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Amit Kumar Sharma

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 11/01/1963

Present Position: Senior Associate Professor

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor B.A. in Sociology Patna University 1983
Master M.A. in Sociology Delhi University 1986
Ph.D Symbol of Kinship Identity J.N.U. 1994
Others UGC.JRF/NET U.G.C. 1986


Position(s) Held:

1 Lecturer in Sociology, Sri Venkateswar College, D.U. 1991 1992
2 Lecturer, Janata Vedic College, CCSU, Meerut 1993 1998
3 Lecturer (Senior Grade) Janata Vedic College, CCSU 1998 1999
4 Asst. Prof. (Senior Grade) J.N.U., CSSS/SSS    1999 Till now  


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

Society for Indian Thought and Action (SITA), New Delhi.
Kautilya Institute of Development Students, New Delhi.

About the Author

Throughout a busy professional career that got underway in 1991, Dr Amit Kumar Sharma has functioned as sociologist, Indologist, writer, columnist and, increasingly, as philosopher of indic civilization. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in well over 200 articles in English and Hindi. He has also written 6 books dealing with Sociology, Indian Society, Culture and Gandhian ideology. He is a multilingual person who frequently writes both in Hindi and English languages. As an academician his main areas of concern are Cinema and Culture in India, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Civilizations, Sociological Theories and Indology.
He has obtained his M.Phil and PhD degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did his masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been teaching Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi since 1999.
In addition to his professorial and professional activities, Amit Kumar Sharma has been active in public sphere about politics in India, Gandhian philosophy, Hindi cinema and emerging global order. Presently, he is the brand ambassador of, a website that promotes the culture of Indian ethos in 189 countries.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Bharatiya Sanskriti Ki Swaroop     Kautilya 2006
2 Hind Swaraj Ki Prasangikata  Kautilya 2005
3 Structure of Indian Society (Urdu Edition) NCERT 2005
4 Structure of Indian Society NCERT 2003
5 Bharatiya Samaj Ki Samrachna NCERT 2003
6 Samajshastra Ki Shastriya Parampara Nalanda Open University 2009
7 Bharatiya Samajshastra Ke Pramukh Upagam Nalanda Open University 2009


Details of Articles

1. Empiness & Communication Strategies, in Uday Sahay (ed.), Making News, OUP, New Delhi, 2005.
2. Indology in India, Think India, Vol. 8, No. IV, Oct.-Dec., 2006.
3. Elements of Indian Civilization: A Sociological Perspective, in Indian Anthropologist, Vol. 33, June, 2003.

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Religion and Culture in Indian Civilization

The volume deals with the civilizational dimensions of religion and culture in India. It underlines the point that religion and culture are important elements of all civilizations but it is their interplay that has given a unique feature to Indian civilization.

The essays interrogate the various western sociological discourses on civilization and articulate the alternative conceptualizations available in Indian sociology. They underline the unity and diversity of Indian civilization, present the idea of civilization as conjoined with the idea of civil society and study the ecological crisis in the modern world. They focus on the dialogical relationship between tribal and non-tribal religions, link between religion and environment, religious philanthropy and Christian influence on Hindu way of life in India. They also delve into the concept of composite culture in India, scrutinising aspects of folk religion and cultures to show, for instance, how art forms get accumulated into the idea of culture.

The volume will be of immense interest to a variety of scholars and students associated with the study of Indian religion and culture.