Areas of Interest & Expertise
Issues of Religious Identity, Ethnicity and Political Conflict, The Intersections Emerging between Religion and Development
Malini is a faculty with the School of Public policy and Governance.
Her 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, MPhil and MA degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
Publications and Writings
- Bhattacharjee, Malini, ‘Did the First Amendment to the Constitution lay the foundation for an authoritarian state?’, The Indian Express, October 11, 2020.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini, ‘Serving the ‘Other’ During the Pandemic: Hindu Nationalist Groups and Covid Relief in India’, published in Religion and Covid-19 under observation: the Asia- focused research blog CoronAsur, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini, ‘73 yrs ago, Sylhet Referendum left a Hindu community homeless between Assam and Bangladesh’, The Print, 6 July 2020.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini, Interview in Bastion Dialogues, The Bastion, June 16, 2020.
- Bhattacharjee, Malini. Disaster Relief and the RSS: Resurrecting ‘Religion’ Through Humanitarianism (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2019).
- Bhattacharjee, Malini. ‘Hindutva as a ‘Sacred Form’: A Case Study of Karnataka’ in Religion in Indian Politics, edited by Narender Kumar (New Delhi: Routledge, 2019).
- Bhattacharjee, Malini (2018), ‘Hindutva as a ‘sacred form’: A Case Study of Karnataka’
- 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 (2015) ‘Beware the Politics of Seeing Religious ‘Meaning’ in Disasters’. In The Wire, May 21, 2015
- Bhattacharjee, Malini and Dolashree Mysoor (2015) ‘Unredressed Grievances under RTE: Navigating the State Labyrinth’. In Governance.
- 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.’
- ‘Sacralising the Secular’: Religion and Philanthropy in India
- ‘Unforgetting Sylhet’: Redeeming a Subverted Narrative