You must provide at least one recipient email address.
Sarmila Bose

Sarmila Bose

(AB (Bryn Mawr) MPA PhD (Harvard))

Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies

Sarmila Bose is an academic and journalist with principal interests in the politics and public policies of South Asia. Her current work is on migration and identity formation of Bengal 'kayasthas', the practice of democracy in India, and the roots of long-term armed conflict in the frontier areas of India and Pakistan. She was the inaugural Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the Department of Politics and International Relations and taught and supervised undergraduate and graduate students in this Department and the Oriental Institute. She received her AB in History from Bryn Mawr College and the MPA and PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. She has recently taken degrees in law and legal practice at the City Law School. Sarmila taught and held research positions at Harvard, George Washington University, University of Warwick and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and was assistant editor and senior political writer at the ABP Group of newspapers in India for several years, writing in English and Bengali. Her personal website is www.sarmilabose.com.


Research Interests

Politics of South Asia

Democracy, rule of law and public policy issues in India


Undergraduate teaching: tutorials and classes in Politics in South Asia; politics prelims lectures research methods

Graduate teaching: supervision MPhil and DPhil theses in comparative politics; option Comparative Politics of South Asia in MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies




Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War , Hurst and Co. (UK), Columbia University Press (USA), Hachette (India), Oxford University Press (Pakistan), 2011-12


Jyotibabur Pashchimbanga: ekti adhapataner adhyay (Bengali - an analysis of the decline of Bengal in 25 years of Communist rule), Ananda Publishers (India), 2001


Money, Energy and Welfare: the State and the Household in Indias Rural Electrification Policy, Oxford University Press, 1993


Book Chapters, Articles, Reviews


Fading Echoes: Legacy of Empire and Democracy in India (in Nicolaidis, Sebe & Maas, eds., Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies, I B Tauris, 2014


Fragments of memories: researching violence in the 1971 Bangladesh war, History Workshop Journal, vol. 73, Spring 2012


The question of genocide and the quest for justice in the 1971 war , Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 13, No. 4, 2011


Three Turbulent Years: Re-appraisal of the Yahya Regime 1969-71 (in R D Long ed. History of Pakistan, Oxford University Press, forthcoming)


News as Entertainment: the Rise of Global Infotainment, Global Media and Communication, Vol. 5, No. 1, 116-118, April 2009


Losing the Victims: Problems of Using Women as Weapons in Recounting the Bangladesh War, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLII, No. 38, 22-28 September 2007


Losing the Victims, EPW v 42 no. 38 (2007).pdf


Bangladesh: Troubled Future, Economic and Political Weekly, 4 March 2006


The Northeast Exception, The Hindu, 22 November 2005


Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 40, No. 41, 8-14 October 2005


Anatomy of Violence, EPW v 40, no. 41 (2005).pdf


Love in the Time of War: Subhas Chandra Boses Journeys to Nazi Germany (1941) and towards the Soviet Union (1945), Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 40, No. 3, 15-21 January 2005

Love in the Time of War, EPW v 40 no. 3 (2005).pdf


India's Cause is Ireland's Cause: Elite Links and Nationalist Politics, with E. Ward, in M. Holmes and D. Holmes, eds., Ireland and India: Connections, Comparisons, Contrasts, Folens Press, Dublin, 1997




The Question of Genocide: Violence in the 1971 War and its Implications, (2nd Global Conference on Genocide, International Network of Genocide Scholars, University of Sussex, 28 June 1 July 2010)


Changing Contours of Media in India (Keynote address, roundtable at launch of India Media Centre, University of Westminster, London, 9 March 2010)


Towards a comparative analysis of Pakistan's North West and India's North East, (Workshop, DPIR, Oxford, 25 November 2009)


Energy, Insecurity and Long-term Armed Conflict: the Political Economy of Assam and Baluchistan (38th South Asia conference, Madison, October 2009)


Journalism and Soft Power: Between Conflict Coverage and Media Diplomacy (plenary speaker, Journalism in the 21st Century: Between Globalization and National Identity, University of Melbourne, July 2009)


South Asia's Politics: Can Undemocratic Democracies Work? (Royal Commonwealth Society, Oxford, April 2008)


The US-India Nuclear Agreement: Press and Politics of a Historic Strategic Re-alignment, (49th ISA conference, San Francisco, March 2008)



Selected Commentary and Feature Articles (in English)


Is India's potential Prime Minister driven by anti-Muslim prejudice?, Aljazeera, 24 November 2013




Mau Mau to Midnapore: confronting the brutality of empire, Aljazeera, 24 January 2013



Chagos: heart of an American empire? Aljazeera, 15 March 2012



Suu Kyi's choice, Aljazeera, 23 January 2012



Sick Men of South Asia, Newsweek Pakistan, 23 December 2011

Murder Most Foul, The Telegraph, 27 March 2011

A far better option, The Telegraph, 7 April 2010



Indians will vote, but will they really have democracy?, The Times, 10 April 2009



The truth about the Jessore massacre, Feature, The Telegraph, 19 March 2006
Left Behind by Bangladesh, Insight, The Telegraph, 2 October 2005
The Right Stuff: F-16s to Pakistan is Wise Decision, with W. B. Milam, Christian Science Monitor, 11 April 2005

Organizing a Party, The Telegraph, 13 July 2004
Did Anybody Win? The Telegraph, 20 May 2004
Border Shaming Force, Indian Express, 24 April 2004
Andhra Burning, Insight, The Telegraph, 18 April 2004
Permanent Membership Not for India, Business Standard, 27 November 2003
Can Gujarat Happen to Bengal?, The Telegraph, 29 April 2003
Hindutvas Willing Executioners, The Telegraph, 10 December 2002
The Great Gujarat Experiment, The Telegraph, 1 April 2002
A Tale of Two Shahs, The Telegraph, 30 January 2002
Enough Guilt for Everyone, The Spectator, 19 August 1995

Registered with Find an Expert