Subject specialization: Anthropology (Social and Cultural Anthropology specialization)
Areas of Research Interest: Minority Studies, Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Sociology/ Anthropology of Knowledge, Globalization Studies etc.
No. of Ph.D. students: (a) Supervised: 12 (b) Ongoing: 01.
No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: 11 (b) Ongoing: Nil.
No. of Publications: (a) Journal(s) : 109 ( b) Book(s) : 05 (c) Book Edited: 01
Achievement & Awards:
Some awards received and achieved academic Recognition
Teaching – 35Yrs.
Research – 40 Yrs.
HOD of Sociology and Social Anthropology
HOD of Anthropology
Director of Centre for Himalayan Studies
Director of Centre of Local Knowledge and Culture of North Bengal
Former E.C. member, N.B.U.
Former F.C. member, N.B.U.
Selective List of Publications:
Stratification, Hierarchy and Ethnicity in North East India, Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, 1991 (joint edition).
Dynamics of Muslim Society, Inter India Publications, New Delhi, 1994.
Muslims of Siliguri, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, 1997.
Educational Status of Muslims, Inter India Publications, New Delhi, 1997.
Rural Muslim Women, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, 2005.
Jari Embroidery: A Study of a Traditional Craft and Craftsmen of Bengal, Kalpaj Publications, New Delhi, 2009.
“Structure of Kinship among the Muslims in a West Bengal Village” in Man and Life, 1977, 3: 80-90
“Some Preliminary Notes on Nocobarese and their Changing life Pattern – A Micro Study”, in Folklore, 1978, 19: 179-184
“Jori work in a Muslim Village”, in Khadi Gramodyog, 1979, 8: 369-372
“Some Preliminary Notes on Andamanese – A Tribe in the Way of Extinction”, in Vanyajati, 1979, 27: 25-29
“Kinship and Inheritance among Muslim: Socio-Cultural Consequences”, in Social Scientists, 1979, 7: 43-48
“Problems of Muslim Education in Calcutta – Some Aspects”, in Problems of Muslim Education, Seminar Volume of Muslim Taleemi Society, Calcutta, 1979
“Job Preference of the Castes and Communities at the Industrial and Urban Sector: Some Field Observations”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 1979, 14: 131-138
“Parda among Muslim Women: A Study in a West Bengal Village”, in Man in India, 1979, 59: 342-349
Cottage Industry of the Rural Poor: A Case of Coir Work”, in Indian Museum Bulletin, 1980, 15: 65-68
“Funeral Customs and Burial Monuments among the Hos – A Study in Continuity and Change”, in Folklore, 1980, 21: 17-22
“Politico-Administrative Boundary vis-à-vis Social Cultural Adaptive Mechanism of a Minority Community in a Village of west Bengal”, in Bulletin of the Cultural research Institute, 1982, 15: 41-46
“Family Planning – Communication of Ideas”, in Folklore, 1982, 23: 268-272
“For a Sociological Understanding of Indian Muslims – A Research Note”, in North Bengal University Review, 1983, 4: 53-57
“Is Culture a Complex Integrated Whole?- Some Awkward Questions”, in Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, 1984, 16, 1-4: 10-16
“Problems of Modernization among the Muslims in India: A Case Study in a Village of West Bengal”, in North Bengal University Review, 1985, 6: 95-108
“Elite and Middle Class in Bengali Muslim Society: A Study in Modernization Problem of a Minority Community”, An Occasional Paper, No. 1, Published by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of North Bengal, 1987
“Trends in Social and Cultural Anthropology in India”, in Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, 1987, 16: 1 & 2 : 21-24
“Tradition and Modernity in Muslim Society: An Analysis of Social Movements among Muslims in India”, in Islam and The Modern Age, 1988, 19, 3: 179-200
A Social Anthropological Approach to Forest Development”, in B. Choudhuri and A.K. Maiti (eds.) Forest and forest Development in India, Inter India Publications, New Delhi, 1989, pp. 163-173
“Human Resource Development: Observations on Muslims in India”, Occasional Paper No.3, Published by the Department of Sociology and Social anthropology, University of North Bengal, December, 1989
