Dr. Dhananjay Rai Profile

Dr. Dhananjay Rai

Assistant Professor,

Centre for Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies,

School of Social Sciences,

Central University of Gujarat
Gandhinagar-382030
Gujarat, India

Email: dhananjay[@]cug.ac.in


RESEARCH INTEREST:

Political Theory, Political Thought, Political Economy, Cultural Theory

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Centre for Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (September 22, 2011 onwards) [Contract period between September 22, 2011- November 26, 2012; regular November 27, 2012 onwards]

Previous Position

  • Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Analysis, New Delhi (January 2011- September 20, 2011)

Administrative Position:

Chairperson/ Coordinator (December 2013-December 2015), Centre for Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies, School of Social Science, Gujarat.

Visiting Scholar / Visiting Fellow:

  • Visiting Fellow (March 1- March 6, 2016), Gujarat Vidyapith (Mahadev Desai Gramseva Mahavidyalaya, Sadra Campus), Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • Visiting Scholar (March 3- March 8, 2014) under the DSA Programme of the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D : 2006- 2010(Awarded in February 2012), Centre for Political Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi-110067 India.
  • M.Phil : 2003- 2005, Department of Political Science University of Delhi Delhi-11007 India.
  • M.A. in Political Science : 2001-2003, Hindu College University of Delhi Delhi-110007 India.

FELLOWSHIP:

UGC JRF/SRF NET (2004)

PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

  • Rai, D. (edited) (2016; forthcoming). Nehru aur adhunikta (Nehru and Modernity). New Delhi: AAKAR Books.
  • Rai, D. (edited) (2016). Swatantrottar bhartiya rajniti [Post-Independence Indian Politics]. New Delhi: Ananya Prakashan.
  • Rai, D. (2013). Contemporary Indian political theory: A critical analysis. New Delhi: AAKAR Books.
  • Thakur, M. N. & Rai, D. (Eds.) (2013). Democracy on the move? Reflections on moments, promises and contradictions. New Delhi: AAKAR Books.

Research Journals

  • Rai, D. (2016). Hermeneutics of violence [Review of The Weight of Violence: Religion, Language and Politics edited by Saitya Brata Das and Soumyabrata Choudhury , Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015, pp. xxi 271, Rs. 895.00], The Book Review, XL (3).
  • Rai, D. (2015). Pathan committee report: Undermining the idea of a university. Social Change, 45(2), 341-350.
  • Rai, D. (2015). Immanent and context transcending Habermas [Review of the Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives by Tom Bailey (edited), Routledge, New Delhi, 2013, pp. x 248, Rs. 795.00], The Book Review, XXXIX (5).
  • Rai, D. (2014). Resistance centre stage [Review of the book Theorising resistance: Narratives in history and politics by Jasbir Jain, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2014, pp xvi+224, Rs. 625.00]. The Book Review, XXXXVIII (4).
  • Rai, D. (2014). Disappearance of the study of politics. Economic and Political Weekly, xlix (31): 53-57.
  • Rathva, A. Rai, D. & Rajaram, N. (2014) Denotification of the Rathvas as adivasis in Gujarat. Economic and Political Weekly, xlix (6): 22-24.
  • Rai, D. (2014). B. N. Ghosh, Beyond Gandhian Economics: Towards a Creative Deconstruction, New Delhi: SAGE, pp. xvii+224, Rs. 650, Hardbound. Social Change, 44(1) 165-170.
  • Rai, D. (2013, January-June). India, Pakistan and coalescence history of people. The Journal of Interdisciplinary Research and Action, 7(1-2).
  • Rai, D. (2012). Renewal of the rights discourse: Politics of creative theory. Social Change, 42(4), 559-563.
  • Rai, D. (2012). Book review [Narayan Lakshman, Patrons of the poor: Caste politics and policymaking in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. xvi+249, Rs.675, Hardbound] Social Change, 42(4), 149-152.
  • Rai, D. (2012). Visham vahishkaran , dalit aur atitvad. Samved, 4(1), 224-236.
  • Rai, D. (2011). India and Pakistan: Exploring the tangibility of three zones. Think India Quarterly, 14(4), 91-102.
  • Rai, D. (2011). Corruption fight and language of Indian state: A tale of the Indian public sphere. Canadian Social Science, 7 (4), 100-103.
  • Rai, D. (2011). Foundational knowledge and de-decentering tendency. Indian Researcher. 1(1), 46-58.
  • Rai, D. (2011). Popular Hindi cinema as Gandhi's alter ego! : An exploration in respect of "Gandhi, My Father". Social Change, 41(1), 63-78.
  • Rai, D. (2010). Dalits, globalization and economism. Think India Quarterly, 13(3), 217-243.

