Received Sylff fellowship in 2020-21.
Current Affiliation: Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Academic supervisor: Dr. Bruno Sena Martins
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Sylff fellowship, Sylff research grant, SUPRA NORDIC scholarship (Denmark), NSP (Slovakia), Fritt Ord research grant award (Norway) Global Ambassador for Human Rights and Peace, India, Mahidol university alumni research award, Thailand, The Centre for Internet and Society grant, Ford Foundation, India, President of the International Students' Union at the University College of Southeast Norway, REX global fellowship, Jan Mitra human rights award, Human rights year of the crusader (2016) award, Founder of Prabdh'- NGO for sustainable social change, Yoga-project (Norway, Thailand).
Amit is a PhD student in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies, a Sylff fellow and a research associate at the Centre for the Study at the Indian Languages Society in India. Amit holds MSc. from the University of South Eastern Norway, and M.A. from Mahidol University, Thailand. Currently, Amit is part of the project, 'UNpacking POPulism' at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Amit is the author of the book, The Conflict of Freedom of Expression and Religion- A Case Study from India, Ahmadiyya Refugees in Thailand: Right to freedom from arbitrary detention and freedom of movement: A case study of Pakistani Ahmadiyya refugees. He recently co-authored an article titled, 'Enforcing and Resisting Hindutva Popular culture, the Covid crisis and fantasy-narratives of motherhood and pseudoscience in India.
Amit has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Bangkok, Thailand) the United Nations Development Program (New Delhi, India), the National Human Rights Commission of India and the Philippines. His research interests are Hindu Nationalism, right-wing extremism, populism, and freedom of expression. Amit was invited to work as a research assistant by Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, Emerita Professor, Refugee Research Centre, University of Oxford. Also, he was visiting researcher at Lund University, Sweeden and Comenius University, Slovakia.