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Malini Bhattacharjee

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Malini Bhattacharjee's training lies in Political Science.  She has been teaching and developing courses for the Masters in Public Policy and Governance (MPG) and the Masters in Development programmes at the University. Her research interests revolve around issues of religious nationalism, the politics of humanitarianism and disaster relief, Partition history and the intersections emerging between religion, development and public policy in contemporary India. Her recently published book titled ‘Disaster Relief and the RSS: Resurrecting ‘Religion’ through Humanitarianism’ (Sage, 2019) examines the political implications of the humanitarian work of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by examining the institution of ‘seva’ (service) in disaster situations.

Malini started her career at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, South Asia Regional Delegation in New Delhi and worked there for a year. Subsequently, she worked in a conflict resolution firm named Metaculture in Bangalore (2009- 2010) where she was involved in conducting a conflict assessment of the Kandhamal riots of 2008 in Odisha between Hindus and Christians and implementing a CAO World Bank project on 'Local Stakeholder perceptions study for IFC funded projects' in the state of Gujarat. She joined Azim Premji Foundation in 2010 and became part of Azim Premji University in 2012.

Academic Qualifications
  • 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.

Research Interests

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
Ongoing Projects
  1. ‘Sacralising the Secular’: Religion and Philanthropy in India
  2. 'Unforgetting Sylhet': Redeeming a Subverted Narrative
Malini Bhattacharjee Faculty At Azim Premji University


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