Ninad Pandit

Senior Consultant - Academics & Research | npandit at iihs dot ac dot in


2015  PhD, History, Princeton University
2009  MPlan, City Planning,   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2003  BArch, Mumbai University



Countries: India, USA, UK
States: Maharashtra, Gujarat
Cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad
Languages: English, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati

Ninad is an architect, urban planner and a historian of modern India. At IIHS, he is a part of the School of Governance and works on projects related to the history of land and governance with a special focus on examining the historical connections of land settlement, use, ownership and access to present-day policy design related to land reform.


Ninad is currently working on a book manuscript, titled The Bombay Radicals, which is a history of progressive social mobilisations in colonial Bombay. He is also translating into English the Marathi-language autobiography of S. S. Mirajkar, Bombay’s first Communist Mayor.

Journal Articles

  • Pandit, N. (2018, under review). Urban internationalism: The working class of 1930s Bombay.


Book/Book chapters

Book Chapter

  • Pandit, N. (2019, Forthcoming). Mutiny or freedom? The royal Indian Navy uprising in Bombay. In A. Elangovan (Ed.), An empire of possibilities: Social movements in India, 19th and 20th centuries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pandit, N., & Schmidt, L. L. (2010). The Mughal Pavilion. In S. Hall, M. F. Arrigoitía & C. Dinardi (Eds.), Writing cities: How do views shape words? how do words shape cities? (pp. 82-91). London: London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Pandit, N. (2005). Living between laws. In M. Narula, S. Sengupta, J. Bagchi, & G. Lovink (Eds.), Sarai reader 05: Bare acts (348-353). New Delhi: The Sarai Programme, Centre for the study of Developing Societies.


Book Reviews

  • Pandit, N. (2018, Forthcoming). Communist Histories Vol. 1 (LeftWord Books, 2016) in Economic and Political Weekly.
  • Pandit, N. (2015, February, 21). Left and the Right-Left [Review of the book Leftism in India, 1917-1947 by Satyabrata Rai Chowdhuri]. Economic & Political Weekly, 50(8), 31-33.
2018 Post Doc talk: “Politics, industry and culture production: Bombay in the 1930s” March 2018, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.
2017 Pandit, N. (2017, January). Decolonization, Anti-imperialism, and the primacy of nationalism among Indian radicals, 1920–50. Paper presented at the Indian Anti-imperialism in World History: A Two Centuries’ Overview, The Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado.
2016 Pandit, N. (2016, December). New Citizens: Dalit panthers and economic uncertainties of the postcolony. Paper presented at the South Asian Studies Council Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, USA.
2016 Pandit, N. (2016, February). The future city: Cruel or consoling Utopia. Paper presented at the LitFest 2016, The London School of Economics and Social Science, London, UK.
2015 Pandit, N. (2015, November). Art that leads to action: Progressive Writing and the Working Class in Bombay, 1940-60. Paper presented at the South Asia History Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK.
2014 Pandit, N. (2014, March). Demand the possible? Trade unionism and left politics in Colonial Bombay. Showcase panel by the American Institute of Indian Studies at the Association for Asian Studies Conference, Philadelphia.
2014 The Bombay radicals and trade union politics in Colonial Bombay. Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop at Princeton University.


Pandit, N. (2013). A socialist Maharashtra in a socialist India: The samyukta Maharashtra samiti and “left” nationalism. Paper presented at the Princeton South Asia Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
2012 Pandit, N. (2012). New left, old dilemmas: A break from Subaltern studies. Paper presented at the Princeton South Asia Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
2008 Pandit, N. (April, 2008). Mumbai in a World of Cities. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Convention, Boston, MA.