Prof P Radhakrishnan (MIDS)


    Name                                    P. RADHAKRISHNAN  
    Sex                                      Male 
    Nationality                          Indian 
    Date of birth                       25 October 1949  


     Professor P Radhakrishnan 
     Triveni Apartments  
     Block 3, GB, CGE Colony 
     Kuppam Beach Road 
     Chennai - 600041 


CONTACT PHONES              

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    MA, M Phil, PhD (All in Sociology; Bangalore University, INDIA) 


     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 October 2009.]



      Charles Wallace Fellow, SOAS, London 

      ICSSR-IDPAD Fellow, Holland. 


      Cultural and Trend Expert, Asian Paints   
      Senior ConsultantLogframe Baseline Survey for the DFID supported Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme

1.     Member, Expert Committee for faculty selection,  Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad.

2.     Resource person for India and Sri Lanka, Transparency International UK’s Defence & Security Programme.  

3.     Resource person, Global Integrity, Washington (An International NGO  tracking global governance and corruption trends).  

4.   Member, Expert Committee, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC, University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development,       Government   of   India). 

5.     Member, Expert Committee, Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi.

6.     Member, Expert Committee, Gandhian Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi.

7.     Member, Expert Committee (for mid-term appraisal of FAEA (Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access), funded by Ford Foundation)), Delhi.

8.     Member, Expert Committee, FAEA (for selection of students from socially deprived sections for higher education scholarships.

9.     Resource person, annual meetings of the Principals of the FAEA cluster colleges under the Pathways Programme.

10.  Member, Advisory Committee for the development of the University Grants Commission’s Centre for the Study of Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Bharathidasan University.

11.   Member, Planning and Development Board, University of Madras.

12.   Member, Board of Research Studies, University of Madras.

13.   Member, Board of Studies in Sociology, Universities and Colleges, Tamil Nadu.

14.   Referee for manuscripts, Taylor and Francis (Routledge), London.

15.   Referee for manuscripts, Oxford University Press, India.

16.   Referee for  international journals.

17.   Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Sociological Bulletin.
18.   Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Peace and Democracy in South Asia.

19.   Member, Editorial Board, History and Culture.

20.   Member, Editorial Team, Milli Gazette.

21.  Consultant, Project on  implementation of the Protection of Civil Rights Act, National Law School of India University, Bangalore (sponsored by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India).

22.   Member, selection committees of Universities.

23.   Member, Governing Council, Madras Institute of Development Studies.

24.   Member, Academic Council, Madras Institute of Development Studies.




1.    Indian Sociological Society

2.    International Sociological Association



1.      Main speaker, symposium on Impact of Media on Culture and Society, Visual Communication  Department, Gurunanak College, Chennai, 29 August 2016.

2.     Key Note address at  UGC sponsored international seminar on CSR initiatives for inclusive and sustainable development; KBN College, Vijayawada, 20-21 February 2016.

3.    Land, Colonialism, and Modernity. Inaugural address at a national seminar on Colonial Modernity and Modernism in Kerala, PG Department of History, Government College, Kodungallur, Kerala, 6 Jan 2016.

4.    Contextualising Food Security. Inaugural address at a UGC seminar on Inclusive Food Security, Centre for   Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy. Bharathidasan University. 13 March 2015.

5.    Sensitising teachers in Humanities and Social Sciences. Address to higher education teachers. Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram. 26 March 2014.

6.    Gandhi and Satyagraha. Address to the participants of a conference on Mahatma Gandhi. Bodh Gaya. Jointly Organised by Central University, Bihar, and GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. 24-26 February 2014.

7.    Women, Politics and Development. Key Note address to the  national conference on the same theme.  Sri Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur, Kerala. 21 November 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 . Avinashilingam 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, University of Calicut & affiliated colleges. 24 Mar 2010. 

10.  Higher Education in Perspective (Analysis of the National Council for Higher Education and Research Bill) placed in Parliament. Address to Tamil Nadu Advocates Association, Chennai, 23 April 2010.

11.   Identifying economically backward among the non-reserved categories. Key Note address to a Workshop  by the National Commission for Identifying the Backward Classes Among the Non-reserved  Social Groups. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Institute of Social Sciences, Indore. July 2009.

12.  Globalization, Faith and Development Politics. January 2008. In a seminar on Structural Transformation, Developmental Politics, and Religious Polarisation. Council for Social Development. Delhi.

13.  Understanding the Nature of Social Sciences. Inaugural Address. February 2008. Seminar on Sociology in Tamil Nadu: Institutions, Knowledge and Practice,  by UGC and Department of Sociology, University of Madras.

