B. A., M. A., M.Phil, Ph.D
teaching experience around 25 years (as in 2012)
Professor, Centre for Political Studies, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
Political Philosophy/Reading in Political Thought (compulsory)
Equality and Distributive Justice (optional)
Early Modern Political Thought (optional)
Approaches, Concepts and Methods of Political Analysis (compulsory)
Innovations/Contributions in Teaching
Development of courses: Introduced 2003, Equality and Distributive Justice, M.A. in CPS, JNU optional course; Member, Committee on revision of courses, 2006.
(2011) Non-discrimination and Equality in India. Contesting Boundaries of Social Justice. London: Routledge.
(2002) Malaysia: State
and Civil Society in Transition. Lynne Rienner Publishers,
(2000) Justice, Equality and Community. An Essay on Marxist Political
Theory. Sage Publishers, New Delhi, India.
Selected Articles in books
(1997) Essay on Isaiah Berlin’, Economic and Political Weekly, 29 November - 5 December, vol. 32.
(1997a) Femininity and Sexual Difference: A critical reading of Helene Cixous’, in: Meenakshi Thapan (ed.) Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity. OUP, New Delhi, 271-290.
(1998) Exploitation and Justice: Should we be interested in a theory of exploitation?’ Economic and Political Weekly, 17 January - 23 January, vol. 33, no. 3, 115-121.
(1999) Colonialism and Liberation: Ambedkar’s Quest for Distributive Justice, Economic and Political Weekly, 25 September – 1 October, vol. 34, no. 39, 2804-2810.
(2000) Malaysian Elections 1999: Unfinished Journey, Economic and Political Weekly, 29 July – 4 August, vol. 35, no. 31, pp. 2717-2724
(2002) Debating Rights in Malaysia: Contradictions and Challenges in Democratisation, Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol 32, no.1, 108-130.
(2004) Engendering Development. Limits of Feminist theories and Justice, EPW, vol.34, no. 49. December 4-10, 5246-5252.
(2006) The State, Democracy and Global Justice, EPW, 25 August, 3728-3735.
(2006a). Reframing Human Rights: State, Gender and Politics. Human Rights Global Focus. December, volume 3, no. 2, 40-51.
(2007) Globalization and the State in India, in Kameshwar Choudhary, ed. Globalisation, Governance reforms and Development in India, Sage, New Delhi. 465-490.
(2007b) Caste and Caste Systems : Varna and Jati. An Overview. Encyclopedia of Women in World History. OUP, New York.
(2008) Class Democracy and Conceptions of Justice in India in Rajeev Bhargava, Michael Deusche and Helmut Reifeld. eds. Justice. Political, Social and Juridical Sage, New Delhi.
(2010) Reinterpreting Buddhism: Ambedkar on the Politics of Social Action. EPW, vol. XLV, no. 49, December 4. 56-65.
(2010a) India United on Corruption. Mainstream, December 4, vol. XLVIII, no. 50.
(2011) Representing Diversity: The Malaysian Experience in Gurpreet Mahajan (ed.) Accommodating Diversities: Ideas and Institutional Practices, New Delhi: OUP, 289-312.
(2011a) Conceptualising Social Exclusion: New Rhetoric or Transformative Politics? EPW, vol. VLVI, no. 9, December 10, 89-97.
(2012) UPA’s Tough Times, The Pioneer, Sunday, 1 January.
Selected Book reviews in
Matt Matravers and Lukas H. Meyer (eds) Democracy, Equality, and Justice, Political Studies, 10 January 2013.
Anne Phillips, Gender and Culture, Political Studies, volume 10, issue 1, January, 2012.
Martha. C. Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice. Book Review, 2007.
Ian Shapiro, The Moral Foundations of Politics. EPW, June 17, 2006.
Manoranjan Mohanty, ed. Class, caste and gender. The Social Scientist. 2005.
Carolyn M. Elliott. Ed. Civil Society and Democracy. A Reader. EPW, May, 2004.
