Rajeev Bhargava

Rajeev Bhargava (born 27 November 1954) is a noted Indian political theorist, who was 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]

Rajeev Bhargava
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Bhargava at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
Born (1954-11-27) 27 November 1954 (ageĀ 65)
OccupationFormer Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (2005-2014); political theorist

He is senior fellow and former director of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.[4] honorary fellow, Balliol College, Oxford and professorial fellow, Institute of Social justice, ACU, Sydney.


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 been faculty fellow in ethics at Harvard University, Leverhulme Fellow at University of Bristol, senior fellow at Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, fellow, Wissenschaftkolleg, Berlin, fellow, Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna, visiting fellow of the British Academy, Berggruen Fellow, CASBS, Stanford, Tsighua University, China and NYU between 2015-2017, and held the Asia Chair at Sciences Po Paris in 2006[6]

Selected worksEdit

  • Individualism in Social Science, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992)
  • 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.


  1. ^ a b "High Court dismisses DU petition". The Hindu. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  2. ^ "After Ambedkar cartoon row, HRD ministry plans a watchdog to address complaints on NCERT textbooks". India Today. 28 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Indian secularism evolved independently, says scholar". The Times of India. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Faculty, Rajeev Bhargava Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)
  5. ^ "Rajeev Bhargava, CV" (PDF). CSDS.
  6. ^ "Rajeev Bhargava, Profile". Queen's University.

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