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Prof Ashwani Kumar

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development , School of Development Studies
Qualification

Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma),
M.Phil. (University of Delhi),
M.A. (University of Delhi)

In a career spanning over two and half decades teaching political science, governance, development and public policy, Dr. Ashwani Kumar has  the privilege of engaging with students, academicians, diplomats, parliamentarians, development professionals, multilateral agencies and governments, across countries (UK, Germany, Korea, China, South Africa, USA) and at various levels (as professor, researcher, member of central government committees, global consortiums, multilateral projects), helping build not only rich learning and scholarship, but also a diversity of perspectives with blending of literary traditions; which he believes has helped him to achieve excellence in social sciences  and policy action.   In recognition of his potential to excel further in academics, the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has recently awarded him the prestigious ‘Senior Fellowship’ (2016-18). He is also recipient of the Azim Premji  University Research Grant 2017. His book " Banaras and the Other' has been long-listed for Jayadev National Poetry Award 2017. His forthcoming book is  BIHARI-  A Portrait of a Community'(Aleph Book Company 2019) and he is co-editor of   Migration and Mobility; A Citizenship Perspecttive ( Routeldge India 2018). He  is also co-founder of Indian Novels Collective(INC) to popularise translation of  classic novels from Indian languages.

 Committed to institutional reforms in governance of welfare programs, Ashwani Kumar is proactively involved in monitoring & evaluation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in various states & districts of India. He has served as a Member of ‘Central Employment Guarantee Council’ (CEGC), Ministry of Rural Development (GoI) and headed a Working Group of Ministry of Rural Development on Capacity Building Reforms for MGNREGA.  He was also a Member of Executive Committee for ‘Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology’ (CAPART), Ministry of Rural Development and participated in the governance reforms for voluntary sector in India. He has been involved with various MGNREGA related committees of central government that included member of selection committee for Ombudsman for MGNREGA, Expert Committee on empanelment of National Level Monitors, Reforms in Job Card and Expert Group on Evaluation Studies for MGNREGA at MoRD. He has also done  rapid assessment of  implementation of MGNREGA  and  gained crucial experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders in federal governance in more than 30  districts such as  Dhar & Seoni (MP),  Sheohar & Gaya(Bihar), Barabanki(UP) Seoni (MP), Dhamtari, Rajnandgaon & Sarguja(Chhattisgarh), Narmada(Gujarat) Tiruvannamali(Tamil Nadu), Bagalkote & Dharwad(Karnataka), Jalpaiguri & Bankura (West-Bengal), Ernakulam (Kerala), Dhalai (Tripura), Nizamabad, Visakhapatnam, Adilabad & Vizininagaram (Andhra Pradesh), Keonjhar & Malkangiri (Odisha) etc. He was a member of MGNREGA Appraisal Team of GIZ (German Ministry of Economic Development & Cooperation) and a Special Invitee for Alagh Committee on Revamping of National Institute of Rural Development (Ministry of Rural Development). He also served as a member of Working Group of Planning Commission of India on Postal Sector for formulating 12thplan for Department of Post; (GoI).  He is also a member of academic council of Indian Institute of Forest management (Ministry of Environments & Forests, GoI).

 He has obtained his PhD in Political Science under the guidance of Prof. Robert Cox from University of Oklahoma and is the recipient of "John Halvor Leek Memorial Scholarship" in recognition of outstanding academic performance in the graduate program at University of Oklahoma for three consecutive years. As a teaching assistant, he served the staff of David Boren, former Senator and President of University of Oklahoma and Edward Joseph Perkins, former US Ambassador to the United Nations. He has earlier taught at University of Delhi, University of Oklahoma and has also been a Visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at London School of Economics (London), German Development Institute (Bonn), Korea Development Institute (Seoul) North West University (South Africa) etc.

He has authored the ‘Community Warriors: State, Peasants & Private Caste Armies in Bihar’ a significant contribution to exploring the paradoxes of democracy and governance in India.  With Mary Kaldor and others at London School of Economics (LSE) and Dirk Messner, Director of German Development Institute, he has co-edited the prestigious LSE Year Book on ‘Global Civil Society; Poverty and Activism and ‘Power Shifts and Global Governance’ respectively.  He has lectured widely, nationally and internationally including University of Cambridge, University of Sussex, Center for Development Research at University of Bonn, University of Luiss( Rome), University of Chulalongkorn (Bangkok), National University of Singapore among others.

 He has led several research projects that include “Online Survey & Competition among Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) Living Abroad” for Election Commission of India; ‘Inclusive Elections and Domestic Migration’ for Election Commission of India, ‘South Africa National Project on Human Rights Literacies’ in collaboration with North West University (South Africa); Project Director for Evaluation of Flagships Development Programs including MGNREGA in Manipur, Govt of Manipur etc.  His international projects as project-director include, among others, ICSSR-ESRC (UK)'s partnership program for capacity building for doctoral scholars between TISS & University of Sussex.  He has also been Referee for “Governance; International Journal for Policy, Public Administration and Institutions”,(US), Journal on Global Governance, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, University of Warwick, UK, The Indian Journal of Social Work”, TISS (Mumbai) and also an examiner for doctoral research at University of Cambridge (UK).

