Dr. Binayak Dutta

History Department

Designation: Assistant Professor


M.A., L.L. B, Ph.D

Area of Interest/Specialization:

Modern India, Partition of India, Displacement/Migration, Citizenship in North-East India.

Experience: 15 years 9 months.

Ph.D Awarded/ Supervised:  2 (Two) Awarded.

Academic Affiliations:

  1. Life Member of North East India History Association, Shillong.
  2. Life Member of Institute of North East India Studies, Kolkata.
  3. Life Member of Folk-lore Society of Assam, Guwahati.
  4. Life Member of Assam Research Society, Guwahati.
  5. Member of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Shillong.

Research Projects

  1. A part of the UGC-SAP-DSA II  project of the Department of History where his project is entitled ‘ From Partition to Partition: A study of politics and impact of Partition on North-East India ( 1947-71).
  2. Borders, Identities and the Predicament of Citizenship in Post Colonial Assam (1947-2005) –sanctioned by OKDISCD, Guwahati as part of a broad study on Transformation of the Region: From Colonialism to the Contemporary Phase.


Books- Single Authored/Co-Authored

  1. Madhuri Choudhury’s Rani Laxmipriya Devi aruBeltolarItihas: Engendering a Family and social  History of Beltola Raj ( Tranlation) DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2017 ISBN -93-978-86839-14-6
  2. History of Judiciary in Assam: Law, Law Courts and Lawyers, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2013 ISBN-978-81-86307-76-2
  3. Religion in Politics: Eastern India 1905-1947, Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi: Delhi, 2009, ISBN – 978-81-7769-828-2

Articles in Journals (Single Authored)

  1. ‘ChauriChaura: Violence vs Gandhian Non-Violence’, Gandhi Marg, Vol. 31,No. 3, Oct-Dec 2009 pp.532-539, ISSN: 0016-4437
  2. ‘From History to Lore: An interesting Anecdote from the Sylhet Referendum 1947’, Janakristi: Annual Research Journal of Folklore Society of Assam, Vol. 3 ,No. 1-3,  2009- 10,  pp. 78-86  ISSN: 0974-6188
  3. ‘Forgotten Land, Forsaken People: Sylheti Women’s Tales and the partition of colonial North-East India’, The IUP Journal of History and Culture: Special issue on Partition of India, Vol.IV No.3 July 2010, pp 64-77, ISSN: 0973-8517
  4. ‘The Last Battle for Pakistan: Islamic Mobilization and Partition Movement in Colonial Assam, 1947’, Assam University Journal: Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.VI No.1 January 2011, pp 63-72, ISSN: 0973-4821
  5. ‘Oral Narratives: Expanding the Horizons of Historical Studies in North-East India’, Janakristi: Annual Research Journal of Folklore Society of Assam, Vol. 2 ,No. 5-6,  2011- 12,  pp. 63-69  ISSN: 0974-6188
