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1. South Asian Cultural Studies: A Bibliography [with an essay]. Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 1996.
2. Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy. London: Pluto Press, 2002; paperback, 2002; new and extended paperback ed., Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005.
Urdu translation published as Ilm Ki Sultanat:  Maghrib ki Bay reham Ijaradari (Karachi: Mashal Books, 2009).
3. Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi: Essays on Indian History and Culture. Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2003; paperback ed., Delhi: Penguin Books, 2005.
4. The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003; 2nd revised ed. with afterword, Oxford India Paperbacks, 2005; 4th reprint, 2009.
Portions from Chapter III excerpted as “History Sheeters” in Hindustan Times (6 August 2003); portions from Chapter V excerpted as “Domain Name Hindutva” in Indian Express (6 August 2003); and different portions from Chapter III excerpted as “Underground Movement” in Hindustan Times (26 August 2003).

  1. Introducing Hinduism (with Borin van Loon). London: Icon Books, 2005; reissued as Hinduism: A Graphic Guide (Icon Books, 2010).

Spanish translation published as Hinduismo Para Todos (Barcelona): Paidos Iberica Ediciones S a, 2006).

Korean translation published as Hindugyo Hinduism (Seoul, 2006).
Finnish translation published as Hindulaisuus vasta-alkaville ja edistyville (Helsinki: Jalava, 2006).
6. The Other Indians: A Political and Cultural History of South Asians in America. Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center Press, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008; New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2008.
Edited Books:
1. M. Pauparao Naidu, The History of Railway Thieves, 4th ed. (1915), ed. with a critical introduction by Vinay Lal, reprint ed., Gurgaon, Haryana, India: Vintage Books, 1996.
2. (Edited with Introduction) Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000.
3. (Edited with Introduction) Plural Worlds, Multiple Selves: Ashis Nandy and the Post-Columbian Future, Special Issue of Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96). [This is an earlier version of the aforementioned book]
4. The Future of Knowledge and Culture: A Dictionary for the Twentieth-Century, co-edited with Ashis Nandy with joint introduction. New Delhi: Viking & Penguin, 2005.
Translated (with some abridgments) into Kannada as Hosa Shatamaanakke Hosa Paribhaashegalu [New Idioms for the New Century] (Heggodu, Sagar, Karnataka: Akshara Prakashan, 2007).
5. Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema, co-edited with Ashis Nandy with joint introduction. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006; Oxford India Paperback, 2007.
6. Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Edited Journal Issues and Series:
1. Edited with introduction, Special issue of Futures on the academic disciplines, Vol. 34, no. 2, February 2002.
2. Founding Editor, Dissenting Knowledges Pamphlet Series (Penang: Citizens International and Multiversity, 2004). Nine pamphlets so far, with another 4 in preparation. Negotiations for editons in French & Spanish, and Indian edition, are ongoing.
3. Edited with introduction, Special issue of Emergences on “Islands: The Convergence of Sea, Water, Land, and Sky”, Vol. 10, no. 2, December 2000.
4. Edited special section on “Multiversity: Challenging Intellectual Globalization”, Humanscape 12, no. 4 (April 2005), with an essay on “The West and the Rest”.
5. Special co-edited issue (with Gita Rajan) by invitation, South Asian Popular Culture 5, no. 1 (April 2007).
6. Special co-edited issue (with Gita Rajan) by invitation, South Asian Popular Culture 5, no. 2 (October 2007).

