Comparative State Politics and Public Policy in India


The Steering Committee for this project includes senior members of Lokniti and the King’s India Institute: Sanjay Kumar, Suhas Palshikar, Yogendra Yadav and Professor Sunil Khilnani, as well as the day-to-day coordinators Rajeshwari Deshpande, KK Kailash and Louise Tillin

Rajeshwar Deshpande

Rajeshwari Deshpande
Rajeshwari Deshpande is Professor in the department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune. Her research interests are in areas such as political thinking in 19th and 20th century India, Indian political process, regional political economy, rise of the urban centres and caste-class situation and more specifically issues related to politics of the poor. She has completed research projects on politics of the urban informal sector workers, life and politics in slums, caste and class in Pune city and more recently on the role of caste associations in contemporary Indian politics. She has been associated with the Lokniti network of Indian political scientists and worked on issues related to women’s vote using the National Election Studies data. Currently she is coordinating a three year research initiative on comparative state politics in India on behalf of Lokniti as a part of the ICSSR institutional research grant.

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Rajesh Dev

Rajesh Dev
Rajesh Dev is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. In his current position he teaches a course on Politics in India, and also a unit on Global Justice. His primary research areas of interest are in democracy & diversity, electoral politics, politics of ethnic identity,self-governing & autonomous institutions. He has a developing interest in the field of Border studies.


KK Kailash
K K Kailash is with the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad and has been associated with the Lokniti since 2008. His areas of interest include political institutions and governance, coalition politics and processes, political parties and elections and federalism related issues in India. He has published in the Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar,  India Review and the Asian Survey.


Madurs Rasaratnam

Madura Rasaratnam
Madura Rasaratnam completed her PhD at the Government Department, London School of Economics. She is currently working as a teaching fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. Her research is situated within the broad field of ethnicity and nationalism, focusing in particular on understandings of ethnic conflict and the possibilities of its regulation through accommodative governance. It draws on theoretical approaches that stress the links between language, identity, interests and political conflict.

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Anupma Saxena

Anupama Saxena
Dr. Anupama Saxena is currently working as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science , Guru Ghasidas Central University, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. She works mainly on public policy analysis. She is presently engaged in researching Information Communication Technologies and Water Policies in the context of developing countries. Details about her publications and other activities can be found at

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Yatinder Singh Sisodia

Yatindra Singh Sisodia
Dr. Yatindra Singh Sisodia is Professor at Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain (India). His areas of interest are democracy, decentralised governance, tribal issues and developmental issues. He is Managing Editor of Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences. He has authored/edited 10 books, written 5 monographs and published 50 research papers. He has completed 20 research projects for various organizations. He has coordinated 30 seminars and workshops and has participated in more than 90 seminars, workshops and conferences of national and international importance in India and abroad.;

Louise Tillin

Louise Tillin
Louise Tillin is a Lecturer in Politics at the King’s India Institute. Her research interests are focused on politics, federalism and development in contemporary India. Her forthcoming book looks at the politics of creating new states in India, particularly the formation of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand in 2000. Louise has previously been a research fellow in politics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She received her DPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and has taught at Cambridge, LSE, SOAS, Sussex and the Open University. Further details and publications can be found at:

Divya Vaid

Divya Vaid

Divya is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. She has previously worked at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, and at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), Yale University. Divya completed her D.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Oxford. Her main research interests are social stratification, social mobility and inequality; educational inequalities, sociology of developing societies, and social research methods. Divya is currently working on a two-year Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) funded project on the impact of educational attainment on social mobility chances in two Indian cities.