He has been on the Search and Selection Committee for the Vice-Chancellor of a State University and  the selection panels of the prestigious scholarship funding programs- The Narotam Sekshsaria Foundation Program & Inlaks Foundation Program.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Ashwani  Kumar is also a widely reputed  Indian English poet and his anthologies   ‘My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter’ and " Banaras and the Other' are quite well-received. His poems- translated in Indian languages and Hungarian- noted for ‘lyrical celebration’ of garbled voices of memory and subversive ‘whimsy’ quality, have appeared in Indian Literature, Little Magazine, Indian Quarterly, International Galleria, Post-Colonial Text, Muse, among others.  At leisure, he writes articles and reviews for Financial Express, Business Standard, The Hindu, Indian Express, DNA, Open Democracy, Prabhat Khabar, Outlook (Hindi) and among others.

 

 

 

Areas of Research

  • Public Policy & Governance
  • Elections, Political Processes & Democracy
  • State & Democracy in Comparative context
  • Violence, Insurgency & Conflict Resolution
  • Interpreting Justice & Welfare
  • Civil Society & Social Movements
  • Global Governance & International Development
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences

Research Work in Progress

  • Researching for a monograph length Study on “Public or Private Leviathan? The Politics of Crime Reduction & Infrastructure Development in Contemporary Bihar.” 
  • Researching for a monograph length Study on “Last Mile Bureaucracy & Welfare Outcomes in Indian States.’

Visiting Fellow/Professor for Research and Teaching

  • Visiting Professor at North West University(South Africa)
  • Visiting Fellow at German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn
  •  Visiting Fellow at Centre for Global Governance, London School of Economics ( UK)
  •  Visiting Professor for G20-Global Leadership Forum at Korean Development Institute(KDI), School of Public Policy & Management, Seoul (South Korea)
  •  Visiting Professor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences(Kolkatta)
  •  Visiting Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex(UK) as part of ICSSR–ESRC(UK)’s PhD Partnering Scheme between School of Development Studies at TISS & School of Global Studies at Sussex University, 2012-15

Academic Awards and Honours

  • Awarded "John Halvor Leek Memorial Scholarship" in recognition of outstandingacademic performance in the graduate program at the Department of Political
  • Science, University of Oklahoma for three consecutive years1998, 1999 and 2000.
  •  Awarded Robberson Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant for Field Work in India,University of Oklahoma, 2002.
  •  Awarded Robberson Conference Presentation Travel Grant, University of Oklahoma,2002.
  • Awarded Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship for Fall 2001- Spring2002,
  • University of Oklahoma to support field work in India
  • Awarded Graduate Student Senate Conference Presentation Travel Grant, University of Oklahoma, 1998.
  • Awarded Junior/ Senior Research Fellowship by University Grants Commission of India after qualifying in the National Educational Test in 1986.

 Advisor, Consultancy & Journal Referee

  • Member, Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC 2009-11), Ministry of Rural
    Development (Govt. of India
  • Distinguished Member of Research Evaluation Committee of India International Institute
    of Democracy and Election Management, Election Commission of India
  •  Chairman, Working Group on Capacity Building Reforms (2009-10) for MGNREGA
    (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), Ministry of Rural
    Development ( Govt. of India)
  •  Member, Executive Committee, Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural
    Technology (CAPART) from 2009 to 2014, Ministry of Rural Development (Govt. of India)
  •  Member, Academic Council, Indian Institute of Forest Management,(Ministry of
    Environments & Forests, GoI), 2013 onwards
  • Member, Academic Council of TISS 2017 onwards
  • Member, Mission Appraisal Team for MGNREGA for GIZ( German Minister for Economic
    Cooperation and Development), 2012
  •  Member, Working Group of Planning Commission of India on Postal Sector for
    formulating 12 plan for (Dept of Post, GoI)
  • Member, Sub-Group for Postal Sector for Rural Business, Postal Network and New
    services for 12th Plan for Planning Commission of India(Dept of Post, GoI)
  • Special Invitee for Alagh Committee on Revamping of National Institute of Rural
    Development (Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. 0f India)
  •  Member, Expert Committee for Empanelment of National Level Monitors (NLMs),
    MoRD, 2011
  • Member Expert Group on Evaluation Studies for MGNREGA (MoRD), 2011
  •  Member, Coordination Committee for Working Groups on MGNREGA, MoRD
  •  Member, Expert Committee for Selection of Award for Excellence in MGNREGA
    Administration (MoRD)
  •  Member, Subgroup on Innovative Methodologies for MGNREGA (MoRD)
  • Member, Selection Committee for Ombudsman ( MoRD)
  •  Member, Expert Group on Job Card for MGNREGA (MoRD)
  •  Member, Grievance Redressal Committee, CAPART( MoRD)
  • Member, Sub-Group on Reforms for Social Mobilization, CAPART
  • Research Co-ordinator from TISS for South Africa- Netherlands Research Program- (SANPAD) on Xenophobia, Migration, Conflict, and Rural Development & Cities.
  • Research & Policy Consultant for GIZ( German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Research Advisor for Public Integrity Education Network, (PIEN) UK.
  • Referee for “Governance; International Journal for Policy, Public Administration and Institutions”,(US)
  • Referee for Journal on Global Governance, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, University of Warwick, UK.
  • Academic Referee for “The Indian Journal of Social Work”, TISS (Mumbai)
  • Academic Referee for  Oxford University Press(OUP)
  • Doctoral Examiner for University of Cambridge(UK)
  • Worked as Resource Person for Action Aid (South Asia)’s proposal to create a "South Asia Institute of Development" 2009-10.
  • Spring 2003 Worked on the Academic staff of former Senator David Boren, (President, University of Oklahoma), Oklahoma, USA.
  • Fall 1997 Worked on the Academic Staff of Edward Perkins, (former U.S.  Permanent Representative to the United Nations), currently Executive Director of the International Program Centre, University of Oklahoma.

