by Ishwar Modi, President of the Indian Sociological Society, and ISA Executive Committee Member, 2010-2014
When I was reading about the Iranian Editorial team of Global Dialogue (GD2.4), I was stuck by the fact that almost all of them were either undergraduate or graduate students. As compared to them, the Indian team members are fairly old and experienced. The major focus of the team is to provide standard Hindi translation of the complicated technical language of the discipline, which at times proves to be a tough job. We were pleasantly surprised when quite a few of our colleagues from other universities in the country told us that Hindi versions of Global Dialogue are being used as the matrix for translations done by their students (from the English version of GD to Hindi) so that they may compare and realize where they have to improve. However, both the English and the Hindi versions of Global Dialogue are being increasingly talked about in Indian academic circles because of its global material which is always very interesting, informative and enlightening. Thus, we are all very proud of our association with Global Dialogue.
Professor Ishwar Modi is the founding father of Leisure Studies in India. He is presently President, Indian Sociological Society, and Director, India International Institute of Social Sciences as well as a member of the Executive Committee of ISA. He has also been re-elected President of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure (2010-2014). At the time of his retirement in 2000 he was the founder Director, Centre for Leisure and Tourism Studies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India). He later served as a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research. He is the founder President of the Indian Leisure Studies Association. He is a recipient of Honorary Life Membership of the World Leisure Organization and is presently a senior fellow and founder member of the World Leisure Academy. He has organized several national and international conferences and authored, co-authored and edited eight books.
Rajiv Gupta is presently Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He is a keen student of sociology of Marxism. Indian Social Science Association honored him with the D.P. Mukerji Senior Social Scientist Fellowship Award in the year 2007. He recently conducted a study of the sociology of textbooks. His book, Communalization of Education or Education of Communalization, sparked a nationwide debate and led to the embarrassment of the rightist political parties. As keen observer of Indian society, he has examined social phenomena like agrarian relations, domestic violence, trade union movements, urban development, education and academic profession. His doctoral work was on the role of academic intellectuals in contemporary Indian society. As a public sociologist, he has always participated in various movements including movements against neoliberal economy.
Rashmi Jain teaches in the Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan. Her interest is in the area of Development and Communication, Globalization studies, Sociology of Law, Leisure Studies and European Studies. She is also coordinating fieldwork activities for a Masters degree in Social Work. At present she is involved in a project entitled “Society and culture of Rajasthan under the impact of Globalization.” Her published works include Communicating Rural development – Strategies and Alternatives. Besides being an academician, she has given voice to destitute women and collaborated with civil society organizations of Rajasthan.
For the last six years Uday Singh has been working with the India International Institute of Social Sciences under the dynamic leadership of Ishwar Modi. He has a Masters Degree in Economic Administration and Financial Management from the University of Rajasthan. As a translator of Global Dialogue he is very excited to learn more about various sociological phenomenon and happenings all over the world.