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  1.   Science, Technology & Social Sciences in Higher Education in Tamil Nadu: A Study of Democratization & Access. (Sponsored by MHRD, Government of India), 2009. 

2. Progress Towards Education for All: The Case of Tamil Nadu (With R Akila), (part of India’s input to World Summit on  Education (Year 2000 Assessment of Education For All),  April 2000.

3. Narmada Command Talukas: A Socio-Economic Profile (with A S Charan & Ghanshyam Shah), 1981.


    1.    Peasant Struggles, Land Reforms, & Social Change: Malabar 1836-1982. Second edition with a new Preface. Ane Books, Delhi, 2018 (first published by Sage 1989). 

India : political villainy : UPA's fall, AAP's surge by [Radhakrishnan, P.]

2. INDIA: Political Villainy, UPA’s Fall & AAP’s Rise. YS Books International. Delhi, 2014.

3.    Religion, Caste & State.  Rawat Publications. 2007.

4.    The Perfidies of Power: India in the New Millennium. TR Publications, Chennai. 2006.

5.    India, The Perfidies of Power: A Social Critique. Vedams Books, Delhi. 2004.  

6.    Progress towards Education for All: The Case of Tamil Nadu (With R. Akila). UNESCO, MHRD,   &  NIEPA. 2000.



Backward Classes, Reservations (Affirmative Action)   

1. Muslim Backwardness & Sachar Report. South Asian Journal. No. 19, Jan-Mar 2008.

2. OBC Reservation & the Tamil Nadu Model. South Asian Journal. No. 13. Jul-Sep 2006. 

3. Job Quotas in the Private Sector. Economic & Political Weekly. XXXIX (40). 2-8 Oct 2004. 

4. Dalits & Durban (reproduced from The Hindu (Leader Page). 27-28 August 2001).  In Sukhadeo Thorat & Umakant (Ed.) Caste, Race & Discrimination. Rawat Publications. 2004. 

5. Backward Castes/Classes as Legal & Political Entities. In Veena Das (Ed.) The Oxford India Companion to Sociology & Social Anthropology. Vol. 2. Oxford University Press. 2003. 

6. Sensitising Officials on Dalits &Reservations. Economic & Political Weekly. XXXVII (7).  16-22 Feb 2002. 

7. Caste, Politics & the Reservation Issue. In B. Harriss White & S. Subramanian (Ed.) Illfare in India. Sage Publications. 1998. 

8. Backward Class Movements in Tamil Nadu. In M.N. Srinivas (Ed.) Caste, Its Twentieth Century Avatar. Penguin,  1996; 1998. Reproduced in The Hindu (Sunday Magazine) 01 Feb 1998. 

9. Mandal Commission: A Sociological Critique. In M.N. Srinivas (Ed.) Caste, Its Twentieth Century Avatar. Penguin, 1996; 1998. Reproduced in The Hindu (Sunday Magazine).  11-18 Aug 1996. 

10. OBCs & Central Commissions (on the two all India Backward Classes Commissions of 1953 & 1979). Seminar. No. 375. Nov 1990. 

11. Karnataka Backward Classes (Report). Economic & Political Weekly. XXV (32). 11 Aug 1990. 

12. Reservations in Theory & Practice. MIDS Bulletin. XX (4). Apr 1990. 

13. Backward Classes in Tamil Nadu: 1872 1988. Economic & Political Weekly. XXV (10). 10 March 1990 (Also MIDS Working Paper. No. 89. Mar 1989). 

14. Tamil Nadu Backward Classes. MIDS Bulletin. XIX (10). Oct 1989. 

15. Ambasankar Commission & Backward Classes (Report). Economic & Political Weekly. XXIV (23). 10 Jun 1989. 

16. Evolution of Reservation Policy in Tamil Nadu. MIDS Bulletin. XIII (12). Dec 1983. 

17. In Defence of Mandal Commission. Economic & Political Weekly. XVI I (27). 03 Jul 1982. 

Bride Price & Dowry

18.    Economics of Bride Price & Dowry. Economic & Political Weekly. XVIII (23). 04 Jun 1983.    

19.    Economics of Bride Price & Dowry. Economic & Political Weekly. XVIII (47). 19 Nov 1983.


Caste System, Weaker Sections, Emancipation Politics 

20.    Vanniyar Separatism: Nebulous Issues (on carving out Vanniyar dominated northern districts of Tamil Nadu as separate state). Economic & Political Weekly. XXXVII (32). 10-16 Aug 2002.    

21.    Putting Society Together Again. In Henry Thiagaraj (Ed.) Human Rights From Dalit Perspective, Dalit Liberation Education Trust, Madras, 1996. Reproduced from The Hindu, 27 Aug 1995.    

22.    Caste Disabilities in Perspective. MIDS Bulletin. XXIII (8). Aug 1993.   

23.    Communal Representation in Tamil Nadu 1850‑1916: The pre‑non‑Brahmin Movement Phase. Economic & Political Weekly. XXVII (31). 31 Jul 1993;  MIDS Working Paper 108, Jul 1992.    

24.    Ambedkar’s Legacy to Dalits: Has the Nation Reneged on Its Promises. Economic & Political Weekly. XXVI (33). 17 Aug 1991;  MIDS Working Paper 101, Jan 1991.    

