S.Pio.V”, 2007)
3. “Beyond the Hermeneutics of Autonomy” in Paula Banerjee and Samir K. Das (eds.), Autonomy – Beyond Kant and Hermeneutics (London and Delhi: Anthem Press, 2007)
“Ideas as Contentious Acts: Concepts of Freedom, Independence, and Sovereignty in Political Discourse” in Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (ed.) Development of Modern Indian Thought and the Social Sciences, Volume X Part 5 of History of Science, Philosophy, and Cultural in Indian Civilisation, General Editor: D.P. Chattopadhyay (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007)
5. “Flags and Rights”, Policies and Practices, 10 (Kolkata: Calcutta Research Group, 2006)
6. “The Historiographical Operation”, Economic and Political Weekly, 41 (22), 3 June, 2006
“Identity Assertions as Contentious Acts” in Satish Saberwal and Mushirul Hasan (eds.), Assertive Religious Identities – India and Europe (Delhi: Manohar, 2006)
8. “The Politics of Autonomy” in R. Samaddar (ed.), The Politics of Autonomy – The Indian Experiences (De;lhi: Sage, 2004)
9. “Formes de guerre et formes de justice” French translation of the lecture titled “Forms of War and Forms of Justice” and published in Guerre et Reconciliation (Paris: UNESCO, 2005), Proceedings of a round table on Philosophy Day, UNESCO, November 2003, Paris, 2005
10.   “Terror, Law, and the Colonial State”, text of a public lecture under the same title (Guwahati: Omeo Kr. Das Institute for Social Change, 2004); also translated and published in French as “Loi et Terreur: Le Constitutionnalisme Colonial”, Diogene, 212, Octobre-Decembrr 2005; also published in Imtiaz Ahmed (ed.), Terrorism in South Asia – Beyond Statist Discourses (Delhi: Manohar, 2006)
  “Empire after Globalisation”, comment on Partha Chatterjee’s article under the same name, Economic and Political Weekly
“The Juridical Political Claims of Minority Protection in India” in Nanda P. Wanasundera (ed.), Protection of Minority Rights and Diversity (Colombo: International centre for Ethnic Studies, 2004)
13.  “The Life of Boundaries and Their Impact on the Nation” in The Life Between, a collection of papers presented on the occasion of an exhibition of “Borders and Beyond” (Calcutta: Seagull Limited Edition, 2004)
14. “The Futures of the Colonised”, Futures, 36, 2004|
15.  "Deaths, Responsibility, and Justice”, in English in “Three Essays on Law, Rights, and Justice” (Kathmandu), 2003 and in French and Arabic, Naqd, (Algiers), 2004
16.  “Five Hypotheses on War and Humanitarianism”, The Journal of Social Studies, 100, April-June 2003 (also published in Seminar annual number 2003, in Cultures et Societes – Cahiers du CEMRIC, Nos. 18-19 (2004), and in French on www.mondialisation.org), also as “Power and Rights – in Life and Death”, www.sacw.net/2002/samaddar062003.html
17.  “Chronicles of a No-Where People Along the Indo-Bangladesh Border” (co-authored), SAFHR Paper 15, Kathmandu, 2003
18. “Protecting the Victims of Forced Migration – Mixed Flows and Massive Flows” in Monique Mekenkamp, Paul van Tongeren, and Hans van de Veen (eds.), Searching for Peace in Central and South Asia (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002);
19. “Colonial Constitutionalism”, Identity, Culture and Politics, 3 (1), July 2002;
20.  "Three Essays on Law, Rights, and Justice”, SAFHR Paper 11, Kathmandu, 1992, also on
21. “Murders in Sky and on the Ground”, www.russfound.org/Launch/samaddar 
22. “The Destiny of a Translated Constitutional Culture”, Transeuropeenness, 22, Spring-Summer 2002 (translated in French also), also on <bbf.enssib.fr/bbf/html/2003_48_5/2003-5-p66-hersent.xml.asp>; and as “Colonial Constitutionalism”, www.codesria.org/Links/Publications/icp/july_2002.htm
23. “A History of Care and Power”, review essay in The Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (25), June 2002;|
24. “South Asia – Self-Determination and the Democratic Argument” in Girin Phukon (ed.), Ethnicity and Polity in South Asia" (Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2002);
25. “Crime and Punishment in Genoa", Himal, the South Asian Magazine, August 2001; also on, www.himalmag.com/august2001
26. "Absence de lois - Globalisation de lois’ (translated in French by Francesca Gee and François de Bernard), Ref: 000000823, French online annotated dictionary on globalization, subsequently republished in Liberation, April 2001; 
27.  (With Shahid Fiaz), "Peace Process in Sri Lanka – An Audit Report", SAFHR Paper 8, Kathmandu, 2001;|
