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Educated at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Delhi, Manoranjan Mohanty FGCA was a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Developing Countries Research Centre at the University of Delhi, where he taught Comparative Politics, Chinese Politics and Research Methodology. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor at the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, where until recently he edited the CSD-Sage journal Social Change; Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; and Professor of Social Development, Council for Social Development, New Delhi.
Prof. Mohanty is a social scientist, China scholar and a peace and human rights activist with research interest in the study of the political economy of China, India and global transformation. He is an Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, its founding member and former Chairperson. He is also the Emeritus Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, the research wing of Gabeshana Chakra of which he was the founder–president. He has had academic assignments in many institutions abroad, including in California, Beijing, Moscow, Lagos, Copenhagen and Oxford. He has done extensive research on modern China and India, including on the Chinese Revolution, the political economy of China, people’s movements in India and poverty in Odisha. His recent works include China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the Nineteenth Party Congress (2019) and Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India (2021). He has been an active member of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi, since its inception and also of the Pakistan–India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. He is part of the Bandung Spirit Network and a founding member of the Global University of Sustainability.
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