Ashwani Kumar is an Indian English poet, author and Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai). Presently, he is also a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He has lived and studied in Patna, Delhi, Oklahoma, Austin, Bonn and London. His books include Banaras and the Other (Poetrywala; Mumbai), first of a trilogy on religious cities in India; My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter with prolegomena by Ashis Nandy (Yeti Books; Calicut) and Community Warriors (Anthem Press; London) among others. He is also one of the chief editors of London School of Economics’ prestigious publication ‘Global Civil Society’. His poems, reviews and columns are widely published in various print and online journals and newspapers. He has read his poems in literary festivals in India and abroad. He has also been a visiting scholar at London School of Economics, German Development Institute, Korea Development Institute, University of Sussex, North-West University in South Africa among others. And he also served as member of Central Employment Guarantee Council (Govt. of India) and travelled widely through villages and smaller towns in India.