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Amit Kumar

Email: [email protected]

I am a historian of Modern South Asia focussing on the history of Jammu and Kashmir. My work has been related to the socio-economic history of the textile industry of Kashmir.

Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Sciences (BSc.), Govt. Degree College Kishtwar, J&K
  • MA in Modern and Contemporary History, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU
  • M.Phil. (History), Department of History, University of Delhi
  • PhD (History), Department of History, University of Delhi
    I have taught courses on:
  • Colonial India
  • India after 1947
  • World History
  • History of Modern China and japan
Areas of Interest
  • Histories of Capitalism
  • Ecology and Conflict in Himalayas
  • Questions of becoming/belonging/Identity, particularly the intersection of region, religion, gender and caste
Publications and Writings
  • ‘Marginality and Historiography: The Case of Kashmir’s History’, (Special Article) Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), September 26, 2015, Vol. no. 39 co-authored with Fayaz A. Dar
  • ‘The politics of Pre-Election Riots: The case of Kishtwar Communal Clashes’, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) Vol. XLIX, no. 8, 22 February, 2014
Book Reviews
  • Amit Kumar (2019): Romila Thapar, Rāmīn Ğahānbiglū and Neeladri Bhattacharya, Talking History, Society and Culture in South Asia, 5(1) 155-168, 2019
  • mit Kumar (2017): Imagining Kashmir: emplotment and colonialism, Contemporary South Asia, (ahead of print), DOI: 10. 1080/09584935.2017.1362205
Popular Articles
  • ‘History as Politics: On Writing Past’, Wande Magazine, 25th May, 2018. Link.
  • Review of ‘Amarnath Yatra: A militarized pilgrimage’ a report by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Srinagar and Equations, Bangalore’ Wande Magazine, 10th June, 2017. Link.
  • ‘Dutch Election Results a Temporary and Tiny Relief from the Right-Wing Onslaught,’ An interview with Historian Gijs Kessler about the Dutch elections 2017, Outlook Magazine, 12th April, 2017. Link.
  • ‘Convoluted Understanding of Kashmir Emerges from a Horrible Understanding of Its History’ A response to Ashis Nandy on the Kashmir crisis. Outlook Magazine, 06 September, 2016. Link.
On-going Projects:

Forthcoming Book titled, Artisans, Capital and the State: The Global History of Kashmiri Textile Industries 1820-1960 with Taylor and Francis (Routledge) Pvt. Ltd.

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