Natural Resources and Marginal Communities: Social and Cultural Symbiosis of Rivers and Nishadas in pre-colonial India.
Duration of Fellowship:
Mar 2019 to Mar 2020
Rama Shanker Singh obtained his Masters in Ancient History of India and completed his PhD on Community Rights of subaltern castes in early India from Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad, a constituent Institute of University of Allahabad. This work mainly focuses on claims of Dalits over rivers and forests in pre modern India. It critically examines the history of claims of communities of over natural resources, the making of communities and their everyday resistance with the state.
He has been engaged with the research of life, language and politics of nomadic communities of Uttar Pradesh. He was actively engaged in the making of Uttar Pradesh volume of People’s Linguistic Survey of India with Ganesh Devy- Uttar Pradesh ki Bhashyein(2016), ed. Badri Naryan, Orient Blackswan. Some of his research work on life and politics of Nishadas, Basors and nomads and deontified communities of north India has been published in CSDS’s journal Pratiman. He worked as chief research consultant in a project on the scheduled castes and nomadic communities of Bundelkhand, carried by Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad in 2017.
He has translated the book Gandhi Against Caste by Nishikant Kolge(2017) in Hindi Jati ke Viruddha Gandhi Ka Sangharsh(2019), Oxford University Press, New Delhi and Fractured Tales: Invisible on Indian Democracy by Badri Narayan(2016) in Hindi Khandit Akhyan: Bhartiya Jantantra me Adrishya Log(2018), Oxford University Press, New Delhi. He is a regular translator of peoms. His translations of the poem ‘Masters of War’ by Bob Dylan appeared in Naya Gyanoday, November (2016), Bhartiya Gyanpeeth, New Delhi.
He writes poem when he does not write his research papers!