Malini Bhattacharjee's training lies in Political Science. Her research interests revolve around issues of religious identity, ethnicity and political conflict and the intersections emerging between religion and development.
She started her career at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and subsequently worked in a conflict resolution firm where she was involved in conducting research on the Kandhamal riots of 2008 in Odisha between Hindus and Christians and a CAO World Bank project on 'Local Stakeholder perception study for IFC funded projects' in the state of Gujarat.
Malini has her doctorate, M.Phil and M.A degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
- PhD (Political Science), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- M.Phil (Political Science), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- M.A. (Political science) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. (2005)
- Political Philosophy and Indian Politics
- Welfare Rights
- Religion and Development
Areas of Interest
Issues of religious identity, ethnicity and political conflict and the intersections emerging between religion and development.
Malini's primary work has revolved around the politics of Hindu nationalism in India. She is also interested in the anthropology of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Publications and Writings
- Bhattacharjee, Malini (2018), 'Hindutva as a ‘sacred form’: A Case Study of Karnataka'
- Bhattacharjee, Malini (2015) 'Beware the Politics of Seeing Religious 'Meaning' in Disasters'. In The Wire, May 21, 2015, Available at http://thewire.in/2015/05/21/beware-the-politics-of-seeing-religious-meaning-in-disasters/
- Bhattacharjee, Malini (Forthcoming, 2016), 'Seva, Hindutva and the Politics of Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in Rural Kutch' as part of Salvage and Salvation: Religion and Disaster Relief in Asia (Special Issue). In Asian Ethnology 75:1.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini and Dolashree Mysoor (2015) 'Unredressed Grievances under RTE: Navigating the State Labyrinth'. In Governance, DOI: 10.1111/gove.12132.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini., Dolashree Mysoor, and Arun Sivaramakrishnan (2014) 'RTE Grievance Redress in Karnataka'. In Economic and Political Weekly, XLIX : 23, pp.37-41.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini (2006), 'Introducing the Baltic Sea Region to South Asia', Baltic Study Net Working Papers, Humboldt University of Berlin.
Currently working on:
- Book manuscript that explores seva (service) as a mode of political mobilization in times of disasters.
- A paper titled 'Tracing the emergence and consolidation of Hindutva in Assam'.