25.    Ambedkar on Marx, Buddha & Oppressed.  Sanjivayya Institute of Socio‑Economic Studies.  New Delhi. 1991. 

Economic & Political Weekly   
26.    The Economic & Political Weekly is Dying, YouthKiAwaaz, 18 Sep 2017; also Countercurrents, 19 Sep 2017.  
27.    Intellectuals & India’s Left. South Asian Journal. No. 41. Jul -Oct 2013.           
28.    Academic Freedom from a Human Rights’ Perspective: The Indian Case & Its Relevance to Africa. JHEA/RESA. Vol. 6, Nos. 2-3, 2008.           
29.    Academic Freedom in India, South Asian Journal, No. 18, Oct-Dec 2007.          
30.    Progress towards Education for All: The Case of Tamil Nadu (With R. Akila). In R. Govinda (Ed.) India Education Report. Oxford University Press, 2002.          
31.    India’s Educational Efforts: Rhetoric & Reality (With R. Akila). Economic & Political Weekly. XXVII (48). 27 Nov 1993.          
32.    Indigenous Education in British India: A Profile. Contributions to Indian Sociology. 2 (1). Jan‑Jun 1990.          
33.    Caste Discriminations in Indigenous Indian Education 1: Nature & Extent of Education in Early 19th Century British India. MIDS Working Paper. No. 63. Apr 1986.          
34.    Caste Discriminations in Indigenous Indian Education 3: Study of Early 19th Century Bombay Presidency. MIDS Working Paper. No. 64. Apr 1986.  


Family, Social Change          

35.    Changing Family Among the Nayars. Vidya Bharati. V (1), Jan-Jun 1979. 


Globalization, Faith, Development Politics, Exclusion, & Religion          

36.    Globalization, Faith & Development Politics. In Prashant Kumar Trivedi Ed. The Globalization Turbulence. Council for Social Development & Rawat Publications, 2011.          

37.    Religion under Globalization. In Jeffrey Haynes Ed. Religion & Politics: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (4 volumes). Routledge, 2010. Vol. III. Pp. 138-159.         

38.    Globalization & Exclusion: The Indian Context. Global Asia. Jan-Mar 2009.          

39.    Understanding Cults in Modern India. In International Symposium on  Cultic Studies, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 06-08 Dec 2007.          

40.     Religion under Globalisation. Economic & Political Weekly. 39 (13). 27 Mar 2004.



41.    From Deep Ganga to Shallow Waters of Cauvery: Seventh South Indian History Congress. Economic & Political Weekly. XXII (8). 21 Feb 1987.


Law & Society             

42.    Lawyers’ Agitation in Tamil Nadu. Economic & Political Weekly. 14-20 Dec 2002.              

43.    Ayodhya Issue &d Freedom of Expression. Economic & Political Weekly. 5-11 Oct 2002.


Agrarian Problems, Peasant Struggles, Land Reforms, Social Change             

44.     Revisiting Land Reforms: Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In K Raman Pillai Ed. Land Reforms. APH Publishing Corporation. 2010.             

45.     Farmers Suicides: Some Sociological Perspectives. South Asian Journal. No. 11. Jan-Mar 2006.             

46.     Land Reforms: Rhetoric & Reality. Economic & Political Weekly. XXV (47). 24 Nov 1990.             

47.     Tamil Nadu: Getting at Benami Land Holdings. Economic & Political Weekly. XXV (28). 14 Jul 1990.             

48.     Land Reforms in Tamil Nadu. MIDS Bulletin. XIX (7). Jul 1989.             

49.     Land Reforms & Social Change: Study of a Kerala Village. Economic & Political Weekly. XVIII (52‑53). 24-31 Dec 1983.             

50.     Land Reforms & Changes in Land System: Study of a Kerala Village. Economic & Political Weekly. XVII (39). 25 Sep 1982.             

51.     Land Reforms in Theory & Practice: The Kerala Experience. Economic & Political Weekly. XVI (52). 26 Dec 1981.             

52.     Peasant Struggles & Land Reforms in Malabar. Economic & Political Weekly. XV (50). 13 Dec 1980. 


Women's Studies                 

53.   Women, Politics & Development. Countercurrents. 12 Dec 2013.



Backward Classes, Reservations (Affirmative Action)

1.  India’s religious divide. The Sunday Indian. 07 Jun 2012.

2. Centre’s Minorities Sub-Quota Ploy Badly Backfires. Daily News & Analysis. 04 Jun 2012.

3. Perpetuating the Scourge of Caste. The Hindu (leader page). 12 May 2012.

4. India’s Affirmative Action Politics as Seen Through Tamil Nadu’s Specious Quota Law. Countercurrents. 10 Feb 2012.

5. Quota: How Tamil Nadu is Setting a Bad Precedent. Daily News & Analysis. 15 Sep 2011.

6. Indiscriminating Ways of Positive Affirmation. Sahara Time. 31 Jul 2010.

7. ‘No’ to Caste Enumeration. The New Indian Express (leader page) 26 Oct 2009. 

8. India’s Divisive Backwardness Politics. Asian Tribune. 05 Jul 2009.

9. Creamy Layer Politics. The New Indian Express (leader page), 30 Oct 2008.

10. Supreme Court & the SCs. The New Indian Express (Leader page) 11 Mar 2008.

11. Religion No Bar (On the inclusion of Dalits from non-Hindu religions in the Scheduled Castes’ list). Daily News & Analysis. 11 Mar 2008.

12. One forward, two back (On reservation controversy at the Centre). Daily News & Analysis. 24 Apr 2007.

13. OBC Reservation & TN Model. The New Indian Express (Leader page). 08 Jul 2006.

14. The Reservation Rigmarole. The New Sunday Express (Magazine section). 07 May 2006. 

15. Sensitising Officials (on Dalits & Reservations). The Hindu (Leader Page). 3-4 Dec 2001.

16. White or Grey? (On Tamil Nadu Government’s White on Paper Reservations tabled in the Assembly on 11 May 2000). The Hindu (Leader Page). 26 Jul 2000.

