PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: Translating Revolution: Naxalbari and its Afterlives


Abhishek is a Joint PhD candidate in Anthropology and South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Born and brought up in Kolkata, he has studied at the Universities of Delhi (B.A., St. Stephen's), Oxford (B.A., Christ Church) and Cambridge (M.Phil., Wolfson). He has published a variety of work - ranging from reviews and articles to translation and theatre - in different English and Bangla websites or journals.

Working with Telugu, Bangla, Hindi and English as his research languages, his doctoral dissertation combines extensive multi-sited ethnography with archival research and literary analyses. He is studying the cultural and political consequences of ‘Naxalite’ translations of Marxisms, as also their exchanges with, and overlaps and divergences from a set of different socio-political movements in South Asia. He asks: what makes translation conceivable as a revolutionary activity (across borders, regions, tongues, generic conventions, caste/class/gender and other identities)?