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Pradip Kumar Bose (1946–2021)

A Maverick in Many Fields

This article sadly remembers Pradip Kumar Bose, the distinguished social scientist admired and valued by generations of scholars. We have lost him, in the unsparing second wave of Covid-19, on 29 May 2021. An engagement with his ideas and work, while always incomplete, could be a sincere gesture of remembering him. I keep in mind the impossibility of outlining his expansive oeuvre within the scope of an article. This makes one sad and hesitant.


Back in 1998, I came to meet Pradip Kumar Bose in his wooden ­cubicle at the old building of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) called Jadunath Bhavan. Since then, in these two long decades, during and even after my doctoral rese­arch, he had given out a space for me—open for discussions and arguments, ­alliances and disagreements. Bose was a scholar traversing the intricate fields of society, politics and culture having deep engagements with philosophy and science. He began his career at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi from where he had moved to the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, and ­retired as a professor in sociology from the CSSSC in 2009. After graduating in physics he shifted to philosophy while doing masters at JNU, and finally to sociology during his doctoral research with Yogendra Singh.

Genealogy of the Oeuvre

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Updated On : 19th Jul, 2021
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