SUBHAKANTA BEHERA belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and holds a Doctorate from Oxford on Contemporary Modern History. His recent book is Construction of an Identity Discourse: Oriya Literature and the Jagannath Cult, 1866-1936 (Delhi, 2002). He is presently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
JOHN H. BOWLES produces international exhibitions and has contributed to Outlook, Orientations, Marg and other publications.
UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA is a civil servant based in Mumbai.
ELLA DATTA is a journalist and has authored Ganesh Pyne: His Life and Times (CIMA Gallery), Art of A. Ramachandran (Roli Books), and Lines and Colours: Discovering Indian Art (NBT). She is presently writing a book on Treasures of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
MAUD GIRARD is an Orientalist with a specialisation in Asian Art and Literature.
NARAYANI GUPTA is Professor of History at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
CHRISTOPHE JAFFERLOT is Director of the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), part of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. His most recent work includes India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Low Castes in North Indian Politics (Permanent Black, 2003).
BIMAL JALAN was appointed Governor of the Reserve Bank of India in November 1997. In September 2003 he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President for distinguished service to the country. He has held several high level positions including Chief Economic Adviser to the Government, Banking Secretary, Finance Secretary, Member-Secretary of the Planning Commission, and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
JAGMOHAN MAHAJAN is a former diplomat and author of The Ganga Trail: Foreign Accounts and Sketches of the River Scene (Indica, 2004, Second Edition) and Splendid Plumage: Indian Birds by British Artists (Timeless, 2001).
BORIA MAJUMDAR, a Rhodes scholar, recently completed his doctorate on The Social History of Indian Cricket at St. John’s College, Oxford University, and is currently a deputy director at the International Research Centre for Sport, Socialization and Society at de Montfort University, Bedford. His book, Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket will be out this summer.
LEEYA MEHTA has worked as an entrepreneur, non-profit sector consultant, and business and travel writer. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University on the Radhakrishnan scholarship. Her short stories have been published by International Gallerie and Little Magazine.
MANOJ NAIR works in Outlook, New Delhi.
KALPISH RATNA is the psuedonym under which Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan write together. They edited the Books Page of the Sunday Observer and work as surgeons in Mumbai.
ANITA ROY is an editor, writer and critic and was, until last year, publishing head of Dorling Kindersley India. She is now commissioning books for children and young adults for Young Zubaan, an imprint of the newly launched publishing house, Zubaan, headed by Urvashi Butalia.
HARSH SETHI is Editor, Seminar, New Delhi.
CHARU SONI is a freelance writer and art critic based in New Delhi.
DAVID SZANTON is an anthropologist who has been engaged with Mithila paintings since 1977. He is a co-founder of the Ethnic Arts Foundation, USA.
PATRICIA UBEROI is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and Honorary Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She has written extensively on issues of family and gender in different genres of Indian popular culture, including calendar art, of which she has a large personal collection.
SUSAN VISVANATHAN teaches Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is the author of Visiting Moon (India Ink, 2002).
SUSAN WHITFIELD is Director of the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, working to bring together the geographically scattered Silk Road collections on the internet.
She is author of several books on the Silk Road including Life Along the Silk Road and Aurel Stein and the Silk Road, and curator of the British Library exhibition.