Research Articles and Review Articles:
1. “When Gandhi Did Not Fast”, Gandhi Marg [journal of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi] 9, no. 109 (March 1988):713-38.
2. “Gandhi’s Last Fast”, Gandhi Marg 11, no. 2 (July-September 1989):171-91.
3. “Nehru as a Writer”, Indian Literature [journal of the National Academy of Letters, New Delhi] 33, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1990):20-46.
4. “Fasting in Medieval Kashmir”, Quarterly Review of Historical Studies (Calcutta) 31, no. 4 (Jan.-March 1992).
5. “The Incident of the Crawling Lane: Women in the Punjab Disturbances of 1919”, Genders, no. 16 (Spring 1993):35-60.
6. “Advaita’s Waterloo”, review-article on Ramachandra Gandhi’s Sita’s Kitchen: A Testimony of Faith and Inquiry, Social Scientist 21, nos. 5-6 (May-June 1993):82-89.
Reprinted in The Book Review 18, no. 7 (July 1994); also published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine (17 July 1994), p. VI (with slight abridgements).
7. “A Meditation on History”, review-article on Amitav Ghosh, In An Antique land, Social Scientist 21, nos. 7-8 (July-August 1993):89-98.
8. “The Discourse of History and the Crisis at Ayodhya: Reflections on the Production of Knowledge, Freedom, and the Future of India”, Emergences, nos. 5-6 (1993-94):4-44.
9. “Anti-Terrorist Legislation: A Comparative Study of India, the United Kingdom, and Sri Lanka.” Lokayan Bulletin 11, no. 1 (July-August 1994):5-24.
10. “Hindu ‘Fundamentalism’ Revisited”, Contention 4, no. 2 (Winter 1995):165-73.
11. “Masculinity and Femininity in The Chess Players: Sexual Moves, Colonial Manoeuvres, and an Indian Game”, in Manushi: A Journal of Women and Society, nos. 92-93 (Jan.-April 1996):41-50.
Shorter version first published as “Sexuality in the Chess Players”, Deep Focus 6 (1996):48-58.
12. “Reflections on the Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean and Elsewhere”, in New Quest, no. 117 (May-June 1996):133-42.
Popular version (without footnotes, slightly abridged) published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine: Part I, “Reflections on the Indian Diaspora” (28 January 1996), p. IX; Part II, “Freedom in Chains” (11 February 1996), p. XI; Part III, “At Home in Trinidad” (25 February 1996), p. XI; Part IV, “The Future of Indians in the Diaspora” (17 March 1996), p. XIV.
13. “History and the Possibilities of Emancipation: Some Lessons from India”, Journal of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research, Special Issue: Historiography of Civilizations (June 1996):95-137.
Shorter version first published as “On the Perils of Historical Thinking: The Case, Puzzling as Usual, of India”, Journal of Commonwealth and Post-colonial Studies 3, no. 1 (Fall 1995):79-112.
14. “Indians and the Guinness Book of Records: The Political and Cultural Contours of a National Obsession”, Suitcase 1, nos. 1-2 (1995):60-73.
15. “Sikh Kirpans in California Schools: The Social Construction of Symbols, the Cultural Politics of Identity, and the Limits of Multiculturalism”, in David K. Yoo, ed., New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans (Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 1999), pp. 87-133.
Also reprinted in Sikh Forms and Symbols, ed. Manohar Singh (Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2000), pp. 107-141.
Earlier version published as “Sikh Kirpans in California Schools: The Social Construction of Symbols, Legal Pluralism, and the Politics of Diversity”, Amerasia Journal 22, no. 1 (Spring 1996):57-89.
16. “Sovereign Immunity: Law in an Unequal World”, Social and Legal Studies 5, no. 3 (1996):431-36.
Also published, with variations, as a review of Jamie Cassels’ The Uncertain Promise of Law: Lessons from Bhopal, “Reliving a Nightmare”, The Book Review (June 1996):29-31, and in New Quest, no. 121 (Jan.-Feb. 1997):53-60.
17. “Good Nazis and just scholars: much ado about the British Empire”, review of P. J. Marshall, ed., Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire, Race and Class 38, no. 4 (April-June 1997):89-101.
18. “Ambiences of Hinduism in the Wild West of America: Perspectives from Two Citadels, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon”, Suitcase 2, nos. 1-2 (1997).
19. “The Defiance of Defiance and Liberation for the Victims of History: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Vinay Lal”, Emergences, nos. 7-8 (1995-96):3-76.
20. “Sanctions and the Politics of Dominance, Multilateralism, and Legalism in the International Arena”, Social Scientist 25, nos. 5-6 (May-June 1997):54-67.
21. “The Security Fantasies of the Indian Nation-State: Black Cat Commandos, Gunmen, and Other Terrors”, South Asia (New Series) 20, no. 2 (December 1997):103-38.
22. “Discipline and Authority: Some Notes on Future Histories and Epistemologies of India”, Futures 29, no. 10 (December 1997):985-1000.
23. “The Impossibility of the Outsider in the Modern Hindi Film”, in The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability, and Indian Popular Cinema, ed. Ashis Nandy. London: Zed Press and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 228-59.
24. “Not This, Not That: The Hijras of India and the Cultural Politics of Sexuality. Social Text, no. 61 [Vol. 17, no. 4] (Winter 1999):119-40.
Shorter version first published as “The Hijras of India: Gender-Bending and the Cultural Politics of Sexuality.” Suitcase 3, nos. 1-2 (1998):60-73.
25. Lal, Anil and Lal, Vinay. “The Cultural Politics of Hybridity.” A review essay on Robert Young’s Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, Social Scientist 25, nos. 9-10 [nos 292-93] (September – October 1997):67-80.
