Dr. Ranjan Saha Partha Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Research Interest

agriculture and peasant society, anthropology of peace and human rights, colonialism, public policy and governance, qualitative research methodology, social inequality, poverty, food security and development.

Conference Papers

Analyzing Peace in Cultural Context: Case Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997 in Bangladesh.

Paper Presented in the First International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities of Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), Independent University, Bangladesh. August- 28-30, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Colonial Legacy and State Policy of Tribalism Towards Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997 in Bangladesh.

International Congress of Bengal Studies, 2013 Conference, 19th to 22nd November 2013, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Practicing “Peace” in Local Context: Some Aspects of Three Villages of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.

Japanese Association of South Asian Studies, Tokyo, September- 27-28, 2014.

Sociocultural Impacts of Bengali Resettlement Project on the Indigenous People in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh.

IUAES -- International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, May 15-18, 2014, Japan

Local perception and response to Climate Change in Dhaka city. By Zahir Ahmed and Ranjan Saha Partha.

“Climate Change and Urban Poverty—infrastructures of development”,January, 28, 2009 at BRAC Centre, Dhaka.

Journals Papers

Towards an Understanding of Peace: Some Aspects of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in Bangladesh

(Forthcoming)  Edited Volume of CSSR, Independent University Bangladesh.

Practicing “Peace” in a Local Context: Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord 1997 and the Village Society of Bangladesh

Forthcoming, International Journal of South Asian Studies, A Journal Japanese Association of Southasian Studies, Japan.

The Consequences of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord at the Village Level: Case Study of Khagrachari Hill District in Bangladesh

Forthcoming, Journal of International Development and Cooperation, IDEC Hiroshima University, Japan.

Changing Pattern of Agrarian Structure in Bangladesh.

Society for Anthropological Research Bangladesh (SARB), Dhaka, Bangladesh,2014  

Locating Theoretical trope of Colonial Legacy in Anthropological Literature

Vol 143, 2014, Journal of Social Studies, Center for Social Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

New Agriculture: Agrarian Structure Change in Bangladesh.

Published in: Nriviggan Patrika, Vol 12, An Yearly Journal of Department of Anthropology 2007, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

The civil society debacle: Bangladesh case,

Published in Asian Studies, 2008, Journal of the Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar University


This article is about the conceptualisation of ‘civil society’ in the context of Bangladesh. To do so, we will try to present current debates on civil society centered around their role and responsibilities in Bangladesh society. We first review the mainstream conceptualization prevalent in social sciences. We will argue that the way in which civil society in Bangladesh claims to represent mass people is problematic, largely because it advocates for a particular section of elite class. We take shujon as an exemplar of civil society1. In doing so, we need to unveil their social identities. In other words, who they are and what agendas do they implement- needs to be scrutinized in order to unveil their hidden interests. 


An Anthropological enquiry into the Study of Public Policy

Published in: Jahangirnagar Review, Journal of Social Science- 2008, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

This paper is an attempt to discuss public policy debate in social sciences. By presenting different models of public policy, I examine how these models are based on exclusionary construction of majority of the people. I have critically discussed the existing literatures on public policy paying special attention to discourse analysis. This approach helps us to unveil the politics of public policy that questions the authority and power/ knowledge of development discourse. I argue that a critical anthropological approach is necessary to understand the politics of public policies that would create a space for the majority of people.




The process and Implementation of CHT Peace Accord 1997 in Bangladesh.

In Research Project Report on violence and conflict in Southeast Asia, Edited by M. Togawa, March, 2013, IDEC Hiroshima University

Migration and Multiculturalism

 Journal of Teacher and Student Centre (Page: 9-12), Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010.