The Pratichi Team

The Pratichi Institute's research team has its centres at Kolkata and Bolpur, and the team divides its time between the two centres for greater internal flexibility. The team comprises seasoned researchers who have been with the Pratichi (India) Trust since its inception, and newer faces who have come aboard in later years.

Director: Manabi Majumdar

Manabi Majumdar has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She has worked and published on issues of human development, democracy, decentralization and local politics. She has had research appointments at the Madras Institute of Development Studies (1994-2000) and at the Harvard Centre of Population and Development Studies, Harvard University (1997-98). Currently, she is also a professor in Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Her publications include Social Exclusion from Welfare Rights in India (co-authored, 1996, IILS Geneva), and (with Jos Mooij) Education and Inequality in India: A Class View  (Routlegde, London 2011).


Project Director: Kumar Rana

Before Pratichi, Kumar Rana was involved with several projects designed to observe, analyse, and shape national development in India. The course of this work has equipped him with a rich ethnographic knowledge of eastern India, which is evident in his publications. Kumar writes for Economic and Political Weekly and Anandabazar Patrika, and fictionalised versions of his field experiences for Desh magazine. While with Pratichi, he has published four books: Aksharer Kshamata, Kshamatar Akshar (CAMP, Kolkata, 2007), which focuses on the correlation between primary education, peoples’ capability, and the functioning of a democracy. Gharchareder Grame (CAMP, Kolkata, 2008), the culmination of a year's fieldwork with seasonal migratory labour near the Jharkhand-Bengal border. Paschimbange Musalman: Ekti Parikrama, (Prashnabachi and CAMP, Kolkata, 2007) on the Muslim population of West Bengal, which he co-edited with Sabir Ahamed. Paschimbange Dalit o Adivasi (CAMP, Kolkata, 2009) co-authored with Santosh Rana.


Senior Fellow: Dilip Ghosh

A former member of the Indian Administrative Service, Dilip Ghosh worked mostly in the areas of Health, Rural Decentralisation, Cottage and Small Scale industries. He headed a number of Government and donor agency-supported projects on decentralisation and rural livelihood implemented by the Government of West Bengal. He has been an honorary adviser to Viswabharati University, Rabindrabharati University and the Pratichi Institute.


Research Associates

Arabinda Nandy
Arabinda Nandy has been with the Pratichi (India) Trust from its inception. Based at the Shantiniketan office of the Trust, Arabinda provides vital research and networking support for several of the Trust's research projects in the surrounding area. He is currently also a member of the Pratichi Institute's research team.


Manabesh Sarkar
Manabesh has been long involved with the rights and interests of marginalised peoples. Before Pratichi, he was a coordinator for the health organisation Liver Foundation, West Bengal, and was mainly responsible for the work done in rural areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand. At Pratichi, Manabesh's research has been in the area of public education as well as in public healthcare, and he spearheads many of Pratichi's collaborative activities with the various teachers' unions in West Bengal.


Mukhlesur Rahaman Gain
Mukhlesur obtained a BA in Political Science from Ranaghat College and an MA in Political Science from Burdwan University, following it up with a Masters in Social Work from Netaji Subhash Open University, where he specialised in public administration. His dissertation was on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and he has worked with the Lodha Lokoshikkha Kendra on education and the results of education. Mukhlesure has done fieldwork in the districts of Birbhum, Coochbehar, Uttar Dinajpur, Uttar 24 Paragana, Purulia, and Paschim Medinipur, studying rural awareness about adult education and employment certificates.



Sangram Mukherjee
Sangram received his BSc (hons) in Mathematics from the University of Bihar, and went on to get a MSc before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 1993, where he remained till joining the Pratichi team in 2011. His travel-intensive former career has given Sangram an extensive familiarity with the fuctionings of rural and suburban health sectors in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. His research interests involve differences in pharmaceutical costs in public and private sector healthcare, irrational prescriptions in rural and suburban India, and interactions between the private and public in the health industry. Sangram has shown keen interest in data management and analysis and was involved in a number of projects on public education carried out by Pratichi. His special interest to divulge the constraints that stand in the way of education of underprivileged section of the society is reflected in his acadmic papers like "Opportunities and Challenges of Education among Muslims: A Case of West Bengal".


Shantabhanu Sen

Shantabhanu Sen completed his Ph. D in Economics from Visva Bharati University and has been on the Pratichi research team since 2005. He is actively engaged in research designing, leading fieldwork, and data analysis. He has represented Pratichi at several academic and developmental platforms, and published some of his research in Pratichi publications.


Susmita Bandopadhyay
Susmita received a BA in Sociology from Murlidhar Girl's College (Calcutta University), and a Masters in Rural Development and Management from Kalyani University, where she specialised in microfinance. Before Pratichi, she worked as a surveyor for the Pratham project ASER 2008-09, which measured levels of education of children. During her Masters, she has done extensive fieldwork in Hoogli, Nadia, and the North 24 Parganas, working chiefly with self-help groups in primary education.


Subhra Das

Subhra completed her BA in Sociology from Burdwan University before pursuing a Masters in Rural Development and Management from Kalyani University, where she specialised in gender issues. She has worked as a Field Researcher for Pratham's ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) 2009-2010. She has worked extensively all over West Bengal in developmental projects dealing with Primary Education, Mid-day meal, RTE Act, ICDS, SHGs and senior citizens' health.


Subhra Bhattacharjee

Subhra completed his B.Com from University of Calcutta. He maintains the records required for research and compliles various research publications of the Institute. Subhra also looks after the functioning of the ever increasing in-house library. Subhra has worked in projects related to Juvenile Justice homes in West Bengal and Essential Health Care Programme. Besides he is a budding painter and plays an active role in illustrating Pratichi publications.

The research team is ably aided by the administrative excellence of:
Soumik Mukherjee and Sumanta Paul, who have facilitated the functioning of the Pratichi research team since its inception. The financials are taken care of by Dinesh Kumar Bhat, CA, based in Delhi. They can be reached at: