Dilip Simeon studied in Delhi in the late 1960’s; and participated in the first phase of the Naxalite movement. He taught history at Ramjas College from 1974 till 1994. In 1982, he was severely assaulted after a hunger-strike to restore the salary of a college gardener. In 1988 he was elected to the Academic Council. From 1984 onward, he participated in the Sampradayikta Virodhi Andolan. He has been a visiting scholar in Surat, Sussex, Chicago, Leiden and Princeton. From 1998 till 2003 he worked on a conflict-mitigation project with Oxfam; and is now chairperson of the Aman Trust, which works to reduce violent conflict. His thesis, ‘The Politics of Labour Under Late Colonialism’, was published in 1995; and his first novel, ‘Revolution Highway’ in September, 2010.