Mr. Achyut Chetan

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: History
Name: Mr. Achyut Chetan
Official Address and Designation:  Lecturer in English 
S.P. College, Dumka
Jharkhand 814 101  
Telephone (O): 91-6434-222246 
Duration of Grant: Nine Months
Project Title: An Intertextual Analysis of the Constitution of India through A Study of the American Roots of Ambedkar's Constitutional Thought
Abstract of Project :
As part of my research on the authorship of the Indian Constitution, its gender and caste-politics, I am studying the American roots of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's constitutional thoughts that developed during his studies at Columbia University. His engagement with questions of social exclusion and constitutional rights, I argue, began with his American experience and led him to practice a form of 'constitutional patriotism' as opposed to mainstream nationalism. Conventional constitutional studies catalogue a list of formal similarities between the American and Indian constitutions, and create a discourse of borrowings, hierarchy and derivatism. As an alternative, during my Fulbright-Nehru fellowship, I wish to extend the literary theoretical concept of 'inter-textuality' into constitutional studies, and understand Ambedkar's constituent power in drafting the text with the help of the concept of 'intratextualism' as developed in the context of the American Constitution.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. English Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan 2007– till date
M.A. English Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan 2005
B.A. (Hons.) English Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan 2003
Professional Background:
Lecturer in English S.P. College, Dumka, Jharkhand 2008—till date
Guest Lecturer Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan 2007
Achyut Chetan