Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Abhilash Medhi

PhD Candidate in History
Summer Fellow 2014


Research Interests: Modern South Asia, Afghanistan, Borderlands, Political Economy, Spatial Theory, Travel Writing.

2014 Fellow Project Description: My summer research examined the afterlife of Edward Gait's 1906 account, A History of Assam, in historiography on the region. Specifically, through a close reading of the works of three historians from Assam, Suryya Kumar Bhuyan. Kanaklal Barua, and Padmanath Bhat-tacharya, it traced the development of two strands within Assamese historical thought. The first of these emphasized connections between histories of Assam and India. The second asserted Assamese autonomy while citing the region's evasion of Mughal and British domination to portray it as a space especially suited to the recovery of an unin­terrupted, and ancient Indian past.