A. (Alok) Oak

  • PhD student
  • Modern Indian Political Thought| Marxism| Post-Colonialism

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: a.a.oak@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet


Colonialism,  Desivad and Hindu Nationalism: The Political Philosophy pf Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Supervisors: Prof. Nira Wickramasinghe and Prof. Pralay Kanungo (Jawaharlal Nehru University and Leiden University)


  • PhD (on-going currently)

  • M.A. in Political Science

  • B.A. (Hons) in History


  • Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Mumbai (BA).

  • Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (MA)

  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies and Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Leiden. (PhD Student)

Work Experience

  • Currently employed as a full-time faculty at the Department of Humanities, Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

  • Currently a visiting faculty in Symbiosis Institute for Media Communication, Symbiosis Law School and Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies.

  • Junior Lecturer (Political Science) at Ramnivas Ruia Junior college, Mumbai, on leave vacancy post from 27th July to 8th November, 2012.

  • A visiting faculty at Department of Mass Media in Sophia College, University of Mumbai, January –

  • Columnist on International Politics in Navakaal, a Marathi Daily newspaper.


  • ‘SparshachiBhasha’ (The language of touch), a literary essay published in Purushspandan, Diwaliank, 2011. (In Marathi)

  • ‘Marxwadatil Kaydyachi Sankalpana’, (Marxist conception of Law) [with AjinkyaLele], Muktashbda, June, 2012. (In Marathi)

  • ‘Hitler ani Stalin- ek tulanatmakadhawa’,( A Comparative study of Hitler and Stalin),Muktashabda, July, 2012.(In Marathi)

  • ‘Streewadi bharatiya ingraji sahitya: deepti naval yanchi kavita’, (Feminist Indian English Literature: The Poetry of Deepti Naval), Muktashabda, January, 2013.(In Marathi)

  • ‘Aadhunikta, kutumbani commune’, (Modernity, Family and Commune), Purushspandan, Diwali Ank, 2012. (In Marathi)

  • ‘Stree, pornography anivaasana’, (Women, pornography and Desire), Purushspandan, Diwali Ank, 2013. (In Marathi)

  • ‘Danglinche manas-shastra’, (The Psychology of Riots), Muktashabd, 2014. (In Marathi)

Additionally, Mr. Oak participated in the ‘Solidarity, Identity and Memory’ conference and presented a paper on 20th September 2012 at University of Gdansk, Poland titled ‘Absolving the Other: The Gandhian Discourse’. The paper would be duly published in a post- conference volume to be published by Cambridge Scholars publishers.


The ‘Indal Fellowship’ by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for 2013-14 and submitted a monograph titled ‘Colonial textualities and Desivad: SrimadBhagvadgitaRahasya’ (to be published by the Asiatic Society).

Last Modified: 02-11-2015