Nakamura Mitsuo, Sharon Siddique and Omar Farouk Bajunid, eds. Islam and Civil Society in Southeast Asia. Asia Pacific Viewpoint vol. 45, April 200, 132-134.
P. C. Joshi, Marxism and Social Revolution in India and other essays. The Book Review, No. 2, vol. 28, February, 2004.
David Bourchier and Vedi R. Hadiz. Eds. Indonesian Politics and Society. A Reader. Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 33, No. 4, 2003.
John Funston. 2003. State and Politics in Southeast Asia. Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
R. E. Elson, Suharto: A Political Biography. H-Net Asia Book reviews. December 2002.
Gurpreet Mahajan, The Multicultural path: Issues of Diversity and Discrimination in Democracy, Contemporary South Asia. Vol. 12, 2003.
Francis Loh Kok Wah and Khoo Boo Teik, Democracy in Malaysia. Discourses and Practices, Journal of Contemporary Asia. February, 2003.
Rita Manchanda, Women War and Peace in South Asia, Pacific Affairs, January 2003, vol. 75, no. 4. Winter.
Birinder Pal Singh, Problem of Violence. Themes in Literature. Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 35, no. 16, (April 15-21, 2000).
Pratibha Jain and Rajan Mahan (eds.) 'Women Images'. The Book Review, December 1997
Sandra Zoldestein and Kirsten Moore, (eds.),Learning about Sexuality: A practical beginning, Seminar, no. 447, November 1996.
Abdul Aziz and David Arnold, (eds), Decentralized Governance in Asian Countries, Seminar, no. 495, November 1997.
Jagannath Pathy, 'Tribal Peasantry', Social Scientist, vol. 13, 1985.
Key note Address
‘State, Democracy and Decentralization: Competing Sovereignties’, in National Seminar on Panchayati Raj Institutions and Local Governance in India, Department of Political Science, Utkal University, Odisha, March 29, 2012.
Seminars and workshops
'Civic Education, Urban spaces and building Democracy in India: A Civil Society in Transition', International Conference, March 18, 2013, Kings College, London.
'Reclaiming 'Women', Category and Politics' in 'Women and Affirmative Action', Panel Discussion, Institute of Social Studies Trust and Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, 15 March, 2013.
'Muslim minorities in Margins: Declustering the Disadvantaged', in seminar in Mainstreaming Minorities: Human Rights Discourse, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University, 12 February 2013.
'Habermas and Gandhi: Beyond Secularism? In 'Are we postsecular? Contesting Religion and Politics in Comparative Contexts', 13-14 December 2012, International Conference, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.
'Urban Futures: Capital and the moral politics of the good life', Urban India and new forms of democratic politics, International workshop CPS, JNU and University of Gottingen, October 25-26, 2012, Committee Room, SSS II, JNU
The Making of Swadeshi Samaj: Rethinking Politics and Action in Tagore’, in Institute of Public Administration (Ministry of Culture, GOI) New Delhi, May 1-2, 2012.
'Social Justice and its Discontents’ in seminar on Indian Republic at 60s: Appraisal from the Margins, ICSSR-PSS National Seminar, Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi, March 21-22 2012.
‘Affirmative Action policies in Malaysia : Recent Trends and Challenges’, in Protective Discrimination: Comparative Inquiries. International Workshop. Academic Research Centre, DCRC, Delhi University, October 14-15, 2011.
‘Gandhi and Moral Action’, Workshop Reading Gandhi, ILLL, University of Delhi, August 26 and 27, 2011.
‘Research Cultures in India’, in seminar on The Future of Universities: India’s Experience and Comparative Perspectives. CPS, JNU and University of Chicago. March 21-22, The India International Centre, Delhi, 2011.
‘Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam: A Study of Iqbal: A Study of Iqbal in seminar on Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics: Revisiting Gandhi, Tagore and Iqbal, National Archives, Delhi, 11-13 March, 2011.
‘Politics, Action and the Human Condition’, in a workshop on Hannah Arendt on Science and the Human Condition, at a conference of the International society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) Ankara, Turkey, 2-6 August 2010.