  6. ‘Recovering Sylhet: The Loss and the recovery of the history of Sylhet and a close look at partition historiography in contemporary India’, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu, 22nd November, 2012, ISSN: 1012-9804.
  7. ‘Violent Parting: Recovering the History of Violence in Sylhet on partition and After (1947-1950)’, Aitihya: The Heritage, Vol. IV ,No. 1,  2013,  pp. 20-36,  ISSN: 2229-5399
  8. ‘No Immigrant Must Be Allowed to Settle’: Mymensinghi Immigration and the Making of Assam Land and Revenue Regulation (Ammendment ) Act of 1947’, Social Change and Development, Vol.X, No.1,January 2013, pp.60-71, ISSN 0975-4016
  9. ‘The Assam Code: Locating Law as the Instrumentality of Governance in Colonial Assam’, Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Vol.X, Winter.2013pp.63-78, ISSN 2229-4058
  10. ‘Pakistan Movement in the Colonial Frontier: Muslim League Conspiracy and mobilization in colonial Assam’,The Journal of Social Science and Humanity Research: An Interdisciplinary Referred International Journal, Vol.II, No. 1, Jan-June, 2014, pp. 53-69, ISSN-2321-8908
  11. ‘The Past as Present: Partition in Assam politics during independence and beyond’, Dialogue: Quarterly Vol.16. No.1, July –September, 2014, pp. 160-72, ISSN-0973-0095
  12. ‘Event, Memory and Lore: Anecdotal History of Partition in Assam’, The NEHU Journal, Vol.XII, No.2, July-Dec.2014,pp.61-76,  ISSN- 0972-8406
  13. ‘The ‘Stout fanatical Muhammadan’andMullan;s burden: The History of Bengali Immigration in Colonial Assam (1871-1931)’ , Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Vol.XI, Winter.2014, pp.70- 85, ISSN 2229-4058
  14. ‘Invented Tradition and Partition Mobilization in colonial Assam’, Journal of History and Culture, Vol.II, 2015, pp. 102-112, ISSN-2348-3830.
  15. ‘All for Neighbour’s Sake: Cachar, Partition of India and Politics of Refugee Rehabilitation 1947-1953’, Northeast Researches, Vol.VII, March 2016, pp. 74-88, ISSN- 2249-4456
  16. ‘Pakistan Movement and communalization of the Peasants in Colonial Assam’, Vidyasagar University Journal of History, Vol.V. 2016-2017, pp107-118, ISSN- 2321-0834
  17. ‘The Forgotten Partitions of Northeast India and its lingering legacies’ (co-author) Cafe Dissensus, New York, Issue 38, 2017, ISSN: 2373-177X
  18. ‘Muted Voices and Gendered Memories: Some Notes on violent uprooting from partitioned Assam’, Cafe Dissensus, New York, Issue 44, 2018, ISSN: 2373-177X
  19. ‘Partition and the Citizenship Imbroglio in North- East India’, Asian Journal of Development Matters, Vol.12, No1(1) Special Issue, June 2018, pp229-240, ISSN 0973-9629
  20. ‘The Illusive Indian: The predicament of determining citizens between politics and the Law in Assam’, EastWind, Vol.15,No 1, Nov2018-Jan.2019, pp16-27