Lectures/ Seminars/Paper Presentations

  • Buddha’s Fire Sermon ; Monuments, Memories & Spiritual Politics’ in the International Conference on Bodh Gaya Global Dialogues at Bodhgaya by Deshkal Society in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), 9-12 March 2018.

  • Whistling in the Woods: Corruption in the Age of Kaliyuga  in the International Conference at  GREQAM, AIX MARSEILLE UNIVERSITY,(France) on ‘Corruption, Whistle blowing and Democracy’ 9-10 November ,2017.

  • Presented a Paper ‘Public or Private Leviathan? The Politics of Crime Reduction and Infrastructure Development in Contemporary Bihar’ at the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) Silver Jubilee International Conference on Bihar and Jharkhand, Patna, March 24-28, 2017.

  • Delivered The Keynote Address “Globalization & Xenophobia:  A Short Essay on Literary Anthropology” at the Conference on Globalization, Culture & Identity: Challenges & Prospects’, Flame University, Pune, and February 25, 2017.
  • Presented a paper ‘Wage of Politics or Last Mile Welfare? The Case of Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act(MNREGA) ‘at the Leverhulme International Workshop on Continuity and Change in Indian Federalism’ held at University of Delhi, Delhi, 11-13 January,2017.
  • Presented a paper on “Last -Mile Bureaucracy & Welfare: A Case Study of Implementation of MGNREGA in Jamtara District of Jharkhand” for  Institute  for Human Development’s  international conference on  “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Jharkhand: Opportunities and Challenges”, Ranchi,28-31 July, 2016.
  • Read parts of book “My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter” at a literary event organized by Department of Culture, Education and Tourism, Baltonfured, Hungary, 20 May,2016.
  • Delivered a Special lecture on “Idea of Democracy in India-A Paradox or Unlikely Success? at School of Education , North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 21 April,2016.
  • Presented a paper on “Poor, Human Rights and  Civil Society” at University of Witwatersrand for SIG group on Human rights Literacy ,Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 April, 2016.
  • Presented a paper in the workshop on  “Decolonizing Knowledge Systems” at School of Social & Government Study , North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa,19 April, 2016.
  • Presented a paper on “Democracy and Development:A Regime Analysis” at BITS Goa Economics Analysis, 12-13 March,2016.
  • Delivered a talk on “What Exile? Why Exile? An Informal Reflection on Poetry” at
    HETEROTOPIA: TISS Literature Festival, 20 February 2016.
  •  Delivered lectuer on “Social Science Research Methodologies for Legal
    Research” at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
    (Kolkatta) 29-30 January 2016
  • Delivered a professorial lectuer on “Accountability & Transparency in Functioning of
    Public Institutions” for Class of LL.M. in Access to Justice at Tata Institute of Social
    Sciences(Mumbai), 11 August 2015.
    • Delivered a lecture on “ Idea of India; Whose Text is it Anyway?” at the induction
    program for Development Studies at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India,
    Ahmadabad, 1 July 2015
  • Delivered  Visiting Professorial lecture on  “Ghôre Baire(the Home and the World):Migrants and Inclusive elections in India” at Asia Research Center, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom,8 December, 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “MGNREGA: A Pan-India analysis of regimes, civil society trajectories and performance” at Leverhulme International Network Workshop on Continuity and Change in Indian Federalism at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,10 April, 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “Karmic Destiny of Prasanta Chandra Mahalnobis & Genealogical roots of Biometrika: A Postscript on the fluctuating fortunes of Bengal Renaissance” at  the National Seminar on “Tradition, Law and Social Transformation” at WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 13 March ,2015.
  • Key note lecture on “Methodology Matters: A Conversation about Blurred Boundaries
    in Social Science Research” at Centre for Research, Innovation and Training (CRIT), IIS
    University, Jaipur , 14 February 2015.
  •  Visiting Professor’s Lecture series for LLM & PhD students on Research Methods at WB
    National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 23 January 2015
  •  Speaker in the Panel on ‘Search Engine/Aggregator: Friend or foe? at 8th South Asia
    Annual Conference of INMA(International News Media Association), New Delhi, 13
    November 2014.
  •  Expert Speaker at ‘Write-Workshop’ organized by RGAVP(Rajasthan Gramin Aajeevika
    Vikas Parishad) Department of Rural Development, Govt of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 6-8
    November 2014
  •  Expert Speaker in the workshop on "Recruitment policy for Young Professionals in
    RGAVP (Rajasthan Gramin Aajeevika Vikas Parishad) Department of Rural Development,
    Govt of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 30 september-1 October 2014
  •  Expert Speaker in interactive workshop on policy framework for Young Professionals &
    Public-Private Partnership in Rural Development, Rajasthan Gramin Aajeevika Vikas
    Parishad, Department of Rural Development, Govt of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 12-13 August
    2014
  •  Lead Speaker in the workshop on designing policy framework for Young
    Professionals in NRLM, Rajasthan Gramin Aajeevika Vikas Parishad, Department of
    Rural Development, Govt of Rajasthan, Jaipur, July 9 -10, 2014
  • Presented a paper on “Is India a case of Ordered or Fragmented Welfare State? Exploration of Welfare Regimes & Democratic Paradox” at theConference on South Asian Development(CSAD) at National University of Singapore, Singapore, 21-22 July, 2014.
  • Delivered a lecture on, ‘Food Security & Développent; A Policy Agenda for Global Leadership ‘, at Korean Development Institute(KDI), Seoul,9-14 March,2014.
