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Dr Ajay Saini

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

MA (University of Delhi), PhD. (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)

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Michel Foucault; Foucault power/knowledge- discourse; Governance; Biopower, Biopolitics and Governmentality Studies; Power, Resistance and the Foucauldian Technologies; Subjectivity (Identity Politics); Heterotopias; Sociocultural Anthropology; Social Exclusion; Small Islands; Andaman and Nicobar Islands; South Asia; Indian Ocean Region; Northeast India; Isolated Indigenous communities; Disasters, Aid and Humanitarian government.

  1. Saini, Ajay (2018e): "The house that Noah built: a Nicobar story," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Storyboard), 3 June 2018.http://www.thehindu.com/society/the-house-that-noah-built-a-nicobar-story/article24065305.ece
  2. Saini, Ajay (2018d): "Japanese Occupation of Nicobar Islands: Slavery, Espionage and Executions," Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 53(22): 31-35. https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/22/perspectives/japanese-occupation-nicobar-islands.html 
  3. Saini, Ajay (2018c): "Voices from the periphery," Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 53(20): 30-33. http://www.epw.in/journal/2018/20/book-reviews/voices-periphery.html
  4. Saini, Ajay (2018b): "The ashram in the Andamans," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Society), 25 February 2018. http://www.thehindu.com/society/the-ashram-in-the-andamans/article23333171.ece
  5. Saini, Ajay (2018a): "The pirates of Nicobar," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Cover Story), 7 January 2018.http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/the-pirates-of-nicobar/article22390181.ece 
  6. Saini, Ajay (2017f): "A battle and a betrayal," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Cover Story), 13 August 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/a-battle-and-a-betrayal/article19472513.ece   
  7. Saini, Ajay (2017e): "The musty smell of old books welcomes us," The Hindu (Literary Review), 5 August 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/books/the-musty-smell-of-old-books-welcomes-us/article19428749.ece
  8. Saini, Ajay (2017d): "Today's heroes: Natwarbhai, the 85-year-old Gandhi of Nagaland, was once declared anti-national," Scroll.in (History Revisited), 18 July 2017.  https://scroll.in/magazine/842629/todays-heroes-natwarbhai-the-85-year-old-gandhi-of-nagaland-was-once-declared-anti-national
  9. Saini, Ajay (2017c): "A Gandhian in Nagaland," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Society), 4 June 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/society/a-gandhian-in-nagaland/article18712645.ece
  10. Saini, Ajay (2017b): "The islanders who don't want to return," The Hindu, Sunday Magazine (Cover Story), 5 March 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/the-islanders-who-dont-want-to-return/article17401438.ece
  11. Saini, Ajay (2017a): "Boycotting Schools in Nicobar for Education", Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 52(7): 12-15. http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/7/commentary/boycotting-schools-nicobar-education.html
  12. Saini, Ajay (2016d): "The Southern Nicobar Islands as Imaginative Geographies", Social Change, 46(4), 495-511, Sage. http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/scha/46/4 
  13. Saini, Ajay (2016c): “We are not What We Were: The Nicobarese socio-cultural milieu post the tsunami, 2004”, In Mapping Human Rights and the Voices of Subalterns in Modern India, (ed.).
  14. Saini, Ajay (2016b): "What Murdered the "Mixed-Race" Jarawa Baby?", Economic and Political Weekly. Vol 51(15). http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/15/web-exclusives/what-murdered-%E2%80%9Cmixed-race%E2%80%9D-jarawa-baby.html
  15. Saini, Ajay (2016a): "Disaster, Aid and the Nicobarese Crisis Heterotopia", The North-East Window. Vol 12(6). https://www.academia.edu/20324375/Disaster_Aid_and_the_Nicobarese_Crisis_Heterotopia
  16. Saini, Ajay (2015e): “Outsider, We Love and Fear You”: Dialogue with the Nicobarese, Economic and Political Weekly. Vol 50(49). http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/49/discussion/outsider-we-love-and-fear-you.html
  17. Saini, Ajay (2015d): “Post Tsunami Humanitarian Aid: A Trojan Horse in the Southern Nicobar Islands”, Economic and Political Weekly. Vol 50(43). http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/43/special-articles/post-tsunami-humanitarian-aid.html
  18. Saini, Ajay (2015c): “A Decade of Disaster and Aid in Nicobar”, Economic and Political Weekly.  Vol.50(31). http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/31/discussion/decade-disaster-and-aid-nicobar.html
  19. Saini, Ajay (2015b): “The Kamorta Island Land Conundrum in the Central Nicobar”, Andaman Chronicle. 19, April 2015. https://www.academia.edu/12012128/The_Kamorta_Island_Land_Conundrum_In_The_Central_Nicobar
  20. Saini, Ajay (2015a): “The Nicobarese ‘Letters of Sufferings: In Protest, Respectfully Yours’”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50(8). http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/8/discussion/nicobarese-letters-sufferings-protest-respectfully-yours.html
  21. Saini, Ajay (2014b): “Consumerism among the Nicobarese: The Post-tsunami Phase in Nicobar Islands”, Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (46) 15 November. http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/46/reports-states-web-exclusives/consumerism-among-nicobarese.html
  22. Saini, Ajay (2014a): “A Nicobarese Tribal Leader Who Lived Two Lives”, Economic and Political Weekly, 49(5). http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/5/commentary/nicobarese-tribal-leader-who-lived-two-lives.html
  23. Saini, Ajay (2013b): “A Nicobarese Tribal Leader Who Lived Two Lives”, Economic and Political Weekly, 48(51). http://www.epw.in/journal/2013/51/web-exclusives/nicobarese-tribal-leader-who-lived-two-lives.html?0=ip_login_no_cache%3Dcfa2671b9a8e2705c63a8533703ea986
  24. Saini, Ajay (2013a): “Post-tsunami Socio-cultural Changes among the Nicobarese: An Ethnography of the Nicobarese of Southern Nicobar Islands” TISS Working Paper Series No 1, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, January. ISSN 2320-1894. https://www.academia.edu/5509972/Post-tsunami_Socio-cultural_changes_among_the_Nicobarese.
  25. Saini, Ajay (2012): “Thus Spake the Nicobarese”, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 73(2). https://www.academia.edu/5509906/Thus_Spake_the_Nicobarese
TEDx Talks

1. TEDxStXaviersMumbai (15 April 2018), Talk: “Learning from our hunter-gatherer ancestors,” http://tedxstxaviersmumbai.com/ 
2. MahindraEcoleCentrale (18 February 2018), Talk: “Being Culturally Sensitive,” https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/24923 
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