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Ajay Skaria

Department of History 924 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • postcolonial studies/theory
  • intellectual history
  • 19th and 20th South Asia
  • forest and adivasi communities
  • nationalism
  • democracies and minorities

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: History, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, 1992.
  • M.A.: Medieval Indian History, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, 1988.


  • Skaria, Ajay (2011). Relinquishing Republican Democracy: Gandhi’s Ramarajya’ . Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 203-229. Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2010). “˜The strange violence of satyagraha: Gandhi, Itihaas, and History’, in Manu Bhagavan (ed.). Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia, , Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2010). Living by Dying’, in Anand Pandian and Daud Ali (eds.), . Genealogies of Virtue: Ethical Practice in South Asia,, Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2009). “˜The project of provincializing Europe: Reading Dipesh Chakrabarty’. Economic and Political Weekly, , Vol. 44, No. 14., Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2009). ““˜No politics without religion:’ of secularism and Gandhi“, in Vinay Lal (ed.),. Political Hinduism: The religious imagination in public spheres, Download
  • “˜Only one word, properly altered: Gandhi and the question of the prostitute, Economic and Poltiical Weekly, December 10, 2006; Reprinted (2007) in Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2; Reprint (2007) in Debjani Ganguly and John Docker (eds.) Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality:Global Perspectives, London: Routledge, New Delhi: Orient Longman; Reprinted (2011) in Ghanshyam Shah (ed.), Rereading Hind Swaraj: Modernity and the Subalterns, New Delhi: Routledge. Download
  • Shail Mayaram, M.S.S. Pandian, Ajay Skaria (eds.) (2005). Subaltern Studies, Vol. XII. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • Skaria, Ajay (2002) `Gandhi’s politics: liberalism and the question of the ashram, South Atlantic Quarterly, 101:4, Fall 2002; Reprint (2009) in Saurabh Dube (ed.) Enchantments of Modernity, Routledge, Dehi, London; Reprint (2011) in M.T. Ansari and Deeptha Achar (eds.), Discourse, Democracy and Difference - Perspectives on Community Politics and Culture, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi; Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (1998). Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Skaria, Ajay (1996). Writing, orality and power in the Dangs, Western India, 1800s-1920s,“ in Dipesh Chakrabarty and Shahid Amin (eds.),. Subaltern Studies, Vol. IX
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