Also published in New Quest, no. 128 (March-April 1998):118-127.
26. “Gandhi, the Civilizational Crucible, and the Future of Dissent.” Futures 31 (March 1999):205-219.
27. “John Stuart Mill and India”, a review-article. New Quest, no. 54 (January-February 1998):54-64.
28. “The Globalism of Modern Knowledge Systems: Governance, Ecology, and Future Epistemologies.” Emergences 9, no. 1 (May 1999):79-103.
29. “Everyday Crime, Native Mendacity and the Cultural Psychology of Justice in Colonial India.” Studies in History (New Series) 15, no. 1 (1999):145-66.
30. “Claims of the Past, Shape of the Future: The Politics of History in Independent India.” Published as “History and Politics” in India Briefing: A Transformative Fifty Years, eds. Marshall Bouton and Philip Oldenburg (New York: M. E. Sharpe for Asia Society, 1999), pp. 197-240. Indian edition, Delhi: Aakar Publications, 2001.
31. “Nakedness, Non-violence, and Brahmacharya: Gandhi’s Experiments in Celibate Sexuality.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 9, nos. 1-2 (January-April 2000):105-136.
Also published as “Nakedness, Non-violence, and the Negation of Negation: Gandhi’s Experiments in Brahmacharya and Celibate Sexuality.” South Asia New Series 22, no. 2 (December 1999):63-94.
32. “Relocating Time: The Politics of Time at the Cusp of the ‘Millennium’”, Humanscape 6, no. 12 (December 1999):6-13.
33. “Is the ‘Rule of Law’ just Rhetoric? A Study of Colonial Perceptions of the Problem of Terrorism in Bengal.” Calcutta Historical Journal vols. 19-20 (Combined Number, 1997-98):141-72.
34. “Gandhi and the Ecological Vision of Life: Thinking Beyond Deep Ecology.” Environmental Ethics 22, no. 2 (Summer 2000):149-68.
Also published as “Too Deep for Deep Ecology: Gandhi and the Ecological Vision of Life.” Interculture, no. 137 (October 1999):37-60.
Also published in French as “Au-Dela de L’Ecologie Profonde: Gandhi et La vision Ecologique de La Vie” Interculture, no. 137 October 1999):37-60.
Also published in Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water, eds. Christopher Chapple and Mary Evelyn Tucker (Cambridge: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, July 2000).
Short and altered essay derived from this article published as “Gandhi” in Encyclopedia of Nature and Religion, eds. Bron Taylor et al (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2003), Vol. 1, pp. 685-87.
35. “Reading Between the Frames: The Freedom (and Burden) of Photography.” Review-article on Christopher Pinney, Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs, and James Ryan, Picturing Empire: Photography and the Visualization of the British Empire. Economic and Political Weekly 35, no. 14 (1-7 April 2000):1167-70.
Also published as “The Burden (and Freedom) of Photography: A Review Essay.” Emergences 10, no. 1 (May 2000):193-201; and in Social Scientist 28, nos. 5-6 (May-June 2000):91-101.
Also published in an abridged version in Antonia Carver, ed., BLINK: 100 Photographers, 010 Curators, 010 Writers (London and New York: Phaidon, 2002), pp. 422-23.
36. “The Politics of History on the Internet: Cyber-Diasporic Hinduism and the North American Hindu Diaspora.” Diaspora 8, no. 2 (Fall 1999):137-72.
Also published in Makarand Paranjape, ed., In Diaspora: Theories, Histories, Texts (Delhi: Indialog Publications, 2001).
37. "Unanchoring Islands: An Introduction to the Special Issue on 'Islands: Waterways, Flowways, Folkways', Emergences 10, no. 2 (November 2000):229-240.
38. "Rwandan Summer of 1994", review-article on Philip Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families, and Christopher Berg, Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Economic and Political Weekly 35, no. 47 (18 November 2000):4104-4108.
Also published as “The Final Solution, Yet Again: The Rwandan Summer of 1994”, New Quest, no. 140 (April-June 2000):243-254.
39. "Subaltern Studies and Its Critics: Debates over Indian History." History and Theory 40, no. 1 (February 2001):135-148.
40. "Walking with the Subalterns, Riding with the Academy: The Curious Ascendancy of Indian History." Studies in History (New Series) 17, no. 1 (2001):101-133.
Slightly different version published as “The Subaltern School and the Ascendancy of Indian History” in Turning Points in Historiography: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, eds. Q. Edward Wang and Georg G. Iggers (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, Fall 2002), pp. 239-272.
41. “Terrorism as a Way of Life”, AmerAsia Journal 27, no. 3 (2001) /28, no. 1 (2002), pp. 103-124; also published in Asian Americans on War and Peace, eds. Russell C. Leong and Don T. Nakanishi (Los Angeles: University of California, Asian American Studies Center Press, 2002), pp. 129-50.
42. “Unhitching the Disciplines: History and the Social Sciences in the New Millennium”, introduction to special issue of Futures 34, no. 2 (2002):1-14.
Revised version published as “The Disciplines in Ruins: History, the Social Sciences, and Their Categories in the ‘New Millennium’”, Emergences 12, no. 1 (May 2002):139-55.
43. “North American Hindus, the Sense of History, and the Politics of Internet Diasporism”, in Asian-American.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace, eds. Rachel C. Lee and Sau-ling Cynthia Wong (London and New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 98-138.
44. “On the Rails of Modernity: Communalism’s Journey in India”, Emergences 12, no. 2 (November 2002), pp. 297-311.
45. “Provincializing the West: World History from the Perspective of Indian History”, in Writing World History 1800-2000, eds. Benedikt Stuchtey and Eckhardt Fuchs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 271-89.

