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Pralay Kanungo

Guest Researcher

Prof. P.R. Kanungo
+31 71 527 4052

Pralay Kanungo is a researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Professor Pralay Kanungo is currently the ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at IIAS/ LIAS, Leiden University. He is also Guest Professor(2015-2020) at Sichuan University, Chengdu and Honorary Professor (2015-2018) at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Before coming to Leiden, he was Professor and Chair, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was also a Fellow at Nehru memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris.

Kanungo is the author of RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-edited Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of Convergence (Routledge, 2011),  Public Hinduisms(Sage, 2012) and The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China (Primus, 2014). He was also the Principal Indian Investigator of Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project on Electoral Changes in Urban and Rural India (2013-2016).

His research areas include:

Religion, Culture and Politics: Hindu Nationalism (ideology/everyday practice/mobilisation/ regional variations/ethnography at the grassroots); Diaspora: Hinduism/Hindu Diaspora; Indian Politics: Ideas, Institutions, Processes and Policies with special reference to Electoral and Party Politics, Regional/State/Urban Politics; Indigenous Communities/Adivasis: Cultural/Political Mobilisation and Development. Recently he is exploring research on Religious Resurgence in China with a focus on Taoism.

Fields of interest

Indian Politics: Institutions, Processes, and State Politics, Religion and Politics, Ethnic and Communal Conflicts, Indigenous Communities, Political Anthropology, Indian Diaspora, Religion in China

Key publications


RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan, Manohar, Delhi, 2002.

Edited Book

Public Hinduisms (with John Zavos, Deepa Reddy, Maya Warrier and Raymond Williams), Sage, 2012.

Book Chapter

‘Marginalised in a Syncretic City: Muslims in Cuttack’, in Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds.), Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation, Hurst, 2012; 237-61

Journal Articles

‘Carving out a White Marble Deity from a Rugged Black Stone?: Hindutva Rehabilitates Ramayana’s Shabari in a Temple’[co-authored], International Journal of Hindu Studies, 13,3, 2010; 279-99.

‘Hindutva Combats Christianity in Orissa’, Purusartha (EHESS, Paris), 30, February 2012; 215-39.

Guest Researcher

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.02b


  • International Institute Asian Studies
  • International Institute Asian Studies

Work address

Rapenburg 59
2301 GJ Leiden


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