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Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey

Saumya Dey is an associate professor of history at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. His primary research interests are intellectual and cultural history. He has, till date, authored one monograph and a collection of essays - Becoming Hindus and Muslims. Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal. 1342-1905 (Munshiram Manoharlal, 2015) and The Cultural Landscape of Hindutva and other Essays. Historical Legitimacy of an Idea (Shubhi Publications, 2019). He earned his PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The Academic Delegitimization of Hinduism: Some Influential Narratives
Archives, Identity (Distortion & Appropriation)

The Academic Delegitimization of Hinduism: Some Influential Narratives

Saumya Dey- August 12, 2020

It could be that ‘Hindu’ is an exonym (a name of foreign provenance) and was adopted relatively late by my forebears. But all that this ... Read More

From Robbery to ‘Free Trade’: British Politics & Intensification of Colonial Exploitation of India
Archives, Commentary

From Robbery to ‘Free Trade’: British Politics & Intensification of Colonial Exploitation of India

Saumya Dey- May 21, 2020

What exactly had come over the British political elite at the turn of the 1780s? Was the seeming concern that they were displaying for India ... Read More

That Bogey called ‘Brahminism’
Archives, Commentary

That Bogey called ‘Brahminism’

Saumya Dey- February 14, 2020

Nomenclature or concepts like ‘Brahminical’ and ‘Brahminism’ (which are deployed, as we saw above, in pejorative or castigatory senses) are outcomes of generalization and theorization ... Read More

Why the Left Does Not Comprehend the Indian ‘Felt Community’
Archives, Commentary

Why the Left Does Not Comprehend the Indian ‘Felt Community’

Saumya Dey- December 12, 2019

I prefer the phrase ‘felt community’ to the term ‘nation’. This is because, I think, it helps one better understand the large, trans-local, human solidarities ... Read More

JNU, the Headquarters of the Breaking India Enterprise
Archives, Commentary

JNU, the Headquarters of the Breaking India Enterprise

Saumya Dey- August 26, 2019

There is a bundle of bile and toxicity, namely, a book, available in the market. It is somewhat pompously titled as What the Nation Really ... Read More

The Origins of Cultural Marxism: A Concise Account
Archives, Commentary

The Origins of Cultural Marxism: A Concise Account

Saumya Dey- May 15, 2019

We see that today the ‘cultural Marxist’ tendency, the enthusiastic endorsement of identity and cultural politics through the identification of oppressor-oppressed binaries dominates the political ... Read More

Ambedkar’s Thoughts on Indian Muslim Society and Politics
Archives, Commentary

Ambedkar’s Thoughts on Indian Muslim Society and Politics

Saumya Dey- February 12, 2019

It is true that in it Ambedkar advised the Hindus to grant the Muslims of India Pakistan. But the reasons he adduced to support this ... Read More