Akhil Ranjan Dutta

Akhil Ranjan Dutta

Department of Political Science
Gauhati University
Guwahati 781 014, Assam, India.

Phone : +91-9435731686

Email  akhilranjan@gauhati.ac.in


Dr. Akhil Ranjan Dutta is presently a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Gauhati University, Assam, India. Dr. Dutta is an academic activist and engaged with both academic research and socio-political activities concerning human rights and dignity in the region of Northeast India. Dr. Dutta attained his post-graduate (1996) and M. Phil (1999) degrees from the University of Delhi and Ph. D. (2006) from Gauhati University.

A Rotary World Peace Fellow (2009), Dr. Dutta also completed a certificate course on peace and conflict studies at International Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Professor Dutta was visiting fellow at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi during March 2017. An advocate of democratic, secular and progressive politics, Dr. Dutta served as General Secretary, Gauhati University Teachers Association for three tenures (2007-08, 2010-11 & 2011-12) and as its Vice President for two consecutive terms (2012-13 & 2013-14). He is also an Executive Editor of Natun Padatik (নতুন পদাতিক), a socio-cultural monthly published from Guwahati. A columnist in regional news papers and research contributors both in national and international journals, Dr. Dutta regularly writes on issues related to globalization, social security and peoples’ politics. Dr. Dutta is also a popular speaker and travels to different parts of the country and the region to speak on themes concerning peoples’ rights and dignity.

Dr. Dutta completed two research projects funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) and one by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He is currently supervising two projects of BIRD on ‘Century of Assam Budgets’ and ‘Century of Legislative Politics in Assam’. Two research scholars have been awarded Ph. D. under his guidance and eight are presently working under his supervision. 

The Honourary Chairperson of Brahmaputra Institute of Research and Development (BIRD), Guwahati, India and the Editor of its bi-annual research journal Studies in Society and Polity (SSP), Dr. Dutta is also member of South Asia Association for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), Kathmandu, Nepal and Foundation for creative research in social sciences, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.  

  1. Dr. Suman Hazarika (degree awarded) 
  2. Dr. Dibyajyoti Dutta (degree awarded)
  3. Surashree Pathak
  4. Pankaj Bora
  5. Juthika Das
  6. Priyanka Sarmah
  7. Bidisha Borah
  8. Imon Bordoloi
  9. Atri Baruah
  10. Banasmita Sarma

