Usha Thakkar is Professor and Head, Department of Politics, S.N.D.T. Women`s University, Mumbai. She obtained her Ph.D.from the University of Mumbai, and has done post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago, Cornell University and York University. She writes a regular column, in Pravasi, a Gujarati newspaper, and her publications include two books Kautilya`s Arthashastra (with Usha Mehta), Chand & Co. 1980; and Women and Men Voters (with Usha Mehta et.al.) Election Archives,1981.
Mangesh Kulkarni is Lecturer, Department of Politics, S.N.D.T. Women`s University, Mumbai. He obtained his M.Phil. from the University of Mumbai and is currently engaged in doctoral research. His publication`s include A Terrorist of the Spirit (with R.Hoskote), Harper Collins, 1992; and articles in scholarly journals like The South Asia Bulletin (New York) and the Economic & Political Weekly. He recently visited the U.S.A. to present a paper at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, in NewYork.