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Professor Manoranjan Mohanty (b.1942) is a teacher, researcher and writer. A Political Scientist, China Scholar and Peace and Human Rights activist he has many books and research papers on theoretical and empirical dimensions of social movements, human rights, development studies and global transformation. After retiring from University of Delhi he has been with the Council for Social Development (CSD) and is the Editor of the CSD Journal, Social Change published by Sage. He is also Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and Fellow at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UC, Santa Barbara.

A Ph D. from UC, Berkeley, he was, till 2004, Professor of Political Science and Director, Developing Countries Research Centre DCRC)  at the University of Delhi where he taught Comparative Politics and Chinese Politics since 1969. He is a former Chairperson and Director of ICS and a former Editor of China Report. He has had visiting assignments in several universities and research institutes in India and abroad including UC, Berkeley, IFES, Moscow, Oxford, Beijing, Copenhagen, Lagos, UC, Santa Barbara and New School, New York. He has been on the editorial board of many social science journals in India and abroad.

He has been a part of the founding and evolution of institutions such as the ICS, Delhi, the DCRC at Delhi University and Gabeshana Chakra and the Development Research Institute in Odisha. He has also been a part of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi and the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPDPF) since their inception. He was part of the founding process of the Boao Forum for Asia in China and REGGEN, the Third World Sustainable Development Network in Brazil.

The cost of China’s economic achievements
03 Jul 2021

The Communist Party of China (CPC), which observed the centenary of its founding on July 1 with a very assertive speech by Xi Jinping

Cheen ka Kayapalat: Safalta ki Daastan aur Safalta ka Phanda
26 Jun 2020

The book provides insights into the economic and social transformation that China has undergone from 1979 to the present.

China's Growth has come at a cost
06 Oct 2019

China's Growth has come at a cost

China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress
27 Feb 2019

The People’s Republic of China under the leadership of Xi Jinping is undergoing rapid changes at the present time. The nature of these changes was evident during the 19th Party Congress of 2017 and unfolded swiftly thereafter. This volume, produced by a group of 25 China experts of India associated with ICS, offers a detailed examination of Xi Jinping’s initiatives in the context of what was proclaimed as a ‘new era’.

Inequality from the Perspective of the Global South
18 Dec 2018

his chapter discusses the concept of inequality and the various meanings associated with it. How the problems of economic and social inequalities have been addressed in the Global South is also discussed.

"India and China Should be Partnering Rather Than Competing in the Region"
30 Apr 2018

Newsclick spoke to Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty about the recent informal summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Interviewed - Expert Gyan: Understanding the Purpose of the Wuhan India-China Summit
26 Apr 2018

The Wire spoke to eminent China scholars for their views on the upcoming 'informal' India-China summit in Wuhan.

China’s Transformation: The Success Story and the Success Trap
01 Nov 2017

The book provides insights into the economic and social transformation that China has undergone from 1979 to the present.

Exploring Emergent Global Thresholds Towards 2030
05 Apr 2017

Our current era can be described as the beginning of a new, historical phase of the ‘Anthropocene’age, where humans are becoming increasingly conscious of the effects of their actions on nature,culture, and human relationships. As the first section shows, this realisation is acquiring greater significance in current development discourse and policymaking, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fate of the human species rests on a sustainable collaboration with nature, as is apparent by the impact of climate change on food, energy, and water.

The Latest Session of China’s Parliament
24 Mar 2017

What the Latest Session of China’s Parliament Tells Us About the Challenges Xi Confronts

Bandung spirit and the new Indian regime
03 Jun 2015

That India’s Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi decided not to attend the Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of the Bandung Conference...

History Challenges Modi in China
30 May 2015

Economic and Political Weekly


Areas of interest

Chinese Politics, Comparative Development Studies


Current Positions

    • Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Professor of Social Development, Council for Social Development, New Delhi
    • Editor, Social Change journal (Sage Publications)

Past Positions

    • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Chairperson, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Professor, Department of Political Science, Delhi University
    • Editor, China Report


    • PhD, University of California, Berkely
    • MA, Political Science, Delhi University

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