  • Delivered a Key note lecture on “ Exploration of Theory and Practice of Welfare
    State ” at Rajasthan Institute of Public Administration,(RIPA), Govt of Rajasthan, Jaipur
    (Rajasthan), 11 April 2014
  •  Delivered a lecture on, ‘Food Security & Développent; A Policy Agenda for Global
    Leadership ‘, at. Korean Development Institute(KDI), 9th March to 14th March, 2014
  • Delivered a talk at Workshop on “Building Effective Institutions for Empowering
    the Poor - A Guide to Human Resource Strategies for Decision Makers, SRIJAN, at Ford
    Foundation India, New Delhi, 4 Feb 2014
  •  Delivered a lecture as Observer for Indian Council of Social Sciences(ICSSR) on
    “Ethnography, Field work and Research Methodologies for MGNREGA” at Mohan Lal
    Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Rajasthan), Jan 17 -18 Jan 2014
  •  Delivered a lecture on ‘Prospects of Collaborations among Universities in South
    Asia’ in the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of South Asia on ‘“Challenges of Nurturing
    Collaboration and Exchange Programs in Social Sciences in South Asia’ organized by
    Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Rajasthan” 16& 17 October, 2013.
  • Delivered a lecture on “Frontiers of Research in Social Sciences” National
    University of Juridical Science, Kolkata, 29th November, 2013
  • Delivered a paper on “ Parliament & Rights-based Development; A Theoretical
    Antinomy”, at National Workshop on ‘Rural Development – Opportunities &
    Challenges’ on 6 September 2013 at Shrinathji Institute of Biotechnology &
    management, Nathdwara(Rajasthan)
  • Delivered a talk on Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement, and Rehabilitation (MLARR) in South Asia at the Course Review Workshop by the World Bank, Colombo,Sri Lanka 13-14 July, 2013.
  • Delivered Professorial Lecture on “ Who is Afraid of Corruption?; A Political Paradox
    in the Age of Kaliyuga in India”, 8 February 2013 at the Tata Institute of Social
    Sciences (Mumbai)
  • Delivered lecture on “ The Progress on Global Food Security”, 6 November 2012
    at KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul (South Korea)
  • Delivered a lecture on “Global Poverty Reduction”, 7 November, at KDI School of
    Public Policy & Management, Seoul ( South Korea)
  • Presented a paper titled “Divergent Paths of Growth and Welfare in Bihar & Gujarat; A Comparative State Politics Perspective” in the workshop on Regional Dynamics, Economic Growth and Welfare in India during the First Decade of 21st Century, organized by  Center for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP), New Delhi and the US-India Policy Institute, New Delhi,16 September,2013.
  • Delivered a talk on Grassroots Livelihoods Internship for NRLM on 16 August 2012
    at Xavier Institute of Management( Bhubaneswar)
  • Delivered a Paper on “State, Democracy and Politics of Redistribution: The Case of
    Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act” at workshop on
    Workshop at University of Sussex, 28th June 2012.
  • Delivered a public lecture on “Fasting and Feasting: Democracy, Poor and Realization of Justice in India", Department of Geography,  Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K., 26 June,2012.
  • Delivered a lecture on “Global Governance & Innovations”, South  Arica-Netherlands Academic Partnership Program,(SANPAD) Durban, South Africa, 20-23 May,2012.
  • Delivered a lecture on “ Social Mobilization and Institutions of Poor for SPIP for
    NRLM at YASHDA, 7-8 May 2012 , MSRLM (Government of Maharashtra)
  •  Invited Expert Speaker on International Seminar on “ Rural Development;
    Retrospect & Prospects” organized by Afro-Asian Rural Development
    Organization(AARDO) and MoRD 5-7 March 2012
  •  Chaired a panel on “ Development Communication” at International Conference on
    Science Communication for Scientific Temper”, organized by at 11 January 2012, New
    Delhi,
  •  Expert Group Meeting on Research Proposals for Evaluation of MGNREGA at NIRD (
    Hyderabad) on 10 October 2011
  • Expert Group Meeting on Research Proposals for Evaluation of MGNREGA at MoRD (
    New Delhi) on 8 August, 2011
  • Discussant in the National Workshop on “Appropriate Development Strategies for
    effective implementation of Rural Development Schemes in IAP districts" Organized
    by MoRD & Planning Commission at Vigyan Bhawan, 13 Sept.2011, New Delhi.
  •  Chaired the panel discussion & lectured on “ Introducing Cosmopolitanism” at
    International workshop on “Cosmopolitanism’ at TISS, 9 Sept 2011.
  •  Delivered lecture at a seminar for District Officials on the implementation of Social
    Sector programs, Govt of Manipur, 9-10 June 2011.
  •  Presented a paper on “Comparative Social Welfare Policy Lessons from Mahatma
    Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)” at German
    Development Institute, Bonn, and 20 May 2011.
  •  Presented a paper on “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee
    Act (MGNREGA); From Wage Employment to Water Security” at Centre for
    Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 19 May 2011.
  •  Lead Discussant at National roundtable on Rural Entrepreneurship Program” for
    IndiaPost (GoI) at India Islamic Centre, New Delhi 13April 2011.
  • Presented a Paper on “State, Poverty and Democracy in India: Multiplier Effects of
    Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)” at
    International Conference on Rural Development by South Africa Netherlands
    Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Beijing , 28 February,
    2011.
  • Presented a paper on “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): From Wage Employment to Water Security” at Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 19 May 2011.
  • Presented a paper on “MGNREGA and Creation of Economic Opportunities for
    Poor at International Conference on Combating Poverty in a Market Driven World by
    Fair Trade and TISS, Mumbai 7 February 2011.