“Responses of the Muslims Towards Health Development Programmes: A Case Study in a Village of West Bengal”, in B. Chaudhuri (ed.) Cultural and Environmental Dimensions on Health, Inter India Publications, New Delhi, 1990, pp. 369-385
“Economic and Social Situations among Muslims of West Bengal: Some Empirical Observations”, in Journal of Objective Studies, 1990, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 118-126
“Social Stratification among the Muslims of North Bengal”, in R.K. Bhadra and S.R. Mondal (eds.) Stratification, Hierarchy and Ethnicity in North East India, Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, 1991, pp. 207-232
Muslim Women – From veil to Virtue: A Study on Women Development”, in S. Bhattacharaya (eds.) Rural Development and Social Change, Visva Bharati, 1992
A Comparison of Marriage Practices of a Hindu and a Muslim Village in West Bengal”, in Bulletin of Cultural Research Institute, 1992, 18:3 & 4: 47-52
“The Eunuchs: Some Observations”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Vol.24, No. 3, 1989, pp. 244-250
“Toward Understanding Islam and Muslim Society in India: Some Methodological Issues”, in Journal of Objective Studies, 1992, Vol.4, No. 1, pp.52-65
Muslims in India: An Enquiry into their Minority Status, Backwardness, Special Rights and Development Problems”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 1992, 27:2, pp. 149-160
“Social System and Sub System in Islam: A Sociological Analysis”, in Journal of Objective Studies, 1993, 5:2, pp. 118-134
Social and Cultural Dimensions of Mother and Child Health: Observations from a Muslim Village in West Bengal”, in F.A. Das and R.K. Kar (eds.) Health Studies in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Assam, 1997, pp. 101-130
“Tribal Women in West Bengal: Some Aspects of their Status and Roles”, in G. Pfeffer and D.K. Behera (eds.) Contemporary Society – Tribal Studies, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1997, pp.190-196 (Joint author)
“Do the Muslims have Caste? – A Critical Appraisal”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1996, pp.171-178 (joint author)
“Muslims Educational Backwardness: Nature and Extent”, in Journal of Objective Studies, Vol.3, No.1, 1997, pp.74-88
“Muslims of Nepal: Aspects of their Economy, Society and Culture in Relation to Habitat”, in Islam and Modern Age, Vol.28, No.3, 1997, 198-217
“Organizing Women for Self-Reliance: An Experience from a Muslim Village in West Bengal”, in Empowerment – A Journal of Women for Women, 1997, Vol.4, pp.13-30 (joint author)
Muslim Minority in Koch Behar: Their History, Society and Culture”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 1998, 29:1, pp.49-73
“On Ethnographic Museum in India: Nature and Scope”, in Bulletin of the Akhaya Kumar Maitreya Museum, University of North Bengal, 1998, Vol.2, No.1, pp.1-6
Polygyny and Divorce in Muslim Society: Controversy and Reality”, in Man in India, 1997, 77(4), pp.415-428
“Dynamics of Social Stratification among Muslims in Rural West Bengal”, in M.K.A. Siddiqui (eds.) Muslims in Free India their Social Profile and Problems, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, 1998, pp.67-89
“Badias: A Little Known Muslim Group of Eastern India”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 1998, Vol.2, No.3, pp.193-200
“Religious and Social Thought of Syed Ahmed Khan: An Appraisal”, in Educational League of Muslims in India: Souvenir, 1997, pp.22-25
“Immigration, Adaptation and Ethnicity: A Study of Refugees in Northern Districts of West Bengal”, in South Asian Anthropologists, 1998, Vol.19, No.2, pp.71-78
“Tribal Economy and Forest Development in West Bengal – Some Awkward Questions”, in Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, 1997, Vol.19, No.1, pp.33-39
“Status of Rajbansi Women in West Bengal: Problems and Prospects”, in Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, 1997, Vol.19, No.3, pp.49-55
“Man and Environment Issues: Goal of Ecological Consciousness and Role of Traditional Knowledge”, in Journal of the Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, 1997, Vol.4, No.2, pp.1-8
