IIT Madras – Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Sudarsan P


 Research Interests

  • Social and Political Systems
  • Civil Society
  • Indian Medical Ethics
  • Indian Philosophy and Culture

  Office Location

  • Room no – HSB 353B
  • E-mail: sudarsanp[at]iitm[.]ac[.]in
  • Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4526


  • Mr. Sudhakar Rao Pujari – Governance
  • Mr. Spencer Jeice – Philosophy and Politics of Education
  • Ms. Manjushree Hegde – Advaita
  • Mr. Pratap Itta – Aesthetics and Politics


  • Mr. Vijaya Kumar Dhavala – Indian Philosophy and Management
  • Mr. Thich Van Nguyen – Buddhism

Ph.D. Completed

  • Ms. Josephine Antony – Digital Divide: Equity in Education
  • Ms. Anjana Raghavan – Cosmopolitanism and Bio-politics (Co-guide: Dr. Jyotirmaya Tripathy)
  • 2013-2016 European Union funded Erasmus Mundus IBIES Consortium (6 EU & 13 Indian Univs.) – Co-coordinator, IIT Madras (Coordinator – Aarhus University, Denmark) – Value: 2.699 Million Euros
  • 2010-2011 Prestigious European Commission project for Establishing Contemporary EU Study Centres in India- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Value: 196000 Euros
  • Josephine, A. and Sudarsan P. “Digital Divide and Equity in Education: A Rawlsian Analysis” in Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, Ivy League, USA (Volume 12 Number 4, 2010). pp. 37-62.
  • Review Article- Philip Walsh, Skepticism, Modernity and Critical Theory, New York: Palgrave –Macmillan, 2005, Human Studies, Netherlands: Springer Publications, (January 26, 2007) Vol. 29, No. 3. (September 2006), pp. 405-412. (online edition)
  • “Mental Health: Education and Society,” NAMAH Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 7, Issue 1, India, August 1999. pp. 17-28.
  • “Illocutionary Acts and Communicative Action,” The Philosophical Quarterly, North Maharashtra University, Vol. IV, No. 3-4, July-October 98, pp. 103-122.
  • “The Logistics of Argumentation: Habermas and Nyaya – A Comparison,” Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, July 99, pp. 357-368.
  • “Habermas and Critical Social Theory,” Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXV, No. 2, I, April 98, pp. 253-266.
  • Sudarsan, P. “Rajaji – The Republican Statesman”, in Icons and Illusionists: The Role of Lawyer Statesmen in Constitutional Democracy, Eds. William Pederson, New Delhi: Pencraft International (December 2013)
  • Sudarsan, P. “Cultural Diversity and the European Union”, European Union in Changing International Order: Issues and Concerns, ed. Jayaraj Amin, Delh: Kaveri Publishers, 2013.
  • Sudarsan, P. “The Paradox of Doctrinnaire Violence and Non-violence” Schottli, J. Zajączkowski, J and Thapa, M. (eds.) India in World Politics and Economy, New Delhi: Routledge, 2013.
  • Sudarsan, P. “Imagining India: The Interplay of the Cosmopolitan and the Vernacular”, Gupta, S. and Sudarsan. P (eds.) Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism, New Delhi: Routledge (Forthcoming December 2013)
  • “Unity in Diversity – Indian Cosmopolitan Idea” in Routledge Handbook of Cosmopolitanism, (ed.) Gerard Delanty, London: Routledge (May 2012)
  • “Lincolnian and Gandhian Images of Justice”, Abraham Lincoln Without Borders: Lincoln’s Legacy Outside the United States, Eds. Jyotirmaya Tripathy, Sura P. Rath and William D. Pederson, Pencraft International, New Delhi, 2010. pp. 78-94.
  • Josephine, A. and Sudarsan, P. “Rawlsian Perspective on Equity in Indian Education,” in Equity and Education in India: Policy, Issues and Challenges, Ed. D. Parimala, New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers, 2010. pp. 205-222.
  • “Civil Society in Indian Culture: Its Presuppositions, Problems, and Projects,” The Enworlded Subjectivity: Its Three Worlds and Beyond, Ed. R. Balasubramanian, Ed. Volume in Series: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHIPSPC), Center for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, India. Pp. 87-139. (March 2006)
  • ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA, Eds. Huping Ling and Allan W. Austin, M.E. Sharpe, New York (November 2009)
    1. Indian Americans and Political Empowerment
    2. Indian American Press
    3. Indian American Religious Movements
  • Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Ed. Yudit Greenberg, ABC-CLIO, California (2008)
    1. On Medieval Islamic Philosophy
    2. On Sexual Pleasure in Islam
  • Tripathy, J. and Sudarsan, P. (eds) Democratization and Cultural Diversity: Contestation and Consensus, Routledge, 2013.
  • Gupta, S. and Sudarsan, P. (eds) Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Citizenship, Territory and Nationalism, Routledge, 2014
  • Sudarsan P and Arvind Sivaramakrishnan (eds) Indian Democracy : Contradictions and Reconciliations, Sage Publishing, 2020.