Author, poet and translator, Meghnad Desai was born in Vadodara, Gujarat. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Bombay, and completed a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught economics from 1965 to 2003 at the London School of Economics, where he now holds the post of Professor Emeritus. He has authored over twenty books, including The Rediscovery of India; Politicshock: Trump, Modi, Brexit and the Prospect for Liberal Democracy; and The Raisina Model: Indian Democracy at 70. He was made Lord Desai of St Clement Danes in 1991, and was awarded the Bharatiya Pravasi Puraskar in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2008. He divides his time between London, Delhi and Goa.