46. “Empire and the Dream-Work of America”, Global Dialogue 5, nos. 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2003), pp. 135-44.

Longer version published under the same title as no. 4 in Dissenting Knonwledges Pamphlet Series, founding editor Vinay Lal (Penang: Citizens International and Multiversity, 2004).
47. “India in the World: Hinduism, the Diaspora and the Anxiety of Influence”, Australian Religion Studies Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 2003), pp. 19-37.
48. “Labour and Longing: The Rights of Indians in the Diaspora”, Seminar, no. 538 (June 2004), pp. 14-26.
49. “Hindutva” [in German], in Historisch-Kritisches Worterbuch des Marxismus, chief editor Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Vol 6.1: Hegemonie bis Imperialismus (Hamburg: Argument Verlag, 2004), cols. 258-266.
50. "The Enigmas of Exile: Reflections on Edward Said.” Emergences 13, nos. 1-2 (2003):105-115 [published in January 2005]. Also published in Economic and Political Weekly 40, on. 1 (1-7 January 2005), pp. 30-34.
51. “Travails of the Nation: Some Notes on Indian Documentaries.” Third Text 19, no. 2 (March 2005), pp. 175-185.
52. “Much Ado About Something: The New Malaise of World History”, Radical History Review, no. 91 (Winter 2005), pp. 124-130.
53. “The concentration camp and development: the pasts and future of genocide”, Patterns of Prejudice 39, no. 2 (June 2005), pp. 220-243.
Also published in Colonialism and Genocide, eds. A. Dirk Moses and Dan Stone (London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 124-147.
54. “The Tragi-Comedy of the New Indian Enlightenment: An Essay on the Jingoism of Science and the Pathology of Rationality”, Social Epistemology 19, no. 1 (January-March 2005), pp. 77-92.
55. “Intolerance for ‘Hindu Tolerance’: Hinduism, Religious Violence in Pre-modern India, and the Fate of a ‘Modern’ Discourse”, in Religion und Gewalt: Konflikte, Rituale, Deutungen (1500-1800), edited by Kaspar von Greyerz and Kim Siebenhuner (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006), pp. 51-84.
Also published in Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds, eds. Mary Ellen Birkett and D. Dennis Hudson, pp. 207-234. Kahn Institute Occasional Papers, Vol 1. Northampton, Mass.: Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, 2007.
56. “Gandhi and the Social Scientists: Some Thoughts on the Categories of Dissent and Possible Futures.” In Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest, ed. Arif Dirlik (Boulder & London: Paradigm Publishers, 2006), pp. 275-9
57. “United States of America [Indians in].” The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora, eds. Brij Lal & Peter Reeves (Singapore: Editions Didier Millet in association with National University of Singapore, 2006), pp. 314-326.
58. “Beyond and Beneath the Habitual”, introduction (with Gita Rajan) to special co-edited issue (with G. Rajan), South Asian Popular Culture 5, no. 1 (April 2007), pp. 1-10.
59. Lal, Vinay and Gita Rajan. “Ethnographies of the Popular and the Public Sphere in India.” South Asian Popular Culture 5, no. 2 (October 2007), pp. 87-95.
60. “Hinduism.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter N. Stearns. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. IV:10-16.
61. “The Strange and Beguiling Relationship of Pakistan and India”, Amerasia Journal 34, no. 1 (2008), pp. 99-111.
62. “Gandhi, citizenship and the idea of a good civil society”, Mohan Singh Mehta Memorial Lecture April 2008 (Udaipur: Seva Mandir, 2008), 30 pages.
Also published in Hindi as ‘Gandhi, Nagrikta aur ek Acche Nagarik Samaj (Civil Society) ka Vichar’ (Udaipur: Seva Mandir, 2008), 38 pages.
63. “The Gandhi Everyone Loves to Hate”, Economic and Political Weekly 43, no. 40 (4-10 October 2008), pp. 55-64.
64. “Moving Images of Gandhi”, Third Frame: Literature, Culture and Society 2, no. 2 (April–June 2009), pp. 79-93.
Earlier version published as “Gandhi and the Popular Hindi Film”, in Cinema Indian / Le cinema indien, eds. Emmanuel Grimaud & Kirstie Gormley (Lyon, France: Asiexpo, 2008), pp. 178-88. Also published in French as “Gandhi et le success du cinema hindi”, pp. 163-77 (in the same volume).
65. “Framing a Discourse: China and India in the Modern World”, Economic and Political Weekly 44, no. 2 (10 January 2009), pp. 41-45.
66. “Living in the Shadows: Injustice, Racism and Poverty in the Indian Diaspora”, in Global Civil Society 2009: Poverty and Activism, eds. Ashwani Kumar, Mary Kaldor, Helmut Anheier et al (London: Sage Publications, 2009).
67. “Gandhi’s West, the West’s Gandhi”, New Literary History 40 (Spring 2009), pp. 281-313.
Popular/Newspaperr/Shorter/ShorterEncyclopaedia Articles:
1. “Race and Gender in American Politics—The Case of Clarence Thomas”, Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay)27, no. 3 (18 January 1992):86-88. [First of a series of commentaries on ‘American affairs’.]
2. “The Imperialism of Human Rights”, Focus on Law Studies 8, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 5 ff.
Reprinted in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology, ed. Richard C. Monk, 6th ed. (Guilford, Connecticut: The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 1997):326-330.
Reprinted in Strategies of Argument, ed. Stuart Hirschberg, 2nd ed. (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1996):797-802.
Reprinted in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Moral Issues, 3rd ed. (Guilford, Connecticut: The Dushkin Publishing Group, 1996).
Also published in abridged form as “Human Rights—a form of imperialism?”, Hindustan Times (22 August 1994), p. 12.
3. “Masculinity, Militarism, and Family Values: Afterthoughts on the American Election”, Economic and Political Weekly 27, no. 48 (28 Nov. 1992):2591-92.
4. “Rebellion in Chiapas: The Colonial History of a New World Disorder”, Mainstream 32, no. 25 (7 May 1994):27-30; also published in Economic and Political Weekly 29, no. 25 (18 June 1994):1514-16.
5. “The Flogging of Michael Fay: The Culture of Authoritarianism”, Economic and Political Weekly 29, no. 23 (4 June 1994):1306-8.
6. “Little Merchants of War: Land Mines as Sentinels of Death”, Economic and Political Weekly 31, no. 14 (8 April 1995):739-41.
7. “[The] National Flag: Status and Symbol”, Hindustan Times (October 1995); slightly revised version published as “Idolatry of the national tricolour”, Indian Express (17 January 1996).
8. “The Mother in the ‘Father of the Nation’”, Manushi: A Journal of Women and Society, no. 91 (Nov.-Dec. 1995):27-30. Also published in Journal of Peace and Gandhian Studies 1, no. 4 and 2, no. 1 (July-December 1996):44-48.
9. “The Origins of Asian Immigration to the United States in the Nineteenth Century” (with Anil Lal), in American Journey: The Asian-American Experience, ed. Judy Soo Hoo (Woodbridge, Connecticut: Primary Source Media, 1997), CD-Rom article.
10. “Futures and Knowledge” in Ziauddin Sardar, ed., Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Future Studies, Adamantine Studies on the 21st Century, no. 32 (Twickenham, England: Adamantine Press, 1998; Westport, CT.: Praeger Publishers, 1998):210-220.
Shorter version first published as “The Future of Knowledge.” Seminar, no. 460 (December 1997):25-30.
11. “India.” Lead article (by invitation) in The World Book Encyclopaedia (with Anil Lal), new ed. (Chicago: World Book Publishing Company, 1998), Vol. 10, pp. 108-135.
12. “Coming Out From Gandhi’s Shadow.” Los Angeles Times (19 May 1998), op-ed pages. Also published as “Modern India Blows Up Its Bridges Back to Gandhi”, Salt Lake Tribune (24 May 1998), Commentary Pages.
13. “Now Are We Men, Not Eunuchs?” Humanscape 5, no. 7 (Bombay), July 1998, pp. 6-9.
Also published as “The Cultural Politics of Indian Nuclearism.” Saturday Island (English Daily), Colombo, Sri Lanka (27 June 1998), pp. 6 ff.

