Professor & Chairperson

Room No. 109, Centre for Political Studies,
School of Social Sciences, Building-II
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi-110067, India
Telephone No.: 91-11-26704413/26704415 (Office)

Areas of Specialization/Research Interest:
Indian Politics: Institutions, Processes, and State Politics, Religion and Politics, Ethnic and Communal Conflicts, Indigenous Communities, Political Anthropology, Indian Diaspora


RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan, New Delhi: Manohar, 2002

Co-edited Books
Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of Convergence (co-edited with Daniela Berti, Nicolas Jaoul), Delhi: Routledge, 2011

Public Hinduisms (co-edited with John Zavos, Deepa Reddy, Maya Warrier, Raymond Williams), Delhi: Sage, (Forthcoming).

Chapters in Books
‘The Navigators of Hindu Rashtra: RSS Pracharaks’ in Satish Saberwal and Mushirul Hasan(eds.), Assertive Religious Identities: India and Europe (New Delhi: Manohar, 2006).

‘Globalisation, Diaspora and Hindutva’ in Bhupinder Brar et al(eds.), Globalisation and the Politics of Identity in India (New Delhi: Pearsons, 2007)

‘Hindtva’s Discourse on Development’ in Gurpreet Mahajan and Surinder Jodhka (eds.), Religion, Communities, Development: Changing Contours of Politics and Policy in India (Delhi: Routledge, 2010)

‘Diasporic Politics of Hindu Nationalism in the United States’, in Eric Leclerc (ed.), International and Transnational Political Actors: Case Studies from the Indian Diaspora (Delhi: Manohar, 2011)

‘Casting Community, Culture and Faith: Hindutva’s Entrenchement in Arunachal Pradesh’, in Daniela Berti, Nicolas Jaoul and Pralay Kanungo(eds.), Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of Convergence (Delhi: Routledge, 2011)

‘Marginalised in a Syncretic City: Muslims in Cuttack’, in Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds.), Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation (Hurst, forthcoming)

‘Fusing the Ideals of the Math with the Ideology of the Sangh: Vivekananda Kendra’, in John Zavos, Pralay Kanungo, Deepa Reddy, Maya Warrier, Raymond Williams (eds.), Public Hinduisms (Sage, forthcoming).

Selected Articles in Journals:
‘Hindutva Combats Christianity in Orissa’, Purushartha, 30, CEIAS/EHESS, Paris, 2012

‘Carving out a White Marble Deity from a Rugged Black Stone?: Hindutva Rehabilitates Ramayana’s Shabari in a Temple’[co-authored], International Journal of Hindu Studies, 13:3: 279-99 (2010)

‘Hindutva’s Fury against Christians in Orissa’, Economic and Political Weekly, September 13, 2008

‘Tracking Moditva through the Gujarat Elections Campaign’ [co-authored], Contemporary Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 2, July-December 2008.

‘Hindutva and Federal India: Inherent Tensions and Strategic Alliance’, Indian Journal of Federal Studies, No. XIV, July-December 2006

‘Myth of the Monolith: The RSS Wrestles to Discipline its Political Progeny’, Social Scientist, 402-403, November-December 2006.

‘Hindutva’s Entry into a “Hindu Province”: Early Years of RSS in Orissa’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XXXVIII, No. 31, August 2, 2003

‘Pracharaks of Hindu Rashtra’, Contemporary India, Vol. 1 (2), April-June 2002

Awards/Honours/ Member:
Visiting Professor, MSH, Paris [Under JNU-MSH Exchange Programme (June & July 2010)

Member, Political Science Research Committee, XXXII Indian Social Science Congress, New Delhi (2008)

Member, Advisory Board, South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ), Paris (Since 2007)

Visiting Professor, MSH, Paris [Under DEA] (June 2007)

Visiting Professor, MSH, Paris [Under MSH-UGC Exchange Programme] (October 2005)

Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh (March 2005)

Member, Board of Research Studies, Faculty of Islamic Studies and Social Sciences, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard University, New Delhi (Since 2009)

Member, Board of Management, Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (Since 2009)

Member, All India Civil Services Personality Test Board, Union Public Service Commission [Govt. of India] (2011)

Administrative Experience:
Director, Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2008-2010)

Research Experience/Projects/Collaborations:
Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi (2001-2003)

Title of the Project: ‘Constructing a Hindu Identity in the United States: Diasporic Politicsof Hindu Nationalism’ [Field Study conducted at Maryland and Southern California, USA, December 2003]

Research Collaboration with Daniela Berti and Nicolas Jaoul on a Project on Hindu Nationalism [sponsored by CNRS & FMSH, Paris] (2005-2007)

Major Research Project on ‘A Study of the Pracharak System of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’[Sponsored by University Grants Commission, New Delhi] (2006-2009)

Steering Committee Member, International (India-UK-USA) Research/Networking Project on ‘The Public Representation of a Religion Called Hinduism: Postcolonial Patterns in India

Britain and the US [Sponsored by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK] (2008-2010)

Research Collaboration with Irene Bellier, Director, LAIOS, CNRS, Paris, on an International Research Project entitled ‘Scale of Governance of Indigenous Peoples’ (SOGIP), Paris (2010-2015)