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Political Scientist, Lawyer, Journalist

vinaysitapati (at)


I am currently professor of law and politics at Shiv Nadar University Chennai. I have previously been associate professor (with tenure) at Ashoka University and visiting associate professor at Princeton University.

I have degrees from National Law School Bangalore and Harvard Law School, and a PhD in politics from Princeton University. My dissertation focussed on the impact of court judgements.

Aside from articles in scholarly journals and newspapers, I have written two books.

The first was a biography of P.V. Narasimha Rao. Published in India (Penguin) and in the United States (OUP), it was translated into Hindi, Tamil, & Telugu. The best-seller was called 'A Book Of The Year' by The Economist & part of's '100 books to read in a lifetime'. It is being made into a web-series of the same name. 

The second book, a political history of the BJP Before Modi, has been published in India (Penguin), UK (Hurst) & US (Hurst, with distribution by OUP). It has also been a best-seller, and has been translated into Hindi, Telugu, and Marathi. 

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