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Emeritus professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Professor Balveer Arora is Founder-Chairman, Centre for Multilevel Federalism (CMF) at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. The CMF was established in 2010 and admitted in September 2013 as a member of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS)

He earlier taught Political Science at the Centre for Political Studies (1973-2010) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was Rector and Pro- Vice Chancellor of the University from 2002 to 2005.

Professor Arora obtained his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne (1972) after reading History at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, and Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) Paris. Dr Arora has been a visiting professor at U Penn, Philadelphia, and Sciences Po Paris. He has written extensively on India’s federal democracy, in Indian Federalism: Origins and Development (1992); Multiple Identities in a Single State (1995); Transforming India (2000); Changing Role of All-India Services (2000).

He was made a Knight in the Legion of Honour, the highest civilian honour of the French Republic, in July 2011. Earlier, he had been received as Officer in the Order of Academic Laurels (2003). He has been a member of the Scientific Councils of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA) and the Human Sciences House (MSH), Paris. He is also currently President of the Alliance Française de Delhi (Indo-French Cultural Centre) and Vice-President, Institut International Transcultura, Paris.

His recent publications include: Diversity and Unity in the Indian Republic" in Moreno & Colino eds Diversity and Unity in Federal Systems (2010); "The New Party System: Federalised and Binodal" in Ajay Mehra ed Party System in India (Lancer: 2013 co-authored) and "Indian Federalism" in K.C.Suri ed Indian Democracy (ICSSR-OUP: 2013 co-authored)

His most recent article published in Yojana, a popular monthly brought out by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government in India, in its special issue on Indian Federalism.


Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (France); Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France)