Aakash Singh Rathore

Adjunct Faculty

B.A. (William James College); M.A.L.A. (St John’s College); LL.M. (Central European University); M.Phil, Ph.D. (Catholic University, Leuven); Post-Doc (Humboldt, Berlin)

Aakash Singh Rathore is a philosopher of international repute, who has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Delhi, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, Humboldt University Berlin, and LUISS University Rome. He was also a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

He is the Series Editor of ‘Rethinking India’ (14 vols, Penguin) and editor of its first volume, Vision for a Nation (with Ashis Nandy). His 18 other authored and edited books range from political philosophy, law, and religion to literature, sports, and wine. He is the Series Editor of ‘Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought’ (Routledge) and ‘Religion and Democracy: Reconceptualizing Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Context’ (Oxford University Press). Among his forthcoming solo works is Ambedkar’s Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India (Penguin, 2020). He is also Editor of the 5-volume, B. R. Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020), and author of B. R. Ambedkar: A Definitive Biography (Macmillan, forthcoming).

Rathore has spoken at The Times of India Delhi LitFest and other literature festivals in India and abroad, and appeared as a panelist on NDTV’s Conversations of the Constitution over two days of live sessions. He serves as advisor to several policymakers, thinktanks, educational and political bodies. He has delivered numerous talks, lectures, workshops and courses throughout India and abroad and has published over 50 journal papers. Rathore’s books have been reviewed and featured in Scroll.in, The Wire, Outlook, Caravan, EPW, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Telegraph, and numerous other popular print and online media. His Hegel’s India (Oxford University Press, 2017) was nominated for the TATA LITERATURE LIVE! AWARDS 2017 Book of the Year non-fiction.


He is also India’s number 3 Ironman triathlete, and has finished five grueling Ironman Triathlons.