14.   Globalisation and Exclusion. March 2008.  In a seminar on Globalisation and Managing Vulnerabilities. ISEC. Bangalore.

15.   Social Science Research in India. Valedictory Address. March 2008. Seminar on Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Science Research. Loyola College and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Chennai.

16.   Understanding cults in modern India. International Symposium on Cultic Studies, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, December 2007.

17.   Academic Freedom from a Human Rights’ Perspective. July 2006. In `The Challenges of Academic Freedom in the Global South: Role and Responsibilities of Academics and Researchers’,  by  CODESRIA at the   World   Forum on Human Rights.  Nantes, France.

18.   Reorienting the Reservation Policy: Lessons from the past and from Tamil Nadu. July 2006. In a seminar on  Reservation policy. IIPA, Delhi.

19.   OBC Reservation: The Tamil Nadu Experience. July 2006. In a seminar on Backward Classes and Reservations. Centre for Political Studies, JNU and National Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities, Delhi.

20.   From the Margins to the Mainstream. Key Note Address. January 2005. UGC seminar on Marginal Groups, Political Participation, and Social Development. Sociology Department. Madurai Kamaraj University.

21.   History-Sociology Interface. Sir William Meyer Endowment Lectures. February 2005 Department of Indian History. University of Madras.

22.   Globalisation and Education. March 2005. K.K. Shah Endowment Lectures. Department of Politics and Public Administration. University of Madras.




6.      'If Prabhakaran surrenders, Tamil suffering will end' 

7.      'In the Case Of Reservations, There Is No Exit'.

8.      Dalits Have Not Benefited From Quotas.




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 and Politics; Caste Conflicts; Dalit Problems; Emancipation Politics; Social Discrimination; Social Exclusion; Social Mobility; Social Movements; Untouchability; Weaker Sections);

4.    DISABLED AND SOCIETY (The need and means for building up inclusive societies)

5.    EDUCATION (Academic Freedom; Educational Perspectives and Disparities; Quality and Spread; Reservation Politics);


7.    GANDHIAN STUDIES (on the importance of non-violence, peace and Satyagraha in social development and social well-being);


9.    GLOBALIZATION (and Education, Religion, Society);

10.  POLITICS and GOVERNANCE (Electoral, Caste, Language, Religious, and Vote-bank Politics; Governance and Corruption; Democratic Governance; Law and Society; Public Policy);

11.  RELIGION (and Communalism, Globalisation, Secularism, Social Conflict, Terrorism; Religious Minorities).



    a)      Works [Books] in progress

1.     Caste,  Backwardness Politics, and Judiciary (about to go to press);     

2.     Caste Discriminations in Indigenous Education in British India (will go to press during 2016);

3.     Mandal Commission and After: India’s Affirmative Action Politics (still working);

4.     Caste and Education in Early 19th Century Madras Presidency (still working).


     b)       Works completed


1)      Project reports                                                                03 

2)      Books and Monographs                                                 06 

3)      Articles in edited books                                                 11 

4)      Articles in journals, web portals                                    30 

5)      Articles in MIDS Bulletin                                              05 

6)      MIDS Working Papers                                                   05

7)      Articles in mass media                                                 120 
8)      Book Reviews                                                                49






    a. Books, Monographs


1. Peasant Struggles, Land Reforms and Social Change: Malabar 1836-1982. 2018 (Second edition with a new Preface)

2.  INDIA: Political Villainy, UPA's Fall, AAP's Surge. 2014. 

3.    Religion, Caste and 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,   and  NIEPA. 2000.

          b. Projects


1.    Science, Technology and Social Sciences in Higher Education in Tamil Nadu: A Study of Democratization and Access. (Project sponsored by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development), 2009.

2.    Progress towards Education for All: The Case of Tamil Nadu (With R. Akila). (As part of India’s input to the World Summit on Education (Year 2000 Assessment of Education For All) held at Dakar)), sponsored 

       by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. April 2000.

