Nikhil Govind ([email protected])
Dr Nikhil Govind is Head of the Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). He holds a PhD in South and South East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. His research on mid-twentieth century literary and political thought, specifically the promises and inadequacies of the Indian freedom movement, led to the publication of the influential monograph Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel (Routledge, 2014). Over the years, his research has broadened to include a keener sense of contemporary India, both questions of Indian cultural subjectivity as well as the landscape of higher education, advocating for greater synergies between the Health Sciences and the Humanities. Dr Govind’s scholarship on modern Indian literature and cultural history draws attention to the dominant yet invisible cultural patterns that shape the imaginations of both citizens as well as policy makers. He has been involved in attempting to address institutional linkages in Manipal, and bring medicine and the arts into closer conversation. He publishes widely and accessibly on culture and politics in mainstream media publications.