Chapters in Books:

  • Rai, D. (2015). Cul-de-sac globalisation: Veil of ignorance perspective vs dalit women response. In Y.C. Rao & S. Karakoti (eds.), Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Caste, Class and Gender. Delhi: Meena Book Publications.
  • Rai, D. (2013). Moment and movement: Dehyphenating the debate. In M. N. Thakur and D. Rai (Eds.) Democracy on the Move? Reflections on moments, promises and contradictions (pp. 143- 171). New Delhi: AAKAR Books.
  • Rai, D. (2012). Dalits and social justice: A perusal of electoral politics. In K. Gupta et all, Changing dimensions of social justice in new global Era (pp. 248-258). New Delhi: Pentagon Press.

Article in Leading Dailies and Magazines

  • Rai, D. (2015, January). Dalit Rajniti Ki Vachariki. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2014, February). Bhajapa ka loktantra. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2013, September). Bhartiya rajniti mein netritva ke prakriti. Sablog
  • Rai, D. (2013, March). Abhvyakti ke swatantra ka charitra. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2013, January). Bharat, vastavik astitva aur avastvik astitva ka dwanda, Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2012, January). Yuva , yuva rajniti aur rajnitik sarokar. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2012, September). Samrajyawad, swaraj aur bhartiya paridrishya. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2011, July). Vampanth aur chunavi vishleshan, Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2010, November 28). Anubhuti aur gyan ka dwand. Jansatta (a national Hindi Daily).
  • Rai, D. (2010, January 14). Prithak pradesho ki rajniti. Jansatta,
  • Rai, D. (2009, November). Loktantra aur parivarvad. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2009, June). Sansadiya loktantra aur dalit rajniti. Sablog.
  • Rai, D. (2006, February). Kalyankari rajya dalito ke liye. Samyantar.
  • Rai, D. (2005, October-December). Kalyan kari rajya ka badalta swaroop. Apeksha
  • Rai, D. (2005, March). Dalit samaj ke sarokar. Samyantar.

CHAIR / PAPER PRESENTATION / INVITED TALK:

  • Delivered an invited talk Gandhi and Public Action, organised by the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, April 21, 2016.
  • Reading Gandhi and Ambedkar beyond tradition and constitution, presented for The Contemporary Relevance of Social and Political Thought of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, a national seminar organised by Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute in collaboration with Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, March 19-20, 2016.
  • Ambedkar, Identity and Modernity, presented for Philosophy of B.R. Ambedkar in Contemporary Period, an international seminar organised by Centre for Studies and Research in Gandhian Thought and Peace, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), March 16-18, 2016.
  • Ambedkar, Economism and Globalisation, presented for Revisiting Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the Era of Globalization, a national seminar organized by Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, Delhi in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi) March 12, 2016.
  • Nehru and Modernity, presented for Political Leadership in Independent India: Challenges and Emerging Trends, a national seminar organised by Department of Political Science, Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi, Delhi in collaboration with UGC (New Delhi) March 10 -11, 2016.
  • Debating Swaraj: A Search of a Political Community, presented for Gandhi and the Contemporary World, an international conference organised by Gandhi Study Circle, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, Delhi, in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (New Delhi), Indian Council of Philosophical Research (New Delhi) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), February, 24-25, 2016.
  • Making of Hindu-Political in Contemporary Gujarat: Story of Gujarat Farmers, presented for Agrarian Questions in Contemporary Indian Politics , a national seminar organised by Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi) February 18-19, 2016.
  • Delivered an invited talk on Debating Swaraj, organised by Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi, October 16, 2015.
  • Delivered an invited talk Ethics without Politics: A Note on Indian Political Thinking. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, September 10, 2015.
  • Delivered an invited talk on Nehru and Modernity in Contemporary India , organised by Department of Political Science, Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi , September 8, 2015.
  • Discussant on a session Politics and Representation for Creative Theory Colloquium II, organised by , organized by Foundation for Creative Social Science Research in Collaboration with India International Centre, New Delh, September 5-6,
  • Delivered a invited talk on Quantitative Research Methods: Techniques of Data Collection: Questionnaire, Interview Schedule Method on August 8, 2015, organised by Centre for Studies in Society and Development, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), August 3-12, 2015.
  • Chaired a session on Mapping the Politics of Developmental and Democracy, DCRC National Social Science Researchers' Colloquium 2015 on Researching the Contemporary, India, organised by Developing Countries Research Centre (dcrc), University of Delhi, April 16-17, 2015.
  • Gandhi and Politics, a plenary session presentation for Youth Civic Engagement in India: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, a national seminar organised by UGC funded HDFS-Human Rights Education (HRE) Program at the Department of HDFS, Faculty of Family & Community Sciences, the M. S. University of Baroda, September 17-19, 2014.
  • Dalit Representation in Popular Hindi Cinema: In Search of A Perspective, presented for Creative Theory Colloquium 2014, organised by Foundation for Creative Social Research and India International Centre, New Delhi , September 5- 6, 2014
  • Epistemology of Political Science: Issues and Challenges, presented for Bharatiya Bhashaon mein Rajnitik Chintan ki Sambhavana : Shodh, vimarsh aur behas, organised by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, August 7-8, 2014.
  • Presenting and Absenting Indian Villages: A Curious Case of Hindi Cinema, presented for Representation of Villages in Indian Literature and Cinema, a national seminar organised by M. D. Gramseva Mahavidyalaya, Gujarat Vidyapith, Sadra in collaboration with UGC (New Delhi), March 24-25, 2014.
  • Renaissance, Modernity and Democracy in India , presented for Political Ideas and Democratic Politics in India , ICSSR-UGC- DSA Young Scholars’ Conference 2014, organised by Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi , March 6-8, 2014.
  • Political Theory of Peace Research : Beyond Empiricism, presented for Peace-Building in a Conflict-Ridden World, an international seminar organised by Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies , University of Allahabad in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), February 21- 22, 2014.
  • Movement, Moment and Discourses on Rights, presented for Human Rights in India: Dalits, Tribals and Minorities, a national seminar organised by Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), November 21-22, 2013.
  • Chaired the session ‘Development, Displacement and Resistance’ in a National Seminar themed on Human Rights in India: Dalits, Tribals and Minorities, organised by Centre for Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), November, 21-22, 2013.
  • Democracy, Security and Stability: A Curious Case of Marginality at ‘Borders’, presented for Federalism, Foreign Policy and Border States: Dynamics from North East States of India, a national seminar organised by Sikkim University in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), March 22 and 23, 2013.
  • Identity, Justice and Political, presented for Social Representations of Identity in India: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, a national seminar organised by Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, March 18-19, 2013.
  • Delivered Two Lectures in Development Theory and Practice at Indian Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat, March 10-11, 2013.
  • Development Episteme: Towards an Empiric Consensus?, presented for Twentieth Conference of Gujarat Sociological Society, a national seminar organised by Central University of Gujarat and Gujarat Sociological Society in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research -WRC, Mumbai), January 19-20, 2013.
  • Trajectory of Republic and Omission of Obvious, presented for Indian Republic @ 60s: Appraisal from the Margins, a national seminar organised by Political Science Society, Ram Lal Anand College (E), Delhi University, New Delhi in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), March 20-21, 2012.
  • Asymmetrical Exclusion of Dalits and the Reclamation of Past: A Critical Excursion into Theoretical Postulations of New Subjectivity, presented for Social Exclusion Discourse in the Thought of Phule, Ambedkar, Gandhi and Nehru, a national seminar organised by Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) & Department of Philosophy, Goa University, Goa March 12-13, 2012.
  • Foundational Knowledge, De-decentring Tendencies and Implications in India, presented for Higher Education in India: Challenges & Prospects, a national seminar organised by Kannur University Union, Research Centre and Central Library (Kannur University) December 13-15, 2011.
  • Chaired the session on Changing Scenario of Higher Education: Pedagogical Considerations for ‘Higher Education in India: Challenges & Prospects’, a National Seminar organised by Kannur University Union, Research Centre and Central Library (Kannur University) December 13-15, 2011.
  • Signification of Minorities: A Theoretical Bewilderment under Liberal Constitution, presented for Minorities in India: Status, Politics and Redressal of Injustices, a national seminar organised by theDepartment of Political Science (UGC –SAP), University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, December 9-10, 2011.
  • Philosophy of Globalization and Cul-de-sac Defence: A Curious Case of India’s Margins, presented for Philosophy for New Economic Order, a national seminar organised by the Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (North-Western Regional Centre), March 29-30, 2011.
  • Dalits, Popular Hindi Cinema and Issue of Unscrambling the Proscribed Meanings, presented for Media and Marginals: Representations and Construction of Meaning, a daylong Seminar Organized by the Department of Sociology in collaboration with the Centre for Culture Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, March 21, 2011.
  • Multiculturalism and Conundrum of Equality: Discerning the Contribution of Will Kymilcka , Charles Taylor and Bhikhu Parekh’, presented for Nation Building in Multicultural Society, an international seminar organised by Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies University of Allahabad, Allahabad March 04-05, 2011.
  • Dalits, Social Justice and Unscrambling the Mystifications of Globalisation Defence: Excursus in Recent Trends, presented for Affirmative Action Policies and Marginalized Sections in India, a national seminar organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Allahabad February, 19-20, 2011.
  • Identity, Social Justice and Recovering the Political, presented for Social Justice in India: Emerging Issues, a national seminar organised by Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, September 17-18, 2010.
  • Dalit Movement in West Bengal: Trajectory of Caste-Class Conjuncture, presented for Dalit Movements in India: Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods, a national seminar organised by Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion , School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), March 24-26, 2010.
  • De-Decentring Higher Education and its Ramifications, presented for Politics Education: Higher Education in India - Context & Concerns (Focus on Madhya Pradesh), a national seminar organized by School of Studies in Political Science & Public Administration, Jiwaji University , Gwalior, March 19-21, 2010.
  • Politics of Small States: A Critical Evaluation, presented for Assertion of the Regions: Exploring the Demand for New States in India, a national seminar, organised by Department of Political Science (UGC –SAP and ASIHSS Programmes), Panjab University, Chandigarh, February 22-23, 2010.
  • Social Justice: Debates in the Context of Democracy as Ends or Means, presented for Social Justice in India, a national seminar organised by Department of Political Science, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, February 19-20 2010.
  • Popular Hindi Cinema as Gandhi’s Alter Ego, presented for Social Development and the Human Civilisation in The 21st Century, an international seminar on the Centenary of Hind Swaraj, organised by CSD, IIC, DCRC (DU), CPS (JNU), NMC (JMI), UNISA, REGGEN (FFB) and OCGIS (UCSB), Indian International Centre, February 12-14, 2009.

