Department of Sociology

Dr. Swatahsiddha Sarkar

M.A.(NBU), M.Phil (Himalayan Studies), Ph.D. (Delhi School of Economics,  DU)

Assistant Professor

Life Member- Indian Anthropological Society, INCAA

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Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal, P.O.-NBU, Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin-734013, India.

Subject Specialization: Sociology of Region, Ethnicity, Sociology of Development, Political Sociology

Areas of Research Interest: Sociology of Region, Ethnicity, Sociology of Development, Political Sociology

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: 03

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: Nil.

No. of Publications:   36       (a) Journal(s) : 24     (b) Books: 02     (c) Occassional Paper: 01     (d) Chapters in Edited Volumes: 09     (e) Book Translated: 01    (e) Popular Writings: 08.

Achievement & Awards:
  • Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Conflict Resolution & Human Security (CCRHS), New Delhi (2010-11)
  • Awarded best paper presenter award in the category of young anthropologists in the 4th Inter-Congress of the Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) held in the University of Hyderabad, February 2009
  • Awarded University Medal and Thakur Panchanan Burma Memorial Gold Medal for securing first class first position in M.A. Examination 1998.
  • Awarded University Medal for securing second class first position in B.A. (Hons.) Examination  Awarded Gold Medal for First Position in M.A. 1996.

Professional Experiences:

Administrative Experiences:

Selective List of Publications:

  1. 2013. GORKHALAND MOVEMENT: A STUDY ON ETHNIC CONFLICT AND STATE RESPONSE, Concept Publishing House, New Delhi, 2013 (ISBN 93-5125-007-5)
  2. 2013. ETHNICITY IN INDIA: ISSUES IN COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND CONFLICT (Edited Volume) Co-edited with R.K. Bhadra & R. Mukhopadhyay, Levant Press: Kolkata, 2013 (ISBN 978-93-80663-48-7)

    Chapters in Edited Volumes:

  3. 2014 “Ethnic Conflict and State Response: Reflections on Gorkhaland Movement” (Chapt. 4), in M. Ghosh and S. Ghosh (eds.) QUESTIONING IDENTITY: RESPONSE OF THE STATE AND COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA. K P Bagchi & Company: Kolkata. (ISBN 978-81-7074-348-4)
  4. 2013. “Agrarian Reforms and the Precarious State of Affairs in the Darjeeling Hills” (Chapt. 2), in K. Suman Chandra, V. Suresh Babu & P. K. Nath (Eds.) AGRARIAN CRISIS IN INDIA. Acacdemic Foundation: New Delhi (ISBN 978-93-327-0032-1) Peer Reviewed
  5. 2013. “Anthropology of Identity and Ethnicity in India” (Chapt. 7), in A. K. Danda, N. Hasnain & D.G. Danda (eds.) CONTESTED IDENTITIES IN THE GLOBALIZED WORLD, INCAA: Jhargram (ISBN 81-903866-8-9)
  6. 2012. “Indian Nation-State, Developmentality and the ‘margin’: A Conceptual Note” (Chapt. 3), in Rajat Kanti Das & Dipak K Midya (Eds.) MANY FACES OF DEVELOPMENT, INCAA: Jhargram (ISBN 81-903866-4-6)
  7. 2011. “Colonial Social Formation and the Genesis of Separatism in Darjeeling Hills” (Chapt. 12), in Mamata Desai & S. Mitra (Eds.) CLOUD STONE AND THE MIND: THE PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT OF DARJEELING HILLS, K P Bagchi: Kolkata (ISBN 978-81-7074-328-6)
  8. 2010. “Social Consequences of Land Reforms: An Experience of Darjeeling Hills” (Chapt. 4), in Bishnu Mohan Das (Ed.) RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA, New Delhi Publishers: New Delhi (ISBN 978-81-907421-7-7)
  9. 2008. “Language and Ethnicity in Darjeeling Hills” (Chapt. 9), in Maitreyee Choudhury (Ed.) HIMALAYAN STUDIES IN INDIA, Mittal Publications: New Delhi (ISBN 81-8324-196-4)
  10. 2007. “Ethnic Movement and State Response: A Case of the Gorkhaland Movement in Darjeeling Hills” (Chapt. 21), in Buddhadeb Chaudhuri & S Chaudhuri (Eds.) ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONTEMPORARY ERA (Vol. 3), Inter-India Publications: New Delhi (ISBN 81-2100429-2)
  11. 2006. “Formation of a British Hinterland: Darjeeling in Colonial Days” (Chapt. 13), in Karubaki Datta (Ed.) URBANISATION IN THE EASTERN HIMALAYAS: EMERGENCE AND ISSUES, Serials Publications: New Delhi (ISBN 81-8387-041-4).

    Journal Publications:

