Prof. Achin Vanaik
Political Science Department,
University of Delhi,
B.Sc. (Economics and Statistics), University of Bristol, Bristol, England.
Oct, 2004- till date: Professor, University of Delhi.
Dec, 2002- Oct, 2004: Visiting Professor, University of Delhi.
16th Feb, 2001 - 15th Feb, 2003: Visiting Professor, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi.
7th Dec, 1996- 6th Dec, 1997: Visiting Professor, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi.
Dec, 1991- Dec, 1996: Research Fellow, Centre of Contemporary Studies, NMML, Teen Murti, Delhi.
Nov, 1978- Dec, 1990: Assistant Editor, The Times of India.
17th October, 2007 - 17th October, 2010: Head. Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.
29th December, 2007- 29th December, 2009: Dean. Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi.
Areas of Specialization / Interest
International Relations-Strategic Studies, Nuclear Weapons and Terrorism, Indian Political Economy, Indian Political System, Issues concerning communalism and secularism.
Politics in India, Contemporary Indian Politics, Peace and Security, International Theory, International Political Economy.
Supervision of awarded Doctoral Thesis
Bouzid, Mohamed Yazid. 2007. Power and the Dynamics of Domination in International Relations after the end of the Cold War: The Case of American Intervention in Iraq. University of Delhi.
Supervision of Doctoral Thesis, under progress
Kapoor, Vikas. Non-Proliferation Regime: Emerging Trends.
Manjesh Kumar. The Mauryan State: A Political Theory.
Burza, Nadia. Public Opinion and conflict transformation: A study of Kashmir Print Media from 1988 to 2008.
Kamal. The Congress Party's Foreign Policy Perspectives and INDO-US Relations Since 1991.
Punam Kumari. Environmental Security: Water Conflicts in West Asia and South Asia.
Mishra, Amit. U.N. Peacekeeping in the Post Cold War Period: From Peacekeeping To Peace Building.
Deepshikha. Critical Insight into Civilizational Approach: An Alternative Understanding of Post 9/11 Afghanistan.
Dhingra, Vasudha. The Changing Dynamics of Global Governance: Institutional Responses of World Bank and the World Trade Organization to the Demands of Global Women's and Environmental Movements.
Puri, Ellora. Impact of Organized Political Violence on Gender Relations: A Case Study of Violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
Supervision of awarded M.Phil dissertations
Wazir, Prerna. Climate Change: Kyoto and beyond.
Huria, Sonali. Demystifying the New ‘Military Humanism’: American Military Interventions in the Post-Cold War Era.
Khangonkar, Issac R. A Systematic Engagement with Modern Political Terrorism.
Singh, Priyabala. The Prospects of PAN-ASIAN Energy Grid (Oil and Gas) and India’s Energy Security.
Datta, Kasturi. Development and Special Economic Zones in India: A Socio-Political Perspective.
Supervision of M.Phil dissertations, under progress
Sengupta, Gargi. Participatory Governance in the Context of Secession.
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. Selling US Wars. USA: Interlink Publishers.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2004. Globalization and South Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.|
|Vanaik, Achin. A Marxist Concept of Social Justice. New Delhi: Occasional Paper Series, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.|
Research papers published in Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals
|Vanaik, Achin. 2008. The Himalayan Republic. New Left Review. 49:.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2006. Strategy After Bush. New Left Review. 42:.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2004. Red Green Saffron.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2004. Unraveling the Self-Image of the Indian Bomb Lobby. Economic and Political Weekly.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2004. Myths of the Permit Raj. New Left Review. 29:.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2003. Monsoon Risings. New Left Review. 21:.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2003. Combating Communalism in India.|
Other publications (Edited works/Books reviews/festschrift volumes etc.)
