Department of Anthropology

Dr. Samar Kumar Biswas

Dr. Samar Kumar Biswas

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Members of Learned Societies: Life Member of Centre for Alternative Research and Development (CARID), Folkloristic Education and research institute (FERI), Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH), Indian Anthropological Society (IAS) Dalit Samanay Samity

Contact Addresses:

Phone +91- 9733431383 (M); 9153284776 (M)
Mailing Address Department of Anthropology, University of North Bengal, P.O.- NBU, Dist- Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin -734013, India.
e-Mail smrkbis@yahoo.co.in

Subject specialization: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Areas of Research Interest: Society, Culture and Civilization; Forest, Environment and Ecology; Tribal Communities, Dalits, Women and Children and other  Weaker Sections; Rural Society; Health including Mental Health; Emerging Global Issues; Culture of Peace Studies etc.

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 02      (b) Ongoing: 07.

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

No. of Publications:        Forty eight (48) articles/papers only; One (1)Book; three Journals; and two (2)Documentary Films.

Achievement & Awards: Nil

Professional experiences:

Administrative Experiences (Member/Coordinator/Chairman etc. of different Committees in NBU):

Selective List of Publications:

  1. As a co-editor a book entitled “Violence against Women and Children: Emerging Perspectives, Issues and Way Forward” has been published in September, 2013.

    List of published Articles/Papers: Forty-eight (48):

