Andre Beteille

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Andre Beteille (born 30 September 1934) FBA is one of India's leading[1] sociologists and writers. He is particularly well known for his studies of the caste system in South India. He is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology since 2003.[2] He was appointed National Research Professor by the Government of India in 2007.[3] He is a recipient of the Indian civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan.[4]

In the words of historian Ramachandra Guha[5]

Béteille has written insightfully about all the major questions of the day: India's encounters with the West, the contest between religion and secularism, the relationship between caste and class, the links between poverty and inequality, the nurturing of public institutions, the role and responsibilities of the intellectual.

In the words of Dr. Surajit C. Mukhopadhyay [6]

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In 1992, he became a Fellow of the British Academy.[7] In 2005, Béteille received the Padma Bhushan from Government of India, as a mark of recognition for his work in the field of Sociology.[8][9] The same year he was appointed a member of the Prime Minister's National Knowledge Commission. In 2006, following a proposal for increasing caste-based reservations, Beteille quit the Commission in protest. He is Professor Emeritus at Department of Sociology, University of Delhi.[10]

Presently he is the Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya [11] and Ashoka University, in India.[12]


  • Sociology: Essays on Approach and Method, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Antinomies of Society: Essays on Ideologies and Institutions, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Chronicles of Our Time, Penguin Books, 2000.
  • The Backward Classes in Contemporary India, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Society and Politics in India: Essays in a Comparative Perspective, Athlone Press, 1991 (L.S.E. Monographs in Social Anthropology, no. 63).
  • The Idea of Natural Inequality and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, 1983 (new, enlarged edition, Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Inequality Among Men, Basil Blackwell, 1977 (Italian edition published as La diseguaglianza fra gli uomini, Il Mulino, 1981).
  • Studies in Agrarian Social Structure, Oxford University Press, 1974.
  • Six Essays in Comparative Sociology, Oxford University Press, 1974 (enlarged edition published as Essays in Comparative Sociology, Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Inequality and Social Change, Oxford University Press, 1972.
  • Castes: Old and New, Essays in Social Structure and Social Stratification, Asia Publishing House, 1969.
  • Caste, Class and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village, University of California Press, 1965.



  1. ^ "SG". 
  2. ^ "DU". 
  3. ^ Bipan Chandra and Andre Beteille Appointed as National Research Professors
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The wisest man in India". The Hindu. 2005-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  6. ^ Mukhopadhyay, Surajit C. (1 October 2012). "BOOK REVIEW - Democracy and its Institutions" (PDF). NUJS Law Review. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Corresponding Fellows". British Academy. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  8. ^ "ToI". 
  9. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Andre Beteille". Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Administrative Officials". NEHU Shillong. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Chancellor". Ashoka University. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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