17. Reservation Politics (In Karnataka). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 26 Feb 1995.

18. The Quota Conundrum (on reservation politics in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 19 Feb 1995.

19. Judicial Pragmatism, Political Opportunism (On Supreme Court Judgments on  notifications relating to Mandal Commission recommendations). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 14 Mar 1993. 

20. Reservation in Perspective (on emergence & history of reservations in Madras Presidency). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 23, 30 Aug; 06 Sep 1992.

21. The Mandal Odyssey. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 13 Oct 1991.

22. Reply to Andre Beteille: Some Issues Overlooked (on reservations). The Hindu (Leader Page). 08 Nov 1990. 

23. Two Steps Backward (on the Mandal Commission Report). Frontline. 01-14 Sep 1990. 

24. Tamil Nadu Backward Classes. Indian Express (Leader Page). 06 Jun 1985.

Banking and Home Loans

25.   Don’t Bank On Your Bank, It May Be Hoodwinking You In The Name Of Home Loans. Youth Ki Awaaz. 15 Nov 2015.

Caste System, Weaker Sections, Emancipation Politics  

26. Pattali Makkal Katchi's (PMK's) sectarian poison. Frontline. 12-25 Jan 2013.  

27. Tamil Nationalism, Then & Now. Frontline. 12-25 Jan 2013. 

28. Caste Factor in Census 2011 Will Pollute India’s Governance. Daily News & Analysis. 12 Jul 2011.  

29. Caste Census: An Avoidable Aberration (on proposal to include caste in Census 2011). Sahara Time, 01 May 2010.

30. Vanniyars & Social Mobility. The New Sunday Express (Sunday Magazine). 02 Feb 2003. 

31. The Vanniyar Separatism. Frontline. 30 Aug 2002. 

32. The Vanniyar Vampire (On importance of Vanniyars’ numerical preponderance in socio-political affairs). The New Sunday Express (Sunday Magazine; Cover Story). 28 Jul 2002. 

33. Dalits & Durban (on inclusion of caste in U.N. Conference against Racism, etc., in Durban from 31 Aug to 07 Sep 2001.) The Hindu (Leader Page). 27-28 Aug 2001.

34. Cast Off Caste in Census 2001 (on need for excluding Caste from Census 2001). The Indian Express (Leader Page). 09 Dec 1999.

35. Census: A Costly Digression (on proposal to include caste in Census 2001). Frontline. 18 Sep 1998.

36. The Dalit Controversy (on demands of Dalit Christians for Scheduled Caste status). The Hindu (Leader Page). 09-10 Jan 1996.

37. Putting Society Together Again (on social exclusion & social integration). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 27 Aug 1995. 

38. Manuvadis & Mayawati (on Brahmin-Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh). The Hindu (Leader Page). 30 Jun 1995.

39. Exploiting the Exploited (on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s exploitation of the usage Pariah). The Hindu (Leader Page). 13 May 1995.

40. The Truth about Manu's Misdeeds (A fresh look at Manusmriti). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 08 Nov 1992.

41. Ambedkar on Minorities. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 22 Sep 1991.

42. Political Appropriation of Ambedkar. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 12 May 1991.

43. The Political Relevance of Ambedkar. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 05 May 1991. 

44. Ambedkar’s Legacy. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 20 Jan 1991. 

Death Penalty

45.   Kasab's  hanging does no good to UPA-2 or to India. Daily News & Analysis. 22 Nov 2012.

46.   Death becomes usThe New Indian Express on Sunday. 19 Oct 2006.


47.   The problems with the HECI draft Bill. The Hindu (Op-Ed). 12 Jul 2018. 

48.   A Study in Myopia (On the UGC's decision to close its Centres for social integration). The Hindu (Op-Ed). 2 Jul 2013.

49.   The Beautiful Tree: A metaphor for a malaise . Asian Tribune. 14 April 2013
50.   Just why was that cartoon in  text books? DNA. 15 May 2012
51.   Reforming Indian Education (in three parts). Asian Tribune. 12, 19, 26 July 2009.
52.   Right Pathway to Higher Education. (January-March 2006); (January-March 2006).
53.   The Great Education Muddle: State Failure and Judicial Jigsaw. 7 December 2005.  
54.   Education for all: A Must. Tehelka. 17 July 2004.
55.   India’s Educational Backwardness. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine) (With R. Akila). 26 July 1994.


Electoral Politics 

56. Three cheers to Mamata Banerjee (in the context of alliance & FDI politics). Daily News & Analysis.  23 Sep 2012.

57. A Case for Sangma as President. Daily News & Analysis.  21 Jun 2012

58. DMK’s Last Gasp (On Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2011). Asian Tribune. 15 May 2011.

59. Hobson’s Choice (On Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2011), Sahara Time, 26 Mar 2011

60. Remembering the ‘Statesman’ (on the occasion of  25th death anniversary of Indira Gandhi). The New Indian Express (Op Ed page). 30 Oct 2009.

61. A Deceptive Democracy (on India’s electoral politics; in three parts). Asian Tribune. 7, 14, 21 Jun 2009.

62. Democratic Governance. The Hindu (Leader Page). 15-16 Apr 2002. 

61. Tamil Nadu’s Shame (on political crisis in Tamil Nadu precipitated by the arrest of DMK President M. Karunanidhi by Chief Minister, J Jayalalitha). The Hindu (Leader Page) 3 Jul 2001.

64. Electoral Eccentricities. (On swearing-in of J Jayalalitha as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu despite her disqualification by the Election Commission). The Hindu (Leader Page). 23 May 2001.

65. Conviction Politics (on conviction related election disqualification of J Jayalalitha). The Hindu (Leader Page). 01-02 May 2001.