‘ On Diversity: The Malaysian Experience’ in an International Seminar on ‘Representing Diversity’, April 3-4, 2008, Organised by Centre for Political Studies, IIAS, Simla, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
‘Rights, Freedom and Justice. Contesting approaches in Buddhist view of social justice’ in Conceptions of Justice in Asia, 23-25 November, 2007, New Delhi, Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), Third International Congress.
‘The National Commission for Women’, 28 March 2007, Workshop on Political Institutions in India, ICSSR, New Delhi, India.
’Feminist Perspectives on Citizenship: Between Nation State and Human Rights’, in workshop on The Nation State, Embodied Practices, and the Politics of Identity: Changing Perspectives. Department of Sociology, Delhi University, 1-2 March, 2007.
‘Globalisation, State and Gender inequality’, in seminar Women, Reforms and Globalization 14 October 2006, MSH Paris, CNRS, South Asia centre, Paris and CNRS, Université de Caen, Normandy, Paris.
‘Gender and the Human Rights Paradigm: Displacement and Women in conflict situations’, International Jurist Organisation and The Academic Council on the United Nations System Conference (IJO-ACUNS) 16-17 December 2005, New Delhi, India.
‘Citizenship and Local Governance in India: Exploring gender representation within Panchayati Raj’, 3rd International Conference on Women and Politics in Asia, The Researchers, Islamabad, Pakistan. 24-25 November 2005.
‘Debates on Equality and Distributive Justice’ in Civil Society on the Move, International Convention of Asia Scholars, ICAS 4 Shanghai, China, 20-24 August 2005.
‘Insights on Discrimination and Remedies’, National Summit on Reservation in Private Sector, 2.30 pm 8 August 2005, Mavlankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
‘The limits of citizenship: A study of the debates on representation and rights in India’, Women’s Worlds 2005: 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, 19-24 June 2005, Seoul, Korea.
Political citizenship and affirmative action: the Gender Paradox in India,’ CPS , CERI and CHS seminar, JNU, New Delhi, India 24-25 February, 2005
‘Religion, Human Rights and the Law,’ International Conference on Cultural and Religious Mosaic of South and Southeast Asia Conflict and Consensus through the ages, organized by South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion, IIC, New Delhi, India , 27-30 January 2005
‘Political aspects of globalisation and governance reforms with a focus on nation-state in India’, Paper presented in Workshop: Globalization, Governance, Reforms and Development, December 15-17, 2004, Institute of Rural Mangement, Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India
‘Malaysian experiences of Affirmative action Policy,’ in Seminar on Civil society’s initiative on remedies against discrimination and reservation policy for private sector in India. 15 July, 2004, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. 9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m
Class and Conceptions of Justice,’ in workshop on: Justice: Political, Social and Juridical, November 7 – 10, 2003, Jaisalmer, India, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
‘Islam, reformasi and civil society,’ in Civil Society – East and West, Seminar at Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, Mary Washington College, Virginia, USA. April 4-7 2002.
‘Challenges to Democratisation and Islam in Malaysia,’ 56th Annual Conference of the New York Political Science Association, Niagara University, USA , 19-20 April 2002.
‘A South-Asian Feminist critique of Development’ in a symposium on Women and Gender at the 14th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences from July 26 - August 1, 1998, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.
‘A Critical reading of Helene Cixous,’ in a seminar The Female Body and Sexuality, Teen Murti Library, New Delhi, India. November 22, 1994.
‘Ambedkar: The debate on Distributive Justice,’ in a seminar Colonialism and Liberation, 19 September, 1997 Dyal Singh College and DCRC, Delhi University, India.
Chair, Documentary screening, Where Knowledge is Free, National conference on Dalit Art and Imagery, 6th March, 2013, 10 am-1.00
Chair, Session II, CPS Conference on Political mobilization and social movements, 31 January 2012, CPS, SSS, JNU.
Discussant, Panel Discussion on Ashwini Deshpande’ The Grammar Of Caste’, 28 September 2011. 3.00 pm, PSDE, SSS I, JNU.
Chair, ‘Categories and Labels’ in National Conference on Exploring Disability: Exploring in Social Science Research, CSSS, JNU, 25 March, 2011.