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


     c.  Journal articles, book chapters, working papers, short notes


    Backward Classes, Reservations (Affirmative Action)


      1.    Muslim Backwardness and Sachar Report, South Asian Journal, No. 19, January-March 2008.
       2.    OBC Reservation and the Tamil Nadu Model. South Asian Journal. No. 13. July-September 2006.    
       3.    Job Quotas in the Private Sector. Economic and Political Weekly. XXXIX (40). 2-8 October 2004. Also in Sukhadeo Thorat, Aryama, and Prashant Negi Ed. Reservation and Private Sector: 
            Quest for Equal  Opportunity and Growth. Rawat Publications. 2005.
       4.    Dalits and Durban (reproduced from The Hindu (Leader Page). 27-28 August  2001).   In   Sukhadeo Thorat and Umakant Ed. Caste, Race and Discrimination: Discourses in   International Context
             Rawat Publications. 2004.
       5.    Backward Castes/Classes as Legal and Political Entities. In Veena Das (Ed.) The Oxford India Companion to Sociology and Social Anthropology. Vol. 2. Oxford University Press. 2003.
6.    Sensitising Officials on Dalits and Reservations. Economic and Political Weekly. XXXVII (7).  16-22 February 2002.     
7.    Caste, Politics, and the Reservation Issue. In B. Harriss‑White and 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 India. 1996 (Hard Cover); 1998 (Paper Back). Reproduced in The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 
             1 February 1998.    
9.    Mandal Commission: A Sociological Critique. In M.N. Srinivas (Ed.) Caste, Its Twentieth Century Avatar. Penguin India. 1996 (Hard Cover); 1998 (Paper Back). Reproduced in The Hindu (Sunday Magazine).  
             11-18 August 1996.    
OBCs and Central Commissions (On the two all‑India Backward Classes Commissions of 1953 and 1979). Seminar. No. 375. November 1990. 
11.    Karnataka Backward Classes (Report). Economic and Political Weekly. XXV (32). 11 August 1990.
Reservations in Theory and Practice. MIDS Bulletin. XX (4). April 1990.
     13.    Backward Classes in Tamil Nadu: 1872‑1988. Economic and Political Weekly. XXV (10). 10 March 1990 (Also MIDS Working Paper. No. 89. March 1989). 
14.    Tamil Nadu Backward Classes. MIDS Bulletin. XIX (10). October 1989.   
15.    Ambasankar Commission and Backward Classes (Report). Economic and Political Weekly. XXIV (23). 10 June 1989.   
16.    Evolution of Reservation Policy in Tamil Nadu. MIDS Bulletin. XIII (12). December 1983.
17.    In Defence of Mandal Commission. Economic and Political Weekly. XVI I (27). 3 July 1982.


   Bride Price and Dowry

    18.    Economics of Bride Price and Dowry. Economic and Political Weekly. XVIII (23). 4 June 1983.
    19.     Economics of Bride Price and Dowry. Economic and Political Weekly. XVIII (47). 19 November 1983.


   Caste System, Weaker Sections, Emancipation Politics

    20.    Vanniyar Separatism: Nebulous Issues (On  demand for bifurcation of Tamil Nadu for carving out the Vanniyar dominated northern districts as a separate state). Economic and Political Weekly. XXXVII (32).              10-16 August 2002.
    21.    Putting Society Together Again. In Henry Thiagaraj (Ed.) Human Rights From the Dalit Perspective. Dalit Liberation Education Trust. Madras, 1996. Reproduced from The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 27 August 1995.
22.    Caste Disabilities in Perspective. MIDS Bulletin. XXIII (8). August 1993.  
23.    Communal Representation in Tamil Nadu, 1850‑1916: The pre‑non‑Brahmin Movement Phase. Economic and Political Weekly. XXVII (31). 31 July 1993. Also MIDS Working Paper. No. 108. July 1992.   
  24.    Ambedkar’s Legacy to Dalits: Has the Nation Reneged on Its Promises. Economic and Political Weekly. XXVI (33). 17 August 1991 Also MIDS Working Paper. No. 101. January 1991.    
    25.    Ambedkar on Marx, Buddha and the Oppressed. In National Seminar on Marx, Ambedkar and Polarisation of Oppressed and Exploited Classes in India. Sanjivayya Institute of Socio‑Economic Studies.   New Delhi. 1991.
    Economic and Political Weekly
     26.     The Economic and Political Weekly is Dying, 18 Sep 2017, YouthKiAwaaz ; also, Countercurrentsorg, 19 Sep 2017