66. Politics of Perdition. (On Tamil Nadu election politics). The Hindu (Leader Page). 21-22 Mar 2001.

67. Coalitions & Political Skullduggery (on political perfidies at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 11 May 1999.

68. Witches’ Brew or Magic Potion? (On political crisis at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 16 Feb 1998.

69. The Perfidies of Power (on political crisis at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 10 Apr 1997.

70. Practical or Suicidal? (On India’s electoral politics). The Hindu (Leader Page). 26-27 Apr 1996. 

Development Politics
71. Kerala’s development paradox. The Hindu (Op Ed.), 14 May 2018
72. Crossing the Sethu Rubicon (on politics of religion in the construction of Ramar-Sethusamudram bridge), The New Indian Express (leader page). 26 Sep 2007. 
73.  Was India Ever Prepared to Handle A Calamity Like Coronavirus? Youth Ki Awaaz (in #CoronaWatch), 19 Jun 2020.
Gandhian Studies
73. Mahatma More Relevant Today Than Ever. Sahara Time. 03-09 Oct 2010.
74. Celebrating Gandhiji. Mathrubhumi Weekly (Annual Special on Mahatma Gandhi). Mar 2010. 
75. The Meaning of Vaikom (on meaning, message & significance of Vaikom Satyagraha - 1924 25, under Gandhi’s leadership for rights of Untouchables). The Hindu (Leader Page). 05-06 Apr 1999.

Governance & Corruption
76. The ubiquitous ‘Common Man’ of India. One India, One People. Feb 2014.
77. The Kejriwals Need All-Out Support to Throw the Corrupt Out. Daily News & Analysis. 19 Nov 2012. 
78. The UPA's Not So Melodious Swansong. Daily News & Analysis. 21 Mar 2012.
79. The Lokpal's Last Gasp (on Lokpal bill). Daily News & Analysis.  02 Jan 2012. 
80. Team Anna's surge & UPA's fall (on Jan Lokpal bill). Daily News & Analysis. 26 Aug 2011. 
81. Unregulated Money in Politics Is Greatest Corruption Threat Globally (on Global Integrity Report 2008 on Governance & anti-corruption). Asian Tribune. 05 June 2009.

Hindutva Politics of Intolerance

82. Gauri Lankesh & BJP’s "Propaganda Machinery", YouthKiAwaaz, 10 Sep 2017; Countercurrents, 12 Sep 2017.

83. Glory Lost & Regained. The Illustrated Weekly of India. 24-30 Jun 1984. 

84.  ‘This Republic Day Will Be A Sad Day For Me, And I Believe, For Several Others’,, 26 Jan 2020.

International Affairs
84. India Has Again Bungled The Marines Issue. Daily News & Analysis. 26 Mar 2013.
85. India Botched Up The Marines Issues. Daily News & Analysis. 15 Mar 2013.
86. Terrorism is Imperialist Frankenstein. Asian Tribune. 04 Feb 2007. 
87. The Taliban Tangle (on terrorist attacks on the U.S.  11 Sep 2001, & retaliatory strikes). The Hindu (Leader Page). 24 Sep 2001. Reproduced on Socialist Alliance website. 

Land Reforms
88. Politics of Kerala Gift Deeds Act. Deccan Herald (Leader page). 07 Dec 1979. 
89. Implementation of Land Reforms in Kerala. Deccan Herald (Leader page). 10 Sep 1979.

Language Politics 

90. Narcissism on Fire: Kalaignar’s Pyrotechnics (On 1st World Classical Tamil Conference). Sahara  Time. 26 Jun 2010. 

91.  Antiquity Beckons World Classical Tamil Conference. Sahara Time. 26 Jun 2010. 

92. The Language Muddle (On medium of instruction controversy in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu (Leader    Page). 29-30 Dec 1999. 

Law & Society 

93. Prostitution Is The Metaphor For A Malaise. Daily News & Analysis. 19 May 2016. 

94. Why Kanhaiya Kumar’s Bail Order Is No Exception To The ‘Strange Ways Of Indian Judiciary’. Youth Ke Awaaz, 11 Mar 2016; Countercurrents, 13 Mar 2016. 

95. Fishing in Mullaperiyar’s Troubled Waters. Daily News & Analysis. 09 Dec 2011. 

96. Moral Policing & Chastity Politics (on film actor Khushboo’s interview to India Today on premarital sex & live-in relationship & related court cases). Sahara Time. 15 May 2010. 

97. interview plagiarised by Outlook magazine. Asian Tribune. 02 Nov 2009. 

98. Plagiarise or Perish. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 07, 14 Jul 2002. 

99. CNG Jolts Delhi! How did it happen? News. 04 Sep 2001. 

Nation’s Concerns 
100. India: Anbumanis & Other Avoidable Scandals. Asian Tribune. 01 Dec 2007. 
101. From Missile to Messianism: The Beginning of the Odyssey of a Proactive President. The Milli     Gazette. 01-15 Sep 2002. 
102. Census & the Disabled (on issues for consideration in  Census 2001). The Hindu (Leader Page). 11 Jul 2000. 

