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Department of History
Ajay Dandekar
Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and
Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT),
Department of History,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
  • Ph.D. (1995): Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    Specialisation: PASTORALISM
    Topic: Nature of Pastoralism in Circa 8th to 14th Century
  • M. Phil (1990): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
    Specialisation: Pastoralism
  • M. A. (History) (1984): Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
  • B.A. (1982): Agra University
Professional Experience
  • Professor, Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNU
  • Professor, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 2008-2013 (on lien from Institute of Rural Management Anand till November 2013).
  • Associate Professor, Social Science Area, Institute of Rural Management Anand, 2008-January 2011.
  • Associate Professor, ICT Agriculture and Rural Development Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, 2007-2008.
  • Visiting Faculty, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar. 2006-2007.
  • Professor, Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Rural Campus, Tuljapur.2003-2005.
  • Senior Research Fellow of Development Studies at the Social Science Centre, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.1996-2003.
  • Lecturer at the Deccan College, Post Graduate Research Institute, Pune. Courses Taught: Ethno Archaeology; Political History of Ancient India.1995-1996.
  • Visiting Faculty at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in the PG and the UG programme for the last five years.
Research Interests
Pastoral Nomadism
Tribes, Regions Governance, Central India
Agrarian Crisis
Denotified Tribes
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Books
  • Felix Padel, Ajay Dandekar and Jeemol Unni. Ecology Economy. Quest for a Socially Informed Connection. Orient Blackswan, ( 2013)
  • Shereen Ratnagar and Ajay Dandekar. Bharatiya Itihas ke Strota: I Eklaivvya. New Delhi, 2000
  • Shereen Ratnagar and Ajay Dandekar. Bharatiya Itihas ke Strota: II Eklaivvya. New Delhi. in press.
  • Ajay Dandekar. Mythos and the Logos of the Warlis: A tribal worldview. Concept Publications, New Delhi, 1998.
Articles and other writings
  • Dandekar Ajay, The 97th Amendment: Some Concerns. In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLVIII No 14. April 6, 2013.
  • Dandekar Ajay and Shahaji Naravade, Case of Maharashtra’s Disappearing Water. In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLVIII No 18. May 4, 2013.
  • Dandekar Ajay and Chitrangada Choudhury, PESA a myth. In Robin Jeffrey et al ed., More than Maoism: Politics policies and insurgencies in South Asia. Manohar, Delhi. 2012.
  • Dandekar Ajay and Chitrangada Choudhury, PESA, Left-Wing Extremism and Governance: Concerns and Challenges in India’s Tribal Districts. IRMA. Anand.2010.
  • Dandekar Ajay. The Tribal World. In Angana Chatterjee and Shabnam Hashmi edited Dark Leaves of the Present. ANHAD. New Delhi.2005
  • Dandekar Ajay and S Narwade, Farmers suicides and Roots of Agrarian Crisis. NIRD. Hyderabad. 2005
  • Dandekar Ajay, The killing Fields. Indian Journal of Social Work. 66(3), July 2005, pp.345-353 Mumbai, 2005.
  • Dandekar Ajay. The state cult and legitimacy. In Satish Saberwal and S Varma ed., Traditions in Motion. Oxford University Press. New Delhi. 2004
  • Dandekar Ajay. In the Name of Pastoralism. In Rudolf Heredia and Shereen Ratnagar Ed. Mobile and the Marginalized: Perspectives from the Past. Manohar Publications. New Delhi. 2003
  • Dandekar Ajay Kaba and Baji. In G.N. Devy ed. Painted Words. An Anthology of Tribal Literature. Penguins. 2002.
  • Mahabharata. In G.N. Devy ed., Painted Words. An Anthology of Tribal Literature. Penguins. 2002.
  • Dandekar Ajay, The Hero and his context. Chanted Narratives: The Living ‘Katha-Vachana’ Tradition. Edited by Molly Kaushal. New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2001.
  • Rudolf Heredia, Ajay Dandekar The Warli Social History. Economic and Political Weekly. December 2000.
  • Dandekar Ajay. Sati and Hero Stones. In Jane S. Turner ed., The Dictionary of Art. Macmillan. London. 1996.
  • Dandekar Ajay, “Landscapes in Conflict: Flocks, hero-stones and the Cult in Early Medieval Maharashtra”. In S. Ratnagar ed., Studies in History. July-December, 1991, New Delhi, pp.301-324.
Executive Summary
Ajay Dandekar did his Ph. D from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi in early nineties. He has worked on the issue of Denotified and Nomadic Communities, and Pastoral Nomadic groups. He has done work on the agrarian crisis and farmers suicides. Lately his research interest has spilled over in the issues of resources and conflict in the tribal heartland and has contributed policy papers and writings on the same.
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