About Arighna Gupta

I am a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My dissertation traces elements of popular sovereignty in post-Mughal and early-colonial India (1760 - 1840) through the intersections of popular rebellions, imperial jurisdictions, and Islamic idioms. Largely, the project engages with the fields of social history, political thought, Indian Ocean networks, space, and religion. Besides historical writings, my disciplinary interests revolve around political philosophy, anthropology, literature, and digital humanities.

Arighna Gupta is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His dissertation attempts to trace early-colonial genealogies of popular sovereignty located at the interstices of monarchical, religious, and colonial sovereignties in India and present-day Bangladesh.
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NBN Episodes hosted by Arighna:

Sudev Sheth, "Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

April 24, 2024

Bankrolling Empire

Sudev Sheth
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

In this colorful book, historian Sudev Sheth traces how a family of diamond dealers deployed wealth to play off political leaders and survive the coll…

Razak Khan, "Minority Pasts: Locality, Emotions, and Belonging in Princely Rampur" (Oxford UP, 2022)

March 6, 2024

Minority Pasts

Razak Khan
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

Razak Khan's Minority Pasts: Locality, Emotions, and Belonging in Princely Rampur (Oxford UP, 2022) explores the diversity of the histories and identi…

Upal Chakrabarti, "Assembling the Local: Political Economy and Agrarian Governance in British India" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

February 29, 2024

Assembling the Local

Upal Chakrabarti
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

In 1817, in a region of the eastern coast of British India then known as Cuttack, a group of Paiks, the area's landed militia, began agitating against…

Amar Sohal, "The Muslim Secular: Parity and the Politics of India's Partition" (Oxford UP, 2023)

January 24, 2024

The Muslim Secular

Amar Sohal
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

Concerned with the fate of the minority in the age of the nation-state, Muslim political thought in modern South Asia has often been associated with r…