Books published

  1. Sambhawana, Asom Bidhan Sabha Nirbachan 2016, Rainbow Publishers, Guwahati, India
  2. The Conscientious Statesman: Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya in Assam Legislative Assembly (compiled and edited), 2015, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya Memorial Committee, Guwahati, India
  3. Asomor Jatiya Jivanat Lakshminath Bezbaruah,2015Katha, Guwahati
  4. Indian Politics: Issues, Institutions and Process (edited ), 2013, Arun Prakashan, Guwahati, India
  5. Culture, Ideology, Politics (edited),  2012, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, India 
  6. Political Theory: Issues, Concepts and Debates (edited), 2011, Arun Prakashan, Guwahati, India
  7. Human Security in North East India: Issues & Policies (edited), 2009, Anwesha, Guwahati, India
  8. Biswayanar Ali-Domojaat Samaj-Sabhyata  (In Assamese) (Society and Civilization at the Crossroads of Globalization),2009,  Padatik Prakashan, Guwahati, India
  9. Parivartannar Samasya (Assamese Translation of the Book by B P Singh-The Problem of Change, Oxford University Press), 1999, National Book Trust (NBT), New Delhi, India
Select Publications in Journals
  1. ‘Co-opting the Khilonjiyas BJP’s Electoral Victory in Assam, 2016’ (2017) Social Change, 47(1) ISSN 0049-0857/ISSN Online: 0976-3538, DOI: 10.1177/0049085716683114 (published from SAGE-Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC) pp 108-124.
  2. Book Review of K.S. Subramanian, State, Policy and Conflicts in Northeast India. New Delhi: Routledge. 2016. Studies in Indian Politics 4(2) 1–2 © 2016 Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies SAGE Publications sagepub.in/home.nav DOI: 10.1177/2321023016665692
  3. ‘The Naga National Struggle, ‘Framework Agreement and the Peace Prospects’, 2015, Space and Culture, India, ACCB Publishing, England, Nov. 2015, ISSN 2052-8396
  4. ‘Civil Societies’ Engagement with ULFA in Assam: A Historical Exploration’, 2014, Studies in Indian Politics, CSDS, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/2321023014526089 (Published from Los Angels, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC), Vol 2, No 1 pp 43-54
  5. Book Review, Nani Gopal Mahanta, Confronting the State: ULFA’s Quest for Sovereignty, Sage Studies on India’s Northeast, New Delhi, 2013 in Social Change, Sage, DOI 10.1177/0049085714536814 ((Published from Los Angels, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC) Vol 44 (3) pp 1-10
  6. Development, Dignity and Rights: Role of Resistance Movements in the Era of Economic Reforms’, 2014 Journal of Political Science, GU, Vol VIII pp23-47, ISSN 2249-4170
  7. ‘Forcing the Prison Doors’ : Socio-cultural Mission of Musician Dr. Bhupen Hazarika , Social Change, Vol. 43, No 3, September 2013,  pp 443-60 ISSN 0049-0857/ISSN Online: 0976-3538, DOI: 10.1177/0049085713494302 (published from SAGE-Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC)
  8. Jyotiprasad Agarwala: A Revolutionary Cultural Architect of 20th Century Assam Social Change, Vol 42, No 2, June 2012, pp 263-280, ISSN 0049-0857/ISSN Online: 0976-3538, DOI: 10.1177/004908571204200207 (published from SAGE-Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC)
  9. ‘Indian State’ and Colonial Apparatuses: Can Peace be Achieved in Northeast India by Violating Peoples’ Rights? Indian Journal Of Political Science, Vol. LXXIII, No 2 pp 283-98 , ISSN 0019-5510
  10. RHM and Health Security in Northeast India: A Datasheet on Achievements and Setbacks, International Sociological Research, Vol.5 No 1-2, pp 39-47, ISSN , 0974-8393
  11. Profit from Sickness: The Case of Technology-driven Healthcare, Advances in Applied Sociology (Co-authored with Suman Hazarika),  Vol. 2, No 4 PP. 237-244, Pub. Date: December 13, 2012.ISSN 2165-4328 (Print), 2165-4336 (Online) DOI: 10.4236/aasoci.2012.24031,  (Google Scholar) Downloads: 483 as on 18th April 2013
  12. Healthcare Technology: A Domain of Inequality, Advances in Applied Sociology (Co-authored with Suman Hazarika), Vol. 3, No 2, publication date  May 29, 2013, pp 85-92, ISSN 2165-4382 (Print), 2165-4336 (online), DOI: 10.4236/aasocio.2013.32011 (Google Scholar) Downloads: 111 as on 2nd August 2013
  13. The Voice and the Subdued Silence: Burmese Refugees and the Migrant Labourers in Mae Sot, (2012) Journal of Political Science, Department of Political Science, GU Vol. 7, pp 32-47, ISSN 2249-4170
  14. Neo-liberal Development Paradigm and Food Security in India, Indian Journal of Development Research and Social Action, New Delhi, ISSN 0973-3116 (Vol 8 N0 1-2, Jan –December 2012) Pp 1-18
  15. Neo-liberal Paradigm of Development and Challenges of Health Security India in Comparative Perspective , Social Change and Development, Journal of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, ISSN 0975-4016, Vol.  IX, July 2012, Pp 42-63
  16. Healthcare Technology as a Domain of Power: The Case of Assisted Reproductive Technology (Co-author with Suman Hazarika) 2012, International Review of Comparative Sociology, Vol. 3, No 1, January-June 2012 Issue, New Delhi, pp 1-12, ISSN 0975-1149 
  17. Governance of Technology-driven Healthcare Sector: A Complex Systemic Perspective, 2012 (Co-authored with Suman Hazarika), Indian Journal of Social Development, Vol 12, No 2, pp 111-122, New Delhi, ISSN 0972-3692
  18. Neo-liberal Imperialism and Its Impact on nations’ Rights and Peoples’ Security, Indian Journal of Secularism, 2011, (Edited by Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer) Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism,  Vol 15, No 5 October-December 2011, Mumbai pp 87-109
  19. Globalization and Human Development in Northeast India: Global Framework, National manifestations and Regional Concerns, POLITEIA-Annual Journal of NEIPSA Vol XIX (2010-11), Pp 23-36, ISSN 2231-1653
  20. Civil Society and Communal harmony in Assam: An Analysis in the Context of Neo-liberal Globalization and Social Insecurity in Indian Journal of Secularism ( 2006) (Edited by Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer) Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, Vol. 10, No 1 (April- June 2006) pp 11-35
  21. Globalization and Health Security in the Political Science Journal (2005),Vol. XII Dibrugarh University, Assam, India, pp35-58
  22. Critiquing the Theory of Neo-liberal State (2005) Social Change and Development: A Journal of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati pp 183-205
  23. Durable Disorder or Search For New Order A Review Article on Sanjib Baruah’s Durable Disorder (Oxford University Press 2005) in the Journal of Political Science (2005), Volume 4, Gauhati University, Assam, India, pp 88-105
  24. Pagladiya Project: Poor Rehabilitation of Oustees (2003) Economic and Political Weekly, Dec. 6 pp 5149-53, Mumbai
  25. Empowerment and Women Empowerment: A critique of Neo-liberal Political    Economy Paradigm (2003), Journal of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati.