    27.   Intellectuals and India's Left. South Asian Journal. No.41. July-October 2013. 
Academic Freedom from a Human Rights’ Perspective: The Indian Case and its relevance to Africa. Journal Higher Education in Africa//RESA. Vol. 6.  Nos. 2&3. , 2008. Pp. 183-210.
    29.    Academic Freedom in India,
South Asian Journal, No. 18, October-December 2007.
    30.    Progress towards Education for All: The case of Tamil Nadu (With R. Akila). In R. Govinda (Ed.) India Education Report: A Profile of Basic Education. Oxford University Press, 2002. Published for   UNESCO, MHRD, and NIEPA.
    31.    India’s Educational Efforts: Rhetoric and Reality (With R. Akila). Economic and Political Weekly. XXVII (48). 27 November 1993. 
    32.    Indigenous Education in British India: A Profile. Contributions to Indian Sociology. 2 (1). January‑June 1990.    
    33.    Caste‑Discriminations in Indigenous Indian Education 1: Nature and Extent of Education in Early 19th Century British India. MIDS Working Paper. No. 63. April 1986.   
    34.    Caste‑Discriminations in Indigenous Indian Education 3: Study of Early 19th Century Bombay Presidency. MIDS Working Paper. No. 64. April 1986.


   Family, Social Change

   35.    Changing Family Among the Nayars. Vidya Bharati. V (1). January-June 1979.

    Globalization, Faith, Development Politics,  Exclusion, and Religion    

   36.   Globalization, Faith and Development Politics. In Prashant Kumar Trivedi Ed. The Globalization Turbulence: Emerging Tensions in Indian Society.   Council for Social Development and Rawat Publications.     New Delhi. 2011.
    37.   Religion under Globalization. In Jeffrey Haynes Ed. Religion and Politics: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (in four volumes). London: Routledge, 2010. Vol. III. Pp. 138-159.  
   38.   Globalization and Exclusion: The Indian Context. Global Asia. January-March 2009.
    39.   Understanding Cults in Modern India. In Volume on International Symposium on Cultic Studies, Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, December 2007.
    40.   Religion under Globalisation. Economic and Political Weekly. 39 (13). 27 March 2004.  Also in    Jeffrey Haynes Ed. Religion and Politics. Critical Concepts in Religious   Studies,   Vol. III,   (London:    Routledge, 2010), pp. 138-159.


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


   Law and Society

    42.    Lawyers’ Agitation in Tamil Nadu. Economic and Political Weekly. 14-20 December 2002.
     43.    Ayodhya Issue and Freedom of Expression. Economic and Political Weekly. 5-11 October 2002.


   Agrarian Problems, Peasant Struggles, Land Reforms, Social Change

    44.    Revisiting Land Reforms: Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In K Raman Pillai edited Land Reforms. A P H Publishing Corporation. New Delhi. 2010.
    45.    Farmers’ Suicides: Some Sociological Perspectives. South Asian Journal. No. 11. January-March 2006.    
46.    Land Reforms: Rhetoric and Reality. Economic and Political Weekly. XXV (47). 24 November 1990. 
47.    Tamil Nadu: Getting at Benami Land Holdings. Economic and Political Weekly. XXV (28). 14 July 1990.    
Land Reforms in Tamil Nadu. MIDS Bulletin. XIX (7). July 1989. 
Land Reforms and Social Change: Study of a Kerala Village. Economic and Political Weekly. XVIII (52‑53). 24-31 December 1983.    
50.    Land Reforms and Changes in Land System: Study of a Kerala Village. Economic and Political Weekly. XVII (39). 25 September 1982.    
51.    Land Reforms in Theory and Practice: The Kerala Experience. Economic and Political Weekly. XVI (52). 26 December 1981.    
52.    Peasant Struggles and Land Reforms in Malabar. Economic and Political Weekly. XV   (50). 13 December 1980. 
     Women's Studies
     53.   Women, Politics and Development. 12 December 2013.

    d. Articles in mass media

    Backward Classes, Reservations (Affirmative Action)

       1.  India's religious divide. The Sunday Indian. 7 June 2012.
      2.  Centre's minorities quota ploy badly backfires. DNA. 4 June 2012
      3.  Perpetuating the scourge of caste. The Hindu (Lead article) . 12 May 2012. 
      4.  India's Affirmative Action Politics As Seen Through Tamil Nadu's Specious Quota Law. 10 February 2012.

      5.  Quota: How Tamil Nadu  is setting a bad precedent. DNA. 15 September 2011;

      6.  Indiscriminating  ways of positive affirmation. Sahara Time. 31 July  2010;

       7.  ‘No’ to caste enumeration. The New Indian Express (Leader page) 26 October 2009.

      8.  India’s divisive backwardness politics. Asian Tribune. 5 July 2009.

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

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

    11.  Religion no bar (On the inclusion of the Dalits from other religions in the Scheduled Castes' list).  DNA . 11 March 2008.   