  2. Samataler Rabha: Samaj O Sanskriti Paribartaner Prekshapat (in Bengali), March, 2004, in Goutam Roy (ed.), ‘Uttar Banger Janajati O Luptopray Lokosanskriti’, 120-136. Baitanik Patrika Goshthi, Siliguri.
  3. Asantosher Karan (in Bengali), March, 2005, in Goutam Roy (ed.), ‘Santras’, 81-93. Baitanik Patrika Goshthi, Siliguri.
  4. The Stone Crushing Women of Balasan River Bed: An Appeal from Humanitarian Perspective, January-December, 2005, South Asian Journal of Human Rights (SAJHR), Special Issue: Poverty and Human Rights of Women, 1(1-2): 141-157.
  5. Impact of Globalization on a Tribal Community (July, 2006), in V. B. Jugale and Y.V. Jugale (eds.) The State of Indian Economy, Volume: I: Rethinking Globalization: 200-214; Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  6.  Effect of Land Alienation: A Study between a Scheduled caste and a   Primitive   Tribal Group, July, 2006, in S.H. Samel (ed.), Rights of Dalit,89-114. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  7. Health Situation Among the Stone Crushers of Balasan River Bed in Siliguri, West Bengal, India, July, 2007, in B. Chaudhuri and S. Chaudhuri (eds.) Health, Environment Development and Other Essays: Anthropological Perspectives, 5: 182-202. Inter India Publications, New Delhi.
  8. ChildHealth: A Socio- Cultural Perspective, Study on the Rajbansi of East Rangia Village in Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India, July, 2007, in B. Chaudhuri and S. Chaudhuri (eds.) Anthropology and Human Rights in Contemporary Era, 3: 241-265. Inter India Publications, New Delhi. 
  9. Child Worker- Poverty and Hunger: A Study Among the Stone Crushers of Balasan River Bed, July, 2007, Indian Journal of Human Rights and Justice, 2(1-2): 25-37. 
  10. The Chuniya: A Little Known Community, July, 2007, Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, XXIII (1): 28-33. Cultural Research Institute, Govt. of West Bengal, Kolkata.
  11. The Rajbansi Stone Crushers of Balasan River Bed, Siliguri, West Bengal, July,  2007, Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 42(2): 165-175.
  12. Women Rights in Indian Society: An Anthropological Observation, January - December, 2007, Indian Journal of Human Rights and the Law, 4(1-2): 1-26.
  13. Disadvantaged Migrant People on Balasan River Bed, September, 2007, in A. Bhuimali (ed.) Development of Scheduled Caste, 101-117. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  14. Culture and Peace: The Major Constraint in Indian Society, November, 2007, Indian Journal of Human Rights and Social Justice, 2(1-2): 137-152.
  15. Forest in Tribal Life: Some Observation on Totos in Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal, March, 2008, North Bengal Anthropologist, 1(1): 1-9. Department of Anthropology, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling.
  16. Anthropology and HIV/AIDS: Critical Issues and Challenges in A Vulnerable Region of North Bengal, August, 2008, in G.R. Krishnamurthy, A.K. Singh and S.K. Bajpai (eds.) Indian Health Scenario Perspectives and Dimensions (P:145-171).Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  17. Women’s Rights: A Theoretical Appraisal, January - December, 2008 (put on October), Indian Journal of Development Research and Social Action, 4(1-2): 99-109.
  18. Socio-Cultural Factors for Child Survival: A Study on the Resettled Rajbansis of Darjeeling District, November, 2008, Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology Dibrugarh University, 36: 43-58.
  19. A Socio Economic Study on Displaced Rajbansis, August, 2008, in V.B. Jugale (ed.) in Demography, Economic Inequality, Women and Other Essays, 231-251.Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  20. Misery of Displacement: A study on the Rajbansis of Tarijot Colony, July-December, 2008, Voice of Dalit, 1(2): 217-230. MD Publications Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.
  21. Impact of Ecological and Environmental Change on a Primitive Tribe, November, 2008, in V.B. Jugale (ed.) in Demography, Economic Inequality, Women and Other Essays, 252-271.Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  22. The Totos In transition, December, 2008, in R.M.Sarkar (ed.) Primitive Tribal Groups in India: Tradition, Development and Transformation, 200-218. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  23. Folk Culture of North Bengal Tribes, February, 2009, in A.K. Danda, R.K. Mutatkar and D.K. Midya (eds.) Essay on Cultural Anthropology, 316-334. Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, Jhargram and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal.
  24. Depletion of Resources and Violence against Women: An Anthropological Observation, April, 2009, in A.K. Singh, S.P. Singh and S.P. Pandey (eds.) Domestic Violence Against Women in India, 400-418.Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  25. Socio-Economic Crisis and Its Consequences on a Little Known Tribal Community in West Bengal, India, September, 2009, in E. Kolig, V. SM. Angeles and S. Wong (eds.) Identity in Crossroad Civilisations, 8:97-114. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.
  26. Factors Related to the Health Situation of the Stone Crushers: A Study of Balasan River Bed in Siliguri, West Bengal, October, 2009, in D.K. Adak, A. Chattopadhyay and P. Bharati (eds.) People of Contemporary West Bengal, 354-362. Mohit Publications, New Delhi.