Select essays/chapters in Books
  1. ULFA and Indian State: Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’ (2016) in Dilip Gogoi edited Unheeded Hinterland: Identity and Sovereignty in Northeast India, Routledge, New York.’
  2. ‘BJP’s Consolidation, AIUDF’s Polarization and Congress Defeat in Assam’ (2015) in Paul Wallace (ed). India’s 2014 Elections: A Modi-led BJP Sweep, Sage, Los Angeles, London, Washington DC, New Delhi, Singapore, Boston, (ISBN: 978-93-515-0187-9) pp 381-403
  3. Struggle for Life and Livelihood: The Doyang-Tengani Forest Dwellers’ Movement in Assam, 2012 in Nani G Mahanta & Di  lip Gogoi edited Shifting Terrain: Coflict Dynamics in North-East India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, pp 33-62, ISBN 978-81-86307-57-1
  4. Jyotiprasad Agarawala: A revolutionary Humanist, 2012, in Akhil Ranjan Dutta (edited) Culture, Ideology,politics: Jyotiprasad Agarwala and His Vision for social transformation DVS, Guwahati pp1-18, ISBN 978-8186307-52-6
  5. Transcending One’s Own Time: Jyotiprasad Agarwala’s Vision for Social Transformation in Akhil Ranjan Dutta (edited) Culture, Ideology,politics: Jyotiprasad Agarwala and His Vision for social transformation DVS, Guwahati pp173-201, ISBN 978-8186307-52-6
  6. Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) in North East India: Issues and Challenges, 2012 in Agenda for Assam and the the North East: Issues and Trends, Vol. 1 edited by J K Das, EBH publishers, Guwahati ISBN 978-93-80261-40-9 pp 302-11
  7. Politics, Political Science and Political Theory, 2011 in Dutta, Akhil Ranjan edited Political Theory: Issues, Concepts and Debates, 2011, Arun Prakashan, Guwahati ISBN 978-93-81667-00-2 Pp 1-42
  8. Political Theory and the Third World in 2011 in Dutta, Akhil Ranjan edited Political Theory: Issues, Concepts and Debates, 2011, Arun Prakashan, Guwahati ISBN 978-93-81667-00-2 pp 266-292
  9. Environment and Development: An Encounter with the Hegemonic Discourse in Dutta, 2011, Dibyajyoti & Jukti Ratna Saikia edited Environment and Development: Emerging Issues and Debates, Planet Ink, Guwahati, ISBN 978-81-921469-2-8 pp 40-53
  10. Health Security in India, 2010, in association with Monirul Hussain Human Security in India: Health, Shelter and Marginalization, The University Press Limited, Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies, Dhaka, pp 15-54 ISBN 978-984-8851-144 
  11. Disaggregation of the State and Marginalization of Citizenship: The State of Rights to Health Care in Assam, 2010, Anand Kumar & Manish Tiwari edited Quest for Participatory Democracy, Rawat Publications, New Delhi, pp243-78, ISBN 81-316-0330-X
  12. Why Does the State Fail to Tackle Terror and Insurgency? Perspectives From North-East India (2010) in Wasbir Hussain (edited) Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s North-East, Wordweaves India Publications, CDPS, Guwahati, India ISBN 978-81-909903-1-8
  13. Betrayal of Civil Society (Nagarik Samajar Pratarana- in Assamese) (2010) in SAMAJ, SAMAKALSAMIKSHAN edited by Amulya Kumar Borah etl, Bhabani Publications, pp 198-210 Guwahati ISBN 978-93-80390-88-8 
  14. State of Human Security in North-East India 2010 (Uttarpub Bharatar Jana Nirapattar Rehrup- in Assamese) in Violent North-East (Ashanta Uttar Purbanchal) edited by Pramod Sarmah, Asom Publishing Company, Guwahati  pp152-165 ISBN 13-978-81-86384-67-1
  15. Globalization and Ethnic Conflicts, 2005 in Girin Phokan edited Inter and Intra-Ethnic Conflicts in North-East India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, pp 40-55 
  16. Hegemonic World and Education for Human Rights (2004) in N. Bhagawati &     Hemlata Talesra (edited) Education for the Survival of Human Race Vol 2 pp 393-    412, Authors Press, New Delhi.
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