14. “Genocide, Barbaric Others, and the Violence of Categories: A Response to Omer Bartov.” American Historical Review (October 1998):1187-90.

15. “Fighting for the Future.” Humanscape 5, no. 10 (October 1998):36-38.
Also forthcoming in The Knowledge Base of Future Studies, Vol.4: Futurists: Theories, Methods and Visions, ed. Sohail Inayatullah (Australia: DDM Media Group/Futures Study Centre, 2001).
16. “Establishing Roots, Engendering Awareness: A Political History of Asians Indians in the United States.” Invited contribution to exhibition catalogue, Live Like the Banyan Tree: Images of the Indian American Experience (Philadelphia: Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, 1999):42-48.
17. “The business of giving.” Humanscape 6, no. 3 (March 1999):10-15.
18. “An Epidemic of Apologies.” Humanscape 6, no. 4 (April 1999):38-41.
19. “Science in Question”, a review-article. Humanscape 6, no. 8 (August 1999):13-15.
20. “Why Indians Should Have Supported Pakistan in the World Cup Final.” Humanscpe 6, no. 9 (September 1999):8-11.
21. "Bihar", "Madhya Pradesh", "Uttar Pradesh", "Uttaranchal", "Jharkhand", "Chattisgarh" [all 2000 words each], and "Atal Bihari Vajpayee", "Rabindranath Tagore", and "Sonia Gandhi" (125-250 words each), World Book Encyclopaedia, 2001 edition.
22. "'He Ram': The Politics of Gandhi's Last Words", Humanscape 8, no. 1 (January 2001):34-38.
23. “The Future of Indians in the Disapora: Will Racial Discrimination Get Worse?” The International India 9, no. 1 (January-February 2001):50, 52, 54.
24. “The Fragments of Bamiyan.” The Little Magazine 2, no. 2 (March-April 2001):23-27.
25. “The Passions of Distance”, a review-essay on Edward Said, Reflections on Exile. The Little Magazine 2, no. 3 (May-June 2001):92-98.
26. “Terrorism, Inc.” The Little Magazine 2, no. 5 (September-October 2001):33-43.
27 “Diaspora Purana: The Indic Presence in World Culture.” Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, Special Supplement: ‘Indiaspora” (January 2003), pp. 49-50; slightly altered version published in The International Indian 10, no. 6 (February 2003), pp. 29-31.
28. “Stop the War: February 15th and the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’”, Humanscape 10, no. 4 (April 2003), pp. 8-11.
29. “India and the War on Iraq.” Humanscape 11, no. 1 (January 2004), pp. 25-27.
30. “An Exemplary Democracy” [on the Indian elections], The Island (Colombo, Sri Lanka; 19 May 2004); also published as “India’s Moment” in the Bangladesh Observor (Dhaka) and the Independent (Dhaka), both on 20 May 2004.
31. “Travails of the Nation” [in German], Special Theme issue, “Planet India” on Indian cinema, Schnitt: Das Filmmagazin 36, no. 4 (2004), pp. 18-21.
32. “What the US Electorte Voted For”, Economic and Political Weekly 39, no. 37 (20 November 2004).
Shorter versions published as “The Bitter Pill of ‘American Democracy’”, The Independent (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 6 November 2004, p. 6; Bangladesh Observer (Dhaka) 12 November 2004, p. 4; and as “The Morning After: The Bitter Pill of American Democracy”, Sunday Island (Colombo, Sri Lanka), 14 November 2004.
“The Bitter Pill of American Democracy” reprinted in America Misunderstood: What a Second Bush Victory Meant to the Rest of the World (Bridgewater, New Jersey: Divine Tree Publications, 2007), pp. 48-51.
33. “Hindus” and “Indians.” Short articles in The Encyclopaedia of Chicago, eds. James R. Grossman, Ann D. Keating, and Janice Reiff (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), pp. 301-02 and 323-24, respectively.
34. “Torture: An American Success Story”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 11 (12 March 2005), pp. 1009-11.
35. “Home Truths and McData: The Arc of Globalising Knowledge”, Little Magazine 5, nos. 4-5 (2004):68-74.
36. “Multiversity: The West and the rest”, Humanscape 12, no. 4 (April 2005), pp. 9-12.
37. “Witch Hunts in the Academy”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 19 (7 May 2005), pp. 1932-34.
38. “The Intellectual as Exemplar: Identity, Oppositional Politics, and the Ambivalent Legacy of Edward Said”, Amerasia Journal 31, no. 1 (2005), pp. 39-42.
39. “The Wal-Mart Story: Big and Quintessentially American”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 25 (18 June 2005), pp. 2477-78.
40. “When the Voiceless Find Voice: Mukhtaran Mai, the Conscience of Pakistan”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 27 (2 July 2005), pp. 2894-95. Also published in AsiaMedia (online).
41. “The Tavistock Square Gandhi and the War on Terror, War on Non-violence”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 30 (23 July 2005), pp. 3242-44; also published in as “The Tavistock Square Gandhi: ‘war on terror’ and non-violence”, and by the same title in InterCulture, no. 149 (October 2005), pp. 55-58; and as “The Tavistock Square Gandhi” in the Toronto Star (28 July 2005).
42. “The Enduring Mythography of American Justice”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 32 (6 August 2005), pp. 3561-62.
43. “New Orleans: The Big Easy and the Big Shame”, Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 38 (17 September 2005), pp. 4099-100.
44. “Bishnoi” and “Chipko”, both in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, eds. Bron Taylor et al (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005), Vol. 1, pp. 194-95 and 300-310, respectively [the latter piece co-authored with Elaine Craddock].
45. "Fences and Xenophobes." Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 16

