We are elated to announce the latest awardees of the New India Fellowship that acknowledges scholars and writers working on different aspects of the history of independent India.
Currently, in its ninth cycle of Awards, the New India Fellowship continues to match public-spirited philanthropy with a ground-breaking and relevant scholarship. Among the awardees in this round is an Independent Writer, a student, an Analytic reportage, a Political Science Professor, a journalist, a Fellow of CPR, an IIT B Professor – each of whom were selected through a rigorous three-tier selection process.
The New India Fellowship was started in 2004 to help enliven India’s minimally documented, yet incredibly rich, post-independence history. The fellowships are awarded for a period of one year and carry a stipend of INR 1,50,000 a month. By the end of the year, Fellowship holders are expected to publish original works that are an extension of their winning proposals.
Twenty one titles have been published under the NIF aegis, many of which have gone on to become seminal and award-winning works on contemporary Indian history.
Among the 400 proposals received by the Jury, 17 candidates were shortlisted and 9 fellows were finally selected. The erudite panel of jury members included Dr Srinath Raghavan (Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research), Dr Niraja Gopal Jayal (Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance), Dr Rukmini Banerjee (Director, ASER Centre), Dr Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani and Manish Sabharwal (all Trustees of the New India Foundation)
Neeta Deshpande: An Independent Writer for her proposal, Cotton Country: The story of India’s Everyday Fabric. Neeta has authored various articles and book reviews on a variety of social issues and based on diverse topics like the modern history of cotton, handloom/khadi weavers and spinners interaction in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, displacement of people due to Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river and about the humanitarian leader Baba Amte.
Upendra Sonpimple: A student of M.Phil in Social Work at TISS Mumbai for his proposal, Songs of Dalit Assertion: Culture, Identity, and Politics. Upendra has presented various National and International Seminar papers on Malnutrition, Health & Tribal, Dalit Students in Public Library and OBC’s Buddhist conversion Movement in Maharashtra. His other publications include: Remembering Jhalkaribai, Dalit Hero of 1857 war against British, Ambedkar’s long-neglected philosophy of Education and Brought up in the margins of modernity: Dalit women migrants in informal urban labor markets in India.
Tariq Mir: A freelance journalist at Boston Review, Boston Mass for his proposal. Tariq has a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. As a Senior Staff Editor at Indian Express and later Head of the Kashmir Bureau, Times Now, Tariq has covered various reports from Business and politics of the aviation industry in the Indian Financial capital of Mumbai to the gun battles between the Pakistan-backed insurgents and Indian troops across the Kashmir Valley. He has covered violations of the ceasefire by India and Pakistani troops on LOC and much more.
Rajshree Chandra: An Associate Professor of Political Science at Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi for her proposal, The Life and Politics of Jagat Narain Lal. Rajshree has been teaching Political Theory, Indian Political Thought, Colonialism and Nationalism in India and many more. Rajshree has authored various articles, research papers and chapters in books; to name few are Farmers’ Rights in India: Globally Sui Generis, The inscription of Technology in Law and the Inscription of Law in Life – a working paper series for CPR. Her Opinion pieces have featured in various newspapers like The Wire, Indian Express etc. Rajshree has been awarded Emerging leader Fellowship in 2014 and ICSSR – Post- Doctoral Fellowship in 2012.
Rahul Ramagundam: An Associate Professor at Centre for the Study in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at New Delhi for his proposal, George: The Life and works of George Fernandes. Rahul has authored books titled; Including the Socially Excluded: India’s Experience with Caste, Gender and Poverty and Gandhi’s Khadi: A History of Contention and Conciliation and Defeated Innocence: Adivasi Assertion, Land Rights and Ekta Parishad Movement. His research articles have been published in various journals.
Pradeep Magazine: A Senior Consulting Editor/Columnist with Indian Express, for his proposal detailing anecdotal cricket history with social/political upheavals. Pradeep’s career spans as a Cricket/Sports editor with The Pioneer, The Indian Express and The Hindustan Times. He has covered Indian cricket extensively and also all the cricket playing nations around the globe. His column named Big Picture appears in various newspapers since 1996.
Namita Wahi: A CPR Fellow and a Doctorate in law from Harvard Law School, for her proposal A History of the Fundamental Right to Property in India from 1947 to 1978. Namita has served as a faculty/fellow at Harvard Law College, N.U.J.S Kolkata and Academy of European Law, Florence. She has lectured and presented at various conferences/workshops in India and overseas and has authored articles in magazines; The Story of Jairam Rajya in India Today and Land Acquisition, Development and the Constitution, Seminar Magazine and State, Private Property and the Supreme Court, Frontline Magazine. Her opinion editorials have featured in the leading newspapers in India.
Nirupam Hazra: An Assistant Professor with the Dept of Social Work, Bankura University for his proposal The History of Caste in Post Independent West Bengal.
Ratheesh Radhakrishnan: An Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT(B) for his proposal Sathyan: Stardom between Biography and History.