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.



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