28.  "The Last Hurrah that Continues", Transeuropeennes, 19-20, 2001 (translated in French also); subsequently published as a chapter in Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes and Rada Ivekovic (eds.), Divided Countries, Separated Cities – The Modern Legacy of Partition (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003);
29.  "Friends, Foes and Understanding", The Economic and Political Weekly, 36 (10), March 2001;
30.  "The Strange Case of Lines that Got Mixed Up", Security Dialogue, 32 (1), March 2001;
31. "Tales of War, Tales of Peace – Continuing War through Peace Process", La Mazarine, February 2001;
32. "Leaders and Publics – Stories in the Time of Transition", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 37 (4), October-December 2000;
33. "Governing through Peace Accords", Hagar – International Social Science Review, 1 (2), 2000; also as “Governing Through Peace Accords: A democratic Inquiry”, www.bg.ac.il/humphrey/seminar/
34.  "Reforms, Democracy and Justice – Some Issues of State and Market in South Asia" in Helmut Reifeld et.al (eds.) Pluralism and Equality – Values in Indian Society and Politics (Delhi: Sage, 2000);
35.  "Autonomy, Self-determination and the Requirements of Minimal Justice in South Asia" in Heikki Patomaki (ed.), Politics of Civil Society – A Global Perspective on Democratisation (Nottingham and Helsinki: Network Institute for Global Democratisation in Nottingham Trent University and Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2000); also as “Requirements of Minimal Justice in South Asia”, www.greekhelsinki.gr/bhr/english/special_issues/CEDIME-unwgm2001/G0112127.doc
36.  "Inside/Outside" in Pradip Kumar Bose, Refugees in West Bengal – Institutional Practices and Contested Identities (Calcutta: Calcutta Research Group, 2000); reprinted in Omprakash Mishra (ed.), Forced Migration in the South Asian Region – Displacement, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (Delhi: Manak Publications, 2004)
37.  "Legacies and the Nation - Maulana Maniruzzaman Islamabadi and Maulana Akram Khan" in Perween Hasan and Mufakharul Islam (ed.), Essays in Memory of Momtazur Rehman Tarafdar (Dhaka: Centre for Advance Research in Humanities, University of Dhaka, 1999);
38.  (Co-authored) "Indo-Bangladesh Cross-border Migration and Trade", Economic and Political Weekly, September 1999;
39.  “Those Accords – A Bunch of Documents”, SAFHR Paper Series 4, Kathmandu, 1999;
40. "India's Minorities after Fifty Years of Partition and Independence" in Sumanta Banerjee (ed.), Shrinking Space - Minority Rights in South Asia (Kathamndu & Delhi: SAFHR and Manohar Publications, 1999);
41. "The Long and Short of Peace", Calcutta Journal of Political Studies, Special number of the Department of Political Science of the University of Calcutta, 1999;
42. "Germany unto France – A Matter of How Nations Meet", Special issue on Fifty Years of Germany of Liberal Times, 7 (2), 1999;
43.  "Forced Population Movements in South Asia – The Humanitarian Question" in Tapan K. Bose and Rita Manchanda (eds.), States, Citizens and Outsiders (Kathmandu and Delhi: South Asia Forum for Human Rights and Manohar, 1998);
44. "The Failed Dialectic of Territoriality and Security, and the Imperatives of Dialogue", International Studies, 35(1), 1998;
45. "Ethnicity, Fragmented Politics and Labour Market in South Asia -- Issues in Transborder Migration" in Arun Kumar Banerjee (ed.), Secutiry Issues in South Asia -- Domestic and External Sources of Threats to Security (Calcutta: Minerva, 1998);
46. "Nation Building -- Interpretations of the Bangladesh War," India International Qurterly, 24 (2 & 3), Monsoon 1997, reprinted in Geeti Sen (ed.) Crossing Boundaries -- Culture and Identity (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1997);
47.  "Flowing Waters and the Nationalist Metaphors", Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 20 (2), April-June 1997;
48.  "The History that Partition Creates" in Reflections on Partition in the East, 1997, cited above;
49.  "Still They Come -- Migrants in Post Partition Bengal" in Reflections on Partition in the East, 1997, cited above;
50.  "Waiting for the Historian: Issues in the Historiography of 1971 in Bangladesh", Azad Institute Working Paper 5, 1997;
51. "Elementary Aspects of Nationalism in Bangladesh" in S.R. Chakraborty (ed.), Bangladesh – Society, Politics and Economy (Delhi: Har Anand Pub., 1997);
52. "Knowing the Worker -- The Tannery Majdur of Tangra" (with Debjani Datta) in Parthasarathi Banerjee and Yoshihiro Sato (eds.) Skill and Technological Change -- Society and International Perspective (New Delhi: Har Anand, 1997);
53. "Sources or Texts? The Issue of Intertextuality in Understanding Jamboni" in Chittabrata Palit (ed.), Political Economy and Protest in Colonial India" (Calcutta: Firma KLM, 1997);
