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Ashis Nandy is a prolific political psychologist, sociologist, and cultural critic. Nandy has also coauthored a number of human rights reports and is active in movements for peace, alternative sciences and technologies, and cultural survival. He is a member of the Executive Councils of the World Future Studies Federation, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the International Network for Cultural Alternatives to Development, and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties. Nandy has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Hull, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh. He held the first UNESCO Chair at the Center for European Studies, University of Trier, in 1994.

See also: PartitionFanonNon-violence

Selected Publications


  • Alternative Sciences: Creativity and Authenticity in Two Indian Scientists. New Delhi: Allied, 1980. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1995.
  • At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1980. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism. Merryl Wyn Davies, Ashis Nandy, and Ziauddin Sardar. London; Boulder, CO: Pluto Press, 1993.
  • The Blinded Eye: Five Hundred Years of Christopher Columbus. Claude Alvares, Ziauddin Sardar, and Ashis Nandy. New York: Apex, 1994.
  • Creating a Nationality: the Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear of the Self. Eds. Ashis Nandy, Shikha Trivedy, and Achyut Yagnick. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.
  • The Illegitimacy of Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and the Politics of Self. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994.
  • The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1983. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.
  • The Multiverse of Democracy: Essays in Honour of Rajni Kothari. Eds. D.L. Sheth and Ashis Nandy. New Delhi; London: Sage, 1996.
  • The New Vaisyas: Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Response in an Indian City. Raymond Lee Owens and Ashis Nandy. Bombay: Allied, 1977. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic P, 1978.
  • The Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves. Delhi; London: Oxford UP, 1995. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1995.
    The Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves, 1995
    The Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves, 1995
  • Science, Hegemony and Violence: A Requiem for Modernity. Ed. Ashis Nandy. Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University, 1988. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1990.
  • Talking India: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2006.
  • The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games. New Delhi; New York: Viking, 1989. New Delhi; New York: Penguin, 1989.
  • Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness. Delhi; New York: Oxford UP, 1987. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.
  • A Very Popular Exile. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2007.


  • “Bearing Witness to the Future.” Futures 28.6-7 (Aug. 1996): 636-39.
  • “The Fate of the Ideology of the State in India.” The Challenge in South Asia: Development, Democracy and Regional Cooperation. Eds. Poona Wignaraja and Akmal Hussain. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1989.
  • “Futures Studies: Pluralizing Human Destiny.” Futures 25.4 (May 1993): 464-65.
  • “History’s Forgotten Doubles.” History & Theory 34.2 (1995):44-66.
  • “The Political Culture of the Indian State.” Daedalus 118.4 (Fall 1989): 1-26.
  • “The Psychology of Colonialism: Sex, Age, and Ideology in British India.” Psychiatry 45 (Aug. 1982): 197-218.
  • “Satyajit Ray’s Secret Guide.” East-West Film Journal 4.2 (June 1990): 14-37.
  • “Tagore and the Tiger of Nationalism.” Times of India. 4 Sept.1994.
  •  “Towards an Alternative Politics of Psychology.” International Social Science Journal 35.2 (1983): 323-38.

Author: Michele Crescenzo, c. 1997
Last edited: June 2017

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