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Pratim Ghosal is a DPhil candidate in International Development. Previously Pratim completed a BA in Political Science from Presidency College, Kolkata, India and an MA and MPhil in Political Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. For his MPhil dissertation, he worked on the dynamic interactions between the state, capital and labour in the tea gardens of North Bengal, India. The work principally focussed on these relations in the contemporary period which is marked by deepened precarity caused by the informalisation of labour and the closures of tea gardens.
In the proposed DPhil research, Pratim aims to study the relationship of the ‘bazaar’ classes- the small industrialists, traders, retailers- with the Hindu Nationalist movement in the post-colonial period. With the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) traditionally called the party of traders, the research will focus on the multitude of small business owners, traders and merchants operating in the bazaars or markets in the city of Surat, Gujarat to explore three interrelated aspects. Firstly, the historical genesis of such a relationship; secondly, the various modes of engagement and thirdly, the possible alterations in such engagements, against the background of the changes in India’s political-economy and the ascendance of the Hindu Nationalists in India’s deeply contested political landscape.
Apart from these academic pursuits, Pratim has contributed to various online platforms, writing on contemporary political issues and appeared on a number of debates on key public issues in India. He previously received the UGC-Junior Research Fellowship in 2016 and received the Felix Scholarship in 2019 to pursue the DPhil program at ODID.