Gyanendra Pandey (historian)

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Gyanendra Pandey is a historian and a founding member of the Subaltern Studies project. He has degrees from the University of Delhi and the University of Oxford, and since 2005 has been at Emory University where he holds a professorship. He had previously held a Rhodes Scholarship and was a Research Fellow of two Oxford colleges, Wolfson and Lincoln, between 1974–78. A period as a lecturer at the University of Leeds and then the University of Hyderabad was followed in 1980 by a Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Kolkata. In 1985 he became a professor at the University of Allahabad, moving to a similar position at the University of Delhi for the period 1986–1998. His last position prior to his appointment at Emory was at Johns Hopkins University, which he joined in 1998 as Professor of Anthropology and History and where he also chaired the Department of Anthropology.[1][2]

Pandey has written widely on the subjects of South Asian and African-American history, on colonial and post-colonial themes, and on matters relating to subaltern studies.[1]

He recently started a course at Emory University, US, combining Dalit history with that of African Americans.[3] He is known for his proposition that "all racism is upper caste racism." He states.

"Upper caste, because ruling and dominant groups and classes across the globe believe it is their inherited right to rule and to live in special comfort and prosperity. Racism, because that is a way of keeping subordinated and marginalized groups – sometimes called minorities – “in their place;” and because the assumption of the right to rule, property and ‘culture’ leads to the segregation and subordination of those without privileged access to these, and to their denigration, castigation and even expulsion at times when they are seen as challenging the existing order of caste and race, Black and White."[4]

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