Tulika Books is a New Delhi-based independent publisher of scholarly and academic books in the humanities and social sciences, with a "broad left and democractic perspective."[1] The Chennai-based Tulika Publishers is a sister company of Tulika Books.[2]

Tulika Books
FounderIndira Chandrasekhar
Country of originIndia
Headquarters locationNew Delhi
Publication typesbooks
Nonfiction topicsHumanities, Social sciences
Official websitehttp://tulikabooks.wordpress.com/


Tulika Books was founded in 1995. It is managed by the Managing Editor Indira (née Indu) Chandrasekhar, who started her career as a copy editor with Macmillan India in the 1980s and also did some teaching in Bangalore and Delhi Universities. The authors published by Tulika include some of India's best known left intellectuals and academics.[3][2]

Tulika Books is one of the founder-members of the Independent Publishers' Distribution Alternative of India and the Independent Publishing Group.[4][5] In 2014, it won the Printed Book of the Year award from Publishing Next for the book Project Cinema City. The book falls into the Tulika Books' line of "art books," books on modern Indian art as well on modern Indian artists.[6]

In 2013, Chandrasekhar protested the invitation of Narendra Modi as the chief guest of the "Romancing Print" conference. She and several other publishers withdrew from the conference, as a result of which Modi is said to have cancelled his plans to address the conference.[7] Chandrasekhar is a member of the India Chapter of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.[8]

The former Tulika editor Sudhanva Deshpande went on to work as the Managing Director of the explicitly Leftist publisher LeftWord Books and Tulika maintains links with LeftWord. Its books are provided on the LeftWord Book Club and Chandrasekhar serves on the editorial advisory board of LeftWord.[9]


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  1. ^ "Tulika Books: About us". Tulika Books. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ a b Frederick Noronha (28 June 2010). The Tulika Story (Video). Independent Publishers' Distributors Altrnative. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  3. ^ "Indu Chandrasekhar". Publishing Next. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  4. ^ "Consolidation goes against principles of independent publishing". PrintWeek. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  5. ^ "Up for a stimulating read? Try out an indie book". Hindustan Times. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  6. ^ "Tulika Books (Delhi) bags printed book award at Publishing Next". PrintWeek. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  7. ^ "Protests sour Modi date with printers". The Telegraph. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  8. ^ "Indian call for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel". 6 August 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  9. ^ "Interview with Sudhanva Deshpande". Not Just Publishing. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  10. ^ Social Scientist, Scholars without Borders web site, retrieved 20 October 2018.