Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Prof. Amit Prakash

Room: SAI R 416
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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Master of Arts (MA), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours), The M. S. University, Vadodara, India


Fellowships/ Awards

  • Invited as Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden – 13 May-01June 2013.
  • Invited as UGC Visiting Professor, Centre for South & South East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta, Kolkata – 18-22 March 2013.
  • Invited as UGC-SAP Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh − 13-18 December 2011.
  • Invited as Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark – November 2008.
  • Invited as Visiting Professor, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France – October-December 2008.
  • Invited as Directeur d’Etudes Associé (Visiting Professor) at the Fondation de la Maison Des Sciences De L’homme, Paris, France – September 2008.
  • Invited as Directeur d’Etudes Associé (Visiting Professor) at the Fondation de la Maison Des Sciences De L’homme, Paris, France – June 2007.
  • Invited by the United Nations Development Programme - Regional Centre Colombo to be the Coordinator of their Selection Committee for Human Development Fellowships, 2006 & 2007.
  • Awarded Felix Scholarship to study for a PhD degree at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1994-97.
  • Awarded Mountbatten Memorial Grant by the Ernest Cassel Trust, London, UK – 1997.
  • Awarded a grant by the Northbrook Society, Suffolk, UK – 1997.
  • Awarded a grant by the Leche Trust, London, UK – 1997.
  • Awarded a grant by Gilchrist Educational Trust, London, UK – 1997.
  • Awarded Junior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission, India to study for an MPhil Degree at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India – 1992-94.
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit for securing the highest in marks Sociology (minor) at the Bachelor level, 1988.



  • Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India.
  • Member, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK since 1994.
  • Life Member, Association of British Scholars, British Council Division, The British High Commission, New Delhi
  • Member, The European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) – 2012-13.
  • Member, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata – 2012 onwards.
  • CUTS-CITEE Fellow, CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment, Jaipur.
  • Member, Governing Board, Institute for Research on India and International Studies. Gurgaon.


Research Projects

  • The Role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in India and Europe (CORE) funded by the European Commission – 2011-14.
  • Invited by the Mahbub-ul-Haq Centre for Human Development to contribute the India chapter to South Asia Human Development Report, 2012 – 2012.
  • Invited by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi to contribute a paper on ‘Indian Development Discourse in a Changing World’ to the 6th Round of ICSSR Research Survey and Explorations in Political Science in the thematic volume titled ‘India and World’ – 2010-11.
  • Invited by the Institute for Research in India and International Studies (IRIIS), Gurgaon to participate on a project titled Perception Survey of Media Impact on the Kashmiri Youth commissioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India – 2010-11.
  • Mapping Indicators of Governance in India funded by the Ford Foundation – 2003-2007.
  • Tribal Rights in Jharkhand funded by the United Nations Development Programme, India − January-April 2006.
  • Review of the Performance of the Executive and Public Policies during the Year 2004-05 funded by the National Social Watch Coalition, New Delhi – March-October 2005.
  • Group Discrimination and Elections in India funded by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2002.
  • Good Governance and Development Policy: A Comparative Study of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra under the auspices of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, 1998-2001.




Books/ Monographs

  • Amit Prakash, Jharkhand: Politics of Development and Identity, New Delhi: Orient-Longman, 2001.
  • Amit Prakash, Politics and Internal Security, Mumbai: Popular Prakashan, 2005.
  • Amit Prakash (co-edited with Niraja Gopal Jayal & Pradeep Sharma), eds., Local Governance in India: Decentralisation and Beyond, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Amit Prakash, Monograph: Global Discourses and Local Realities: Identity and Autonomy in Jharkhand, Monograph No. 7, Papers on Democratic Governance, Kolkata: Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta, 2007.
  • Amit Prakash, Monograph: Tribal Rights in Jharkhand, Bangkok: United Nations Development Programme, Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Programme, Asia Regional Governance Programme (UNDP RCB ARGP), 2007.
  • Amit Prakash, ed., Perspectives on Governance: A Reader, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, under publication.
  • Amit Prakash, Governance in India: Empirical Evidence from Twenty States, New Delhi: Routledge, forthcoming.