54.  "Marginal Nation and the Reasons of State" in Nauman Naqvi (ed.), Rethinking Security, Rethinking Development (Islamabad: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 1996);
55.  "Bengal Women in Politics -- An Argument Against Essentialisms of Home and The World", Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 41 (2), December, 1996);
"Disciplining Historical Memory of a People" in Partha Chatterjee (ed.), Texts of Power - Emergence of Disciplines in Bengal (Minnesota, 1995 and Calcutta: Stree Pub, 1996);
57. "Migrants, Refugees and Human Rights in South Asia", in Jurgen Axer (ed.), The Human Rights Community and Conflict Resolution in South Asia -- The Applicability of European Examples (Proceedings of the Strasbourg Conference, European Commission of Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, Brussels), 1996;
58. "Preparing for a Peace Studies Syllabus in South Asia", UNESCO International Textbook Research Network Newsletter 5, George Eckert Institute,Germany, 1996;
59. "Distant Guns and Enchanted Minds" in Cannons into Ploughshares -- Militarization and Prospects of Peace in South Asia, cited above, 1995;
60.  "Towards the National Agenda of a Bengali Muslim Literature", Theoretical Perspectives, 1 (2), 1995;
61. "Many Histories and Few Silences -- The Nationalist History of Nationalism in Bangladesh" in State, Development and Political Culture, 1997, cited above and first published as Azad Institute Working Paper 1, 1995;
62. "New Technology, Knowledge and Power - A Tale of Some Agencies", The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 35 (3), July-September, 1992; also included in L.K. Deshpande and Gerry Rodgers (eds.), The Indian Labour Market and Economic Structural Change (Delhi: B.R. Publishers, 1994);
63. "The Making of A Nation - The Quest for a Paradigm", in N.R. Ray (ed.), Problems of National Integration (Calcutta: Puthi Pustak, 1993);
64. "Indo-U.S. Relations after the Cold War: Agenda for Research", Indian Journal for American Studies, 21 (1), 1993;
65.  "Ethnicity in World Politics: Requiem for the Nation-State?" in Radharaman Chakrabarti and Gautam Kumar Basu (eds.), Theories of International Relations - Search for Alternatives (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1992);
66.  "Reflections in Another Mirror -- Fictional Genealogies of Chilkigarh", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 29 (1), 1992;
67. "The Lengthening Shadow of New Technology over the Institutionalised Process of Wage Settlement", Occasional Paper No.126, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, 1991;
68. "In Search of Hindu Vote - A Wild Goose Chase Across The Heartland", Science and People, 1 (3), 1991;
69. "New Technology in Indian Newspaper Industry - A Critical Appraisal", Occasional Paper No.121, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, 1990;
70. "Peasant and the Commissar - A Study in Agrarian Relations" in N.R. Ray (ed.), Modern Bengal (Calcutta: Naya Prakash, 1990);
71. Culture and India's Foreign Policy", Asian Studies, 8 (3), July-September, 1990.
72. "The Changing Language of the Rights of Man in the United States", Quarterly Review of Historical Studies, 29 (3), 1989-90;
73.  "The Lost Decade of Bihar", Calcutta Journal of Political Studies, 9 (1 & 2), 1990;
74. "India's Foreign Policy: A Hitherto Ignored Aspect", Asian Studies, 7 (4), October-December, 1989;
75.  "Rebellious and Non-Conformist Students and Youth in Bengal - 1966-70" in Pradip Sinha (ed.,) Calcutta in Urban History (Calcutta: Riddhi-India, 1988);
76. "From Sales To Marketing - The Forward March of Market", Conference Proceedings of All West Bengal Sales Representatives Association, Calcutta, 1988;"
77. "Party, Mass Organisations and Mass Movements", Economic and Poltical Weekly, 23 (25), 1988;
78. "The Puzzles That Perestroika will Have To Solve", Society and Change, 5 (4), 1988;
79. "The Dying of A Colonial Metropolis: A Note on The Decay of Calcutta", Socialist Perspective, 13 (4), 1987;
80. (Review Article) "Shamsul Alam's Critique of China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-76", Society and Change, 5 (1), 1987;
81. "Environmental Pollution and People's Struggle: A Brief Note Towards Understanding It", Seminar Proceedings of Environmental Pollution and Health Hazards in West Bengal, Forum of Professionals, Calcutta, 1986;
82. "Health Administration in India Since 1947: A Critique", Socialist Perspective, 12 (4), 1985;
83. "The Indian Agrarian Question: A Note on its Various Dimensions", Socialist Perspective, 11 (4), 1984.