  12. 2016. “How (Not) to Write Hill History: Gorkhaland and Telangana Are Not Similar”, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY, 51(5): 94-95. (ISSN 0012-9976). Peer Reviewed
  13. 2015. “Nepali Nation and Nationalism in Darjeeling: Kumar Pradhan in Perspective”, STUDIES IN NEPALI HISTORY AND SOCIETY (SINHAS), 20(1): 31-68. ISSN: 1025-5109 (Peer Reviewed)
  14. 2014. “Gorkhaland and Beyond”, (Web Exclusive Article), HIMAL SOUTH ASIAN, December 15, (ISSN 10129804)
    Stable URL: http://himalmag.com/gorkhaland-beyond-indias-states-exception/ (Peer Reviewed)
  15. 2014. “Parliamentary Elections and Gorkhaland: Message from Darjeeling”, MAINSTREAM, vol. 52 (44): 25-26, 37 (ISSN 0542-1462)
  16. 2014. “Reflections on Parliamentary Elections and Gorkhaland Movement in Darjeeling Hills”, JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE, 3(2-3): 21-34. (ISSN 2278-473X)
  17. 2014. “Obituary: Kumar Pradhan (1937–2013)”, HIMALAYA: JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR NEPAL AND HIMALAYAN STUDIES, 34(1): 137-141 (ISSN 0891-4834). Peer Reviewed
  18. 2014. “Tribal detour in Darjeeling Hills”, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY, 49 (32): 25-26. (ISSN 0012-9976). Peer Reviewed
  19. 2013. “Belongingness, Contestation and the Politics of Inclusion in the Darjeeling Hills: A Little Known Chapter of Gorkha Agitation”, THE HIMALAYAN MISCELLANY, 24: 58-94. (ISSN 0970-4922)
  20. 2013. “Peace, Conflict and Conflict Resolution: Anthropological Reflections on Ethnic Conflicts in India”, THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGY, 1(1): 33-68. (ISSN 2320-3757) Peer Reviewed
  21. 2012. “Appraising the Potency of N. K. Bose’s Prabibrajaker Diary as a Social History Text”, MAN IN INDIA, 92(3-4):427-432 (ISSN 0025-1569). Peer Reviewed
  22. 2012. “Social History of Migration in Darjeeling Hills” EXPLORING HISTORY, 3(1): 35-51. (ISSN – 2230-8490) Peer Reviewed
  23. 2012.  “Gorkhaland Territorial Administration:  An Overview” MAINSTREAM, L (22): 19-26. (ISSN 0542-1462)
  24. 2012. “Pedagogic State and the Ontology of Everyday Life: Explorations in Ethnography of State, Collective Identity and Selfhood among the Gorkhas of Darjeeling Hills”, JOURNAL OF INDIAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 47(1): 13-28 (ISSN 0019-4387) Peer Reviewed
  25. 2012. “Gorkha Ethnicity and Movement in Darjeeling Hills: Some Sociological Concerns”, WEST BENGAL SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 3: 64-73.
  26. 2010. “Governance, Peace and Security: Plea for an Alternative Approach”, CCRHS QUARTERLY, 1(3)
  27. 2010. “The Land Question and Ethnicity in the Darjeeling Hills”, JOURNAL OF RURAL SOCIAL SCIENCES, 25(2): 81-121 (ISSN 2151-4178) Peer reviewed
  28. 2010. “Nation State, Development Paradigm and Statehood Movements in India” MAN & DEVELOPMENT, 32(1): 111-120 (ISSN 0258-0438) Peer reviewed
  29. 2009. “The Origin and Development of Caste System in the Light of Vedic, Brahmana and Sutra Literature”, JOURNAL OF INDIAN HISTORY, LXXXVIII (1-3): 11-22 (ISSN 0022-1775)                                                    
  30. 2009. “A Note on the Critical Dialogue on Ethnicity and Identity”, JOURNAL OF INDIAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 44(2): 211-220 (ISSN 0019-4387) Peer Reviewed
  31. 2008. “Recasting Tradition: Dress, Difference and Dissent in Darjeeling Hills”, MAINSTREAM, XLVII(1): 104-107 (ISSN 0542-1462)
  32. 2008. “Social Anthropology and Area Studies”, AREA STUDIES: A JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & ANALYSIS, 2(1): 16-36 (ISSN 0975-6035)
  33. 2008. “Methodological Issues in Ethnic Movement Studies: Some Observations on Gorkhaland Movement in Darjeeling Hills”, JOURNAL OF INDIAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 43(1): 37-49 (ISSN 0019-4387) Peer Reviewed
  34. 2006. “In Search of ‘Native Voice’: The Deed of Cession and the Most Controversial Chapter in Darjeeling’s History”, THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF HISTORICAL STUDIES, XLV (3&4): 32-48 (ISSN 0033-5800)
  35. 2004. “Dynamics of Tribal Society: A Case of the Oraons of North Bengal”, BULLETIN OF THE CULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, 22(1): 6-12 (ISSN 0011-2895)

    Occasional Paper:



  37. 2007. Translated Akinobu Kawai’s article “Landlord and Imperial Rule: Change in Bengal Agrarian Society 1885-1940” into Bengali as “Jamidari Pratha O Samrajyabadi Sasan: Banglar Krishi Samajer Paribartan (1885 – 1902)” in Sinikichi Taniguchi, Masahiko Togawa, Tetsuya Nakatani (Eds.) GRAMBANGLA: ITIHAS, SAMAJ O ARTHANITI, K P Bagchi & Company: Kolkata, pp. 31 – 76 (ISBN 81-7074-304-4).

    Popular Writings:

  38. 2014. “Kumar Pradhan on Religious Reform Movements in Darjeeling”, HIMALAYAN MIRROR, December 20.
  39. 2014. “Kumar Pradhan and his quest for Indian Nepali Nation in Darjeeling”, ECHO OF INDIA, December 20.
  40. 2014. “Kumar Pradhan on the Kirata and Mongoloid Predominance in Darjeeling”, SIKKIM EXPRESS, December 20.
  41. 2014. “Gorkha Voting Pattern in Darjeeling”, THE RISING NEPAL, August 16.
  42. 2014. “Gorkhaland Prasney Pahare Vote Hai” ANANDA BAZAR PATRIKA, July 15.
  43. 2013. “Remembering a Historian of Eastern Himalayas”, HIMALAYAN MIRROR, December 26.
  44. 2013. “Peace Building in Post Conflict Darjeeling Hills”, SIKKIM EXPRESS, December 9.
  45. 2013. “Centre, State & Region”, THE STATESMAN, November 4.