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

   13. OBC Reservation and TN Model. The New Indian Express (Leader page). 8 July 2006.
The Reservation Rigmarole. The New Sunday Express (Magazine section). 7 May 2006.
    15.  Sensitising Officials. The Hindu (Leader Page). 3-4 December 2001.
    16.  White or Grey? (On Tamil Nadu Government’s White Paper on Reservations tabled in the Assembly on 11 May 2000). The Hindu (Leader Page). 26 July 2000. 
     17.  Reservation Politics (In Karnataka). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 26 February 1995.
    18.  The Quota Conundrum (On the reservation politics in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 19 February 1995.      
Judicial Pragmatism, Political Opportunism (On the Supreme Court Judgments on the notifications relating to the Mandal Commission recommendations). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 14 March 1993.
.  Reservation in Perspective (On the emergence and history of reservation in Madras Presidency). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 23, 30 August; 6 September 1992.   
.  The Mandal Odyssey. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 13 October 1991.    
Reply to Andre Beteille: Some Issues Overlooked (On reservations). The Hindu (Leader Page). 8 November 1990.
    23.     Two Steps Backward (on the Mandal Commission Report). Frontline. 1-14 September 1990.

Banking and Home Loans

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

 Caste System, Weaker Sections, Emancipation Politics

     25.   Pattali Makkal Katchi's (PMK's) sectarian poison. Frontline. 12-25 January 2013.
     26.   Tamil Nationalism, then and now. Frontline. 12-25 January 2013. 
     27.    Caste factor in Census 2011 will pollute India's governance. DNA (Daily News & Analysis). 12 July 2011  
     28.   Caste Census: An Avoidable Aberration (on the proposal to include caste in the 2011 Census). Sahara Time.  1 May 2010.
Vanniyars and Social Mobility. The New Sunday Express (Sunday Magazine). 2 February 2003.
     30.   The Vanniyar Separatism. Frontline. 30 August 2002. 
     31.   The Vanniyar Vampire (Related to the write-up Vanniyar Separatism, but confined to the importance of the Vanniyar’s numerical preponderance in socio-political affairs). The New Sunday Express  

       (Magazine section), Cover Story. 28 July 2002.

     32.   Dalits & Durban (On the furor on caste-race discrimination & non-inclusion of caste in the U.N. Conference against Racism, etc., in Durban,  31 Aug to 7 Sep 2001.) The   Hindu   (Leader Page). 27-28 August 2001.  
Cast Off Caste in Census 2001 (On the need for excluding Caste from the 2001 Census). Indian Express (Leader Page). 9 December 1999.
     34.   Census: A Costly Digression (on the proposal to include caste in the 2001 Census). Frontline. 18 September 1998.
     35.   The Dalit Controversy (On the demands of Dalit Christians for Scheduled Caste status). The Hindu (Leader Page). 9-10 January 1996.   
.   Putting Society Together Again (On social exclusion and social integration). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 27 August 1995.     
.   Manuvadis and Mayawati (On Brahmin‑Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh). The Hindu (Leader Page). 30 June 1995.   
.   Exploiting the Exploited (On Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s exploitation of the usage Pariah). The Hindu (Leader Page). 13 May 1995.  
.   The Truth about Manu's Misdeeds (A fresh look at Manusmriti). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 8 November 1992; Also in Youth Ki Awaaz    24 March 2016.
Ambedkar on Minorities. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 22 September 1991.
.   Political Appropriation of Ambedkar. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 12 May 1991. 
.   The Political Relevance of Ambedkar. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 5 May 1991.
.   Ambedkar’s Legacy. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 20 January 1991.


    Abolishing Death Penalty

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

     45.    Death becomes us. The New Indian Express on Sunday. 19 October 2006.


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

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

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


    Electoral  Politics

      54.   Three cheers to Mamata Banerjee (in the context of alliance and FDI politics). DNA. 23 September 2012. 

      55.   A case for Sangma as President. DNA. 21 June 2012

      56.   DMK's last gasp (On the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2011). Asian Tribune, 15 May 2011

      57.   Hobson's choice (On Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, 2011). Sahara Time. 26 March 2011.
      58.   Remembering the ‘statesman’ (On the occasion of the 25th death anniversary of Indira Gandhi). The New Indian Express (Op Ed page). 30 October 2009. 

