Abhay Kumar is a writer, journalist and activist. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and web portals. He writes in English, Urdu and Hindi around the broad themes of Indian Muslims and Social Justice. Recently, he has submitted his PhD thesis at Centre of Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. At present he is based in New Delhi.
Born in Raxaul, East Champaran district, Bihar, India. His mother Champa Devi was a house-wife and father Uma Kant Mishra worked as a private employee. His family members were marginal farmers.
His primary education was done in his village Pipra, Govindganj, East Champaran. He passed Class 10 from Hazarimal High School, Raxaul and Class 12 from R.R. Shah College, Raxaul. He did B.A. (English) from A.N. College, Patna. As he was interested in journalism from his early days, he got enrolled at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and held a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Journalism. At Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, he studied Masters in Political Science. He did another Masters in International Relations at JNU. For M.Phil and PhD, he joined Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), JNU. He wrote his M.Phil dissertation on Perceptions of Muslim Backwardness: Bengal and the North-Western Provinces (1871-1900). He is now completing his PhD on Modern State, Secular Law and the Minorities: The Cultural Politics of Muslim Personal Law Board (1973 to 2010).
He regularly contributes to newspapers, magazines and web portals. Some of them are Milli Gazette, Forward Press, Countercurrent, Kafila, TwoCircles.Net Seminar Magazine, The Book Review, Inquilab (Urdu), Roznama Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu), India Today etc.
He began writing and reporting for Qaumi Tanzeem (Urdu daily) published from Patna. In 2006-2007, he worked as a reporter with Indian Express, New Delhi. He has written several special reports for Milli Gazette.
His political activism began with students’ politics. At Jamia Millia Islamia, he become associated with All India Students’ Association. In 2012, he contested the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union and as an Independent Presidential candidate and stood the third.
He is based in New Delhi. You can write to him at [email protected]