Satish Deshpande, M.A. (Economics) (J.N.U.), M.A., Ph.D. (California), is Professor of Sociology at the University of Delhi. His research interests include caste and class inequalities, contemporary social theory, politics and history of the social sciences and south-south interactions.He is the author of Contemporary India: A Sociological View (2003) and (with Ghanshyam Shah, Harsh Mander, Sukhadeo Thorat and Amita Baviskar) Untouchability in Rural India (2006).He has co-edited with Patricia Uberoi and Nandini Sundar Anthropology in the East. Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology (2007) and Class Inequalities, Contemporary Social Theory, Politics and History of the Social Sciences and South-South Interactions.