      59.   A deceptive democracy (in three parts).
Asian Tribune. 7, 14, 21 June 2009.
      60.   Democratic Governance. The Hindu (Leader Page). 15-16 April 2002.
      61.   Tamil Nadu’s Shame (On the political crisis in Tamil Nadu precipitated by the arrest of DMK President and former Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi at the behest of AIADMK General Secretary and Chief    Minister,    J. Jayalalitha). The Hindu (Leader Page) 3 July 2001.    
.   Electoral Eccentricities. (On the swearing-in of Jayalalitha as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu despite her disqualification by the Election Commission from contesting the Assembly election). The Hindu (Leader Page).  23 May 2001.    
.   Conviction Politics (On the conviction related disqualification of Jayalalitha). The Hindu (Leader Page). 1-2 May 2001.   
.   Politics of Perdition. (On the present Tamil Nadu election politics). The Hindu (Leader Page). 21-22 March 2001.   
.   Coalitions and Political Skulduggery' (On political perfidies at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 11 May 1999. 
Witches’ Brew or Magic Potion? (On the political crisis at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 16 February 1998.  
The Perfidies of Power (On the political crisis at the Centre). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 10 April 1997.    
.   Practical or Suicidal? (On India’s electoral politics). The Hindu (Leader Page). 26-27 April 1996.

    Faith and Development
      69.   Kerala's Development Paradox. The Hindu (Op Ed.), 14 May 2018. 
      70.       Crossing the Sethu Rubicon (On the politics of religion in the construction of the under-water Ramar-Sethusamudram bridge),  The New Indian Express (Leader page). 26 September 2007.

    Gandhian Studies
    71.   Mahatma More Relevant Today Than Ever. Sahara Time. 3-9 October 2010.
      72.   Celebrating Gandhiji. Mathrubhumi Weekly (Annual Special on Mahatma Gandhi). March 2010.
   The Meaning of Vaikom (On the meaning, message and significance of the Vaikom Satyagraha of  1924‑25 under Gandhi’s leadership for establishing the rights of the Untouchables to use the temple road). 
              The Hindu (Leader Page). 5-6 April 1999.

    Governance,  Corruption
    72.   The ubiquitous 'Common Man' of India. One India One People.  February 2014. 
      73     The Kejriwals need all-out support to throw the corrupt out. Daily News and Analysis. 19 November 2012. 
      74.    The UPA's not so melodious swansong. Daily News and Analysis. 21 March 2012.
     75.   The Lokpal's last gasp (On the Lokpal bill). Daily News and Analysis.  2 Januay 2012.

      76.    Team Anna's surge and UPA's fall (On the Jan Lokpal bill). Daily News and Analysis. 26 August 2011.


     Hindutva Politics of Intolerance

   77.  Gauri Lankesh And BJP’s ‘Propaganda Machinery’, Youth Ki Awaaz, 10 Sep 2017; also in, 12 Sep 2017.

    International Affairs
    78.   India has again bungled the marines issue. Daily News and Analysis. 26 March 2013.
     79      India botchedup the marines issues. Daily News and Analysis. 15 March 2013.
     80.   Kasab's hanging does no good to UPA-2 or to India. 
Daily News and Analysis. 22 November 2012. 
     81.    Terrorism is imperialist Frankenstein. Asian Tribune. 4 February 2007.
     82.    The Taliban Tangle (On terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 11 September 2001, and the retaliatory strikes). The Hindu (Leader Page). 24 September 2001. Reproduced on the  Socialist Alliance website. 

    Language Politics 

     83.   Narcissism on Fire: Kalaignar's Pyrotechnics (On the First World Classical Tamil Conference). Sahara    Time. 17 July 2010.        

      84.   Antiquity beckons World Classical Tamil Conference. Sahara Time. 26 June 2010.

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


    Law and Society

     86.  Prostitution is the metaphor for a malaise. Daily News and Analysis. 19 May 2016.

     87.   Why Kanhaiya Kumar’s Bail Order Is No Exception To The ‘Strange Ways Of Indian Judiciary’. Youth Ke Awaaz, 11 March 2016. Also in 13 March 2016.

      88.    Fishing in Mullaperiyar's troubled waters. Daily News and Analysis. 9 December 2011   

       89.   Moral Policing and Chastity Politics (On film artist  Khushboo’s interview to India Today on premarital sex and live-in relationship and the court cases against Khushboo). Sahara Time. 15 May 2010.
     90. interview plagiarised by Outlook magazine. Asian Tribune. 2 November 2009.
91.   Plagiarise or Perish. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 7, 14 July 2002.   
.   CNG Jolts Delhi! How did it happen? News. 4 September 2001.