Chair, Session V, Just Access and Quotas, in Seminar on Changing Paradigms of Governance, Law and Rights, JNU-Warwick, Conference Room, Centre for Study of Law and Governance, JNU, February 2011.
Chair, Session 4, Minorities and the Margins. Colonial Encounter and Post Colonial discourses. 17-18 February, PSDE, SSS I, JNU, 2011.
Discussant, Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia, Centre for Law and Governance, JNU, May 1-2, 2007.
Workshop, Sexual Harassment at Workplace, Human Rights Law Network, 27-28 October 2005 , Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Workshop on Democracy and Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience. 13 September 2005, Observer Research Foundation New Delhi.
Workshop ‘India and Financial Globalization’, MSH, Paris 28 September 2006.
Discussant, Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia, Centre for Law and Governance, JNU, May 1-2, 2007.
Discussant, Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities, Global Justice and Gender Equality. Lecture by Martha Nussbaum, 11 March 2004, 4. 00 p.m. UNDP, New Delhi
Discussant, Global Justice, Lecture by Martha Nussbaum, 9 March 2004, 3.00 p.m. SSS committee room, JNU, New Delhi.
'Reclaiming Democracy: Agnostic pluralism for Divided Societies', Refresher Course, 11 March 2013, CPDHE, Delhi University
'Social Justice and the moral compass in an age of Durable Inequalities', 25 February, 2013, CPDHE, Delhi University.
'Equality and Sexual Difference', Refresher Course, CPDHE, Delhi University, Wednesday, 10-11.30, 26 September, 2012
'Women's Rights at the Workplace: Protections against Sexual Harassment', CPDHE, Delhi University, Wednesday 11.30-1.00, 26 September, 2012.
'Discrimination and Marginalization' Refresher course, Sociology, Academic Staff College, JNU, 31 August 2012.
'Orientation Session on Sexual Harassment', GSCASH, SSS, JNU, 22 August, Wednesday 2012.
Political Theory and the displacement of master concepts’, Refresher course in Political Science, Academic Staff College, 9 April, 2012.
‘Democracy, Corruption and the Public Interest’, PGDAV College Delhi University, 27 March, 2012.
‘Inclusive Growth: Rhetoric or a Reality’, 28 December 2011, 12. pm, Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad.
Changing conceptions of social justice, Refresher course in Sociology, Academic Staff College, JNU, 7 March 2011.
Cosmopolitan Citizenship, Refresher Course, CPDHE, Delhi University, 11.30 am, 13 March 2007.
Global Justice and Citizenship across national boundaries, Refresher Course, CPDHE, Delhi University, 10.00 am, 13 March, 2007.
Gender and Human Rights, Refresher course, October, 2006, Academic Staff College, JNU,
Equality and Justice, Refresher Course in Political Science, 9.00 am. 3 March, 2006, Academic Staff College, JNU.
Equality and Discrimination, Guest Lecture, 10 February 2006, 10.30 a.m. College Auditorium, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.
Justice and Utilitarianism, Guest Lecture, 10 February 2006, 2.00. p.m. Symbiosis Law School, Pune.
Gender and Human Rights, Refresher Course on Gender and Human Rights, Academic Staff College, Chandigarh, Panjab University 7 October 2005, 12.00 noon.
Global Justice, Human rights and Sovereignty, Refresher Course on Gender and Human Rights, Academic Staff College, Chandigarh, Panjab University, 7 October, 2.30 p.m.
Equality and Justice, 31st Refresher course, Political Science, Academic Staff College, JNU, New Delhi, India. 7 March 10.45 a.m.
Science and Social Sciences, Lecture on Foundation Course on Social Enquiry, CPDHE, Delhi University, New Delhi, India 28 September 2004, 2.00 –3.30 p.m
State and Civil Society, 27 March 2004, 10.00 a.m. Department of Sociology, University of Jammu, India.
Conceptions of Justice, Refresher course in Political Science, 10.am. October, 2003, Academic Staff College, JNU, New Delhi.
