Purbasha Das

Purbasha Das
Purbasha Das
PhD (History), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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# 4210, FB-4, DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India – 382007


Purbasha Das completed her PhD at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2023. Her doctoral dissertation, Transport in India: A Tale of Three Cities (c. 1900-c.1960), examines how modern transport such as cars, buses, trams interact with older modes of technology such as bullock carts, tongas and rickshaws. There are many axes along which this interaction can be plotted. Some of these are congestion, town planning and the changing nature of the streets and roads. She has also completed her Masters and MPhil degree in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship. As a Fulbright Nehru Doctoral researcher, she was affiliated with the Centre for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, New York City. Her role as archives associate at the Archives of Contemporary India, Ashoka University enabled her to understand the significance of archival preservation which she wishes to share with students and the teaching community.


History of Transport and Communication, Urban History, Legal and Social History


  • ‘Horn Please: The Evolution and Regulation of Traffic in Twentieth-Century India’, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 60 (4), 2023.https://doi.org/10.1177/00194646231200331
  • Book Review, 'Re-evaluating Transport and Mobility History', Transfers, Vol. 12, Issue 1, Spring 2022.
  • 'Traffic and Transport in an Early Twentieth Century City', Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, 78th Session, Delhi, 2018.
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