Professor of English,
Centre for English Studies,
School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, 
New Delhi—110067,  INDIA.



B.A.(Hons.) in English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

M.A. and Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Academic Honours:  

Awarded Ph.D. with "Distinction"; awarded "Distinction" in the special field exam; first rank in M.A. Comprehensive Exam; CGPA 5.0 on a 5 point scale throughout M.A. and PhD; first rank in B.A. (Hons) English at Delhi University in 1st and 2nd years; first class throughout.

Professional Experience:

Over thirty years of undergraduate/postgraduate teaching in USA, India, and elsewhere.

1980-1986:  Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

1986-1994:  Lecturer, then Reader, University of Hyderabad (Central University)

1994-1999:  Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

1999-onwards:  Professor of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


  • Homi Bhabha Fellow for Literature, 1991-1993
  • Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1996.
  • Shastri Indo-Candian Research Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada, Summer 2000.
  • Visiting Professor, Ball State University, Indiana, USA, Fall 2001.
  • IFUSS Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, Summer 2002.
  • Mellon Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin,Summer 2003 and Summer 2004.
  • Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme 2003-onwards
  • Joint-Coordinator, China-India Intercultural Dialogue, 2004-2005
  • GPSS research award, 2005-2006
  • Australia India Council Fellow, 2005-2006
  • GPSS Major award, 2006-2009
  • Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paolo and Federal University of Minas Gerais, May-August 2007
  • Chair of the Jury for South Asia and Europe of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007-2009; local judge of the Commonwealth Prize 2010.
  • Visiting Professor, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, April-October 2009
  • Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term, 2009 (October-December)
  • Visiting Professor, Transcultural Anglophone Studies, Department of English, Universitat des Sarlandes, May-June 2010.
  • Inaugural ICCR Chair in Indian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2010-2011
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University of Sao Paulo (USP), August-December 2011.

Publications (in chronological order):
Books Published:


Mysticism in Indian English Poetry. Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1988.

Decolonization and Development:  Hind Svaraj Revisioned. New Delhi and London:  Sage Publications, 1993.

Nativism:  Essays in Literary Criticism. Editor. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1997

Towards a Poetics of the Indian English Novel.  Shimla:  IIAS, 2000.

In Diaspora:  Theories, Histories, Texts. Editor. New Delhi:  Indialog, 2001

Saundarya: The Perception and Practice of Beauty in India. Editor, with Harsha V. Dehejia. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2003.

Sabda: Text and Interpretation in Indian Thought. Editor, with Santosh Sareen. New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2004.

English Studies: Indian Perspectives. Editor, with Amit Sarwal and Aneeta Rajendran. New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2006.

Sacred Australia: post-secular considerations. Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, 2009; New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 2010.

Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English. London: Anthem Books, 2009; Paperback ed, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.

Altered Destinations: Self, Society, and Nation in India. London: Anthem Books, 2009; Paperback ed., New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.

Indian English and Vernacular India: Contests and Contexts. New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2010. (Co-edited with GJV Prasad).

Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism and Cultural Production. Editor, with Andrew Hassam. Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2010.

Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2012.


The Serene Flame.  Delhi: Rupa, 1991.

Playing the Dark God.  Delhi:  Rupa, 1992.

Used Book.  New Delhi:  Indialog Publications, 2001.

Partial Disclosure. New Delhi:  Mantra Books, 2005.

Confluence.  New Delhi:  Samvad India, 2007


This Time I Promise It'll Be Different:  Short Stories. New Delhi: UBS Publishers, 1994.

The Narrator:  A Novel.  New Delhi:  Rupa, 1995.

Other Edited Books

Indian Poetry in English. Madras: Macmillan, 1993.

An Anthology of New Indian English Poetry. Delhi: Rupa, 1993.

Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. Delhi: HarperCollins India, 1993.

Sarojini Naidu: Selected Letters. Delhi: Kali for Women, 1996.

The Spirit's Manifest Home: The Story of Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch. New Delhi: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1997.

The Best of Raja Rao. New Delhi: Katha, 1998.

The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader. New Delhi: Penguin, 1999.

The Little Book of Sri Aurobindo. New Delhi: Penguin, 2001.

The Penguin Swami Vivekananda Reader. New Delhi, 2005.

The Cyclonic Swami: Vivekananda in the West. With Sukalyan Sengupta. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.

Dharma and Development: The Future of Survival. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.

Science and Spirituality in Modern India. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2006.

Earth Lessons: Three Essays on Saving the Planet. New Delhi: Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, 2008. (With Devaki Singh).

Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India. New Delhi: Anthem, 2008.

Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. 2nd rev. ed. New Delhi: Rupa, 2010.

Travel Writing

Acts of Faith: Journeys to Sacred India. New Delhi: Hay House, 2012.


Boats from the Marathi original Hodya by Hemant Govind Joglekar.  New Delhi: B.R. Publishers, 1994

Academic Papers

Over 140 in various refereed journals and edited books published in India and abroad.

Other Publications

Several poems and short stories; over 200 essays, book reviews, and occasional pieces in academic and popular periodicals in India and abroad.  Was a columnist in Sunday Observer, Business Standard, The Pioneer, and Life Positive.

Other Activities:

General Editor of a series of reprints of rare and out of print Indian English titles published by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Founding Editor, Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international biannual journal.

Administrative Experience and Community Service: 

Linguistics and English, JNU; Chair, Centre for English Studies, JNU; member Board of Studies; member Academic Council JNU; member Vision Committee, JNU; Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme, Centre for English Studies, JNU, 2003-2008; Principal Investigator, Project on "Indian Perspectives on Science and Spirituality," 2006-2009, Trustee, Samvad India Foundation, 2000-present.

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