SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Mr Sarbajit Mitra

BA (Jadavpur University), MA (Jadavpur University) MPhil (Jadavpur University)
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Mr Sarbajit Mitra
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Thesis title:
Cultures of Consumption: Popular Responses to Intoxicants in Colonial Bengal (1840-1920)
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The thesis will explore how colonial modernity transformed the taste and consumption pattern of intoxicants by juxtaposing the regulatory policies of the state against popular responses across class and religion in the Bengal Presidency.


  • Anxiety over the Drink: Public Petitions against Intemperance in Late 19th Century Calcutta at Radical Temperance: Social Change And Drink, from Teetotalism To Dry January in University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom. 28-29 June, 2018.
  • The Curse of the Bottle: Intemperance and the concerns over physical frailty in 19th Century Bengal at Society of Social History of Medicine Colloquium on The Body in Colonial India in Goldsmith's, University of London. 7 July, 2018.