Rajeev Bhargava

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Rajeev Bhargava
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Bhargava at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
Born (1954-11-27) November 27, 1954 (age 63)
Occupation Former Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (2005-2014); political theorist

Rajeev Bhargava (born November 27, 1954) is a noted Indian political theorist, who was the professor of Political Theory at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.[1] His works on political theory, multiculturalism, identity politics and secularism have evoked sharp debates.[2][3]

He is Senior Fellow and Former Director of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.[4]


He received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, followed by M.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford University.[4][5]


Bhargava started his academic career at St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1979, in the following year he joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi where he worked till 2005, when he joined Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi as a Senior Fellow and Former Director.[1]

Over the years, he has remained Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University, Leverhulme Fellow at University of Bristol, Senior Fellow at Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Visiting Fellow of the British Academy, and held the Asia Chair at Sciences Po Paris in 2006[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (OUP, 1999).[1] This book looks into the cultural dimension of political and political dimensions of identity and culture.
  • Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (OUP, 2008).[2] This book examines Indian constitution from the perspective of political theory.
  • What is Political Theory why do we need it? (OUP, Delhi, 2010).[3] In this book Bhargava clarifies concepts like secularism, multiculturalism, socialism, individualism and ethnocentrism etc.
  • The Promise of India's secular democracy (OUP, Delhi, 2010).[4] This book explores the politics of secularism in India.
  • Secular States and Religious Diversity (UBC Press, Vancouver, 2013). He gave the concept of Principled Distance model of secularism as an alternative model to be more suitable for a heterogeneous society like India.


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