Politics, Governance, Corruption
103. The Spectrum Spectre (on  2G spectrum allocation scandal). The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 10 Dec 2010. 
104. 85 & still Scripting (an appraisal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s politics on the occasion of his 85th birthday). The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 04 Jun 2008. 
105. It’s Advantage Amma (on Tamil Nadu’s electoral politics). The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 12 May 2009. 
106.  Why The Youth Should Revisit Politics Of The Kamaraj Era, Youth Ki Awaaz, 01 Aug 2019.
107. The Legacy of Kamaraj. 24 Nov 2003. 
108. The Affairs of Governance. Feb 2001. 
109. The Mother of All Scamsters. (On politics of corruption in Tamil Nadu during AIADMK (Jayalalitha’s) rule, 1991 96). Business Line. 19 Aug 1997. 
110. A Mother’s Elegy for the AIADMK (on the misrule of Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu, 1991 96). The Hindu Business Line. 20 Aug 1997. 
111. Rao’s Redemption (an appraisal of P.V. Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister of India). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 16 Mar 1997. 
112. The Rise & Fall of Rao (continuation of an appraisal of P.V. Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 23 Mar 1997.
113. Scams & Stability (on politics of corruption in India). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 16-17 Jan 1997. 
114. Marriage & Morals (on controversy about vulgarity, ostentation & misuse of Government machinery for marriage of Jayalalitha’s foster son). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 12 Nov 1995. 

Religion, Communalism 
115. No Burqas in the Land of Bikinis. Asian Tribune. 28 Jun 2009.
116. Danish Cartoons: Muslims are right to be angry. The Milli Gazette. 11 Feb 2006.
117. Modi’s Cyber Chicanery (on electoral manipulations in Gujarat). The Milli Gazette; Online, 09  Dec 2002; Print edition, 16-31 Dec 2002. 
118. Communal Carnage & Political Opportunism. The Milli Gazette. 01-15 Jun 2002.
119. Conversion Politics. The Hindu (Leader Page). 06-07 November 2002.
120. Faith in a Time of Rationality (on miracle & Mother Teresa). The Hindu   (Sunday Magazine). 30 Sep 2001. 
121. The Conversion Bogey (on Hindutva’s atrocities against minorities). The Hindu (Leader Page). 25-26 Jan 1999.
122. Camouflaging Communalism (on two Bills before Parliament to curb communalism in elections). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 07 Nov 1993.
123. A Deepening Paradox (on politics of temple administration in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 22 Dec 1991. 

50.  Why the India founded in 1947 is dead. Reivew of K S Komireddi’s book Malevolent Republic – A Short History of the New India. The Hindu. 12 Oct 2019.
49.  Limiting Ambedkar. Review of Eleanor Zelliot's book Ambedkar's World: The Making of Babasaheb Aambedkar & the Dalit Movement. Frontline. Nov 27-Dec 13, 2013. 
48.  The Sociology of Suicide Bombings. Review of Riaz Hassan's book, Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings. South Asian Journal.  No. 32. Apr-Jun  2011. 
47.  The World Bank as Imperialist Instrument. Global Asia, Vol. 6. No. 1. Spring 2011. 
46.  The World Bank as perpetrator of social crimes. Review of Michele Kelley & Deepika D’Souza  (Ed.) The World Bank in India: Undermining Sovereignty, Distorting Development. The New Sunday Express. 30 Jan 2011. 
45.  Secret Villainy of Churchill.  Review of Madhusree Mukerjee's book, Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire & the Ravaging of India during World War II. The New Sunday Express. 24 Oct 2010. 
44.  The Iconic Anna. Review of R Kannan’s book ANNA: The Life and Times of CN Annadurai,  Sahara Time.  24 Apr 2010. 
43.  A new choreography of two 19th century wars. Review of Rajmohan Gandhi’s book A Tale   of Two Revolts: India 1857 & the American Civil War.   South Asian Journal. No. 30, Oct-Dec 2010. 
42.  Rediscovering the story of unity amid diversity. Review of Meghnad Desai’s book, The Rediscovery  of India. The New Sunday Express. 3 Jan 2010. 
41.  John Richardson’s book, Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict, Terrorism &   Development from Sri Lanka’s Civil Wars. Contemporary South Asia. 16(3) Sep 2008; also Sri Lanka
       A Paradise   Poisoned. Asian Tribune. 28 November 2007.   
40.  India’s Pernicious Politics of Backwardness. Review of Arun Shourie’s book  Falling Over Backwards: An essay against Reservations & against Judicial Populism. Asian  Tribune 29  Nov  2007. 
39.  Debi Chatterjee. Up Against Caste: Comparative Study of Ambedkar and Periyar. Indian Social Science Review. Vol. 7. No. 1. Jan-Jun 2005.   
38.  Gail Omvedt. Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism & Caste. Sociological Bulletin. Vol. 54, No. 1, Jan-Apr 2005.   
37.  Rajen Harshe (Ed.) Interpreting Globalisation: Perspectives in International Relations. Seminar. No. 556, December 2005.  
36.  James Petras & Henry Veltmeyer. Globalization Unmasked: Imperialism in the 21st Century. Seminar. No. 534. February 2004. Also in 1 May 2004. 
35.  Ann Brooks & Alison Mackinnon Ed. Gender & the Restructured University: Changing Management & Culture in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management. XXV (1).  May 2003. 
34.  Surinder S. Jodhka (Ed.) Communities & Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture & Politics in India. Sociological Bulletin. 52 (1). Mar 2003. 
33.  Angela W. Little: Labouring to Learn: Towards a Political Economy of Plantations, People & Education in Sri Lanka. Journal of Educational Planning & Administration. XVII (1). Jan 2003. 
32.  Arun Shourie. Courts & Their Judgments. Seminar. No. 519. Nov 2002.  
31.  On an Appraisal Journey. The Hindu  (Sunday Magazine). 4 Jul 1999. Review of C.P. Bhambri’s book Indian Politics Since Independence. Vol. 2. 
30.  Faultiness at Fifty. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 6 Dec 1998. Review of   Polity & Governance: Papers & Proceedings of a Symposium. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.  
29.  Justifications for Reservation. Review of V.A. Pai Panandikar (Ed.) The Politics of Backwardness: Reservation Policy in India. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 18 Jany 1998. 
28.  Suresh Chandra Ghosh. The History of Education in Modern India: 1757‑1986. Frontline. 6 September 1996. 
27.  The Last Maharaja,  Dick Kooiman (Ed.) Louise Ouwerkerk’s book, No Elephants for the Maharaja: Social & Political Change in Travancore, 1921‑47.  The Hindu (Sunday Magazine).   15 Oct 1995.  
26.  Defending the Indefensible. Reply to a rejoinder (Sir C.P. Maligned) to the above review. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 26 Nov 1995.  
25.  S. Gurumurthy. Technical Assistance & Economic Development: The Indian Experience. Indian Review of Books. Mar‑Apr 1995. 
24.  Eleanor Zelliot.  From Untouchable to Dalit: Essays on the Ambedkar Movement. Indian Economic & Social History Review. XXXI (1). Jul‑Sep 1994.  23.  Embourgeoisement of India. Review of Robert W. Stern’s book Changing India: Bourgeois Revolution on the Subcontinent. Indian Review of Books. Jun‑Jul 1994. 
22.  Rama on Trial. Review of Jitendra Bajaj (Ed.) Ayodhya & the Future of India. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 6 Mar 1994.  
21.  India’s Pervasive Violence. Review of M.N. Srinivas’ book On Living in a Revolution & Other Essays. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 19 Dec 1993. 
20.  The Paradox of Discrimination. Review of Andre Beteille’s book The Backward Classes in Contemporary India. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 10 Jan 1993. 
19.  Caste Dominance Old & New. Review of Francine R. Frankel & M.S.A. Rao (Ed.) Dominance & State Power in Modern India: Decline of a Social Order, 2 Vols. Indian Express (Madras). 13 Apr 1991. 
18.  K.N. Panikkar's book Against Lord & State: Religion & Peasant Uprisings in Malabar, 1836‑1921. Development & Change. 22 (3). Jul 1991.   
17.  Munro as an Imperial Hero. Review of Burton Stein’s book Thomas Munro: The Origins of the Colonial State & His Vision of Empire. Economic & Political Weekly. XXVI (1‑2). 5-12 Jan 1991. 
16.  Historian’s Delight. Review of K.N. Panikkar’s book Peasant Protests &d Revolts in Malabar. Indian Express (Madras). 8 Dec 1990.  
15.  How the British Destroyed Bengal’s Textile Industry. Review of Hameeda Hossain’s book The Company Weavers of Bengal. Indian Express (Madras). 7 Jul 1990.   
14.  Kathleen Gough. Rural Change in Southeast India, 1950s to 1980s. Contributions to Indian Sociology. 24(1), January‑June 1990.  
13.  How the Coolie Beast was tamed. Review of Jan Breman’s book, Taming the Coolie Beast: Plantation Society & the Colonial Order in Southeast Asia. Indian Express (Madras). 28 Apr 1990. 
12.  S.N. Choudhary (Ed.) Changing Status of Depressed Castes in Contemporary India. Social Action Book Review Supplement. V (5). October 1988. 
11.  Dance of the Damned. Review of K.K.N. Kurup’s book Teyyam: A Ritual Dance of Kerala. Indian Express (all‑India). 22 Feb 1987.   
10.  Indulging a Goddess. Review of C.J. Fuller’s book Servants of the Goddess: The Priests of a South Indian Temple. Indian Express (all‑India). 24 Feb 1985.  
9.    Marc Galanter. Competing Equalities: Law & the Backward Classes in India. MIDS Bulletin. XIV (11). Nov 1984.  
8.    Blighted Roots. Review of Dharampal’s book The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century. Indian Express (All‑India). 26 Feb 1984. 
7.    A Study of Peasant Societies. Review of Joan P. Mencher (Ed.) Social Anthropology of Peasantry. The Hindu (Tuesday edition). 22 Nov 1983.  
6.    Confusing & Misleading. Reviews of Murli M. Sinha’s book Modernisation & Community Power;  N.D. Kamble’s book Labour Migration in Indian States. Indian Express (All‑India). 20 Nov
5.    Peasants in Revolt. Review of D.N. Dhanagare’s book Peasant Movements in India, 1920‑1950. Indian Express (All‑India) 17 Jul 1983. 
4.    The Soviet Dilemma. Review of Daniel Singer’s book Road to Gdansk: Poland & the USSR. Economic & Political Weekly. XVIII (26). 25 Jun 1983.   
3.    Logan’s Legacy. Review of K.K.N. Kurup’s book William Logan: A Study in the Agrarian Relations of Malabar. Economic & Political Weekly. XVI (28‑29). 11-18 Jul 1981. 
2.    The Meaning of Kayyur. Review of K.K.N. Kurup’s book Kayyur Riot: A Terrorist Episode in the Nationalist Movement in Kerala. Economic & Political Weekly. XIV (26). 30 Jun 1979.  
1.    Robin Jeffrey.  The Decline of Nayar Dominance: Society & Politics in Travancore, 1847-1908. Social Scientist. V (12). No. 60. Jul 1977. 



