Date01 December 2021
Published date01 December 2021
Subject MatterEditorial
As intimated in the last issue, just as that issue was getting finalized at the publisher’s end, we lost one
of our foremost well-wishers and supporter, Dhirubhai Sheth. He was associated with SIP in the formal
capacity of member of the advisory board, but more than that, as an institution in himself, Dhirubhai was
an inspiration to us in more senses than one: he was closely involved in the initial planning of the journal
in 2012; he was chairperson of the steering committee of Lokniti programme of CSDS—it was this
committee which had enthusiastically endorsed Lokniti’s then ambitious-looking plan to launch this
journal; Dhirubhai was also instrumental in the formation of the Lokniti programme itself in late 1990s
at the CSDS. In this issue, we place before the readers a very perceptive tribute to the many facets of
Professor Sheth’s intellectual standing and contribution written by our editorial colleague, Hilal Ahmed.
We are also thankful to Sasheej Hegde who took it upon himself to engage with Dhirubhai’s seminal
writings on the question of caste and expand those insights.
As India enters into the 75th year of its independence, Studies in Indian Politics looks forward to
presenting the readers with deeply engaged articles looking critically at the journey of Indian politics
over past seven decades and more. In this effort, we shall initially bring to you a set of five papers guest
edited by Milan Vaishnav and Madhav Khosla on the theme of Citizenship and Identity. These will be
part of the June 2022 issue of SIP. We hope to follow up on this and bring more such focused scholarly
writings to celebrate this occasion and hope that the readers will welcome and support these efforts
which will be spread over next two years.
Suhas Palshikar
Chief Editor
Studies in Indian Politics
9(2) 151, 2021
© 2021 Lokniti, Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies
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DOI: 10.1177/23210230211058542

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