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Vivek Kumar

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Vivek Kumar
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BornVivek Kumar
(1966-01-10) 10 January 1966 (age 55)
Lucknow, India
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Vivek Kumar is an Indian sociologist and a public intellectual. At present he is professor of sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social System, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of interest include methodology of social sciences, sociology of marginalized sections, dependent and independent Dalit political leadership, sociology of Indian diaspora, sociology of South Asia, social movements, globalization and social change.[1]. As a recipient of Full-Bright Fellow Fellowship, he has taught also taught at Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York, USA[2]. Kumar has also examined how the Dalit movement has diversified its demands for inclusion in the modern institutions of governance and other spheres of day-to-day life after India became a democracy. Now, Kumar is studying internal differences within the Indian diaspora and its relationship with Indian democracy. He also writes in newspapers and participates in debates on television channels regularly[3].


Vivek Kumar was born on January 10, 1966 in the Lucknow district of Uttar Pradesh. He did his schooling in science stream but he could not do well in science. So, he wanted to pursue his further education in arts. But his father was not not in favour of arts. After some struggle with his father, he did his BA in Sociology and later MA in sociology[4]. Later he joined, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, to do second MA followed by MPhil and PhD. He started his professional career in TISS, Mumbai as a Lecturer in Sociology of Education Unit in 1995. But TISS being an institute of research could not fulfill his passion for teaching and after sometimes he came back to JNU to complete his PhD. After completion of PhD, his father forced him to appear for Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission examination. He attempted the examination and got through. But he could not enjoy his work there as his passion was more into teaching and writing. So he quit that job and started writing in various magazines and daily newspapers like The Pioneer, Dalit Awaaz, Dainik Jagaran etc. He also worked for some NGOs. In 2001 he joined Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU as an Assistant Professor in Sociology. Since then he has been teaching here[5].


Vivek Kumar writes in both Hindi and English languages. Following are some of the main books written by him:

Books in English:

• 2014, Caste and Democracy in India: Perspective from Below, New Delhi: Gyan Publications.

• 2006, India’s Roaring Revolution: Dalit Assertion and New Horizons, New Delhi: Gagan Deep Publications.

• 2002, Dalit Leadership in India, New Delhi: Kalpaz Publication.

• 2001 (2013), Dalit Assertion and Bahujan Samaj Party, New Delhi: Samyak Prakashan.

Books in Hindi:

• 2014, Prajatantra Mein, Jati, Arakshan aur Dalit, New Delhi: Samyak Prakashan.

• 2007, Dalit Samaj: Purani Samasyaen Nai Akanshayen, New Delhi: Samyak Prakasha.

• 2004, Bahujan Samaj Party evm Sanrachnatmak Parivartan, New Delhi: Samyak Prakashan.

Attack on Life[edit]

In February 2016, Vivek Kumar was reportedly attacked in Gwalior by members of right wing associated group- Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party. He was invited there in a symposium to deliver a speech on "Baba Saheb Ke Sapno Ka Bhartiya Samaj" (Indian society as envisioned by Baba Saheb) by a group called Amdedkar Vichar Manch. Shots were reportedly fired in the air by members of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha. Vivek Kumar somehow managed to save himself. [6][7]


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  2. "USIEF: 2011-12 Indian Fellows". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9176:vivek-kumar-part-1&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132
  4. https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9176:vivek-kumar-part-1&catid=119:feature&Itemid=132
  5. https://www.jnu.ac.in/content/vivekkumar
  6. https://scroll.in/latest/803954/jnu-professor-attacked-by-protesters-from-bjp-youth-wing-in-gwalior
  7. https://www.scoopwhoop.com/BJP-Youth-Wing-Activists-Attack-Gwalior-Seminar-For-Calling-JNU-Professor/