Central University of Kerala

Dr. Gilbert Dr. Gilbert Sebastian - Assistant Professor
Department Of International Relations
School of Global Studies
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Areas of Interest: Political Economy of Development, Kerala Studies, People’s Rights, and People’s Movements. 
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Brief Profile: Gilbert Sebastian is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations & Politics at the Central University of Kerala. He completed the ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram focusing on land issues in the big plantations in Kerala state. Formerly, he has held the positions of Associate Fellow and Consultant at Council for Social Development, New Delhi and Research Associate, Developing Countries Research Centre (dcrc), University of Delhi. He holds doctorate and M.Phil. from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His Ph.D. thesis was titled, ‘Class, Nationality and the Development Process in Keralam (Since 1970)’. His M.Phil. dissertation was titled, ‘The Role of Narayana Guru in Kerala Society (1888-1928): A Contextual Analysis’. He is a co-author of the book, Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People’s Rights in India, Daanish Books, Delhi, 2011 along with Manoranjan Mohanty, et al. He has also published articles in Economic & Political Weekly, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Mainstream, etc. He has presented many papers in all-India and international conferences, including one at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. His special areas of research interest are: Political Economy of Development, Kerala Studies, People’s Rights, and People’s Movements. His fields of teaching interest in Political Studies are: Political Theory, Indian Politics, Comparative Political Analysis, etc. 


by Gilbert Sebastian, Ph.D.

Book published (Co-authored)

Manoranjan Mohanty, K B Saxena, Gilbert Sebastian, Prashant K Trivedi 2011: Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People’s Rights in India, Daanish Books, Delhi, © Council for Social Development, New Delhi, first edition, pp. 412+xxiv, ISBN: 8189654977. The second edition and Hindi edition are under publication from the same publisher.

Research Papers Published (Single authored)

i)           2016: “Reflections on Consent”, Mainstream weekly, Vol. LIV, No 19, New Delhi, April 30, http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article6377.html.

ii)        2013-14: 'Academic Recruitments: Seeking a Way-out of Ascriptive Privilege and Institutional Corruption', Journal of Social Discourse, vol. 1, no. 1, Oct.-Mar., pp. 92-110.

iii)       2013: 'Patriarchy and the Rise in Sexual Assaults in India: An Explanation',
Mainstream , vol. LI, no. 13, March 16 at:

iv)      2008: “An Embedded Politics of Civil Society?”, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 43, no. 18, May 03 - May 09, 2008, pp. 68-71, Response to the Special Article, “Fears of Contagion? Depoliticisation and Recent Conflicts over Politics in Kerala” by J. Devika (EPW, 23 June 2007).

v)        2004: “Tsunami and Other Disasters: How 'Natural' are These Natural Calamities?”, Indian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 8, nos. 1-2, Jan. - Dec., pp. 39-56.

vi)      2003: “Reining in the Lesser Lords: “Social Structures of Accumulation” in India’s Informal Economy”, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 46, no. 2, April-June, pp. 305-319. Review Paper on Barbara Harriss-White 2003: India Working: Essays on Society and Economy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Book Reviews Published (Single-authored with ISSN)

i)         2010: Book Review of T.K. Oommen (ed.) (Social Movements I: Issues of Identity, & Social Movements II: Concerns of Equity and Security, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, First edition), Social Action, vol. 60, no. 4, Oct.- Dec. 2010, pp. 420-26. [Revised version at: http://radicalnotes.com/content/view/148/39/ (04 Oct. 2010)].

ii)       2004: “The India of the 88 per cent” (revised book review on Barbara Harriss-White 2003: India Working: Essays on Society and Economy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge), frontier, vol. 36, no. 42, May 9-15, pp.5-8.

Articles Published (Single-authored with ISSN/ISBN)

i)              2016: ‘Randhir Singh: A Teacher who Kept Alive the Idea of Socialism’, Obituary, Amritam Thu Vidya – CUK Magazine (Revised version of the article published in Mainstream weekly, 9 April 2016).

ii)            2016: 'Randhir Singh: A Life Dedicated to Keeping Alive the Idea of Socialism', Tribute, Mainstream weekly, Vol. LIV, No 16, New Delhi, April 9,  http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article6333.html

iii)          2014: ‘Renewable Energy Future: ‘Third Industrial Revolution’’, frontier, vol. 46, no. 26, 5 -11 Jan. at: http://www.frontierweekly.com/articles/vol-46/46-26/46-26-Third%20Industrial%20Revolution.html.

iv)         2013: ‘Identitarian Movement: Rally Against UAPA’, frontier, vol. 45, no. 52, 7- 13 Jul. at: http://www.frontierweekly.com/articles/vol-45/45-52/45-52-Rally%20Against.html.