    Nation's Concerns
    93.   India: Anbumanis and Other Avoidable Scandals. Asian Tribune. 1 December 2007.
From Missile to Messianism: The Beginning of the Odyssey of a Proactive President. The Milli Gazette. 1-15 September 2002.    
95.   Census and the Disabled (On issues for consideration in the census of the   disabled as part of the 2001 Census). The Hindu (Leader Page). 11 July 2000.


    Politics, Perfidies

     96.   The Spectrum spectre. The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 10 December 2010.

      97.   85 and still Scripting. The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 04 June 2008.
      98.   It's advantage Amma (On the electoral politics in Tamil Nadu). The New Indian Express (Leader Page). 12 May 2009.
      99.   The Legacy of Kamaraj. 24 November 2003.   
100.   The Affairs of Governance. February 2001.
    101.   The Mother of All Scamsters. (On the politics of corruption in Tamil Nadu during AIADMK (Jayalalitha’s) rule, 1991‑96). The Hindu Business Line. 19 August 1997.
    102.   A Mother’s Elegy for the AIADMK (On the misrule of Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu, 1991‑96). The Hindu Business Line. 20 August 1997. 
     103.   Rao’s Redemption (Appraisal of P.V. Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister of India). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 16 March 1997.   
     104.   The Rise and Fall of Rao (Appraisal of P.V. Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister of India). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 23 March 1997.   
     105.   Scams and Stability (On the politics of corruption in India). The Hindu Business Line (Leader Page). 16-17 January 1997.   
.   Marriage and Morals (On the controversy about the vulgarity, ostentation and misuse of Government machinery for the marriage of Jayalalitha’s foster‑son). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 12 November       1995.

    Religion, Communalism
    107.   No burqas in the land of bikinis. Asian Tribune. 28 June 2009. 
Danish cartoons: Muslims are right to be angry. The Milli Gazette. 11 February 2006.
.   Modi’s Cyber Chicanery. (On Hindutva’s manipulation of electoral politics in Gujarat).  The Milli Gazette (Online), 9 December 2002; (Print Edition), 16-31 December 2002. 
.   Communal carnage and political opportunism. The Milli Gazette. 1-15 June 2002.  
.   Conversion Politics. The Hindu (Leader Page). 6-7 November 2002.   
Faith in a time of rationality (On miracle and Mother Teresa). The Hindu   (Sunday Magazine). 30 September 2001.    
.   The Conversion Bogey (On Hindutva’s atrocities against minorities). The Hindu (Leader Page). 25-26 January 1999. 
14.   Camouflaging Communalism (On the two Bills before Parliament to curb communalism in elections). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 7 November 1993. 
14.   A Deepening Paradox (On the politics of temple administration in Tamil Nadu). The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 22 December 1991. 


