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Dr Ajay Saini

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

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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; Socio-cultural Anthropology; Social Exclusion; Small Islands; Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Nicobarese; Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

  1. Saini, Ajay (2012): “Thus Spake the Nicobarese”, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 73(2). https://www.academia.edu/5509906/Thus_Spake_the_Nicobarese
  2. 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.  
  3. 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 
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 
  8. 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
  9. 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 
  10. 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 
  11. 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
  12. 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 
  13. Saini, Ajay (2016c): “We are not What We WereThe Nicobarese socio-cultural milieu post the tsunami, 2004”, In Mapping Human Rights and the Voices of Subalterns in Modern India, (ed.) Kalpaz.
  14. Saini, Ajay (2016d): "The Southern Nicobar Islands as Imaginative Geographies", Social Change, 46(4), 495-511, Sagehttp://journals.sagepub.com/toc/scha/46/4
  15. 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 
  16. Saini, Ajay (2017b): "The islanders who don't want to return," Published as a cover story in 'The Hindu', 5 March 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/the-islanders-who-dont-want-to-return/article17401438.ece 
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Email: ajay.saini[at]tiss[dot]edu