Shweta Majumdar Adur is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. Before this, she was as an assistant professor of women and gender studies at California State University, Fullerton. She completed her PhD in sociology from the University of Connecticut, earned a master's in international development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master's in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, human rights, and immigration. She is the coauthor of As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Experiences of Aging (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012), the author of several publications in peer-reviewed journals, and a contributor to edited collections.
Y. S. Alone is a professor in visual studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests are ancient Indian art, Ajanta caves and Buddhist caves in western India, the interpretative framework of Ambedkar, modern Indian art and popular visual culture, critics of postcolonial paradigms, neo-Buddhist visual culture, and general social sciences. Alone is currently involved in developing the conceptual formulation of "protected ignorance." He has presented research papers at national and international art history and social sciences seminars, and at conferences within India and abroad. He was nominated as an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) chair visiting professor in Shenzhen University, China, and was also invited to be a visiting professor at Autonoma University Madrid, Spain, and Renmin University of China, Beijing. He has been engaged in popular lectures as part of social movements. Kaveri Books published his text, Early Western Indian Buddhist Caves: Forms and Patronage in 2016.
Tapan Basu taught at the Department of English, Hindu College, University of Delhi, for more than twenty-eight years before joining the Department of English, University of Delhi, as an associate professor. His teaching and research interests include American literature (especially African American literature) and Indian literature (especially Dalit literature). His publications include Khaki Shorts, Saffron Flags: A Critique of the Hindu Right (coauthored, Orient Longman, 1993); Translating Caste: A Critical Anthology of Writings on [End Page 293] Caste (edited, Katha, 2001); Listen to the Flames: Texts and Readings from the Margins (coedited, Oxford UP, 2016), and Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh (coedited, Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2017). He has received several academic awards, including a Fulbright fellowship; a South Asia Research Program fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, New York; and a fellowship at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Last year, he was a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Sumit Baudh received his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from the UCLA School of Law. He is a former research fellow of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School; consultant to the Arcus Foundation; University of California Human Rights Fellow; and Michael D. Palm Fellow of the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. All of these associations have contributed to formulating the ideas and content of the essay included in this volume. Sumit Baudh is currently an associate professor at the O. P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana.
Laura R. Brueck is an associate professor of South Asian literature and culture at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is the author of Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature (Columbia UP, 2014) and has translated several short stories by Ajay Navaria in a volume called Unclaimed Terrain (Navayana, 2013).
Swarnavel Eswaran is an associate professor in the Departments of English and Media and Information (MI) at Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India and the University of Iowa. His documentaries include Thangam (1995), INA (1996), Villu (1997), Unfinished Journey: A City in Transition (2012), Migrations of Islam (2014), Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015), and Nagapattinam: Waves from the Deep (2016). His research focuses on the history, theory, and production of documentaries, the specificity of Tamil cinema, and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent books are Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum (Nizhal, 2013) and an anthology of essays...