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Born :
22 March 1956, Ahmednagar, India
Education :

B.Sc. Chemistry 1975, Bombay University; M.A. Political Science 1978 (JNU, New Delhi); M. Phil Political Science 1981 (JNU, New Delhi); D. Phil 1987, (Sussex, U.K.)

Professional Positions :
Co-Director, Lokniti- a programme on Comparative Democracy of CSDS and Visiting Senior Fellow, CSDS, Delhi; Lecturer (1987-1990), Reader (1990-1997), Professor (1997- till date), Head, Department of Political Science, Goa University, from 1996-2003.
Publications :

Books: Edited Contemporary India: Transitions, Sage, New Delhi, September 2000; Member, Scientific Council, Lusophonies Asiatiques, Asiatiques en Lusophonies, Karthala, Paris Lusotopie, 2000; ----- (et al) Social Science Research Capacity in South Asia, Social Science Research Council New York, 2001.

Articles: 32 in various journals, and edited books.

Research Interests :
1. Political Philosophy – with special reference to political paradoxes in democratic societies.
Democratic Theory – with focus on issues such as multiculturalism, minority rights, electoral systems, constitutional debates, etc.
3. Democratic Politics in India with special reference to:
    - forms of protest
    - decentralised politics - panchayat raj institutions
    - political parties – national and state
    - secularism
    - election studies – national and state
4. State politics of Goa.
5. Human Rights with special reference to Dalits.
Memberships :
Subject Expert for Ministry of Human Resource Development, Commonwealth Scholarships;
Member, Expert Panel on ‘Parliamentary Dimension of Democracy for the Establishment of the Framework for Good Practice of Democracy by Parliaments’ convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland;
Member, International Political Science Association (a) RC on Political Philosophy and (b) Political Sociology; Member,
Dalits Intellectual Collective, India,
Member, Editorial Advisory Committee of ICSSR for Survey of Discipline of Political Science;
Member, Editorial Committee of Indian Journal of Social Science Review;
Selection Committee for Ford Foundation, International Fellowships Programme. September 2001 and 2002.
Member on Committee, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Member Selection Committees for Professor in Political Science at Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore Universities.
Consultancy :
For International IDEA, Stockholm on State of Democracy project, March 1999;
For World Bank on Multi-State Study of Panchayat Raj Legislation and Administrative Reform, July–November 1999;
For Social Science Research Council, New York, for study of Social Science Research Capacity in South Asia, September–December 2001,
For – Ford Foundation, New Delhi. Review of Decentralization Programme of two Institutes, Institute of Social sciences, New Delhi and Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. February-March 2002.
For World Bank Dalits, Discrimination and the struggle foe Equal Citizenship, July 2003;
For UNDP- ICNRD State of Democracy study , Mongolia, July 2005.
Research Projects :
Supervised the Goa component of a panel study of pre-, mid-, exit and post-poll for Lokniti, for election years 1996, 1998, 1999; Project on Dalits, Discrimination and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship supported by the World Bank completed in August 2003; State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA) from June 2003-September 2005 sponsored by The Ford Foundation under the project on ‘Democracy and Human Security’, International IDEA, and European Union under their Cross Cultural Programme; Election Process Information Collection (EPIC) from October 2003-March 2004 supported by International IDEA.
Scholarships/Fellowships :
Government of India National Scholarship for Study Abroad for D.Phil at Sussex University, (U.K.) 1982-1987; British Council Visitorship to the U.K. to give lectures and make presentations at LSE, SOAS, Warwick and Sussex University, 1992; British Council Higher Education Link Programme, Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College London University, March 2000; Visiting Scholar at Taubman Centre, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, on Ford Foundation Programme on ‘Democracy and Diversity’, May 2001.
Office Address : Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054, India.
Tel: 91-11-23942199 Telefax: 91-11-23981012
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