Dipankar Gupta

Dipankar Gupta (born 11 October 1949) is an Indian sociologist and public intellectual. He was formerly Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems,[1] Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For a brief period from 1993–1994, he was also associated with the Delhi School of Economics as Professor in the Department of Sociology. His current research interests include rural-urban transformation, labour laws in the informal sector, modernity, ethnicity, caste and stratification. He is a regular columnist with The Times of India, The Hindu and occasionally in The Indian Express and Anandbazar Patrika in Bengali. He serves on the board of institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) and Max India.

Early life and education

Gupta was born and raised in Delhi, Mumbai and Kanpur. He completed his MA in Sociology from the University of Delhi[2] in 1971, before doing his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1977.


Gupta has had a diverse career in academics, the corporate world and in government agencies. Between 1980 and 2009 Gupta was a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre for the Study of Social Systems. Between 1990 and 2007 he was co-editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology

He started and led KPMG's Business Ethics and Integrity Division, New Delhi; was a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority. He has also been on the Board of Governors of the Doon School.



Gupta, Dipankar (2017) From 'People' to 'Citizens': Democracy's Must take Road, Social Science Press. ISBN 9789383166237.

Gupta, Dipankar (2017) QED: India Tests Social Theory, 2017, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19947651-0


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140426214604/http://www.jnu.ac.in/sss/csss/. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://www.du.ac.in/du/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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