Workshop/ Roundtable:

  • Bhikhu Parekh and Multiculturalism, presented for Round Table Discussion with Professor Bhikhu Parekh , a long day seminar on Professor Bhikhu Parekh’s work (Centennial Professorship at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, the Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hull and Member of House of Lords, United Kingdom), organized by Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences , Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 14 , 2009, Venue : Committee Room , School of Social Sciences-I, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India.
  • Sudipta Kaviraj and Marxism, presented for Round Table Discussion with Professor Sudipta Kaviraj, a long day seminar on Professor Sudipta Kaviraj’s work (Professor of South Asian Politics and South Asian Intellectual History, and Department Chair of theMiddle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department, Columbia University) organized by Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences , Jawaharlal Nehru University, October 19, 2010, Venue : Committee Room , School of Social Sciences-I, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India.
  • Philosophy of Violence and Transformative Virtues, presented for Workshop on Violence & Beyond: The Maoist Movement, organised by Indian Social Institute, Foundation for Creative Social Research & Scientists and Technologists for Non-Violent World, Saturday, February, 13, 2010, Venue: Indian Social Institute 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
  • Identity, Alienation and Violence: Memory of the Future, presented for Workshop on Identity, alienation & Violence , organised by Indian Social Institute and Foundation for Creative Social Research , Saturday, March 26, 2011, Venue: Indian Social Institute 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
  • Workshop on Hindi Journal organised by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Tuesday- Wednesday, May 3-4, 2011, Venue: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi -110054.