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Dr Ronojoy Sen
Designation : Senior Research Fellow; Co-Lead (Politics & Governance)
Email : isasrs@nus.edu.sg
Tel : (65) 6516 7026
Fax : (65) 6776 7505
Dr Ronojoy Sen has worked for over a decade in leading Indian newspapers. He was last with The Times of India, New Delhi, where he was a Senior Assistant Editor on the editorial page.
Dr Sen holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Presidency College, Calcutta. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C. and the East-West Center Washington, and Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr Sen is the author of Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback 2012). He is the co-editor of More than Maoism: Politics, policies and insurgencies in South Asia and Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life. He has contributed to edited volumes and has published in several leading journals, including the Journal of Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Journal of Democracy and Sport and Society. He also writes regularly for newspapers.
Area of Interest and Expertise
Indian Politics, History and Culture
Law and Society
Religion and Politics
Democratic Institutions
Current Research
Indian Parliament and Political Culture
Sociology and Politics of Sport

“Persistence of Caste in Indian Politics,” Pacific Affairs, June 2012

“Identifying Criminals and Crorepatis in Indian Politics: An Analysis of Two Supreme Court Rulings,” in Election Law Journal, June 2012
"In the Name of God: Regulating Religion in Indian Elections,” South Asia, April 2010
"The Indian Supreme Court and the quest for a ‘rational’ Hinduism,” South Asian History and Culture, January 2010
"The Problem of Corruption,” Journal of Democracy, October 2009
"Divided Loyalty: Jaipal Singh and his Many Journeys,” Sport and Society, August 2009
"Walking a Tightrope: Judicial Activism and Indian Democracy,” India Review, January 2009

“Getting Some Things Right, Finally,” Today, 26 August 2012

“Chasing Olympic Dreams,” The Times of India, 10 August 2012

“Censors in the House,” The Times of India, 16 May 2012

“Much Fury, Little Substance,” The Times of India, 5 January 2012

“Cleaning Up The Mess,” The Times of India, 18 October 2011

“The Anna Hazare Phenomenon,” The Straits Times, 24 August 2011

“Get Down To Work,” The Times of India, 10 August, 2011

“Reaping The Change,” The Times of India, 16 May 2011

“The Cup That Cheered,” The Times of India, 4 April 2011

“With season of scams, the rot has set in deep,” Today, 3 December 2010

“Obama stroked, India purred,” The Straits Times, 13 November 2010

“A Mosque, a temple and Indian secularism,” Today, 14 October 2010

“Till Judgement Day Comes Again,” The Times of India, 7 October 2010

“Playing games in India,” Today, 23 September 2010

“Dirty tricks on the cricket pitch,” The Straits Times, 14 September 2010

“Tonos de azafran. El hinduismo politico (Shades of Saffron: Political Hinduism in India),” Vanguardia Dossier, April/June 2008

“Tilting at Windmills: Indian Historians and the Contestation over 1857,” Biblio, March-April 2007
Being Muslim in South Asia: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow. Co-editor with Robin Jeffrey. Under contract with Oxford University Press
More than Maoism: Politics, policies and insurgencies in South Asia. Co-editor with Robin Jeffrey and Pratima Singh. Manohar, 2012
Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court. Oxford University Press, 2010 (paperback 2012)


“A Million Salutes: The Story of Mohammedan Sporting,” in Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen (eds.), Being Muslim in South Asia: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow (forthcoming)

“Student Memories of the Naxalite Movement in Calcutta,” in Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy Sen and Pratima Singh (eds.), More than Maoism: Politics, Policies, and Insurgencies in South Asia
"Contesting 1857: Indian Historians and the Debate over the Uprising,” in Boria Majumdar and Sharmistha Gooptu (eds.), Revisiting 1857: Myth, Memory, History, Roli Books, 2007
“An Analysis of Indian Parliament: Evolution or Decay?” International Conference on Asian Studies, Colombo, July 2012
“India’s Parliament: Re-imagining a European Idea?” Rising India, Anxious Europe Conference, University of Copenhagen, May 2012
“Inside India’s Newsrooms,” ISAS workshop on China-India Media Mediation, Singapore, May 2012
“The Anna Hazare Movement and its Implications for Indian Democracy,” ISAS Annual Conference, Singapore, November 2011
“Black and White: The Story of Mohammedan Sporting Club,” ISAS conference on Islam in Modern South Asia, Singapore, September 2011
“The Colour of Money: Understanding the Dynamics of the MPLAD Scheme in India,” BASAS Annual Conference, Southampton, April 2011
“Defining Religion: Hinduism, Hindutva, and the Indian Supreme Court,” School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., April 2010
"The Ugly Politician: Popular Disaffection with India’s Elected Representatives,” Law, Courts, and Electoral Politics in India and the United States, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, April 2010

"The Place of Cricket in India,” International Cricket Council Centenary History Conference, St Antony’s College, Oxford, July 2009

"The Indian Paradox? Vibrant Democracy and the Disconnect between the Political Class and Citizens,” World Bank-IMF India Club, Washington, DC, June 2009

"Losing Trust: Understanding the Disaffection with India’s Politicians,” A special discussion on India’s elections, Harvard University, May 2009

"Regulating Religion in Indian Elections,” South Asia Seminar Series, University of Chicago, May 2009

"The Indian Perspective on US-India Relations,” Workshop on South Asia: Challenges and Prospects for the Obama Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, April 2009

"Walking the Tightrope: Judicial Activism and Indian Democracy,” Conference on The Indian State: 60 Years On, National University of Singapore, May 2008.

"Divided Loyalty: The Many Journeys of Jaipal Singh,” Conference on Olympic Legacies, St Antony’s College, Oxford, March 2008

"Religion in Indian Elections,” Conference on Approaching Elections in South Asia: Performances, Principles and Perceptions, University of Oslo, December 2007

"Good Citizens: The Indian Supreme Court and Teaching of Religion,” 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Boston, March 2007


“India’s Cabinet Reshuffle: Paucity of Talent, Plethora of Challenges,” ISAS Insight, August 2012

“India’s Electoral Laws, Political Corruption and the Supreme Court,” ISAS Working Paper, June 2012

“Implications of the Uttar Pradesh Polls,” East Asia Forum, March 2012

“State Polls and National Echoes in India,” ISAS Insight, March 2012

“Uttar Pradesh Goes to Polls,” ISAS Insight, February 2012

“The Meaning of Anna Hazare’s Movement,” ISAS Brief, September 2011

“How the Red Fortress was Won: An Analysis of the West Bengal Elections,” ISAS Brief, May 2011

“Much Ado About Nothing,” ISAS Brief, February 2011

 “The Bihar Election: Gamechanger or Business as usual?” ISAS Brief, December 2010

“Untangling the Ayodhya Verdict,” ISAS Brief, October 2010

“The Perils of Playing Games,” India in Transition, Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, August 2010

“Contesting 1857: Indian Historians and the Debate over the Uprising,” in Boria Majumdar and Sharmistha Gooptu (eds.), Revisiting 1857: Myth, Memory, History, Roli Books, 2007

“Legalizing Religion: The Indian Supreme Court and Secularism,” Policy Studies 30, East-West Center Washington, 2007

“Defining Religion: The Indian Supreme Court and Hinduism,” Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, No. 29, February 2006

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