Our Contributors

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English, and from English into Bengali. Over fifty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), respectively, and the winner of the Muse India translation award (2013) for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right, he has also been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee and longlisted for the Best Translated Book award, USA, 2018 for his translation of Bhaskar Chakravarti’s Things That Happen and Other Poems. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He is the editor of the Library of Bangladesh, a series of Bangladeshi fiction translated into English from Bengali, and of the Book of Dhaka, a collection of short stories from Bangladesh translated into English. He has conducted translation workshops at the British Centre for Literary Translation, UEA; University of Chicago; Dhaka Translation Centre; and Jadavpur University.

Shaheen Akhtar is a notable Bangladeshi author, who won the Prothom Alo Best Book Award in 2004 for her novel Talaash, (translated into English as The Search and published by Zubaan, Delhi, in 2011). Bengal Lights Books published the translation of another novel Shokhi Rongomala (Beloved Rongomala) in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Words without Border and other prestigious literary magazines. Akhtar was presented with the Sera Bangali 2014 Award for literature by India’s leading Bengali news channel, ABP Ananda. She has also received the Akhteruzzaman Elias Kothashahitya Puroshkar 2015 and the IFIC Bank Puroshkar for her novel Moyur Shinghashon. Akhtar’s works have been translated into English, German, and Korean. In 2015, Akhtar received the highest national award for literature in Bangladesh, the Bangla Academy Literary Award, for her contributions to Bangla literature, and in 2019, she received the Gemcon Literary Award.

Manas Ray retired as a Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) in March 2018. He works at the interface of political theory and cultural studies and has published on a wide spectrum of areas including Marxism, ethics, governmentality, postmodernism, film theory, New German Cinema, Bollywood, biopolitics, continental political philosophy, critical legal theory, cultural lives of Indian diasporas, and memory and locality of post-partition Calcutta. He has held visiting positions in Berlin, Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Cape Town. Primus Books is bringing out a two-volume collection  edited by Professor Ray entitled, State of Democracy in India: Essays on Life and Politics in Contemporary Times this year.

Sajal Nag is currently Professor and Head, Department of History, Assam University, Silchar. He was formerly a Professor of Social Sciences, Presidency University, Kolkata, and a former Commonwealth Fellow and a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His publications include The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti Slavery movement in North East India, 1907-1950, Oxford University Press, 2016; Bridging State and Nation: Politics of Peace in Nagaland and Mizoram, with Rita Manchanda and Tapan Bose, Sage, 2015, and The Beleaguered Nation: Making and Unmaking of the Assamese Nationality, Manohar- New Delhi, 2016, among others.

Faith Elwin Kharbuli is a research scholar at the Department of History, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Her research and writings intensively explore the partition experiences of the Khasi, Jaintia, Garo Hills and Tripura (1947-1971). She has written and presented her work at several national and international conferences and seminars. She graduated from Loreto College, Kolkata (B.A. History Honours), she has been a Gold Medal Awardee for her M.A. (2013) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. The papers she has presented in seminars include, Future Challenges for Partition Scholarship: The Khasi-Jaintia Perspective’, IIT Guwahati, The Khasi-Jaintia Experience, Asian Confluence, Shillong, Violent Experiences and Boundary Demarcation in Northeast India, and Verrier Elwin, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, among others.