Abhay Kumar Dubey is a social science scholar, translator, and editor. He directs CSDS’ Indian Languages programme. His current research focuses on the past, present, and future of Hindi by looking into the configurations of its modernity. While underlining historically sustained structural conditions that are amenable to Hindi’s increasing status as an all-India link language, he prefers to investigate the plethora of Dalit, Muslim, and women’s writings to unravel the problems and prospects of the increased plurality of Hindi’s own cultural democracy. The outcome of his findings seeks to challenge established social science wisdom that imposes a secular-communal quick-fix on the history of Hindi.
Dubey imparts a social-science perspective to debates in various public forums by writing and speaking. As a political analyst of repute he is a regular commentator for panel discussions on various television news channels.
At present Dubey is compiling a six-volume Hindi encyclopaedia of social sciences and humanities. He is also editing the refereed biannual social science journal Pratimaan. Under his editorship the Indian Languages programme has published 18 volumes. In the early 1990s his Kranti Ka Atam Sangharsh: Naxalwadi Andolan Ke Badalte Chehre Ka Adhyayan (study of the changing face of Naxalite politics) became a bestseller and has gone through several reprints. There are four anthologies of his academic essays in the pipeline.