1. Quota bill is Modi's desperate attempt to come back to power., 22 Jan 2019. 

2. Only 5-10% benefitted from reservation., 08 Oct 2015. 

3. Modi's Gujarat model is highly undemocratic, autocratic, 22 Aug 2014. 

4. Caste inclusion in Census will be a disaster, 29 Jun 2010. 

5. Brahmins dominate all modern professions., 12 Oct 2009. 

6. If Prabhakaran surrenders, Tamil suffering will end., 24 Oct 2008. 

7. In the Case Of Reservations, There Is No Exit., 30 May 2008. 

8. Dalits Have Not Benefited From Quotas., 13 Jun 2006.


  1. Main speaker, symposium on Impact of Media on Culture & Society, Visual Communication  Department, Gurunanak College, Chennai, 29 Aug 2016.
  2. Key Note address at UGC sponsored international seminar on CSR initiatives for inclusive & sustainable development, KBN College, Vijayawada, 20-21 Feb 2016.
  3. Land, Colonialism, & Modernity. Inaugural address at a national seminar on Colonial Modernity & Modernism in Kerala, PG Department of History, Government College, Kodungallur, 06 Jan 2016.
  4. Contextualizing Food Security. Inaugural address to a UGC seminar on Inclusive Food Security. Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy.  Bharathidasan University. 13 Mar 2015.
  5. Sensitizing teachers of Humanities & Social Sciences on disciplines, teaching & research techniques. Address to higher education teachers. Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram. 26 Mar 2014.
  6. Gandhi & Satyagraha. Address to  a conference on Mahatma Gandhi. Jointly organised by Central University, Bihar, & GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. 24-26 Feb 2014, Bodh Gaya
  7. Women, Politics & Development. Keynote address to the national seminar, Modernization & Marginalization:  Women in Politics & Development”, PG Department of History, Shri C. Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur, Kerala. 21 Nov 2013.
  8. Ambedkar’s philosophy is more relevant today than ever. Keynote Address to a seminar on Relevance of Dr B R Ambedkar’s philosophy to the youth today. Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women. 20 Apr 2011.
  9. Challenges & prospects of research in the new world order: Issues of quality, quantity, & interdisciplinary perspectives. Address to PhD Supervisors of University of Calicut & its affiliated colleges. 24 Mar 2010. 
  10. Higher Education in Perspective (Analysis of the National Council for Higher Education & Research Bill placed in Parliament). Tamil Nadu Advocates Association, Chennai, 23 Apr 2009. 
  11. Identifying the economically backward among the non-reserved categories. Key Note address to the Workshop organized by the National Commission for identifying the backward classes among the n-reserved social groups. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Institute of Social Sciences, Indore. 04 Jul 2009. 
  12. Understanding Dalit Autobiographical studies. In UGC seminar on Dalit autobiographies: Representing & Narrating the Lives of the Oppressed. Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur. 11-12 Mar 2009.
  13. Globalization, Faith & Development Politics. Jan 2008. In a seminar on Structural Transformation, Developmental Politics & Religious Polarisation. Council for Social Development, Delhi. 
  14. Understanding the Nature of Social Sciences. Inaugural Address. Feb 2008. Seminar on Sociology in Tamil Nadu: Institutions, Knowledge & Practice, organized by the UGC & Department of Sociology, University of Madras.
  15. Globalization & Exclusion. Mar 2008.  In a seminar on Globalisation & Managing Vulnerabilities. ISEC. Bangalore. 
  16. Social Science Research in India. Valedictory Address. 07-08 Mar 2008. Seminar on Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Science Research. Organized by Loyola College & Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Chennai.
  17. Understanding cults in modern India. International Symposium on Cultic Studies, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shenzhen, 06-08 Dec 2007.
  18. Academic Freedom from a Human Rights’ Perspective. In the Round Table, The Challenges of Academic Freedom in the Global South: Role & Responsibilities of Academics & Researchers. Organised by CODESRIA at the 2nd World Forum on Human Rights.  Nantes, France. 10-13 Jul 2006.
  19. Reorienting the Reservation Policy: Lessons from the past & from Tamil Nadu. Jul 2006. In a seminar on the Reservation Policy. IIPA, Delhi. 
  20. OBC Reservation: The Tamil Nadu Experience. Jul 2006. In a seminar on Backward Classes & Reservations. Centre for Political Studies, JNU & National Commission on Religious & Linguistic Minorities, Delhi.
  21. From the Margins to the Mainstream. Key Note Address. 06-07 Jan 2005. UGC seminar on Marginal Groups, Political Participation, & Social Development. Sociology Department. Madurai Kamaraj University.
  22. History-Sociology Interface. Sir William Meyer Endowment Lectures. 02 Feb 2005. Department of Indian History. University of Madras. 
  23. Globalization & Education. Mar 2005. K.K. Shah Endowment Lectures. Department of Politics & Public Administration. University of Madras. 
  24. The future of social science teaching & research in India. Inaugural address to the seminar on Social Science Education in India: Does it have a future? Department of Sociology, University of Madras. 29 Mar 2004.
  25. GATS & Education. Address to the National Student Parliament Against Globalization of Higher Education. Organised by the University Students’ Unions in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram. 27 Jan 2004. 
  26. The State of Human Rights in India. Department of Political Studies, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. 10 Dec 2003.
  27. Perspectives on Human Rights & Democracy. (Three lectures) 08-10 Dec 2003. Workshop on Human Rights. UGC Academic Staff College, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. 
  28. Religion & Culture in the Age of Globalization with a Brief Look at the Indian Scene. International Conference on Religion & Globalization, 26 Jul-1Aug 2003. Payap University. Thailand. 
  29. Affirmative Action & Human Resource Development, 02 Aug 2003. Burapha University, Thailand.
  30. Tamil Nadu Economy from a Sociological Perspective. Presidential address to a State-level seminar, Tamil Nadu Economy since 1991: Problems & Prospects. Loyola College Economics Association for Development. 31 Jan 2003.
  31. Democratic Governance. Professor R.M. Ruthnasamy endowment lectures. Department of Political Science, Annamalai University. 26 Mar 2002.
  32. Perspectives on Fundamentalism. Seminar on Fundamentalism. Institute of Philosophy & Culture, Sacred Hearts College (Satya Nilayam), Chennai. 15 Feb 2002.
  33. Presidential Address to a two-day national seminar on Emerging Socio-Political Movements in the New Millennium: New Challenges. Department of Sociology, University of Madras. 29 Mar 2001.
  34. Resource Person for the Workshop Whither Tenancy organized by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. 24-25 Sep 1999. Also presented a summary of the proceedings. 
  35. Educational Perspectives Old & New. Jotiba Phule Endowment Lectures (three). Department of Sociology. University of Madras. 11-12 Mar 1999.
  36. Social Exclusion & Social Integration. Workshop organized by the International Institute of Labour Studies (Part of ILO) at MALTA as part of the World Summit on Development. 18-22 Jan 1994.
  37. Caste, Politics, & the Reservation Issue. In a Workshop on Caste Today. 12-13 Jul 1993. Centre of Asian Studies, SOAS, London.
1. Affirmative Action (Reservation; Backwardness; Backward Class Politics; Human Resource Development); 
2. Agrarian Problems (Farmers’ Suicides; Peasant Struggles; Land Reforms; Social Change); 
3. Caste System (Caste & Politics; Caste Conflicts;  Dalit Problems; Emancipation Politics; Social Discrimination; Social Exclusion; Social Mobility; Social Movements; Untouchability; Weaker Sections); 
4. Disabled & Society (the need & means for building up inclusive societies);
5. Education (Academic Freedom; Educational Perspectives & Disparities; Quality & Spread; Reservation Politics); 
6. Discrimination, Exclusion & Inclusive Social Policy;
7. Gandhian Studies (On the importance of non-violence, peace & Satyagraha in social development & social well-being); 
8. Non-Violence & Development (from a Gandhian perspective);
9. Globalization (& Education, Exclusion, Religion, Society);
10. Politics & Governance (Electoral, Caste, Language, Religious, & Vote-bank Politics; Governance & Corruption; Democratic Governance; Law & Society; Public Policy); 
11. Religion (& Communalism, Globalization, Secularism, Social Conflict, Terrorism; Religious Minorities).