Methodology in Social Sciences, Refresher Course in Political Science, 10.am. March 2004, Academic Staff College, JNU, New Delhi.
Lecture on Challenges to Democracy in India and Malaysia, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, 30 October, 2001 Tuesday 6.20 pm, Cooper Square, New York, USA.
Consultant, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi Open University (July – December 1989).
Visiting Fellow, Maison Des Science de L'Homme, Paris, UGC sponsored Indo-French cultural exchange programme (February-March 1994).
Fellow, Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC), Delhi University, 1998-1999.
Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2000-2002.
Visiting Fellow, Maison Des Science de L'Homme, Paris, ICSSR sponsored Indo-French cultural exchange programme (September-October 2006).
Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2008-2010
Institutions (Collaborative), UPOE, JNU, 2005-2007
Chairperson, Centre for the Study on Discrimination and Exclusion (CSDE), SSS, JNU, 2012 August - presently
Director, Educational Records Research Unit (ERRU)School of Social Sciences JNU 2011 December - 2012 August.
Chairperson, Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment, GSCASH, JNU 2004-2005
Coordinator, 31st Refresher Course in Political Science, Academic Staff College, JNU, October-November 2004
Coordinator, 35th Refresher Course in Political Science, Academic Staff College, JNU, February 2008.
Member, Expert Committee, Introduction of new course on Contemporary Democratic Theories, Department of Political Science, IGNOU, March 11-12, 2008.
Organizer, Research Scholars Workshop on 'Creating Equality", Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, 29-30 November, 2012, SSS, JNU.
Organizer and Convener, International Conference, 'Beyond Structures of Discrimination', CSDE, 10-11 January, 2013, SSS, JNU.
Member, Organizing Committee, 40 years of SSS, International Conference on Democracy, Pluralism and Justice. February 28-2 March 2012, SSS, JNU.
Member, Organizing Committee, Conference on Affirmative Action in Higher Education in India, The US and South Africa. 19-21 March, New Delhi. Organized by the Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Centre for Comparative Constitutionalism, University of Chicago.
Member, Organizing Committee, Conceptions of Justice in Asia, 23-25 November, 2007, New Delhi, Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), Third International Congress, Delhi University.
Member, Organising Committee, APISA Conference, New Delhi, November 2007.
Convener and Organizer, Seminar on Political Institutions in India: Critical Perspectives, CPS, JNU, January 18, 2007
Convener and Organizer, Workshop on Political Institutions in India, ICSSR, Aruna Asif Ali Road, Delhi, 28 March 2007.
Convener and Organizer, Steering Committee on democracy and cultural nationalism for the CPS, JNU Conference on Cultural Nationalism and Indian Democracy 17-18 March 2004.
Member, CPS Conference Committee, Anti- Discrimination and Affirmative Action in a Comparative Perspective, 24-25 March 2005, JNU.
Social Sciences School Representative, JNUTA, 2006-2007
Member, Standing Committee, Programme for the Study on Discrimination and Exclusion (PSDE), JNU 2006-2011
Scholarship (1986-88) for study at Oxford University
Junior Research Fellowship (1984-86)
University Grants Commission, Delhi
M A Merit Scholarship (1982-84)
Awarded Gold Medal for standing First in Delhi University (1982)
Membership of organisations and others
Member, Advisory Committee, DCRC, Delhi University (2008-2010)
Member, Selection Committee, Inlaks Scholarship, New Delhi (2004-2010)
Member Selection Committee, Rhodes Scholarship, New Delhi (2009)
Member, Selection Committee, Felix Scholarship, New Delhi (2010)
Member, Asian Political and International Studies Association, (APISA) (2007)
International Political Science Association (IPSA 1996-98)
American Political Science Association (APSA 2001-2002)
The Association for Asian Studies, USA (AAS 2002)
The New York State Political Science Association (2002)
Member, The International Jurist Council with The Academic Council on the United Nations System, ACUNS, Canada (2005-2007)
Life Member, Indian Association for Women’s Studies, New Delhi
Interested in theatre, travel, music, yoga and meditation.