Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty is a Political Scientist and China scholar with many books and research papers on theoretical and empirical dimensions of social movements, human rights, the development experience and regional role of India and China. After retiring from University of Delhi he has been on the faculty of the Council for Social Development and is the Editor of the CSD journal Social Change, published by Sage. He is also Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.
Until 2004 he was the Director, Developing Countries Research Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi where he taught 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.
Prof. Mohanty has been a part of the founding and evolution of the Institute of Chinese Studies in Delhi, the Developing Countries Research Centre 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, Delhi and the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Democracy 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.
His current projects include China's Development Experience with focus on the rural socio-political situation and another on Land, Labour and Poverty in Odisha.
Professor Mohanty's publications in English include The Political Philosophy of Mao Tse-tung (Macmillan, 1978); Chinese Revolution: Comparative Perspectives (Ed., Ajanta, 1993); People’s Rights: Social Movements and the State in the Third World (Co-ed., Sage, 1998); Contemporary Indian Political Theory (Sanskriti, 2000); Class, Caste, Gender (Ed., Sage, 2004); Grass-roots Democracy in India and China (Co-ed. Sage, 2007); India Social Development Report 2010 (Ed., OUP, 2010); Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People's Rights in India (Coauthor, Daanish, 2011); A Fistful of Dry Rice: Land, Equity and Democracy (Co-ed., Aakar, 2012); Ideology Matters: China from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping (Aakar, 2014); Red and Green: Five Decades of the Indian Maoist Movement (Setu Prakashani, 2015); and Building a Just World: Essays in Honour of Muchkund Dubey (Co-ed., Orient BlackSwan, 2015).
Some of his recent research papers are: “Clouds in Half the Sky: Women’s Prospects under Reforms.” China Report, Vol 51 No. 1 (February 2015); “Federalism as Self-Determination in the 21st Century,” in Identiy and Struggle: Telengana and Adivasis (Hyderabad: MRK Publications, 2015); “Political Discourse on Public Sector Reforms in India and China,” in Kjeld-Erik Brodsgaard (Ed.), Public Sector Reforms in China (London: Routledge, 2014); and “Persisting Dominance: Crisis of Democracy in a Research Rich Region.” Economic and Political Weekly, Special Issue on Odisha (4 April 2014).
His books in Odia include Odisha Daridra Kahinki (Why is Odisha poor?), co-author, Odisha Book Store, Cuttack, 1993, and Uddipta Odisha, Ebe bi Daridra Kahinki? (Awakened Odisha, Why Still Poor), Odisha Book Store, 2015.