Vinay Lal is a cultural critic, writer, blogger, and Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His seventeen authored and edited books include the two-volume
Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City (Oxford, 2013); Deewaar: The Footpath, the City, and the Angry Young Man; Political Hinduism; Of Cricket, Guinness
and Gandhi ; The History of History; and two books co-edited with Ashis Nandy. He is a founding member of the Backwaters Collective on Metaphysics and Politics and editor of the book series Emerging from the Collective, most recently India and Civilizational Futures.