Dr Shalini Sharma

Title: Lecturer in Colonial/Post Colonial History
Phone: (+44) 01782 733206
Email: s.sharma@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB1.060
Role: Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses (M.A./M.Res: History)
Contacting me: Email or phone is nusually fine. My office hour is Tuesday, 12-1p.m.
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I received my BA from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, then went on to do a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. I taught at the London School of Economics for 4 years where I was Teaching Fellow in International History 2003-2005. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History at Keele University in 2005

I am interested in the effects of empire on the politics of South Asia. My first monograph, Governance and Sedition: Radical Politics in Late-Colonial Punjab, 2010 identified Punjab in Northern India as an archetype of how India’s politics were managed with a high degree of success to further imperial interests. It explored how communist and socialist ideologies were adapted to a nationalistic and later democratic context.

I have since continued to explore the political and cultural consequences of imperialism in independent India by looking at the development of democratic structures and practice in India through an examination of political groups considered seditious and deviant by the postcolonial Indian state. I am now tracing the sources of anti-Americanism in the polity of independent India.

 

 

Authored book:

  • Sedition and Governance: Radical Politics in Late Colonial Punjab, Routledge 2009.

Edited journal special issue:

South Asian History and Culture on ‘ State of Subversion - Radical Politics in 20th Century Punjab’, (forthcoming – Autumn 2013).

Articles:

  •  ‘Yeh Azaadi Jhooti Hai (This Independence is a Lie): The shaping of the opposition in the first year of the Congress Raj.’ (Submitted), Modern Asian Studies.
  •  ‘Communism and ‘democracy’: Punjab Radicals and Representative Politics in the 1930s.’ in the special issue of South Asian History and Culture on ‘ State of Subversion - Radical Politics in 20th Century Punjab’. [submitted]
  • ‘Decolonising the mind – the use and abuse of ‘Uncle Sam.’’ by the Indian intelligentsia.’ in the special issue of the French Review of British Studies(RFCB, Revue francaise de civilisation britannique) on‘The Decolonization of British India and the Relative Emergence of an Independent South Asia (1919-1984): from the Second Constitutional Reform of the Colonial System to the End of the Post-Nehruvian Era’. [submitted]
  • ‘Developing a communist identity: the case of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha’, Journal of Punjab Studies, Volume 14, No. 2, Fall 2007.
  • ‘The Life of Hindus in Britain,’ International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter, No. 27, March 2002.

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Sharma S. 2013. Uncle Sham? Indian representations of the USA before independence. Revue Francaise de civilisation britannique.
  • Sharma S. 2013. Yeh azaadi jhooti hai : The shaping of the opposition in the first year of the Congress raj. Modern Asian Studies, 1-31. doi> link>
  • Sharma S. 2013. Democracy and Communism: Radical Punjabis in the 1937 Punjab Assembly. South Asian History and Culture.
  • Sharma S. 2013. State of Subversion: Radical Politics in twentieth century Punjab. South Asian History and Culture. doi>
  • Sharma S. 2013. State of Subversion: Radical Politics in twentieth century Punjab. South Asian History and Culture. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Sharma S. 2009. Radical politics in colonial Punjab. Taylor & Francis.

Journal Articles

  • Sharma S. 2013. Uncle Sham? Indian representations of the USA before independence. Revue Francaise de civilisation britannique.
  • Sharma S. 2013. Yeh azaadi jhooti hai : The shaping of the opposition in the first year of the Congress raj. Modern Asian Studies, 1-31. doi> link>
  • Sharma S. 2013. Democracy and Communism: Radical Punjabis in the 1937 Punjab Assembly. South Asian History and Culture.
  • Sharma S. 2013. State of Subversion: Radical Politics in twentieth century Punjab. South Asian History and Culture. doi>
  • Sharma S. 2013. State of Subversion: Radical Politics in twentieth century Punjab. South Asian History and Culture. doi>
  • SHARMA S. 2007. 'Developing a communist identity: the case of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha'. Journal of Punjab Studies, vol. 14(2), 167-186.