Articles in Edited Books

  1. ‘Trends in Indian Nationalism: Regionalism an obvious derivative’, N. Malla (ed) Nationalism Regionalism and the Philosophy of National Integration, Regency Publications, New Delhi, 1998. Pp. 196-213. ISBN 81-86030-74-3
  2. ‘Presentation I’, J. B. Bhattacharjee,(ed) Roots of Insurgency in North-East India, Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi, 2007. Pp. 31-36. ISBN 978-81-8370-138-9
  3. ‘Disempowered Gender: Status of Women in North-East India’, S.Sengupta, S.Nessa and S.Dasgupta (ed) Dynamics of Gender Disparity: North East Lens, EBH Publishers, Guwahati, 2015, pp. 23-30, ISBN 978-93-83252-47-3
  4. ‘Fictionalizing History, Historicizing Pain: Bengal Partition 1947 in Verse and Rituparno’s Sab Charitro Kalponik-2008’,  AmitavaChatterjee (ed)People at Large: Popular Culture in Modern Bengal,SetuPrakashani, Kolkata, 2012, pp. 56-66, ISBN 978-93-80677-34-7
  5. ‘Constructing Colonial Masculinity through Everyday Life: Narrating the practice of game as sports among European Officers of North-East India’, Amitava Chatterjee, People at Play: Sports, Culture and Nationalism, Setu Prakashani, Kolkata/Delhi, 2013, pp.150-160, ISBN 978-93-80677-46-0
  6. ‘Creation of Sacred Spaces: Communal Mobilization and Map making in Colonial  North-East India’, A.K. Baruah and Susmita Sen Gupta (ed) Social Forces and Politics in North-East India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2013, pp. 177-190, ISBN 978-81- 86307-68-7
  7. ‘Forgotten Lands, Forsaken Men: Provincialism, Partition and Sylheti ’GovernmentServnts’ in post-partition Assam’, Amitava Chatterjee, (ed) Gender and Modernity, Setu Prakashani, Kolkata/Delhi, 2015,pp. 31-48, ISBN- 978-93-80677-74-3
  8. ‘Under the Shadow of Violence: Ethnicity, Communalism and Displacement in East Pakistan’, Saji Varghese(ed) Globalization and Cultural Pluralism: Challenges and Possibilities, Akansha Publishing House, Delhi/Guwahati, 2016, pp,62-78, ISBN-978-81-8370-471-7
  9. ‘Of People, Land and Laws: Colonialism, Immigration and the History of Land Laws in Assam’, H. Srikanth and Rooplekha Borgohain (ed) Ethnicity and Political Economy in NorthEast India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2016, pp. 121-145, ISBN- 978-81-86307-91-5
  10. ‘Images of the Home and the World in Conflict and Beyond: A View through a Gendered Lens’, Manorama Sharma (ed) Rethinking Gender History: Essays on Northeast India and Beyond, DVS Publisher, Guwahati/ New Delhi, 2017, pp. 239-260, ISBN-978-93-85839-18-4
  11. ‘Challenging Times, Challenged Body: Decolonization, Displacement and Disease among East Pakistani Refugees in South Assam, 1947-1954’, Sajal Nag (ed) Playing With Nature: History and Politics of Environment in North-east India, Manohar, New Delhi, 2017, pp. 255-272, ISBN-978-93-5098-135-1
  12. ‘Collapse of a Colonial Cosmopolity’, Preeti Gill and Samrat (ed) Insider-Outsider: Belonging and Unbelonging in Northeast India, Amaryllis, New Delhi, 2018,pp. 47-63, ISBN-978-93-88241-35-9
  13. ‘The Story of the Stout Fanatical Mahomedan: Bengali Peasant Immigration and ‘Wastelands’ in colonial Assam’, Sajal Nag and IshratAlam (ed) Blending Nation and Region: Essays in Honour of Late Professor AmalenduGuha, Primus Books, Delhi, 2018, pp 426-439, ISBN- 978-93-86552-73-0
  14. ‘Recovering a Forgotten Partition: Decolonization, displacement and memories of Home and uprooting in post-colonial Assam’, Amit Ranjan (ed) Partition of India: Postcolonial Legacies, Routledge India, London/New York, 2019, pp. 91-104, ISBN-978-0-367-24731-7
  15. ‘Sylhet Gonovote: Muslim League –JamiyatSanghat o PakistanerSeshJudhho’, Prasun Burman, Deshbhag- Deshtyag: Prosongo Uttor Purbo Bharat, VickyPublishers,Guwahati, 2013 pp. 75-87, ISBN-978-93-82250-75-3 ( In Bengali)

Seminars and Conferences Attended with Papers: 