(22 April 2006), pp. 1498-99.

46. "The Thief, His Tortoise, Their History, and the Revenge of Myth." Outlook (28 April 2006), online at:
47. "Academic Vigilantism." Open Democracy (23 January 2006), online at:
48. “Palpable Falsehoods: An Open Letter to the California State Board of Education.” Outlook (7 February 2006), online at: Also published (slightly altered) as “School Textbooks Pertaining to Ancient India”, India Journal (17 February 2006), p. A6.
49. “The End of What? Fukuyama’s ‘History’ and a ‘Necessary Adjustment to Reality’”, Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 36 (9 September 2006), pp. 3859-60.
Shorter version published as “The Beginning of a History: A Critical Perspective on Francis Fukuyama”, Open Democracy (25 May 2006), online at
50. “Terror at the Academy’s Gate.” Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 29 (22 July 2006), pp. 3139-40.
51. “Railroad(ed) to Death.” Outlook (11 August 2006), online at:; also published at AsiaMedia ( Also published in The Island (Colombo, Sri Lanka), 30 August 2006, and Daily Star (Bangladesh), 1 September 2006).
Reprinted in Technology in Rail Transport Management, ed. Prabha Shastri Ranade (Hyderabad: The Icfai University Press, 2007), pp. 75-80.
52. “Gandhi’s Not History”, Hindustan Times (24 August 2006), p. 10.
Also published in Satyagraha 100 Years, 1906-2006: In Pursuit of Truth (Durban: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 2006), pp. 29-33.
53. “Emulating Israel”, Outlook (30 August 2006), online at
54. “The Karma of Coca-Cola” and “Coca-Cola in India”, 2 part-article in (1 September 2006)
55. “Multiculturalism at Risk: The Indian Minority in Malaysia”, Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 35 (2 September 2006), pp. 3764-65.
56. “Experiments with Truth: Gambling with Gandhi”, Times of India (2 October 2006).
Also published as “Gambling on Gandhi”, Daily Star (Dhaka), 8 October 2006), and under the same title in Asia Media on 10 October 2006 at

57. “The Spectral Order of Sacrifice”, published online at on 20 October 2006, and as “Mohammed Afzal and the Spectral Order of Sacrifice” in Asia Media on 26 October 2006 at
58. “The Not-so-Noble Prize”, published in The Island (Sri Lanka), 25 October 2006.
Also published in as “The Not So Noble Prize”, 23 October 2006, and in Asia Media on 30 October 2006 at
59. “Arbiters of Morality”, Times of India (2 November 2006).
60. “The Dead in Iraq and the War of Numbers”, Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 49 (9 December 2006), pp. 5028-29.
61. “Will Democracy Survive?” India Today, Special Anniversary Issue (18 December 2006), pp. 32, 34.
62. “Sen, Argumentative Indians and Bengali Modernity”, Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 51 (23 December 2006), pp. 5222-24.
63. “Rwanda and the Desperation of France”, Economic and Political Weekly 42, no. 6 (10 February 2007), pp. 480-81.
64. “The Documentary Phenomenon”, Economic and Political Weekly 42, no. 7 (17 February 2007), pp. 544-545.
65. “Anti-Christian Violence in India”, in Ram Puniyani, ed., The Politics Behind Anti Christian Violence (Delhi: Media House, 2006), pp. 767-774. Originally published on the author’s website, MANAS [2000].
66. “The Auteur as Killer: Insanity, Intimacy and Death in Virginia.” Economic and Political Weekly 42, no. 18 (5-11 May 2007).
67. “”State, Sovereignty and Self”, The Little Magazine 7, nos. 3-4 (July-December 2007), pp. 128-31.
68. “Mother Courage”, Hindustan Times (4 February 2008), p. 12.
69. “Our Fingers in the American Pie”, Hindustan Times (7 February 2008), p. 14.
70. “What Sorry Means”, Times of India (15 March 2008), p. 14.
71. [Untitled article on reservations policy], India Today (6 October 2008), pp. 98-100.