Research Papers

  • ‘Indian Development Discourse in a Changing World’ in Navnita C Behera, ed., India Engages the World, New Delhi:  ICSSR & Oxford University Press (ICSSR Research Survey and Explorations in Political Science), 2013, pp. 197-233.
  • ‘Political Parties’ Manifestoes and Narratives of the Public in India’ in Ajay Mehra, ed., Party System in India: Emerging Trajectories, Atlanta: Lancer, 2013, pp. 180-217.
  • ‘The ‘Making’ of a Movement and the Emergence of Jharkhand: Electoral Politics since the Nineties’ in Lata Singh & Biswamoy Pati, ed., Colonial and Postcolonial Bihar and Jharkhand, New Delhi: Primus, 2013, pp. 219-241.
  • ‘Governance for Empowerment: the Indian Story’ in Human Development in South Asia 2012: Governance for People’s Empowerment, Lahore: Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre, 2012, pp. 32-63.
  • ‘Governance, Governmentality and the Study of Conflicts’ in Janel B. Galvanek, Hans J. Giessmann and Mir Mubashir, eds., Norms and Premises of Peace Governance: Socio-Cultural Commonalities and Differences in Europe and India, Berlin: Berghof Foundation, 2012, pp. 50-57.
  • ‘The Democratic Story of Twin Challenges to Governance: Identity Needs and Developmental Needs’ in Ranabir Samaddar and Suhit K. Sen, eds., New Subjects and New Governance in India, New Delhi: Routledge, 2012, pp. 13-68.
  • ‘Politics, Development and Identity: Jharkhand: 1991-2004’ in Daniel J. Rycroft & Sangeeta Dasgupta, eds., The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi, London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 175-89.
  • (co-authored with Jean-Louis Halpérin), ‘Fundamental Rights, Meaning, Content and Discrimination: A Franco-Indian Comparison’ in  Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé, vol. 64, no. 2, Avril-Juin, 2011, pp. 385-402.
  • ‘Identity and Development in Jharkhand: Electoral Politics since the Nineties’ in Samuel Berthet and Girish Kumar, eds., New States for a New India, New Delhi: Centre de Sciences Humaines/ Manohar, 2011, pp. 35-71.
  • ‘The Policing Functions of the Indian State’ in Ajay K. Mehra and René Lévy, eds., The Police, State and Society: Perspectives From  India and France, New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2011, pp. 85-108.
  • ‘Rethinking “Regional Developmental Imbalances”: Spatial versus the Socio-political “Region”: The Case of Tribals in Jharkhand’ in Ashutosh Kumar, ed., Rethinking State Politics in India: Regions within Regions, New Delhi: Routledge, 2011, pp. 31-75.
  • (translated into French) ‘Le cadre Constitutionnel: Égalité, Autonomie et Discrimination Positive’ in Les Cahiers du Conseil constitutionnel, n° 27 (Dossier : Inde), Janvier 2010, pp. 65-72.
  • ‘Regionalism, the Politics of Autonomy and Smaller States’ in Ajay K Mehra, ed., Emerging Trends in Indian Politics: The Fifteenth General Elections, New Delhi: Routlege, 2010, pp. 189-216.
  • ‘Rights and Social Justice for Tribal Population in India’ in Paula Banerjee & Sanjay Chaturvedi, eds., State of Justice in India: Issues of Social Justice, vol. III (Sage Series in State of Justice in India, Series Editor: Ranabir Samaddar), New Delhi: Sage, 2009, pp. 95-131.
  • ‘Group Discrimination and Elections in India’ in Mendis, Dushyantha, ed., Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia, New Delhi: Sage, 2008, pp. 341-406.
  • ‘Adivasi Tribal Rights in Jharkhand State, India’ in Towards Inclusive Governance: Promoting the Participation of Disadvantaged Groups in Asia-Pacific, Bangkok: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, 2007, pp. 82-98.
  • ‘The Idea of Jharkhand: The Politics of Identity and the Question of Autonomy’ in Paula Banerjee & Samir Kumar Das, eds., Autonomy: Beyond Kant and Hermeneutics, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2007, pp. 111-147.
  • ‘Development Vision for Jharkhand’ in Jharkhand Development Report 2007, Ranchi: Prabhat Khabar, 2007, pp. 34-9.
  • ‘Great Expectations, Uneven Growth: Review of the Performance of the Executive: 2004-05’ in Social Watch Report 2005, New Delhi: National Social Watch Coalition/ Pearson, 2006, pp. 41-69.
  • ‘Women, Development and Local Governance in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh: Emerging Linkages’ in Kak, Shakti and Biswamoy Pati, eds., Exploring Gender Equations: Colonial and Post-colonial India, New Delhi: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 2005, pp.433-62.
  • ‘Social, Cultural and Economic Dimensions of the Party System’ in Mehra, Ajay, Khanna, D. D. & Kueck, Gert W., eds., Political Parties and the Party System: The Indian Experience, New Delhi: Sage, 2002, pp. 129-161.
  • ‘Paradoxes of Nationalist Discourse and State Security’ in Behera, Navnita Chadha, State, People and Security: The South Asian Context, New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications, 2001, pp. 117-35.
  • ‘Post-colonial Discursive Structures and Identity formation in India: Evidence from Jharkhand’ in Azam, K J, ed., Ethnicity, Identity and the State in South Asia, New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 2001, pp. 272-290.
  • ‘Tribal Identities and the Post-colonial Structures in India – Evidence from Jharkhand’ in Alpjan: Quarterly Chronicle of Minorities, vol. 1 no. 2, January 2001 pp. 17-27.
  • ‘Elections in Jharkhand: Politics of Development and Autonomy’ in Basu, Subho and Das, Suranjan, eds., Electoral Politics in South Asia, Calcutta: K.P. Bagchi Press, 2000, pp. 50-100.
  • ‘Decolonisation and Tribal Policy in Jharkhand: Continuities with Colonial Discourse’ in Social Scientist, vol. 27 no. 7-8, July-August 1999, pp. 113-139.
  • ‘Contested Discourses: Politics of Ethnic Identity and Autonomy in the Jharkhand Region of India’ in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, vol. 24 no. 4, 1999, pp. 461-96.
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