The Sixth Schedule and the Tribes of North-East India National Seminar on Inclusive Development – Bridging the Gap
7th and 8th June, 2013
Resource Person Department of Social Work, St.Edmund’s College, Shillong
Signficance of Swami Vivekanda: His life and Times 153rd Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, 12th January, 2016 Invited Lecture IGNOU-Regional Centre, Shillong ,
Maximal State and Marginal Men: re-narrating partition of India and the lives of displaced Sylhetis in post-colonial Assam International Conference on narrativizing the Margins: North East India and Beyond, 4th-6th January, 2012 Presented a paper Department of English, Assam University, Diphu Campus
Nobody’s land Nobody’s Child: Cachar, Partition of India and the Politics of Refugee Rehabilitation National Conference on Partition and North East India, 25th-26th March, 2011 Presented a paper Department of Political Science, Assam University, Silchar
Uprooted in Silence International Conference on changing Patriarchies and Gendered Constructs: Gender History in North-East India, 18th-20th January, 2012 Presented a paper Department of History, Assam University, Silchar
From the Trove of Life: Women’s tales of partition and displacement in north-east India National Conference on Narratives of Migration and Memory in Assam, 4th-6th January, 2012 Presented a paper Department of English and foreign Languages, Tezpur University
Between Agriculture and Culture: Immigration and the Angst of the Assamese Middle Class National Conference on Understanding Agrarian History in North-East India, 11th-13th March, 2012 Presented a paper Department of History, Dibrugarh University and ICHR-NERC
Political Islam in the Colonial Periphery: Ulama and Assam Politics 1946-47 National Seminar on Understanding Religion and Society in North-East India Presented a Paper Department of History, Dibrugarh University
The History of the Sylhet Referendum: Narratives beyond Archives International Seminar on Exploring Historical Traditions in India, 5th-6th February,2015. Presented a Paper Department of History, Assam University, Silchar.
Remembering Partition: Decolonization, Displacement and memories of uprooting in post-colonial Assam National Seminar on Doing Oral History: Folklore Memory and Tradition 11th and 12th September, 2016 Presented a Paper Centre for Tribal Studies; Assam University, Diphu Campus, Diphu
Nehru’s Bewilderment and Elwin’s exclusion: managing Tribal Areas and North-Eastern Indian Tribal Policy National Seminar on Developing the Tribal: Situating North-East India
9th and 10th march, 2012
Presented a Paper Centre for Tribal Studies; Assam University, Diphu Campus, Diphu
Regional Forces and Regional Politics in Meghalaya: A Study National Seminar on Identity Politics, Ethnic Movements and Regionalism in the context of India’s North-East
24th -25th March, 2017
Presented a Paper OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati
Of the Enemy’s Faith: Theocracy, State formation and the politics of violence in decolonizing North-East India National Seminar on Religious Beliefs and Practices: A Cross Cultural study of societies in Northeast India,
8th -9th March, 2018
Presented a Paper Department of History, NEHU, Shillong
Forgotten Partitions and Fluid Frontiers International Seminar on Northeast India and its international neighbours: New Directions,
8th -9th March, 2018
Presented a Paper Department of Political Science, NEHU, Shillong
Recovering Forgotten Partitions: History of Partition from Northeast India through archives and beyond International Seminar on Commemorations
1-2 February, 2018
Presented a Paper Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Handkerchiefs, Cats and other stories: Revisiting moments of violence and terror from northeast India International Seminar on Narratives of Violence and Terror in South Asia
16th-19th November,2017
Presented a Paper Department of English, NEHU, Shillong
The Last Post of India’s partition: Recovering partition histories from Assam International Seminar on Revisiting and Remembering Partition: Issues related to Eastern and North eastern India
21st-22nd August,2017
Presented a Paper Department of History, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, West Bengal
Culturescape of Partition politics: recovering the cultural dimension of partition in Assam International Conference on The Indian Freedom Movement and the Partition of the Subcontinent
10th- 11th February, 2014
Presented a Paper Department of History, Visva bharati, Shantiniketan
Oral Narratives and Food Practices: Food, Decolonization and Grassroots politics in colonial North-East India National Conference on Cultural History of Culinary Practices in North-East India,
Ist - 2nd December, 2007
Presented a Paper Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Guwahati
Lingering legacy of a divided nation: Looking beyond the politics of citizenship in post-colonial Assam International Seminar on reconciliation, Conflict Transformation and Peace Initiatives: Contemporary Challenges in South-Asia
28th-29th November,2016
Presented a Paper Department of Philosophy,lady Keane College, Shillong
Recovering a Forsaken Partition: Narratives of Partition and the displacement from north-east India National seminar on Impact of Partition, Society, Polity and Literature of Bengal
25th-26th November, 2016
Presented a Paper Department of History, Bengali and Political Science, Mahadevananda Mahavidyalaya,
Barrackpore, West Bengal
‘The Past is not a Foreign Land’ International Conference on history and Imagination
14th- 15th January, 2012
Presented a Paper Department of History, Visva bharati, Shantiniketan
Traditions and Contests: Revisiting National Movement and the Sufi-Ulama Conflict in Colonial Assam International Seminar on Sufism and its Influence in the Indian Subcontinent
3rd September,2019
Presented a Paper Department of History, NEHU, Shillong
King’s Men and the Borders: Boundary Commissioners and the Making of North-East India International Seminar on Historicizing Borders: New Perspectives on Politics, Ethnicity and trans-national Linkages in North-East India
26th-28th February,2019
Presented a Paper Department of History, NEHU, Shillong
‘At the Stroke of Pen’: The Predicaments of borderlands, borders and the politics of peopleing in India’s north-east National Conference On Borders and Borderlands: Negotiating the Margins under Globalization,
7th and 8th February, 2017
Presented a Paper Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata,(An ICSSR Institute)