“Incidence of Polygyny among Muslims in India: Myth and truth”, in Empowerment – A Journal of Women for Women, 1998, Vol.5, pp.91-102
“Muslim Minority of Tibet: Retrospect and Prospect”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 1999, Vol.30, No.2, pp.115-137
“Begum Rokaiya – Pioneer of Muslim Women’s Movement and Social Reformer in Bengal”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 1999, 30(3) : 232-243 (joint author)
“Status of Himalayan Women”, in Empowerment, 1999, 6 : 41-56
“Muslims of Sikkim”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 2000, 31 (1), 101-116
“Muslim Population of India – Some Demographic and Socio-Economic Features”, in International Journal of Anthropology, 2000, 15 (1-2), pp.95-111
“Embroidery (Jari) Works and Embroiders of Bengal : Organizational Aspects of a Traditional Craft”, in Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, 2000, 28: 59-64
“Status of Bhutia Women of Darjeeling Himalaya: A Profile”, in The Himalayan Miscellany, 1998/1999, 12 & 13 :13-24
“Girl Child in Muslim Society: Some Observations on their Status and Role”, in Journal of the Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, 2000, Vol.6, No.2, pp.28-39
“The Muslim Minority in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan: A Socio-Cultural Perspective”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 2001, 32 (2), pp.113-125
“Tibetan Muslim Refugees in India: The Problem and the Prospect”, in S. Roy (ed.) Refugees and Human Rights, pp.236-255, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2001
“Tribal Profile of Himalayan and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal – Ethnicity and Emerging Identity”, in S. Sengupta (ed.) Tribes of the Eastern Himalayas, pp.95-116, Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 2001
“Ethnic Groups and Ethnicity in Bhutan”, in Girin Phukan (ed.) Ethnicity and Polity in South Asia, New Delhi, South Asian Publications, 2002, pp.88-102
“Human Rights Education – An Anthropological Perspective”, in P. Biswas and T. Bandopadhyay (eds.) Awareness and Education of Human Rights, in Seminar Volume Jalpaiguri A. C. College of Commerce (UGC Sponsored), 2002, pp.4-10
“Women in Craft Production – A Case Study of Jari Embroidery in Bengal”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 2002, Vol.37, No.3, pp.269-276
“Globalization, Islam and Muslim Society: Problems and Prospects”, in Islam and the Modern Age, 2003, 34:1, pp.74-89
“Social Structure, OBC’s and Muslims”, in Economic and Political Weekly, 2003, 38:46, pp.4892-4897
“Interrogating the position of Women – Perspective on Contemporary Gender Studies”, in R. Roy and S.K. Sengupta (eds.) Selected Portrait : Position of Women, Aged and Weaker Section in Contemporary India, Kolkata, Classic Books, 2004, pp.151-173
“Tibetan Muslims of Indian Himalayas”, in M.K. Siddiqui (ed.), Marginal Muslim Communities in India, Genuine Publications, New Delhi, 2004, pp.47-60
“Nepali Muslims of Darjeeling Himalayas”, in M.K. Siddiqui (ed.), Marginal Muslim Communities in India, Genuine Publications, New Delhi, 2004, pp.61-72
“The Nashayas of Sub-Himalayan Bengal”, in M.K. Siddiqui (ed.), Marginal Muslim Communities in India, Genuine Publications, New Delhi, 2004, pp.73-89
“Status of Muslim Women in India and their Empowerment Problems – Some Observations”, in M.A. Sabur and Lisa Schenk (eds.) AMAN Publication, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004, pp.118-126
“People of Bhutan : A Study of its Society and Culture”, in B.C. Upreti (ed.) Bhutan - Dilemma of Change in a Himalayan Kingdom, Delhi, Kalinga Publication, 2004, pp.25-44
“Divorce and Separation among Muslims of West Bengal: Some Empirical Observations”, in Islam and the Modern Age, Vol.XXXV, No.3, 2004, pp.125-138
“Postmodernism and Anthropology: An Appraisal”, in Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University , Vol.13, 2003 (published in 2004)
“Ethnic, Social and Cultural Profile of Bhutan”, in Bhutan : A Profile of the Himalayan Kingdom, A Publication of the Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, 2004
