Mr. Sugata Nandi

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: History
Name: Mr. Sugata Nandi
Official Address and Designation:  Assistant Professor
Department of History
West Bengal State University
Barasat, North 24 Parganas
Berunanpukuria, P.O. Malikapur
Kolkata 700 126
West Bengal              
Telephone (O): 91-33-25241975-79
Duration of Grant: Nine Months                        
Project Title: Crime, Politics and the Law: The Goondas, City Politics and Police Surveillance in Colonial Calcutta, 1918-1947.
Abstract of Project :
My research is on the history of crime in colonial Calcutta. My central argument is that the Goondas, the hooligans of Calcutta, rather than being a self evident criminal category, constituted a trope to displace criminality and responsibility for violence on to certain sections of the city's denizens. The Goonda social imaginary was crafted by sections within the elites and the middle class at a time when the city poor enjoyed an increasingly significant presence in city politics. It was brought up at specific conjunctures of violent mass upsurge in Calcutta mainly to express the demands for stricter police surveillance by the said sections.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1999 –till date
M. Phil. Modern Indian History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1999
M.A. Modern Indian History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1997
Professional Background:
Assistant Professor West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata 2009 – till date
Lecturer Presidency College, Kolkata 2007–2009
Lecturer Krishnagar Government College, West Bengal 2001–2007
Mr. Sugata Nandi