  •  Presented a paper on “Discourses and Critical Assessment of NREGA” at the ICDDTISS
    International workshop on “Development Trajectories: India and South Africa”
    held at TISS, 4 December 2010 at TISS.
  •  Presented a Draft curriculum on Rural Development & Grassroots Governance at
    National Workshop on “Lab to Land” program of MoRD from 29-30 October at NIRD,
    Hyderabad.
  •  Discussant at the National Workshop of Professional Institutional Network for
    MGNREGA by MoRD in Udaipur, 20 October, 2010.
  •  Presented a Technical Paper on “Integrated & Inclusive Research Methodologies;
    A Pro-poor Agenda ”(NCAER, Delhi) 20 September, 2010
  •  Discussant in a national workshop on “Innovative Methodologies for MGNREGA”
    (NCAER, Delhi) 23 July 2010.
  • Presented a report of the working group on the Capacity Building for MGNREGA
    at NIRD, Hyderabad, 12-14 July 2010.
  •  Discussant in a workshop on “Innovative Methodologies for MGNREGA” at NIRD
    (Hyderabad) 21 June 2010.
  •  Chaired & led the discussion at the workshop on MGNREGA in Northeast, NIRD,
    Guwahati, 27 May, 2010.
  •  Lead Speaker in a training session on MGNREGA at Kerala Institute of Local
    Administration at Trichur(Kerala) 17 May 2010
  •  Chaired& led the discussion at the Workshop on ‘Making MGNREGA Robust; Asset
    Management System’, NIRD (Hyderabad) 14 May, 2010
  •  Chaired and led the discussion at the National Consultation on the performance of
    MGNREGA in Bihar at AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies (Patna) 5 May2010.
  • Discussant in a workshop on the prelaunch of ‘National Rural Livelihood Mission’
    (MoRD) at NIRD (Hyderabad) 28-30 April, 2010
  •  Discussant in a workshop on “Making MGNREGA Robust’ by Planning Commission
    (New Delhi) 10 April2010.
  •  Chaired the workshop on MGNREGA in Ladakh at Institute of Social Science (New
    Delhi) by TISS-Leh District Administration, 27 February, 2010.
  •  Jury at Public Hearing on NREGA, Bhubaneswar by Right to Food Collective
    (Odisha) 2 Feburary2010.
  • Discussant at National Consultation on Index of Backwardness (BRGF), Vigyan
    Bhawan (Delhi) by MoPR, 13 January 2010.
  • Discussant on “Workshop on 'Social Accountability in India: Moving from
    Mechanisms to Outcomes and Institutionalization in Large Scale Public Programs”
    ‘organised jointly by CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training
    (CUTSCART) and the World Bank, Dec 16-17, 2009.
  • Discussant at National Convention of Panchayati Raj Representatives” at Vigyan
    Bhawan (Delhi) by MoPR, 2 October 2009.
  •  Presented a paper on “Action Research and NREGA” at the National Consultation on
    Action Research and Awareness Building for Convergence of RD Programmes(NIRD,
    Hyderabad, 31 August2009)
  •  Discussant at NREGA Public Consultation Workshop at Vigyan Bhawan (Delhi) by
    MoRD, 20 August 2009.
  •  Discussant at NREGA Public Consultation Workshop at PUSA Institute by MoRD, 17
    August 2009.
  •  Discussant at NREGA Public Consultation Workshop at Vigyan Bhawan (Delhi) by
    MoRD, 16 July 2009.
  •  Central Observer & Visited NREGA worksites and attended “ Rojgar Mela” organized
    jointly by the Government of Rajasthan and MKKS at the invitation of Ministry of Rural
    Development ( GoI) June 2009.
  • Presented a paper on “Experiencing ‘New Violence’ and Living with Reconciliation: In Pursuit of a Hybrid Theory of Justice” at Global Justice: Local Justifications, University of Luiss, Rome, 4-5 December,2009.
  • Presented the theme paper on "Global Civil Society" at LSE-TISS workshop on Global Civil Society and Poverty,, Mumbai,2-4 May, 2008.
  • Presented a paper on "Emergent forms of Global Civil Society" at the International workshop organized  by German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany,12-14 April, 2008.
  • Presented a paper on "Social Audit in India" at the International Workshop on Anti-Corruption Reforms Outside the State organized by U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre (Norway) and TIRI (UK), Dhaka, Bangladesh,12 March,2008.
  • A public lecture on “India’s “9/11” and Globalization of Terror” at LSE (London) 9
    December 2008.
  • Presented a Public lecture on ‘Dr. Ambedkar’ in Jaipur, 12 April 2008.
  •  Presented a paper titled “Epistemic Violence and Politics of Social Exclusion in Social
    Sciences in India”, in the seminar on "Interrogating Caste, Social Exclusion and Social
    Justice, TISS, Mumbai 21-22 October 2008.
  •  Presented the theme paper on "Global Civil Society" at LSE-TISS workshop on
    Global Civil Society and Poverty, Mumbai, May 2-4, 2008.
  •  Presented a paper on "Emergent forms of Global Civil Society" at the International
    workshop organized jointly by German Development Institute, Bonn (Germany) April
    12-14 2008.
  • Discussant &Resource Person at the Centre for Global Governance at London
    School of Economics (LSE), on LSE Yearbook on Global Civil Society, December12-18,
    2007.
  •  Presented a paper/seminar on "Revolution, Revolutionaries and Politics in Bihar"
    at the Centre for Global Governance (LSE), December 11, 2007.
    • Discussant at the 4th International Conference on "Federalism: Unity in Diversity",
    organized by Inter-State Council, Government of India. 5-7 November, 2007, New
    Delhi.
  • Presented a paper on "Politics of Forgiveness: Reflection on Evil and Reconciliation", at Annual Meeting of All India Political Science Association, Jaipur, 27-29 DecemberDecember, 2006.
  • Presented a paper on “Rethinking Social Capital, Caste Violence and Dalit Politics in India" at the International Conference on Culture Matters: Understanding Development from the Perspective of Marginalized Communities" Organized by Deshkal Society, New Delhi-,13-15 October 2006.
  • Presented a paper on "Community Warriors, Subalterns and State Power in India: Analysis of Ranvir Sena, a Private Caste Army in Bihar" at the 31st Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, October 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

Books

  • Kumar, Ashwani. BIHARI- A Portrait of a Community. Aleph (forthcoming).
  • Kumar, Ashwani & Ram B. Bhagat. Migration and Mobilityin India: A Citizenship Perspective. Routledge (forthcoming).
  • Kumar, Ashwani. Banaras and the Other.Paper Wall Media & Publishing Pvt. Limited, 2017.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter. Kozhikode: Yeti Books, 2014
  • Kumar, Ashwani & Dirk Messner. Power Shifts and Global Governance Challenges: Perspectives from North and South, London: Anthem Press, 2010.
  • Kumar, Ashwani, Mary Kaldor et al., Global Civil Society: Poverty and Activism. London:Sage International,2009.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. Community Warriors: State, Peasants and the Private Caste Armies in Bihar. London/Delhi: Anthem Press, 2008.

Government Reports on Policy and Governance

  • Chapter on academic restructuring for Alagh Committee on Revamping of National Institute of Rural Development in 2013 (Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India).
  • Report of the Working Group on Capacity Building for MGNREGA for MoRD( (2010).
  • Monitoring Report for CEGC on the performance of MGNREGA in Odisha (Keonjhar District) for MoRD in 2010.
  • Monitoring Report for CEGC on the performance of MGNREGA in MP (Dhar District) for MoRD in 2009.
  • Investigation of Micro-Finance related Suicide Cases in AP (Submitted to MoRD-NIRD) in 2010
  • Working Paper on “Innovations in methodologies for Evaluation Studies on MGNREGA” in 2012(Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India).
  • Prepared draft policy note for National Internship Policy for National Rural Livelihoods Mission in 2013 (Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India).

