Arun Kumar
Postdoctoral Fellow, ICAS:MP, New Delhi

Arun Kumar is a postdoctoral fellow at the Merian Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies, New Delhi, and will join the Nottingham University History Department as an assistant professor of British Imperial, Colonial and Post-Colonial History in September 2019. His forthcoming book project looks at the history of working-class dreams and aspirations under colonial capitalism.

Written by Arun Kumar

Shaheen Qureshi works in Mumbai’s (Bombay) Wadala fish market by day and studies at night school (21 January 2009). Mumbai’s night schools date back to the 19th century, providing educational opportunity to the poor. Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Global history
Bombay nights

In the night schools of Bombay, factory workers dreamed that literacy and learning would raise them to respectability

Arun Kumar