Sunil Khilnani

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Sunil Khilnani is a Professor of Politics and Director of the King's College London India Institute. He is a scholar of Indian history and politics best known as the author of The Idea of India (1997). He was the presenter of a BBC Radio 4 series entitled Incarnations: India in 50 Lives, which was later published as a book in 2016.[1][2][3] He was a 2010 Berlin Prize Fellow, and he is a recipient of the Indian government's 2005 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award.[4]


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.[2]

He was Starr Foundation Professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies,[5] and Director of South Asia Studies.[6]

He is married to the writer Katherine Boo.



Chapters in books[edit]


  1. ^ William Dalrymple, Incarnations: India in 50 Lives by Sunil Khilnani – review, The Guardian, 16 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "King's College London - Professor Sunil Khilnani". 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  3. ^ Roy, Amit (17 April 2011). "In UK pipeline: a new-India institute". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Arguing Democracy: Intellectuals and Politics in Modern India | Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 

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