I am an independent researcher based in Bengaluru, India. I obtained my Masters in Sociology from Delhi University and Ph.D from JNU. I have taught at Delhi University and done projects for the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi where I am a Fellow. I have also done one project for CIVIC (Citizens' Voluntary Initiative for the City), Bengaluru. My book Undermining Local Democracy: Parallel Governance in Contemporary South India was published by Routledge in 2011.