“A Profile of the Status of Women in Bhutan”, A Publication of the Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, Occasional Paper, No.14, 2004
“From Development Anthropology to Anthropology of Development : A Paradigm Shift of the Discipline that Enters the 21st Century”, in Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Vol.32 (83-98), 2004 (published in 2005)
“Multiculturalism in India – Opportunities and Challenges”, A Publication of the Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, Occasional Paper, No. 16, 2005
“Muslim Society and Culture in Bengal – Transition and Change”, in Nadeem Hasnain (ed.) Islam and Muslim Communities in South Asia, New Delhi: Serials Publication, 2006
“Muslim Jari Embroiders of West Bengal: Some Observations on their Economy, Identity and Entrepreneurial Behaviour”, in A. Waheed (ed.) Muslim Artisans, Craftsmen and Traders Issues in Entrepreneurship, New Delhi, Icon Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2006
“Social Movement, Social Unrest, Ethnicity and Development-Some Observations on Theoretical Issues and empirical Realities”, in A.K. Danda, S. Chakraborti and A. Basu (eds.) Social Unrest, Kolkata, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, 2006, pp.330-346
“Social Reform and Muslim Women’s Movement in India”, in Nadeem Hansain (ed.) Aspects of Islam and Muslim Societies, New Delhi, Searials Publication, 2006
“Social and Cultural Dynamics of Indigenous People”, in the Eastern Anthropologists, Vol.59, No.2, 2006, pp.229-238
“Women in Bhutan : Aspects of their Status, and Role”, in Lipi Ghosh, Ishita Mukhopadhayay and S. Chakraborti (eds.) Women Across Asia: Issues and Identities, Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi, 2006
“Ethnic, Social and Cultural Matrix in the Hills and Plains of North Bengal: Prospects of Prosperity and Diversity”, in B. Chaudhuri and S. Chaudhuri (eds.) Indigenous People, Traditional Wisdom and Sustainable Development, New Delhi, Inter India Publications, 2007
“Emerging Ethnic Identity among the Nashya Shaikh of North Bengal”, in R.K. Bhadra and Mita Bhadra (eds.) Ethnicity, Movement and Social Structure-Contested Cultural Identity, New Delhi, Rawat Publications, 2007
“Sachar Committee Report and Beyond: A Critical Appraisal of Socio-Economic Condition of Indian Muslims”, in Islam and Muslim Societies, Vol.3, No.1, 2007
“Globalization and Anthropology”, in Indian Anthropologists, Vol.37, No.2, July-Dec., 2007, pp.93-97
Religious and Cultural Syncretism in the Eastern Himalayas – An Approach to the Study”, in The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol.8, No.1-2, Jan-Dec., 2008
“A Plea for Islamic Anthropology: Preliminary Observations”, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Vol.43, No.3, Nov. 2008, pp.219-227
“Anthropology of North Bengal: An Appraisal”, in Sachchidananda and V.K. Srivastava (eds.) Social Anthropology in Eastern India, Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2009
“Ethnic, Social and Cultural Diversities of a Himalayan State: Bhutan”, in South Asian Anthropologists, Vol. 9, No. 2, September, 2009, pp. 147-154
“The Muslims of India – In Search of a New Identity:, in N.K. Das and V.R. Rao (ed) Identity, Cultural Pluralism and State – South Asia in Perspective, Anthropological Survey of India in Association with Macmillan: New Delhi, 2009
“Bio-Diversity and Sustainable Development – The Issues of Indigenous Knowledge System and Rights of the Indegenous People with Particular Reference to North East Himalayas of India”, in D. Dasgupta (ed) Indegenous Knowledge System and Common Peoples Right, Agrobios (India): Jodhpur, 2009
“Role of Traditional Home Gardens in Natural Resource Management: Some Observations on Ethnic Communities of Sub-Himalayan North Bengal”, in The Oriental Anthropologists, Vol. 9, No. 2, July-Dec., 2009
“Globalization and Culture: Some Reflections”, in M.N. Das and M.D. Bhuya (Eds.) Globalization and the state, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2010.