District Appraisals/ Monitoring for MGNREGA Implementation for MoRD( Government of India)

  • .Burdwan & Nadia, 2014-15; Bankura, 2013-14; Darjeeling
  • Jalpaiguri 2011-12 in West Bengal
  • Rudraprayag, 2014-15 ; Pithoragarh, 2011-12 in Uttaranchal
  • Adilabad, 2013-14; Visakhapatnam, 2012-13; Nizamabad & Vizininagaram, 2011-12 in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Gaya, 2013-14; Sheohar, 2012-13 in Bihar
  • Amravati- Melghat , 2011-12 in Maharashtra
  • Rajnandgaon, 2013-14; Sarguja & Dhamtari 2011-12 in Chhattisgarh
  • Keonjhar & Malkangiri 2011-12 in Odisha
  • Jamtara & Deoghar 2013-14 in Jharkhand
  • Dhalai, 2011-12 in Tripura
  • Narmada, 2011-12 in Gujarat
  •  Churu, 2013-14; Barmer & Nagaur 2010-11 in Rajasthan
  • Dhar & Seoni 2010-11 in Madhya Pradesh
  • Barabanki, 2013-14 in Uttar Pradesh
  • Ernakulam, 2010-11 in Kerala
  • Kamrup District, 2010-11 in Assam
  • East Rivohi District 2010-11 in Meghalaya
  • Tiruvannamali District 2010-11 in Tamil Nadu
  • Bagalkote & Dharwad Districts 2010-11 in Karnataka
  • North Sikkim 2010-11 in Sikkim

Book Chapters/Articles

  • Kumar, Ashwani (with Shashwat Dhar) Migration, Politics and Ethnicty: Revisiting Myron Weiner’ in Ashwani Kumar & Ram B. Bhagat (eds.) Migration and Mobility in India: A Citizenship Perspective, Routledge (forthcoming).

  • Kumar, Ashwani (with Shashwat Dhar) Internal Migrants and Inclusive Elections in India’ in Partha Mukhopadhyay & S. Chandrasekhar (eds.) Handbook on Internal Migration in India, Oxford University Press(forthcoming).

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    Kumar. Ashwani (with Souradeep Banerjee) Violence and Ethnic Conflict in India: A Human Rights Perspective , in Human Rights Literacies, edited by Cornelia Redoux and Anne Becker, Springer (forthcoming) .

  • Kumar, Ashwani. Wages of Politics or Last-Mile Welfare?  The Case of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employee Guarantee Act. In Wilfed Snewnden & Rekha Saxena (eds.) Leverhulme Volume on Federalism in India (forthcoming).

  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Migration; Birds without ID”. International Gallerie, Issue38 (Vol. 19- No 1) 2016.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. Translations of excerpts from “My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter’ in Hungarian Journal Tempevolgy, May-June 2016.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Contemporary Practices of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme; Insights from Districts’, ed. KB Saxena, New Delhi: Sage India, 2015.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “The Modern Indian City: Adventures into a strange kind of living Graveyards”. Indian literature, Vol. January-February 2014 , New Delhi: Sahitya Akademy.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Hinduism related Movements in India”in Encyclopedia of Global Studies ed. Mark Juergensmeyer&Helmut, London: International Sage,March 2012.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “The Question of Poor.” The Third Sector, ed. Rupert Taylor, Sector, New York: Springer,2010.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “G20 and Global Governance: A New Deal for the global poor.” G20 and Global Development, ed. Thomas Fuss, DIE:
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Global Civil Society: Emergent forms of Cosmopolitan Democracy and Justice” in Power Shifts and Global Governance, ed. Ashwani Kumar& Dirk Messner, London: Anthem Press,2010.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Introduction: Power Shifts, Global Governance  and Cosmopolitan Democracy” in Power Shifts and Global Governance, ed. Ashwani Kumar& Dirk Messner, London: Anthem Press,2010.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Introduction to the Global Civil Society 2009” in The Global Civil Society Yearbook, ed. Ashwani Kumar, Mary Kaldor & Haken Seckinelgin, 2009; Poverty and Activism, London: Sage,2009.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Global Civil Society and Poor”, Open Democracy, (UK), April 2009.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Globalization of Terror; Mumbai Violence”, Open Democracy (UK) January, 2009.
  • Kumar, Ashwani . “Hind Swaraj: An Apocalyptic Search for a Politics of Future", in Celebrating Satyagraha, ed. BS Bibhuti ,179-204 , New Delhi: Academic Excellence,
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Exiled Between Home and Memory", Seminar, No 580, December 2007.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Corruption and Development: Dilemmas of Democracy in India”, in a book in Hindi titled “Rajniti Me Anya Peshe Se Aanewale Ki Bhumika”, by the Department of Political Science, Government College, Kota, (Rajasthan), 2007.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “MacIntyre's After Virtue: Political and Policy Implications”, Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol LXVII No. 4 , Oct-December 2006.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Nanawati Commission: Explorations of Evil and Forgiveness", Journal of Human Rights Global Focus, Kerala (India) April-May 2006.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “The Principles of Organization in Kautilya's Arthashastra", Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. LXVI, No.3, July-September, 2005
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “The Politics of 91 Constitution Amendment", Mainstream, Vol. XLII NO 9, February 19, 2005.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Presidential Character of George Bush: Lessons for Indian Democracy", Mainstream, Vol. XLII, No 30, July 17, 2004.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Indian Voters No Irrational Fools", Mainstream, Vol. XLII No 25, June 12, New Delhi,2004.
  • Kumar, Ashwani. “Reflections on Gandhi, Traditions, and Modernity: An Analysis of Gandhi's Emancipatory Discourse on Bihar Earthquake of 1934.” In Special Volume on India at 50, ed. Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy, Political Science Annual, University of Delhi, Delhi,1997.