Select Publications (in Bengali)


1. Bharatiyo Rajnitir Samajik Bhitti (in Bengali - Social Bases of Indian Politics; Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1986).
2. Bharater Jatiyo Andolan O Jatiyo Sanghatir Samashya (in Bengali - Indian National Movement and Problems of National Integration; Calcutta: West Bengal Book Board, 1985).


1. "Ajker Sylhet Ebong Ek Bismritaprai Kabi" (An Almost Forgotten Poet and Today's Sylhet), Chaturanga, 57 (2), 1997.
2. "Pakistan Bharat Samparka" (Pakistan India Relations Today), Baromas, Summer, 1997.
3. "Jungle Mahal" (Jungle mahals - A Story of Culture and Power), Yogasutra, autumn number, 1992.
4. "Sampradayikata Ke Bojha Ar Rokha" (Understanding and Resisting Communlism), Anushtup, Saradiya, 1991.
5. "Bhotbabuder Pechane Pechane" (In Pursuit of Vote Catchers), Baromas, autumn number, 1991.
6. Review Article on Hena Das' Autobiography, "Sritimoy Dingulo", Baromas, October, 1990.
7. (with Debjani Datta) "Manikuntala Sener Atmajibani O Nari Andolaner Ekti Dik"    (Manikuntala Sen's Autobiography and An Aspect of Women's Movement), Anushtup, 25(1), 1990.
8. "Dharma Nirapeksha Rajnitir Samashya" (Problems of Secular Politics), Baromas, April, 1990.
9. "Sthaniay Sayatta Sasaner Sekal O Ekal" (Local Self-Government -- Yesterday and Today), Anushtup, 23 (2), 1987.
10. "Karl Marx - Ek Shaw Bachar Agey O Pare" (Karl Marx -- Hundred Years Before and After), Parichaya, Karl Marx Death Centenary Number, 1984.
11. "Bhupendra Nath Datta - Jiban O Smriti" (Bhupendra Nath Datta - Life and Memories), Parichaya, Autumn Number, 1983.
12. "Bangler Bidrohi Yuba-Chatra Andolan" (Rebellious Students and Youth of Bengal), Anushtup, 18 (2), 1981.

13. "Biplaber Samalochana O Samalochanay Biplab" (Criticism of Revolution and Revolution by Criticism), Anushtup, 17 (4), 1980.

Lectures, Papers, and Interviews 

Returning to the History of 19th and early 20th Century Immigration

An interview by  Ranabir Samaddar on Democracy

A speech by  Ranabir Samaddar in Amsterdam

A speech by  Ranabir Samaddar on Asia: subjects and conflicts in the whirl of capitalistic development

The Nowhere People  (The Indian Express,
 09 May 2003)

Murders in the Sky and on Ground  of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, February 2002)

Crime and
Punishment in Genoa
(Himal, August 2001)

Governing through Peace Accords – A Democratic
 Inquiry (Paper delivered at a Conference organised by the Ben Gurion
University of Negev,
Israel, May 2000)

Received Histories of Wars & peace in the Time of Globalisation

Power and Rights - In Life, In Death (Q & A session at WISCOMP, June 2003)

Discussion with Anjana Rajan
on CRG Publication Refugees
and the State

(The Hindu,
July 10 2003)
An interview
Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
(16 April 2006)

Who is Ranabir Samaddar? See his interview with philosopher Rada Ivekovic at the Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris (2005)

An interview with Il Manifesto-
bordo al centro delmondo

(12 August 2005)

An interview with Bangkok Post - The Method of Peace Audit  (5th February 2005)

Indo-Naga politcal dynamism

Edu-factory of India

A Course on the Politics of Dialogue (2004)

A Course on Neighbours, Neighbourhood and India in the Age of Globalisation, (2005)

A Course on Sovereignty, Territory and Citizenship: SOUTH ASIA in an Age of Globalisation (2006)

Visit to Australia as the Distinguished South Asia Lecturer

Speech by Ranabir Samaddar on "The Fanatic Wahabis & Colonial Rule in India"

Distinguished Lecture in17th Biennial Conference, ASAA

  Interview on 

   Interview to Finnish
    Media on Migration 

   Interview to Finnish
    Media on Democracy,
    Justice, and Dialogue 

On the Current Situation of Student Politics & Student Movements, Click ->RABI BARO ARI

A Discussion
Governmentality.  CLICK HERE

A Discussion on
Passive Revolution in West Bengal


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Q & A: Refugee Research Network, May 2014

Annual Distinguished Lecture on 17 November 2014 by Ranabir Samaddar on on Hind Swaraj as a Tract on the Government of the Self


Why High Politics in Bengal Speaks the Language of the Lower Depths


Act East: Why Kolkata Port will not die


What Bengal's Economy Needs: A Little more Homework and Focus


If You Push for Regime Change, You Get the Refugees Too



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