Sunil Khilnani

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Sunil Khilnani (born New Delhi) is a Professor of Politics and Director of the King's College London India Institute. He is known for writing the book The Idea of India.[1][2] He was a 2010 Berlin Prize Fellow.


Khilnani was born in New Delhi and grew up on the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia. He earned a first at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and PhD at King’s College, Cambridge.

He was Starr Foundation Professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies,[3] and Director of South Asia Studies.[4]

He is married to the writer Katherine Boo.



  • Khilnani, Sunil (1993). Arguing revolution: the intellectual left in postwar France. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300057454. 
  • Khilnani, Sunil (1999). The idea of India. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 9780374525910. 
  • Khilnani, Sunil; Kaviraj, Sudipta (2001). Civil society: history and possibilities. Cambridge, UK New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521002905. 

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Khilnani, Sunil (2009), "Democracy and its Indian pasts", in Kanbur, Ravi; Basu, Kaushik, Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen | Volume II: Society, institutions and development, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 488–502, ISBN 9780199239979. 


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