 Book Reviews

  • Kumar, Ashwani, Why I am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor, The Financial Express, 11 March, 2018.
  • https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/book-review-shashi-tharoors-why-i-am-a-hindu-is-an-emphatic-denunciation-of-hindutva/1094131/
  •  Kumar Ashwani, Upcountry Tales: Once Upon a time in the heart of India by Mark Tully', 14 January, 2018.
  • http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/book-review-of-upcountry-tales-once-upon-a-time-in-the-heart-of-india-by-mark-tully/1013992/
  •  Kumar Ashwani,  'When the moon shines by day', The Financial Express, 29 October 2017.
  • http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/this-book-by-nayantara-sahgal-is-most-compelling-and-remorseless-satire-on-growing-dangers-of-neo-fascists-forces/910543/
  •  Kumar Ashwani, The Crisis Within: GN Devy, The Financial Express,  20 August2017.
  • https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/gn-devy-in-his-new-book-the-crisis-within-warns-of-the-crisis-in-education-in-india/815919/
  • Kumar, Ashwani. "The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India's One Billion", The        Financial Express, 21 May, 2017.
  • http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/anirudh-krishnas-the-broken-ladder-the-paradox-and-the-    potential-of-indias-one-billion-a-poignant-narrative-of-the-extremes-in-india/678188

 

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 Projects

  • Principal Investigator( with Aaditya Dar),Public or Private Leviathan? The Politics of Crime Reduction & Infrastructure Development in Contemporary Bihar, funded by Azim Premji Foundation (2017-19). 
  • Project Director (with Sandhya Iyer), TISS-IIIDEM of Election Commission of India's research study on Exploring Role of Money Power in India's Electoral Politics(2017-18).
  • Project Director, Assessment of Technical Quality and Economic Assessment of Category B Asset Under MNREGA in Sikkim.( 2016-17)
  • Project Director for research on Elections and Electoral Management in India for India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM), Election Commission of India.
  • Project Director for Election Commission of India’s project “Online survey & Competition among Non-Resident Indian (NRI) citizens living abroad” (2016-17).
  • Project Director for Election Commission of India’s project on “Inclusive Elections in India: An Overview of Characteristics of Domestic Migration”   2015-16.
  • Project Director for ‘South Africa National Project on Human Rights Literacies’ in collaboration with North West University (South Africa) 2015-16.
  • Lead Researcher for ICSSR –ESRC (UK)’s PhD Partnering Scheme between School of Development Studies at TISS & School of Global Studies at Sussex University, 2012-15.
  • Project Director for ICSSR grant for organizing National Seminar  on “Contesting Spaces & Negotiating Development; A Dialogue on Geographies of Power, Politics and Citizenship in India” in September-October 2015.  
  • Project Director for Election Commission of India’s Project on Compilation & Analysis of KABBP Surveys, 2013-14.
  • With Aaditya Dar (George Washington University) Principal Investigator for project on “ Does political background of leaders matter for development? Funded and sponsored by International Growth Center (IGC)’s Bihar Project at LSE (UK) 2013-16.
  • Project Co-ordinator for NSS-NUDS Project on Skill Development for Rajasthan &  Bihar, 2012 upto Oct. 2013.
  • Project Director for Ford Foundation supported Consortia of Management Institutes for implementing Rural Livelihoods Internship in seven states of India, 2012-15.
  • Project Director for India Post-TISS-NIOS Project on Rural Entrepreneurship Program (Ministry of Telecommunication and Post, GoI), 2010-11.
  • Project Director for Evaluation of Flagships Development Programs including MGNREGA in Manipur, Govt of Manipur, 2011-13.
  • Project Co-Coordinator from TISS on multi- country research on Xenophobia, Urban Governance & Rural Development by South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD).

Courses Taught at Tata Institute of Social Sciences

  •  Interpreting Justice & Welfare ( MPhil in Development Studies
  • Development Discourses & Practices ( MPhil in Development Studies
  • Public Policy; Theory and Processes ( MA in Development Studies)
  • Seminar in Monographs in Social Sciences ( MPhil-PhD in Social Sciences)
  • Institutions, Governance & Policies ( MA in Development Studies
  • State and Democracy: Explorations in Political Theory( MA in Development  Studies
  • Development of the Marginalized: Perspectives and Challenges (MA in Development Studies)
  • Social Exclusion: Theories and Processes ( MA in Development Studies)
  • State, Democracy and Politics in India( Foundation Course for MA programs)
  • Governance and Public Policy ( MA in Labour and Globalization)
  • Social Planning and Policy Research ( MA in Social Work)
  • Political Dimension of Business Environment ( MA in HRM& LR)

Email: ashwani[at]tiss[dot]edu

Email: ashwanitiss@gmail.com/ashwani@tiss.edu