Makarand R. Paranjape is currently Director at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has been Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University for over 20 of his 39 years as a university teacher. He is the author of some 20 and editor of over two-dozen books, in addition to hundreds of academic papers and popular articles. His latest books include Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity, New Perspectives in Indian Science and Civilisation, Debating the 'Post' Condition in India and The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi. Paranjape is currently a columnist for Open Magazine, Mail Today and The Print.