“People of Darjeeling Himalaya: A Profile” in M. Desai and S.Mitra Eds. in Cloud, Stone and The Mind – The People and Environment of Darjeeling Hill Area, K.P. Bagchi & Company, Kolkata, 2010 (Joint Author).
“A Study on Indian Migrants in Bhutan”, in South Asian Anthropologist, vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 111-122, 2010.
“Towards Analyzing The Muslim Situation in India---Perspectives from Community, Society And State”, in B. Ghosh (Ed.) Interrogating Development ,New Delhi :Rawat Publications,2012.
“On Human Security: An Appraisal”, in The Himalayan Miscellany, December 2010-11, vol.21&22, pp73-77.
“ Interrogating Globalization and Culture in Anthropological Perspective: The Indian Experience”, Journal of Global Studies (An International Journal Published from Moscow), 2012, vol.3, No.1
“Anthropology Enters the Twenty First Century: Challenges and Opportunities” in D.Piplai (Ed.) Mastar Mahasai- The Teacher: The commemorative volume of the Teacher Sri Biswanath Banerjee Kolkata: Adhapak Biswanath Bandhopadhyay Smriti Raksha Samiti, 2012.
“Anthropology and the Study of Indigenous Knowledge: Perspective from North East India” in S. Sengupta (Ed.) Indigenous Knowledge Transition: Perspective from North East India, New Delhi, Gyan Publishing House.2012.
”Anthropology in the Era of Globalization” in S.Sengupta (Ed.) Issues and
Themes in Contemporary Anthropological Studies, New Delhi: Gyan Publishing
”Towards Gender Equality—A Critical Analysis of Social Movements for
Muslim Women’s Rights in India, in B D Chaudhuri (Ed.) Human Rights,
Anthropology and Ethnology Today Series, Book Series of IUAES, Kunming,
“Towards Analyzing Muslim Situation in India—Perspectives from Community, Society and State”, in B. Ghosh (Ed.) Interrogating Development, New Delhi: Rawat Publication, 2012.
“Reflexive Methods in Qualitative Research—An Introduction, in The Himalayan Miscellany, Vole 23, Pp.1-6, 2012
“Gendering in Traditional Industries—Some Observations on Hand Embroidery (Jari) and Coir (Bolen) Works of Bengal”, In S. M. Channa and K.K. Misra (Eds), Gendering Material Culture-Reproductions and Practice, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2013.
Anthropology in the era of globalization in S. sengupta (ed.) Issues and Themes in contemporary Anthropological studies, New Delhi: Gyan Publication, 2013.
Global Studies and Anthropology: An Appraisal, in The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol-13, No. 2, Pp -313-323, 2013
”Ethnicity: Some Conceptual, Theoretical and Methodological Considerations”, in S. Sengupta(Ed), Ethnicity in North East India, New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2014.
“Ethnic, Social and Cultural Diversities of Bhutan— A Himalayan State of South Asia”, in Ranjana Ray (Ed.) Diversity and Development; An Anthropological Perspective”, Kolkata, ,Asiatic Society,2015.
“From Seclusion and Exclusion to Empowerment and Inclusion: Some Observations on Islamic Feminism and its Impact on Indian Muslim Women “”in J. Basu and M Jana (Ed.) Women Empowerment- Miles to go…, Kolkata Radiance Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
“Anthropology in India: From Colonial Legacy to Post Colonial Identity”, in The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol.15, No 1. pp 47-58, 2015.
”From Exclusion to Inclusion; A Note on Islamic Feminism and Bharatiya Muslim Mohila Andolan in Contemporary India “, in Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Vol 49,No 1&3, pp 379-394. (Special Issue in Memory of Professor Nirendra Chandra Choudhury ).