Department of Anthropology
Shashank Singh is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He specializes in the social and political history of colonial India with specific interest to princely states. His research focuses upon the political culture of the princely state of Gwalior and its interaction with the colonial modernity. It explores how did the Indian princes maintain their sovereignty when the British had considerably transformed the political as well as cultural basis of their legitimacy. The research helps to understand the persistent appeal of princely idioms and personages in the political culture of contemporary India.