Dilip D'Souza

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Dilip D'Souza
D'Souza with wife Vibha Kamat from 2003 BITS alumni reunion dinner
EducationBITS Pilani,
Brown University
Occupation(s)Writer and journalist

Dilip D'Souza (born 1960) is a Mumbai-based writer and journalist.[1] He writes about social and political causes. His columns have appeared in The Sunday Observer, Rediff.com, Outlook, Mid-Day, Hindustan Times, indiatogether.org, The Caravan[2] and other publications.

Personal life[edit]

Dilip D'Souza was born to Neela, a former Indian Administrative Service officer and Maharashtra Chief Secretary and activist J.B. D'Souza.[3][4][5] D'Souza did a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani (1976–81) and an MS in Computer Science from Brown University (1984).[6]

He married French language teacher Vibha Kamat in 1993, and they have two children, son Sahir, born 1999 and daughter Surabhi, born 2004.[7] He studied and worked as a software engineer in United States from 1981 to 1992 when he returned to India to write full-time.[8] He speaks Tamil, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani, English, French and Spanish.

As an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, he is dedicated to alumni activities and has come over many times to his alma mater. He was there in February 2010 to promote his new book Roadrunner.[9] He is currently on the editorial board of the BITS Alumni magazine Sandpaper.[10] D'Souza also maintains a blog "Death Ends Fun".[11]


D'Souza has won several awards for his writing, including The Daily Beast award for South Asian commentary, the Statesman Rural Reporting Award, the Times of India/Red Cross prize, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize (for which he was also, earlier, runner up), the Sanctuary Magazine prize and more.[12]

  • Outlook/Picador prize in 2004 for his essay "Ride Across The River".[13] It was about an Army officer killed in action in Kashmir, examining patriotism through his example.


  • D'Souza is a member of the Managing Committee of Citizens for Peace (CfP) in Mumbai.
  • D'Souza has worked with the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the Narmada Bachao Andolan and Ekta.
  • D'Souza was a member of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD). The PIPFPD pursues "Track II diplomacy", meaning increased contact between ordinary people in both countries, towards peace between India and Pakistan.
  • He was also a member of the India Progressive Action Group (IPAG) in Austin, Texas, that funded and worked closely with various rural development projects in India.
  • He was on the editorial board of the Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) and the Foundation for Humanization.
  • D'Souza was an invited speaker/panelist to the Austin conference of the Association for India's Development (AID[14]) and witnessed first-hand their relief and rehabilitation work in Tamil Nadu after the tsunami in December 2004.


  • Branded by Law: Looking at India's Denotified Tribes, by Dilip D'Souza. Published by Penguin Books, 2001. ISBN 0-14-100749-4.
  • The Narmada Dammed: An Inquiry into the Politics of Development, by Dilip D'Souza. Published by Penguin Books, 2002. ISBN 0-14-302865-0
  • Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America, by Dilip D'Souza. Published by HarperCollins India, 2009. ISBN 81-7223-906-8
  • The Curious Case of Binayak Sen, by Dilip D'Souza. Published by HarperCollins India, 2012. ISBN 93-5029-486-9
  • Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar[15], by Dilip D'Souza. Published by Random House, 2014. ISBN 81-8400-636-5
  • Dhyan Singh 'Chand': Hockey's Magician[16], by Dilip D'Souza. Published by Pratham Books, 2016.


  1. ^ "Veteran writer, Dilip D'Souza wins Daily Beast South Asia prize". Hindustan Times. 22 June 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. ^ "The Caravan – A Journal of Politics and Culture". Caravanmagazine.in. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  3. ^ Pandey, Sunchika (12 November 2012). "Silver screen baddie takes on real-life criminals". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  4. ^ PUCL. "Maharashtra govt. stalling on Srikrishna commission's report on massive killings of muslims in Mumbai, Sept. 2001". Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  5. ^ Nigel Harris (8 October 2007). "Obituary: Bain D'Souza". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  6. ^ conduit Brown University .
  7. ^ http://spfall2004.bitsaa.org/Fall2004/pdf/SelectedClassNotes.pdf[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "AID Conference 2004 : Speakers". studentorgs.utexas.edu. Archived from the original on 13 September 2005.
  9. ^ "Dilip D'Souza Book Road Runner An Indian Quest in America BITS Pilani Release". PRLog. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Sandpaper – The BITSAA Magazine". Sandpaper.bitsaa.org. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  11. ^ Dilip D'Souza. "Death Ends Fun". Dcubed.blogspot.com. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  12. ^ "D'Souza, Dilip " Sarai-CSDS Independent Fellows 2006". Ifellows2006.wordpress.com. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Home". aidindia.org.
  15. ^ . ASIN 8184006365. {{cite book}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Pratham Books http://store.prathambooks.org/p_9789350226407. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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