49.  Limiting Ambedkar. Review of Eleanor Zelliot's book Ambedkar's World: The Making of Babasaheb Aambedkar and the Dalit Movement. Frontline. November 27-December 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 JournalNo. 32. April-June  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 and Deepika D’Souza
       Ed.  The World Bank in India: Undermining Sovereignty, Distorting Development. The New Sunday Express (Magazine section). 30 January 2011. 
45.  Secret Villainy of Churchill.  Review of Madhusree Mukerjee's book, Churchill’s Secret War:  The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II. The New Sunday Express. 24 October 2010. 
44.  The Iconic Anna. Review of R Kannan’s book ANNA: The Life and Times of CN Annadurai,  Sahara Time.  24 April 2010. 
43.  A new choreography of two nineteenth century wars. Review of Rajmohan Gandhi’s book A Tale   of Two Revolts: India 1857 & the American Civil War.   South Asian Journal. No. 30, October-December 2010. 
42.  Rediscovering the story of unity amid diversity. Review of Meghnad Desai’s book, The Rediscovery  of India. The New Sunday Express. 3 January 2010. 
41.  John Richardson’s book, Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict, Terrorism and   Development from Sri Lanka’s Civil Wars. Contemporary South Asia. 16(3) September 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 and against Judicial Populism. Asian  Tribune 29  November  2007. 
39.  Debi Chatterjee. Up Against Caste: Comparative Study of Ambedkar and Periyar. Indian Social Science Review.. Vol. 7. No. 1. January-June 2005.   
38.  Gail Omvedt. Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste. Sociological Bulletin. Vol. 54, No. 1, January-April 2005.   
37.  Rajen Harshe (Ed.) Interpreting Globalisation: Perspectives in International Relations. Seminar. No. 556, December 2005.  
36.  James Petras and 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 and Culture in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. XXV (1).  May 2003. 
34.  Surinder S. Jodhka (Ed.) Communities and Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture and Politics in India. Sociological Bulletin. 52 (1). March 2003. 
33.  Angela W. Little: Labouring to Learn: Towards a Political Economy of Plantations, People and Education in Sri Lanka. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration. XVII (1). January 2003. 
32.  Arun Shourie. Courts and Their Judgments. Seminar. No. 519. November 2002.  
31.  On an Appraisal Journey. The Hindu  (Sunday Magazine). 4 July 1999. Review of C.P. Bhambri’s book Indian Politics Since Independence. Vol. 2. 
30.  Faultiness at Fifty. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 6 December 1998. Review of the book  Polity and Governance: Papers and 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 January 1998. 
28.  Suresh Chandra Ghosh. The History of Education in Modern India: 1757‑1986. Frontline. 6 September 1996. 
27.  The Last Maharaja. Review of Louise Ouwerkerk’s book. No Elephants for the Maharaja: Social and Political Change in Travancore, 1921‑47. (Ed.) by Dick Kooiman. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 
       15 October 1995.  
26.  Defending the Indefensible. Reply to a rejoinder (Sir C.P. Maligned) to the above review. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 26 November 1995.  
25.  S. Gurumurthy. Technical Assistance and Economic Development: The Indian Experience. Indian Review of Books. March‑April 1995. 
24.  Eleanor Zelliot.  From Untouchable to Dalit: Essays on the Ambedkar Movement. Indian Economic and Social History Review. XXXI (1). July‑September 1994.  
23.  Embourgeoisement of India. Review of Robert W. Stern’s book Changing India: Bourgeois Revolution on the Subcontinent. Indian Review of Books. June‑July 1994. 
22.  Rama on Trial. Review of Jitendra Bajaj (Ed.) Ayodhya and the Future of India. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 6 March 1994.  
21.  India’s Pervasive Violence. Review of M.N. Srinivas’ book On Living in a Revolution and Other Essays. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 19 December 1993. 
20.  The Paradox of Discrimination. Review of Andre Beteille’s book The Backward Classes in Contemporary India. The Hindu (Sunday Magazine). 10 January 1993. 
19.  Caste Dominance, Old and New. Review of Francine R. Frankel and M.S.A. Rao Ed. Dominance & State Power in Modern India: Decline of a Social Order, 2 Volumes. Indian Express (Madras). 13 April 1991. 
18.  K.N. Panikkar's book Against Lord and State: Religion and Peasant Uprisings in Malabar, 1836‑1921. Development and Change. 22 (3). July 1991.   
17.  Munro as an Imperial Hero. Review of Burton Stein’s book Thomas Munro: The Origins of the Colonial State and His Vision of Empire. Economic and Political Weekly. XXVI (1‑2). 5-12 January 1991. 
16.  Historian’s Delight. Review of K.N. Panikkar’s book Peasant Protests and Revolts in Malabar. Indian Express (Madras). 8 December 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 July 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 and the Colonial Order in Southeast Asia. Indian Express (Madras). 28 April 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 February 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 February 1985.  
9.    Marc Galanter. Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Classes in India. MIDS Bulletin. XIV (11). November 1984.  
8.    Blighted Roots. Review of Dharampal’s book The Beautiful Tree: Indigenous Indian Education in the Eighteenth Century. Indian Express (All‑India). 26 February 1984. 
7.    A Study of Peasant Societies. Review of Joan P. Mencher (Ed.) Social Anthropology of Peasantry. The Hindu (Tuesday edition). 22 November 1983.  
6.    Confusing & Misleading. Reviews of Murli M. Sinha’s book Modernisation & Community Power, and N.D. Kamble’s book Labour Migration in Indian States. Indian Express (All‑India). 20 November 1983. 
5.    Peasants in Revolt. Review of D.N. Dhanagare’s book Peasant Movements in India, 1920‑1950. Indian Express (All‑India) 17 July 1983. 
4.    The Soviet Dilemma. Review of Daniel Singer’s book Road to Gdansk: Poland and the USSR. Economic and Political Weekly. XVIII (26). 25 June 1983.   
3.    Logan’s Legacy. Review of K.K.N. Kurup’s book William Logan: A Study in the Agrarian Relations of Malabar. Economic and Political Weekly. XVI (28‑29). 11-18 July 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 and Political Weekly. XIV (26). 30 June 1979.  
1.    Robin Jeffrey.  The Decline of Nayar Dominance: Society and Politics in Travancore, 1847-1908. Social Scientist. V (12). No. 60. July 1977.