Achin Vanaik


A TNI Fellow since 1987, Achin Vanaik is a Retired Professor of International Relations and former Head of Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi, and a life-long activist for nuclear disarmament. He is active member in the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India), and in the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel working to pressure Israel to comply with international law. He is a founder of the Society for Marxist Studies (SMS), which holds two-week long residential schools for post-graduate students and social activists from across India.

Achin has authored, edited and contributed to many books ranging from studies of India's political economy, issues concerning religion, communalism and secularism as well as international contemporary politics and nuclear disarmament. His most cited book is The Furies of Indian Communalism: Religion, Modernity and Secularization (Verso, 1997). He was the general editor of the four-volume set brought out in 2013 by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on political thought, democracy, engagement with the world and the State in India. His most recent books include Nationalist Dangers, Secular Failings: A Compass for an Indian Left (Aakar Books, 2020), The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism: Secular Claims, Communal Realities (Verso, 2017), and After The Bomb: Post-Pokharan II Essays (Orient Black Swan, 2015).

Areas of expertise:

Nuclear disarmament, Indian security & foreign policy, Indian communalism.


He is a co-recipient, with Praful Bidwai, of the International Peace Bureau's Sean McBride International Peace Prize for 2000.

Media experience:

Achin Vanaik is a former editor with the Times of India. He is frequently interviewed by the Indian and international press, and publishes articles in magazines such as the Jacobin, The Wire, and Caravan Magazine.