Meghnad Desai


Lord Meghnad Desai

Lord Meghnad Desai


Meghnad Desai was born in Vadodara and got his BA and MA from University of Bombay. He went to USA in 1961 where he got his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught economics at the LSE from 1965 to 2003 where he now is Professor Emeritus.

He has authored over twenty books and 200 articles. His recent books include Marx’s Revenge: Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism, Nehru’s Hero: Dilip Kumar in the Life of India, Development and Nationhood: Essays on the Political Economy of South Asia, Rethinking Islamism: Ideology of the new Terror and a novel Dead on Time.

He has been an active member of the Labour Party since 1971. He was made Lord Desai of St Clement Danes in 1991. He has been awarded the Bharatiya Pravasi Puraskar in 2004 and Padma Bhushan in 2008. He divides his time between London, Delhi and Goa.