Valerian Rodrigues

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Rodrigues talking on ‘The Bhakthi Movement and the Idea of Indian Nation’. Born July 29, 1949

Valerian Rodrigues (born 1949) is an Indian political scientist. He is known for his seminal work on Babasaheb Ambedkar,[1] and for his formulations of themes in Modern Indian Political Thought.[2][3] He is currently Ambedkar Chair at the Ambedkar University Delhi. Rodrigues has made substantial contributions to the debate on the working of the Indian Parliament,[4] constitutionalism in India,[5] and agrarian politics in India.[6] As a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi,[7] he was popular for his lectures on Indian and South Asian Political Thought, and critically reading the same through political concepts of modernity, secularism and nationalism. Before joining JNU, Rodrigues taught at the Department of Political Science at Mangalore University, Karnataka, India.[8]

Early life[edit]

Rodrigues was born in Loretto, Bantwal Taluk, Karnataka.[9] He received his MA from the University of Poona and his MPhil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a political activist in the 1970s, he was influential in securing land titles for landless farmers and farm workers of Coastal Karnataka under the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1974 [10]

Academic career[edit]

After receiving his MA from the University of Pune, Rodrigues first taught at Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College, Ujire, Karnataka. He received his PhD from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, India, in 1986, and was Agatha Harrison Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford from 1989-1991.[11] He was also a senior fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1999-2001.[12] Rodrigues taught Political Science at Mangalore University, Karnataka from 1982 to 2003 before moving to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he was Professor of Political Studies from 2003 to 2015. He is also National Fellow of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR).[13]

He has been the ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations) Visiting Professor at the University of Erfurt, Visiting Professor at the University of Wurzburg and Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Studies, Erfurt, Germany.[14][15]

Selected works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodrigues, Valerian (2003). The Essential Writings of B.R.Ambedkar. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Rodrigues, Valerian (2011). "Reading Texts and Traditions: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate". Economic and Political Weekly.
  3. ^ Rodrigues, Valerian (2011). "In Search of an Anchor: Muslim Thought in Modern India". Economic and Political Weekly.
  4. ^ Rodrigues, Valerian (2011). The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  5. ^ Bhargava, Rajeev (2008). Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution. Oxford University Press.
  6. ^ "Devaraj Urs and Lower Caste Mobilization in Karnataka".
  7. ^ "JNU Faculty Directory".
  8. ^ "Vice-President Ansari Releases Book by Mangalore's Prof. Rodrigues".
  9. ^ "Vice President Ansari Releases Book by Mangalore's Prof. Rodrigues".
  10. ^ "Devaraj Urs and Lower Caste Mobilization in Karnataka".
  11. ^ Garimella, Subramanium (2001). "Untouched..By Change".
  12. ^ "IIAS Fellow Archive".
  13. ^ "Reclaiming a Space for the Catholic Church".
  14. ^ "Democracy and Religious Minorities in India" (PDF).
  15. ^ "The Analysis of the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections".