Rajeshwari Deshpande

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Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune,

Rajeshwari Deshpande is professor of Politics at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. Her research interests are in areas such as politics of the urban poor, urban caste- class realities, women’s politics, comparative state politics and political thinking in modern Maharashtra.

As a Lokniti associate, Rajeshwari has worked on the nature of women’s vote in Indian elections using the NES data. Currently she is coordinating a research project on behalf of the Lokniti network as part of the Lokniti-ICSSR research programme on issues related to ‘Inequalities, Welfare and Democracy’.

She is a member of the editorial management team of the Lokniti/Sage journal ‘Studies in Indian Politics’ where she also coordinates a discussion forum on ‘Teaching and Learning Political Science in India.’

At present, Rajeshwari is the Lead researcher in India for a European Commission sponsored international research project ‘Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future (CHIEF- 2018-2021 ) in which eight European Universities along with Savitribai Phule Pune University from India are consortium partners.  

Select Recent publications


  • Series editor (with Suhas Palshikar), Sage series on ‘Politics in Indian States’  (2016---)

Two volumes of the series are published so far

  1. Post Mandal Politics in Bihar by Sanjay Kumar 2018.
  2. Jammu and Kashmir: 1990 and Beyond by Rekha Chowdhary, 2019
  •  2019 - Gandhinchya Shodhat Javdekar (Marathi), (Javdekar in search of Gandhi) Samkaleen  Prakashan, Pune.
  • 2015 - Tillin Louise, Rajeshwari Deshpande and Kailash KK (ed), Politics of Welfare: Comparisons across Indian States, Oxford University Press, Delhi and London.



  • 2015 - Changing Social Bases of Political Parties in India: Case of Maharashtra, (with Suhas Palshikar) CSSH, SPPU, Pune.

Book chapters

  • 2017 - Democracy in India, (with Suhas Palshikar) in Oxford Bibliographies in  Hinduism. Ed. Tracy Coleman. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2017 –​ The Civil Society and its Paradoxical Consensus, in Lancy Lobo (ed), Indian Democracy: Strengths and Weaknesses, Delhi, Primus Publications, pp 181-190. 
  • 2017 - Political Economy of a Dominant Caste (with Suhas Palshikar) in Nagraj R and S Motiram (ed), Political Economy of Contemporary India, Cambridge, UK,Cambridge University Press, pp 77-97.  ISBN 978–1–107–16495-6.
  • 2017 - Beyond the Congress System in Maharashtra (with Nitin Birmal), in Palshikar etal, (ed), Electoral  Politics in India: Resurgence of the BJP, London/ New Delhi,Routledge, ISBN978-1-138-20194-1.
  • 2015 - The Woman Constituency: Domestic Workers, Social Security and Gender Politics in Two States, in Tillin Louise, Rajeshwari Deshpande and Kailash KK (ed), Politics of Welfare: Comparisons Across Indian States, Oxford University Press, Delhi and London.
  • 2014 - ‘Bhagwangadavarun Mala Mumbai Disate Aahe’: How Caste Survives Amidst Democratic Politics, in Dusan Deak and Daniel Jasper (ed), Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion, Orient Blackswan, Delhi.


Articles in Journals

  • 2019 - Marxwadi Charchavishawatil Rajyasanstha (Marathi, State in the Marxist Discourse),  Navbharat, April issue, pp 35-39.
  • 2018 - Parasparanchya Prakashat Gandhi ani Marx (Marathi, Gandhi and Marx in each  other’s context), Anubhav, Diwali Special Issue, pp 68-78.
  • 2016 – Bhandvali Dhurinatvaanividrohi Rajkaran (Marathi- Capitalist Hegemony and Politics of Resistance), Vichar Shalaka, April.
  • 2014 - Seeking OBC Status: Political Strategies of Two Dominant Castes, Studies in Indian Politics, Volume 2, No 2, June- December, pp 169-183.
  • 2013 - Political Science in India: Who teaches what to whom and what for?, Studies in Indian Politics, Vol I no I, June- Dec, pp 97-101.

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