72. “The Technician in the Establishment: Obama’s America and the World”, Economic and Political Weekly 43, no. 44 (1-7 November 2008), pp. 14-17.

Slightly revised and lengthier version published as “Obama’s American Dream”, Outlook (online edition), at (5 November 2008).

73. “Gandhi’s Religion: A Few Thoughts”, Dialogue [Aspen Institute India](July 2009), pp. 17-19.

74. Comments in “Interchange: The Global Lincoln”, Journal of American History (September 2009).
1. Review of Syed Amanuddin’s Creativity and Reception: Toward a Theory of Third World Criticism, in Indian Literature 32, no. 3 (May-June 1989):171-76.
2. “Indologists’ India”, review of Cleo McNelly Kearns, T.S. Eliot and Indic Traditions , Indian Literature 32, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 1989):167-72.
3. “Influences on Eliot”, Salisbury Review [London] 8, no. 2 (December 1989):56-57.
4. Review of Upamanyu Chatterjee’s English, August: An Indian Story, Indian Literature 33, no. 3 (May-June 1990):155-62.
5. Review of Richard Fox’s Gandhian Utopia, Gandhi Marg 12, no. 2 (July-September 1990):236-240.
6. “Disoriented”, review of Kenneth Griffith’s The Discovery of Nehru, in The Salisbury Review 9, no. 1 (September 1990):50-52, also published as “An Experience of India” in New Quest, no. 88 (July-August 1991):248-251.
7. “Exploring the Human Psyche”, review of Bhisham Sahni’s We Have Arrived in Amritsar and Other Stories, The Book Review (New Delhi) 14, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 1990):27-28.
8. Review of Maggi Lidchi-Grassi’s The Battle of Kurukshetra and The Legs of the Tortoise, Indian Literature 33, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 1990):100-108.
9. “Representing India”, review-article on the special Daedalus issue, ‘Another India’, New Quest , no. 86 (March-April 1991):119-122.
10. “Literature from Below”, review of The Folktales of India, ed. Brenda Beck et al, and William Crooke’s A Glossary of North Indian Peasant Life, Indian Literature 34, no. 3 (May-June 1991):111-118.
11. “Tourism: The New Cannibalism”, a review of Dennis O’Rourke’s film Cannibal Tours, Alternative Network Newsletter (Equations, Bangalore) 7, no. 1 (April 1991):14.

12. “A No Mean Poet of the Mean”, review-article on the poetry of Nizzim Ezekiel, Indian Literature 34, no. 4 (July-Aug. 1991):158-167.

13. “The Politics of Representing AIDS”, review of Richard and Rosalind Chirimuuta, AIDS, Africa and Racism, Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay) 26, no. 47 (23 Nov. 1991):2687-88.
14. “The Saga of Subhas Bose”, review of Leonard Gordon’s Brothers Against the Raj, Economic and Political Weekly 27, no. 4 (25 January 1992):155-156.
15. “Indian Poetics and Western Literary Criticism”, Indian Literature 35, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1992):101-107.
16. “Instrument of Terrorism: Air Technology and Colonialism”, review of David Omissi’s Air Power and Colonial Power, The Book Review 17, no. 1 (Feb. 1993)9-10; short version in The Middle Eastern Report 22, no. 3 (May-June 1992):45-46.
17. “Lying through Maps”, a review of Mark Monmonier’s How to Lie with Maps, New Quest, no. 92 (March-April 1992):119-122.
18. Review of Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in Postmodernity and Tradition, by Michael Fischer and Mehdi Abedi, Middle Eastern Report 22, no. 4 (July-August 1992):46-47; slightly longer version also published as “De-Essentialising Islam” in Economic and Political Weekly 27, nos. 24-25 (13-20 June 1992):1257-58.
19. “An Architecture from Below?”, a review of Harris Stone’s Hands-on, Hands-off: Experiencing History through Architecture,New Quest, no. 95 (Sept.-Oct. 1992):307-309.
20. “The AIR War: Some Dissenting Views”, review of War Crimes: A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq, by Ramsey Clark and Others, Economic and Political Weekly 27, no. 42 (17 October 1992):2304-5.
21. “Surat Under the Raj”, review of Douglas Haynes, Rhetoric and Ritual in Colonial India, Economic and Political Weekly 28, no. 18 (1 May 1993):863-865; much shorter version published in Comparative Studies in Society and History 36, no. 3 (July 1994):615-617.
22. “Mapping India”, review of J. B. Harley and David Woodward, eds., Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies, The Book Review 17, no. 9 (Sept. 1993):8-9.

