Ashis Nandy is a political psychologist and sociologist of science who has worked on cultures of knowledge, visions, and dialogue of civilizations. At present he is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Developing Societies and Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, both located in Delhi. He has coauthored a number of human rights reports and is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival. He is a member of the Executive Councils of the World Future Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties. Nandy has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Hull, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh. He held the first UNESCO Chair at the Center for European Studies, University of Trier, in 1994.
Bishnu N. Mohapatra After completing his education at the University of Delhi and University of Oxford, Bishnu N. Mohapatra has been teaching at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, since 1994. Currently he is looking after the Governance portfolio of the Ford Foundation’s South Asia office located at New Delhi. His research interest covers themes such as democracy, minority rights, identity politics, pluralism and social justice. His short essay ‘Understanding Indignities’ based on Dalit autobiographies has drawn accolades from scholars belonging to different social science disciplines. He is one of the editors of the volume on Social Capital and Democracy, published by Sage Publications in 2004. An admired poet in Oriya language, he is deeply sensitive to human suffering.
G.N. Devy, former Professor of English Literature at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda is a well-known literary critic and tribal language specialist. He is a socio-linguist and activist, besides being an expert on the tribal society located in Gujarat. His exposition of cultural studies of tribes is of great importance to social science. He is Head of the Bhasha Centre that promotes research and publication in tribal languages. He is a recipient of Sahitya Academy Award, India’s highest honour for litterateurs.
A. Satyanaryana is a Professor of History, Osmania University, Hyderabad. His publications include books like Andhra Peasants under British Rule; Dalits and Upper Castes: Essays in Social History; Economy, Society and Polity: Studies in Agrarian history; Recent Trends in Historical Studies and a number of research papers in reputed journals. Under the rubric of ‘Dalit History”, he teaches Dalit literature, culture and counter-culture, Dalit movements and the role of Brahminism in the subservience of Dalits. Thus, his eminence in the field of Dalit Studies emanates from his skill in the formation of Dalit perspective among his students.
S.M. Dahiwale is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pune, Pune. In addition to two booksEmerging Entrepreneurship among Scheduled Castes of Contemporary India (1989) and Rural Poverty and Slums (1997), he has published nineteen articles in reputed journals. He has also served as a member of the Maharastra State Backward Classes Commission (1992-99). Recently, he has been nominated as a consultant member of the Social Justice and Empowerment Committee for the Mid-Term Appraisal Document of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07), Planning Commission. Government of India, New Delhi.