  27. Empowerment of Women: An Anthropological Approach, April 2010, in A.K. Singh, S.P. Singh and D.S. Sutaria (eds.) Gender Budgeting and Women Empowerment in India, 408-424. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  28. Folk Culture in Front of Serious Challenge: A Case Study on the Tribes of North Bengal, April, 2010, in P. Chakravorty and N. Gupta (eds.) Dance Matters,: 40-54.Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New Delhi.
  29. Depletion of Resources and Its Impact on Food, Nutrition and Health: An Anthropological Observation, March, 2011, in U.V. Somayajulu' C.P. Prakasam, N. Audinarayana and K.E.Vaidyanathan (eds.) Health, Poverty and Human Development Perspectives and Issues, 201-215. Global Research Publications, New Delhi.
  30. Prevalence of Consanguinity and Offspring Mortality- An Observation among the Chunias in North Bengal, July –December 2011, Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 60(2): 309 – 320.
  31. Microfinance and Empowerment of Women: An Anthropological Perspectives, February, 2012, in A.K.Singh, S.P.Singh, Nobert Koubek and O.P. Shukla (eds.) Micro Financing and Women Empowerment Emerging Perspective, Issues and Strategies, Vol. II: 743–765.New Royal Book Company, Lucknow.
  32. Women Trafficking: An Emerging Social Problems, March 2012, in A.K. Singh, A.P. Singh and P.A. Khan (eds.) Trafficking in Women and Children in India Emerging Perspective Issues and Strategies, 137-158. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  33. Child Abuse in An Unorganised Sector: A Case Study, August, 2012, in A.K. Singh, and J. Chaoudhury (eds.) Violence Against Women and Children Issues and Concerns, 27-34. Serials Publications, New Delhi.
  34. Ignorance, Exploitation and Poverty: A Case Study on the Totos, August, 2012, in Dipak Midya (ed.) Indigenous People in India: Identity, Empowerment and Discontent, 111-119.  APH Publishing Corporatopn, New Delhi.
  35. Suicide: An Anthropological Study at Sagar Block, West Bengal, September 2012, in S. Biswas, et al., (eds.) Human Health: A Bio-cultural Synthesis, 85-99. Cosmo New Delhi
  36. The Drukpas of West Bengal, India, September 2012, Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute, XXIV (1&2): 50-56. Cultural Research Institute, Govt. of West Bengal, Kolkata.
  37. Environmental Degradation and Its Impact on Human Society with Special Reference to Suicide, November 2012, in B. Chaudhuri (ed.) Human Rights: 150-160. Zhishi Chanquan Publishing House, China, in Huang Zhongcai (Editor in Chief), Anthropology and Ethnology Today Series; Book series of the 16th World Congress of IUAES.
  38. Are the Laws sufficient to Protect Child Rights and Development, Indian Journal of Human Rights and the Law January- December 2012, 9(1-2): 171-177.
  39. Kaloprobahe Namashudra (in Bengali), November, 2012, Chaturthabarta 1(2):24-29. Mira Press, Siliguri.
  40. Partition, Displacement and Social Exclusion, January - June, 2013 Nrtattv The Anthropology 3(4):123-136.
  41. Trafficking of Women and Girl Children: Issues and Challenges, August, 2013 in A.P. Singh and A.K. Singh (eds.) Care and Protection of Girl Children in India Status, Emerging Issues, Challenges and Way Forward, 86 –96. Bal Vikas Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
  42. Issues of Discrimination and Violence against Women and Children, August, 2013 in A.K. Singh, S.P. Singh and S.K. Biswas (eds.) Gender Violence in India Perspective, Issues and Way Forward, 159-172. Bal Vikas Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
  43. Migration: An Anthropological Perspectives with Special Reference To North Bengal, India, September 2013 in K.K. Bagchi (ed.)Internal Migration in India Nature, Determinants and Consequences, Vol. II:631-657. Abhijeet Publications,New Delhi.
  44. Survival of Indigenous Language: A Case Study in North Bengal, December, 2013, Bairati II (I): 1-10.
  45. Challenges of Tribal Livelihood: A Study with Special Reference to North Bengal, International Journal of Human Development and Information Systems (IJHDIS) 2014, 7(1):31-51.
  46. Perspectives of Tribal Livelihood: Issues and Challenges in the present Era, Humankind 2013-14, 9-10: 111- 126.
  47. Ethical Issues of Anthropology with Special Reference to Field-Work, August, 2014 in S. Biswas (ed.) Ethical Issues in Anthropological Research, 65-76.  Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi.
  48. The Jarawa (Ang) Territory: Historical Manifestation and Contextual Situations in Andaman Islands, North Bengal Anthropologist annually, 3: 1-16.
  49. The Issues of Child Rights: A Case Study, North Bengal Anthropologist annually, 3: 127-137.  

    List of published Journal:   Four (4):

  50. The Departmental Journal- ‘North Bengal Anthropologists’ 1(1), 2008 has been published under my Co-Editorship.
  51. North Bengal Anthropologist annually’ Vol. 3., 2015 has been published under my Managing Editorship.
  52. North Bengal Anthropologist annually’ Vol. 4., 2016 has been published under my Managing Editorship.

    List of Documentary Films: Two (2) (Did work as an expert and took active role in making of two Documentary Films):

  53. ‘Tribes of Bengal: Toto’; and
  54. Lepchas of Bengal’.