|Vanaik, Achin. 2008. National Interest – A Flawed Notion: Explaining the Shift in Indian Foreign Policy in the Age of globalization and its Implications for the WANA Region. In India and West Asia in the Era of Globalisation, ed. Anwar Alam. New Delhi: New Century.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. Making India Strong: The BJP-Led government’s Foreign Policy Perspectives. In Hindu Nationalism and Governance, ed. John McGuire and Ian Copland. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. Aaj Ki Duniya Mein Jantantra. In Beheter Duniya Ki Talaash Mein, ed. Ramesh Upadhyay. New Delhi: Shabdsandhan Prakashan.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. Too Little, Too Bad. In Sustainable Development: Perspectives and Initiatives, ed. Dipankar Dey. Hyderabad: Icfai University Press.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. The Enemy Within. In Writing a Nation: An Anthology of Indian Journalism, ed. Nirmala Lakshman. New Delhi: Rupa.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2007. How Good is Globalization. In Writing a Nation: An Anthology of Indian Journalism, ed. Nirmala Lakshman. New Delhi: Rupa.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2006. Communalization of the Indian Polity. In India’s Political Parties, ed. P R deSouza and E Sridharan. New Delhi: Sage.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2005. US dominance and diplomatic choices in developing nations. In Diplomacy and Developing Nations, ed. M East and J Robertson. London: Routledge.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2005. In the Wake of Globalization: Political Stresses in South Asia. In Dislocating Nation-States, ed. P N Abinales, I Noboru and T Akio. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2004. US Perspectives in a Global and South Asian Context: Before and After 11 September. In The Afghan War and its Geopolitical Implications for India, ed. S Haider. New Delhi: Academy of third World Studies.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2002. The Ethics and Efficacy of Political Terrorism. In Critical Views of September 11, ed. Eric Hershberg and Kevin W Moore. New York: Social Science Research Council.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2002. Consumerism and New Classes in India. In Thinking Social Science in India, a festschrift volume of essays in honour of Alice Thorner, ed. Sujata Patel, Jasodhara Bagchi and Krishna Raj. New Delhi: Sage.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2002. Religio-Political Tensions in Religiously Plural and Singular Societies: A Brief Conceptual Overview. In Mapping Multiculturalism, ed. Kushal Deb. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.|
|Vanaik, Achin. 2001. Indian Foreign Policy and Security Perspectives: Past Practice and Future Possibilities. In The Unfinished Agenda: Nation-Building in South Asia, ed. Mushirul Hasan and Nariaki Nakazato. New Delhi: Manohar Publications.|
Awards and distinctions
Co-recipient with Praful Bidwai of “The Sean MacBride International Peace Prize” for the Year 2000 for published work and activities in relation to nuclear disarmament. This annual peace prize has been awarded by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) since its centenary year of 1992. The IPB is the oldest international peace organization founded in 1892 in the UK. Sean MacBride, late president of the IPB, was the only recipient of both the Lenin Peace Prize of the former Soviet Union and of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Association with Professional Bodies
2nd June, 2009- till date: Convener. Committee of Courses, Central Board of Secondary Education.
Invited as a speaker for a “Roundtable Plenary on Peace and Security” to the 7th Asia Europe Peoples Forum/ held in Beijing, China from Oct.12-16, 2008.
Invited as the principal speaker to a “Conference on Communal Harmony in South Asia” and to an award giving ceremony for Mr. Karamat Ali held in the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs, Karachi, Pakistan on December 25, 2008.
Invited as the main speaker on one side in a debate on “Is Secularism the Solution to Communal Conflict in India” at the IInd International conference on /Rethinking Religion in India: Rethinking Secularism/ held in New Delhi, January 10-13, 2009.
Invited as a plenary speaker on “World Order in a Changing Geopolitical Landscape: Dangers and Opportunities” in the /International Seminar on the Centenary of Hind Swaraj/ held in the India International Centre, New Delhi from Feb.12-14, 2009.
Invited to present my “Reflections on matters of power, inequality and intervention” at a conference on International Security, Multilateralism and World (Dis) Order: Is There a Southern Perspective? This was organized by the Post-graduate International Studies Program of Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Aug.16- 17, 2007.
Invited to present a paper at a conference titled “A Great Transformation? Understanding India’s New Political Economy” organized at Columbia University, New York, USA on Sept.14-16, 2007.
Invited to speak at a conference held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) held in London on Feb.16-17, 2008.
Invited to speak by the India China Institute at a conference on “Prosperity and Inequality: Debates in India and China” held at the New School, New York, USA on March 27-28, 2008.
April 26 – May 5, 2006: Visit to American universities organized by the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in a debate/symposium on May 1 with Prof. Sunil Khilnani (John Hopkins University) on “Democracy in India Today”. Also invited to speak at the South Asian Studies departments of the University of Minnesota on April 27; at the University of California (Berkeley) on May 2; at Stanford University on May 3.
Invited to speak at the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland between Oct.11-15 on “Political Terrorism and the US Imperial Project”. Also invited to speak at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London; and at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Invited to speak at the plenary session on “Europe and Asia – peace building or increasing militarization?” of the Asia Europe Peoples Forum (AEPF), Sept.4- 5, 2006 at Helsinki, Finland. This was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Invited by the Organizing Committee of the Nagasaki Municipal Government to speak at the “Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons” held between Oct. 21-23 at Nagasaki, Japan.
Invited to present a paper on “Indian Diplomacy Since 1991” at a conference organized by the Faculty of International Studies of Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan. This was held on Oct. 28- 29, 2006.
Invited to speak on “The Global South and Palestinian Rights” at the UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People held from Dec.15-17, 2006 at Kuala Lumpur,
Invited to present a paper on “The US Imperial Project: Problems and Prospects” at a conference organized by the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan. 29- 30, 2007.
Invited by Greenpeace (Mediterranean) to speak on “Regional Dynamics and Nuclear Weapons” at a conference and to meet Greenpeace senior personnel in Tel Aviv, Israel between Feb.14-17, 2007.