Aakash Singh Rathore

Aakash Singh Rathore

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Aakash Singh Rathore is a philosopher of international repute, author of eight books (including Ambedkar's Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India (Vintage/Penguin, 2020), regular contributor to Deccan Herald (where he writes the column Poorva Paksha), The Indian Express and Outlook magazine with bylines in The Times of India, Firstpost, Huffington Post, The Quint, The Print, and Scroll.in. He is also India’s number 3 Ironman triathlete, and has finished five gruelling Ironman Triathlons, known as the world’s most difficult one-day sporting event. He has featured on Asia News Network, News18, The Caravan, Pragati podcast, Deccan Herald, The Sunday Times, The Hindu, The National, and NDTV 24X7. ​Rathore has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Universities of Delhi, Rutgers, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Humboldt Berlin, LUISS-Rome, and O.P. Jindal Global University. He is International Fellow of ETHOS, Rome, and Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is the Series Editor of Rethinking India (14 vols, Penguin/Vintage, 2019-20) and editor of its first volume, Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives (with Ashis Nandy, 2019). His 20 authored and edited books range from political philosophy, law, and religion to literature, sports, and wine. He is the Series Editor of Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought (Routledge) and Religion and Democracy: Reconceptualizing Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Context ​(Oxford University Press). Among his forthcoming solo works is a radical study on Mind and Muscle. He is also Chief Editor, B. R. Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice (5 vols, Oxford University Press, 2020), and the author of B. R. Ambedkar: A Biography (forthcoming). Rathore has spoken at The Times of India Delhi LitFest and other literature festivals in India and abroad, and appeared as a panelist on NDTV’s Conversations of the Constitution over two days of live sessions. He serves as advisor to several policymakers, thinktanks, educational and political bodies. He has delivered numerous talks, lectures, conferences, workshops and courses throughout India and abroad and has published over 50 journal papers. Rathore’s books have been reviewed and featured in Scroll.in, The Wire, Outlook, Caravan, The Quint, The Print, Livemint, The Week, EPW, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Tribune, Deccan Herald, and other popular print and online media. His Hegel’s India (Oxford University Press, 2017/2018) was nominated for the TATA LITERATURE LIVE! AWARDS 2017 Book of the Year (non-fiction) and widely reviewed. A social media influencer with over 140,500 Quora followers (of a blog on intersections between philosophy and physical culture: Mind & Muscle), 8,000 Instagram followers, 12,000 Twitter followers, and a YouTube channel with over 1,00,000 views, he engages with civil society, centres, universities, institutes at large as well as with academics, students, researchers, political workers and grassroots activists alike. He tweets at ​@ASR_Metta

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