23. “The Mission of America: Dominance and the New World Order”, a review of Ramsey Clark’s The Fire This Time, Mainstream 31, no. 44 (11 Sept. 1993):19-22.

24. “Imperial Nostalgia”, review of The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, by C. A. Bayly et al., Economic and Political Weekly 28, nos. 29-30 (17-24 July 1993):1511-13.
25. “The Courtesan and the Indian Novel”, a review-article on Hasan Shah, The Nautch Girl, and Mirza M. H. Ruswa, Umrao Jan Ada, Courtesan of Lucknow, Indian Literature, no. 139 (Sept.-Oct. 1995):164-70.
26. “A Credo for the Post-Columbian World”, review of The Blinded Eye: 500 Years of Christopher Columbus by Ashis Nandy et al, Economic and Political Weekly 29, no. 33 (19 August 1994):2142-44.
27. “Beyond Alterity”, review of Sara Suleri’s The Rhetoric of English India, Economic and Political Weekly 30, no. 5 (4 February 1995):254-55; slightly shorter version published in Modern Philology 93, no. 1 (August 1995):118-23..
28. “Wonder and Exploitation in European Adventurism”, a review of Stephen Greenblatt’s Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New Land, Economic and Political Weekly 29, no. 49 (3 December 1994):3088-90. Also published in New Quest, no. 109 (Jan.-Feb. 1995):55-60.
29. “From Pax Americana to Pox Americana”, review of David J. Brown and Robert Merrill, eds., Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism, Social Scientist 23, nos. 7-9 (July-Sept. 1995):106-113. Also published in Mainstream (Annual Number: 9 December 1995):85-90, and in New Quest, no. 118 (July-August 1996):241-46.
30. Review of Dennis Dalton, Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action, Gandhi Marg 16, no. 4 (Jan.-Feb. 1995):491-96.
31. “Hill Stations: Pinnacles of the Raj.” Review article on Dale Kennedy, The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 8, no. 3 (September 1997):123-132.
Also published in New Quest, no. 123 (May-June 1997):179-84, 192; in The Book Review (New Delhi) 21, no. 5 (May 1997):20-22; and in a greatly abridged version in Journal of Asian Studies 56, no. 2 (May 1997):529-31.
32. Review of David Ludden, Agricultural Production and Indian History, The Historian 60, no. 3 (Spring 1998):665-67.
33. Review of Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences, Emergences 9, no. 1 (May 1999):166-67.
34. Review of Ranajit Guha, ed., A Subaltern Studies Reader, 1986-1995, Emergences 9, no. 2 (December 1999):397-99.
35. Review of David Seamon and Arthur Zajonc, eds., Goethe’s Way of Sciences: A Phenomenology of Nature, Emergences 9, no. 2 (December 1999):399-401.
36. Review of Peter Worsley, Knowledges: Culture, Counterculture, Subculture, Emergences 9, no. 2 (December 1999):402-404.
37. Review of Christopher C. Taylor, Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Emergences 10, no. 1 (May 2000):207-210.
38. Review of Ever since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, by Malcolm Potts and Roger Short, Emergences 10, no. 1 (May 2000):210-13.
Also published as “The Evolution of Human Sexuality”, New Quest, no. 141 (July-September 2000):379-84.
39. Review of Robert T. Singer et al, Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868. Emergences 10, no. 1 (May 2000):210-13.
40. Review of Edward Said, Power, Politics, and Culture (2004), in Millennium: Journal of International Studies (May 2004).
41. Review of Dipesh Chakrabarty, Habitations of Modernity (2002), in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 35, no. 2 (Autumn 2004):343-45.
42. Review of Antoinette Burton, Dwelling in the Archive (2002), in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 27, no. 3 (Summer 2004):673-676.
43. Review of Michael Gottlob, Historical Thinking in South Asia (2003), in Indian Economic and Social History Review 41, no. 4 (2004), pp. 501-4.
44. “Civilisational Dialogues”, review of Talking India: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo (2006), Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 46 (18 November 2006), pp. 4751-52.
Also published in Logos 6, nos. 1-2 (2007), online at:

45. “Jolly Good Fellows and Their Nasty Ways”, review of John Newsinger, A People’s History of the British Empire (2006), Times of India (15 January 2007).
46. “The Taxi Drivers of New York”, review of Biju Mathew, Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City (2005), Times of India (18 March 2007), p. 18.
47. “City of Bones”, review of William Dalrymple, The Last Mughal (2006), San Diego-Union Tribune, Sunday Book Review (8 April 2007).
1. “My Useless Uncle”, translation (with Doug Varley) from Bengali of a short story by Satyajit Ray, Indian Literature 32, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1989):49-56.
2. “The Suspicions of Mr. Sadhan Babu”, translation (with Doug Varley) of a short story in Bengali by Satyajit Ray, Indian Horizons (New Delhi) 38, nos. 1-2 (May 1990):53-59.

3. “Warrant”, translation from the Hindi of Acharya Chatursen Shastri of a short story, Journal of South Asian Literature 24, no. 2 (1989):177-183.

4. “Reign of Terror”, translation from the Hindi of Bechan Sharma ‘Ugra’ of a short story, Journal of South Asian Literature 24, no. 2 (1989):184-194.

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