Our Contributors

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English, and from English into Bengali. Over fifty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), respectively, and the winner of the Muse India translation award (2013) for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right, he has also been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee and longlisted for the Best Translated Book award, USA, 2018 for his translation of Bhaskar Chakravarti’s Things That Happen and Other Poems. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He is the editor of the Library of Bangladesh, a series of Bangladeshi fiction translated into English from Bengali, and of the Book of Dhaka, a collection of short stories from Bangladesh translated into English. He has conducted translation workshops at the British Centre for Literary Translation, UEA; University of Chicago; Dhaka Translation Centre; and Jadavpur University.

Shaheen Akhtar is a notable Bangladeshi author, who won the Prothom Alo Best Book Award in 2004 for her novel Talaash, (translated into English as The Search and published by Zubaan, Delhi, in 2011). Bengal Lights Books published the translation of another novel Shokhi Rongomala (Beloved Rongomala) in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Words without Border and other prestigious literary magazines. Akhtar was presented with the Sera Bangali 2014 Award for literature by India’s leading Bengali news channel, ABP Ananda. She has also received the Akhteruzzaman Elias Kothashahitya Puroshkar 2015 and the IFIC Bank Puroshkar for her novel Moyur Shinghashon. Akhtar’s works have been translated into English, German, and Korean. In 2015, Akhtar received the highest national award for literature in Bangladesh, the Bangla Academy Literary Award, for her contributions to Bangla literature, and in 2019, she received the Gemcon Literary Award.

Manas Ray retired as a Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) in March 2018. He works at the interface of political theory and cultural studies and has published on a wide spectrum of areas including Marxism, ethics, governmentality, postmodernism, film theory, New German Cinema, Bollywood, biopolitics, continental political philosophy, critical legal theory, cultural lives of Indian diasporas, and memory and locality of post-partition Calcutta. He has held visiting positions in Berlin, Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Cape Town. Primus Books is bringing out a two-volume collection  edited by Professor Ray entitled, State of Democracy in India: Essays on Life and Politics in Contemporary Times this year.

Sajal Nag is currently Professor and Head, Department of History, Assam University, Silchar. He was formerly a Professor of Social Sciences, Presidency University, Kolkata, and a former Commonwealth Fellow and a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His publications include The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti Slavery movement in North East India, 1907-1950, Oxford University Press, 2016; Bridging State and Nation: Politics of Peace in Nagaland and Mizoram, with Rita Manchanda and Tapan Bose, Sage, 2015, and The Beleaguered Nation: Making and Unmaking of the Assamese Nationality, Manohar- New Delhi, 2016, among others.

Faith Elwin Kharbuli is a research scholar at the Department of History, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Her research and writings intensively explore the partition experiences of the Khasi, Jaintia, Garo Hills and Tripura (1947-1971). She has written and presented her work at several national and international conferences and seminars. She graduated from Loreto College, Kolkata (B.A. History Honours), she has been a Gold Medal Awardee for her M.A. (2013) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. The papers she has presented in seminars include, Future Challenges for Partition Scholarship: The Khasi-Jaintia Perspective’, IIT Guwahati, The Khasi-Jaintia Experience, Asian Confluence, Shillong, Violent Experiences and Boundary Demarcation in Northeast India, and Verrier Elwin, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, among others.

Oindrilla Maity is an independent curator and research scholar who has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Department of Culture Studies, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She has graduated from the Gwangju Biennale International Curatorial Programme (2012). Her essay in Bangla on the 19th century Bengali reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar has been brought out in the academic volume Janmadwishatabarshe Vidyasagar by Ananda Publishers, Kolkata, last September. Her major anthropological curatorial ventures include Tracing a Human Trail: Metaphors of the Frontiers (Khoj, New Delhi, 2011) among others.

Aanchal Malhotra is an oral historian and writer, living in New Delhi, India. She holds a BFA in Traditional Printmaking and Art History from OCAD University, Toronto and a MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University, Montréal. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory – a digital repository tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and antiques from the Indian subcontinent.

Malhotra writes extensively on the 1947 Partition and its related topics. Her debut book, Remnants of a Separation is a human history narrated through objects and heirlooms that refugees carried across the border in 1947. She is currently writing an oral history on the ongoing, generational impact of Partition, titled In the Language of Remembering, to be published in 2021.

Sashi Teibor Laloo is a Research Scholar at the Department of History, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. The topic of his research is “Drawing Borders and the Making of Khasi-Jaintia Identity (1772-1972)” concerning the Southern Foothills of Meghalaya. He completed his B. A. in History Honors at St. Stephens College and received his Masters Degree from the University of Delhi. His interest revolves around the history and culture of the indigenous communities of Meghalaya ranging from their folklore, musical instruments, weapons, colonial accounts in the National as well as the State Archives and the old photographs that captured their past. Sashi has been a research assistant in a number of documentation of the region. He has also presented his research papers like the impact of the Partition of 1947 on the Khasi-Jaintia community, Orientalism, History of the Potato in the Khasi Hills et al. in various national and international seminars/conferences held in the country.

Sayeed Ferdous has been teaching anthropology at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, since 1995 after he graduated from there. He has also completed Masters from Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands and, Ph.D. in History from Lancaster University, UK. Sayeed finds his niche in the blurred zone of the disciplines of History and Anthropology. His areas of interest include historiography, memory/forgetting, subaltern, postcolonial nation, nation-state, and nationalism. The focus of his Ph.D. research was on the East Bengal/Pakistan episode of the 1947 Partition and its prolonged aftermath in Bangladesh. Sayeed loves to talk about his areas of interest and has decent exposure in social media. He is jointly conducting a research project on the Partition migrants to Dhaka, in partnership with Goethe Institute, Bangladesh, titled ‘Inherited Memories (Part II).’

Sounita Mukherjee is currently working as a research assistant on a research project titled “Bookscape” with the University of California, Santa Barbara, alongside its publication. She also contributes as a citizen historian documenting the accounts of the 1947 Partition witnesses and survivors for the 1947 Partition Archive which collaborates with the Stanford University Library and Archive.

Sounita has been a former M.Phil research scholar at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) affiliated to Jadavpur University, where she submitted her thesis titled, “The City as Political Exhibitionary Space: Kolkata, 2011-2018” in the year 2018 under the supervision of Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta. She has taught as guest faculty at the Department of Political Science in Scottish Church College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta, and has also contributed as research assistant on diverse projects ranging from ethnographic and archival research and writing, to documenting and writing on global electoral datasets, to a project on pre-primary education in West Bengal supported by international and national bodies. She read Political Science for her B.A. (Hons)., and M.A. at Presidency University, Kolkata, and is an aspiring doctoral candidate with interests in Partition studies, Urban Governance and Visual Politics, Culture and Politics, and Gender.