In the last 20 odd years I have been involved in several different fields of work, including editing, writing and head noting, commissioning/product development for publishing firms, managing editorial professionals and authors, preparing publication strategy as well as schedules, law practice, and teaching at the university level. The one common connecting thread linking them all is communication skills. Command over the English language is the critical factor that has helped me in developing my professional skills.
Having worked as a publishing professional with many distinguished scholars and authors, I have also acquired a strong feel for systematic research in the social sciences, piecing together data points , logical argumentation, and organizing written work. My interest in words and communication has grown with the passing of the years. My areas of strength are writing and editorial tasks.
On a more personal note, I should mention that my late father was an international civil servant posted out of the country for many years; I grew up in an environment where people from many different cultural backgrounds studied and worked together. I learnt early to function with respect for diversity and differences of view. In today's interconnected world this background is likely to be of value.
In this role I was responsible for the strategy, content quality, and development of the Legal and Regulatory publishing programme of LexisNexis India. The work involved
• the preparation of the annual publication calendar within the annual budget,
• overseeing the work of Commissioning Editors
• overseeing the preparation of business proposals for book projects,
• presenting and defending new proposals before the Publishing Planning Board
• interacting with the Editorial Advisory Board and new authors,
• collaborating with Marketing and Sales Directors and their teams
• leading negotiations on publishing rights contracts
Primarily my work was to assess the work required on book projects, carry out in-house training for the editors, help the Marketing team, keep up contacts with the author network, and ensure a respectable publication calendar.
My primary responsibility was to develop and publish books containing new research and analysis on the interconnections between the social sciences and legal issues. During my 5 ½ years at OUP I was able to lay the foundation of a new publishing programme. I developed book projects on gender justice, human rights, constitutional law, child rights, environmental law, Islam, legal literacy, maritime law, and competition law and policy.
Authors on my list included eminent scholars and professionals, such as the late SP Sathe, the late O. Chinnappa Reddy, UpendraBaxi, Marc Galanter, George Gadbois, AG Noorani, Ravi Nair, Oliver Mendelsohn, Flavia Agnes, Neera Bura, Asha Bajpai, Sally Engle Merry, Rajeev Dhavan, Vinod Dhall, Shyam Divan, Jaya Sagade, Ismail Poonawala, Tahir Mahmood, Saiyid Hamid, Werner Menski, SudhirKrishnaswamy.
This book is a ground-breaking intervention on Dalit politics in India. Challenging received ideas, it uses a comparative framework to understand Dalit mobilisations for political power, social equality and justice. The monograph traces the emergence of Dalit consciousness and its different strands in north and south India ― from colonial to contemporary times ― and interrogates key notions an... read more
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