Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Bhargava.jpgRajeev Bhargava

Director and Senior Fellow
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
(Advanced Program on Social and Political Theory)
University of Delhi

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Rajeev Bhargava is Senior Fellow and Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. He was formerly Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and between 2001 and 2005, Professor of Political Theory and Indian Political Thought and Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.

Bhargava obtained his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He has been a Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University, CR Parekh Fellow at the CSDS, Delhi, Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Bristol, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Visiting Fellow of the British Academy, and was the Asia Chair at Sciences Po Paris in the summer of 2006. He was the first Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Institute of Religion, Public Life and Culture, Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Queens University, Belfast, 2008. He will be a fellow at the Wissenschaft Kolleg, Berlin, 2009-2010.

His publications include Individualism in Social Science (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992), Secularism and its Critics (ed.) (OUP, New Delhi, 1998), Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (ed. with A. Bagchi and R. Sudarshan, OUP, 1999), Transforming India, (ed. with Francine Frankel et. al, OUP, 2000), Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship (ed. with H. Reifeld, Sage, 2005), Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (ed. OUP, Delhi, 2008), Social Justice (ed. with M. Dusche and H. Reifeld, Sage, 2008) and Political Theory: An Introduction, (ed. With Ashok Acharya, Pearson, 2008). He is currently working on a book on secularism. He has contributed to several international books and journals including the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. He contributes regularly to openDemocracy. He was a consultant to the UNDP Report on Cultural Liberty and Diversity.


  • Political theory and Indian politics
  • Philosophy of the Indian constitution
  • Truth commissions
  • Specificities of Indian democracy
  • Indian federalism
  • Rights of Dalits
  • Morally appropriate responses of the state to religious and cultural diversity in deeply divided societies