v)           2013: 'Sexual Assaults and Feminist Sensibilities' (Discussion piece), Mainstream, vol. LI, no. 28, June 29 at: http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article4279.html.

vi)         2011: ‘Remembering R S Rao and His Critical Marxist Tradition’, Mainstream, 14-20 October at: http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article3063.html.  

vii)       2011: Chapter in the Book: Manoranjan Mohanty, K B Saxena, Gilbert Sebastian, Prashant K Trivedi: Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People’s Rights in India, Daanish Books, Delhi, © Council for Social Development, New Delhi, first edition, pp. 412+xxiv, Chapter: ‘Fisher People’, pp. 67-80.

viii)     2009: “Reminiscing the Political Legacy of Balagopal”, Mainstream, vol. 47, no. 47, 6-12 Nov. (http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article1744.html).

ix)          2009: “Getting to the Roots of Global Terror”, Mainstream, vol. 47, no. 2, January 24 (http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article1130.html).

x)            2007: “Kerala People’s Plan Revisited”, Article reporting the international conference held during 14-15 December, Mainstream, vol. 46, no. 12, 10 March 2008 (http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article568.html; also cited as external link at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Planning_in_Kerala).

xi)           2003: “‘For mother to know’” (film review), frontier, vol. 36, no. 14, Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

$1xii)        2003: “Adivasi land rights”, frontier, vol. 35, no. 38, April 12-19.

$1xiii)      2002: “ADB bondage: A distress loan amidst plenty?”, frontier, vol. 35, no. 20, December 8-14.

$1xiv)     2002: “Private capital vs. bureaucrat capital”, frontier, vol. 34, no. 42, May 12-18, 2002.

xv)       2001: “Dialectics of Calamities”, frontier, vol. 33, no. 37, April 8-14, pp. 3-6.

xvi)     2000: “WTO and its Impact on Indian Agriculture”, frontier, vol. 32, no. 33, 12-18 March, pp. 12-15.

Other Select Articles Published

i)              2015: ‘Indian Mavovaadathinte gathi’ (‘The trajectory of Indian Maoism’ - Malayalam), Madhyamam weekly, 8 June, pp. 32-39.

ii)            2012: ‘The murder of T P Chandrasekharan and the future of transformative politics in Keralam’, July 7, at: http://sanhati.com/articles/5255/.

iii)         2012: 'Repeal AFSPA, 1958 for a Humane, Internationalist Future', May 15, at: http://radicalnotes.com/journal/2012/05/15/repeal-afspa-1958-for-a-humane-inter-nationalist-future/

iv)         2010: ‘Caste in Census: The Outcry of Privileged Castes’, Subalterns, vol. 18, no. 4, Oct.-Dec., pp. 4-5.

v)           2010: ‘Home Ministry Directive: An Affront to the Vision of the Constitution’ by Gilbert Sebastian & Neelam Tyagi, Editorial, Legal News & Views, A Social Action Trust Publication, vol. 24, no. 6, June, p. 1.

vi)         2010: ‘Sathyathil aaraanu theevravaadi?’ (‘Who, really, is an extremist?’), Cover story, Madhyamam Weekly (Malayalam), issue no. 641, vol. 13, 24 May.

vii)        2010: ‘Union Budget 2010-11: What does it offer to the have-nots?’, Subalterns, A quarterly newsletter of Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, vol. 18, no. 2, April-June, pp. 4-5.

viii)     2007: ‘Goodhaalochana siddhanthathinte parimithikal’ (Malayalam), ‘Limits to Conspiracy Theory’, Madhyamam Weekly, vol. 10, no. 42, 19 November.

ix)          2003: ‘Sthree vimochanam: Keezhaala veekshanathilekku oru chuvadu veppu’ (Malayalam), ‘Women’s liberation: Towards a subaltern perspective’, Madhyamam Weekly, vol. 8, no. 262, February 28.

x)           2002: ‘A distress loan amidst plenty?’ Madhyamam Weekly (Malayalam), vol. 8, no. 251, December 13.

xi)         1997: “And now, capitation fee universities”, The Hindu Open Page, July 14.

xii)       1997: ‘Nammude daiva sankalpathe kurichu’ (Malayalam), ‘Of our conceptions of God’, Asaya Samanvayam, vol.1, no.3, May-June.

xiii)     1997: ‘Narayana Guru Kerala charithrathile manichithrathaazho?’ (Malayalam) ‘Re-examining the role of Narayana Guru in Kerala history’, Asaya Samanvayam, vol.1, no.1, Jan-Feb.

xiv)     1993: ‘Towards a truly dialectical socialism I-II’, Meghalaya Guardian, Feb.4-5.

xv)       1992: ‘Shillong: The economic undercurrents’, Meghalaya Guardian, Nov.5.



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