1. Member, Expert Committee for faculty selection,  Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
2. Resource person for India & Sri Lanka, Transparency International UK’s Defence & Security Programme. 
3. Resource person, Global Integrity, Washington (an International NGO for tracking global governance & corruption trends).
4. Member, Expert Committee, NAAC (an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India).
5. Member, Expert Committee, Development Studies, IGNOU, Delhi.
6. Member, Expert Committee, Gandhian Studies, IGNOU, Delhi.
7. Member, Expert Committee (for mid-term appraisal of FAEA (Foundation for Academic Excellence & Access, funded by Ford Foundation)), Delhi.
8. Member, Expert Committee, FAEA (for selection of students from socially deprived sections for higher education scholarships). 
9. Member, Expert Committee for faculty selection, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Bharathidasan University.
10. Member, Advisory Committee for the development of the University Grants Commission’s Centre for the Study of Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Bharathidasan University.
11. Expert, annual meetings of Principals of the FAEA cluster colleges under the Pathways Programme.
12. Member, Planning & Development Board, University of Madras.
13. Member, Board of Research Studies, University of Madras.
14. Member, Board of Studies in Sociology, various Universities & Colleges. 
15. Referee for manuscripts, Taylor & Francis (Routledge, London).
16. Referee for manuscripts, Oxford University Press, India.
17. Referee for various international journals.
18. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Sociological Bulletin.
19. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Peace & Democracy in South Asia.
20. Member, Editorial Board, History & Culture.
21. Member, Editorial Team, Milli Gazette.
22. Consultant, Project on the implementation of the PCR (Protection of Civil Rights) Act, National Law School of India University, Bangalore (Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.).
23. Member, selection committees of various Universities.
24. Member, Governing Council, Madras Institute of Development Studies.
25. Member, Academic Council, Madras Institute of Development Studies.


  1. Social Scientist on the Expert Group for Appraisal of Social Impact Assessment Study & related issues  in the context of land acquisition for IIT-Palakkad, Feb-Mar 2018, Government of Kerala.
  2. Consultant,  discussion/consultation on sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), organized in  ICSSR,  Delhi,  12-13 Mar 2018 by  Commission to Examine Sub-Categorisation of OBCs, Government of India.
  3. Cultural & Trend Expert, Asian Paints.
  4. Senior Consultant, Logframe Baseline Survey for the DFID supported Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme.   

1) Project reports                              03
2) Books, Monographs                                           06
3) Articles in edited books                                  11
4) Articles in journals                                        30
5) Articles in MIDS Bulletin                                                       05
6) MIDS Working Papers                                              05
7) Articles in mass media                                                        122
8) Book Reviews                                    49

1. Caste Discriminations in pre-British Indian Education & their persistence in  21st century; 
2. Backwardness Politics: Tamil Nadu, 1840-2014; 
3. Mandal Commission & After: India’s Affirmative Action Politics; 
4. Caste & Education in Early 19th Century Madras Presidency. 

Name:                                                       P. RADHAKRISHNAN
Gender:                                                  Male
Nationality:                                               Indian
Date of birth:                                            25 Oct 1949

Academic Qualifications
MA, M Phil, PhD (All in Sociology; Bangalore University, INDIA)
Teaching, Research Experience 
35 Years; Post-Graduate, Post-doctoral

Professor - 15 years - 1994-2009
Associate Professor - 8 years - 1986-94
Assistant Professor - 7 years - 1980-86
[The entire career except the first 18 months was at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai - 600 020, India; Retired on 31 Oct 2009.]