Dr. Rahul Ranjan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oslo Metropolitan University
Norway and India

Dr. Rahul Ranjan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oslo Metropolitan University
Norway and India

Rahul Ranjan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oslo Metropolitan University for the “Riverine Rights” project funded by the Research Council of Norway. His doctoral and long term research on “Birsa Munda, Memory and Politics in India” will be published by the Cambridge University Press in the fall 2022. His edited volume “At the Crossroads of Rights” is due to be published this month by the Routledge Press, London. He was recently awarded the Research Council grant for “Research Stay Abroad” to conduct a six-month field study on river rights in Uttarakhand, where he is currently based. He was awarded the PhD as the Louise Arbor Fellow from School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Referenced Content

At the Crossroads of Rights
Forest Struggles and Human Rights in Postcolonial India
Edited By Rahul Ranjan

Mourning on the Ghat: Bagmati, a short note – Rahul Ranjan

Travelling through the bank of rivers often evokes a poetic charm. The meandering river, its serpentine movements are folded in stories – changing chapters as it breathes through the landscape of city, towns and kasbahs. Each story uncovers a unique riverine spirit. In other words, rivers are fraught with reflections of shared experiences with humans and non-human worlds. It registers the memory of pain, horror, joy and the harvest. In the long dry summers, fields long to meet flood as much as it yearns for the retreat. Rivers are the core of becoming and unbecoming. Rivers are memory.

The Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on The Rights of Rivers

Through the study of legal cases and their aftermath in three countries – Colombia, India and New Zealand – we explore in this project the implications of recent court rulings recognizing rivers as subjects or persons.  


Racing his paddles, the rickshaw puller began humming an old song. As he pulled fast the rickshaw and his song, Raghu, a 12-year-old boy sitting on the back seat, was gripped by the sight of the river flowing calm under the bridge. The colour of the river changed this morning – a huge sway of muddy edges on the banks was flirting with the algae that had come through the humid summer. It looked like spilt oil paint on the canvas. The

Where ordinary laws fall short: ‘riverine rights’ and constitutionalism

Elizabeth Macpherson, Axel Borchgrevink, Rahul Ranjan & Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta
Pages 438-473
Published online: 29 Sep 2021