Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi is the author of an edited volume Gender and Politics in India (1999) and Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law(2004). Her more recent books are an edited volume Sexualities (2007) and Power and Contestation: India after 1989 (2007, co-written with Aditya Nigam). She is an active commentator on contemporary issues in newspapers and on the blog kafila.org. Nivedita has translated fiction and non-fiction from Hindi and Malayalam into English, and received the AK Ramanujan Award for translation instituted by Katha. Her translation of Geetanjali Shree’s Hindi novel Khali Jagah is forthcoming from Harper Collins. She has been active with non-funded, non-party citizens’ forums in Delhi on issues of secularism, workers’ and women’s rights, sexuality, and in opposition to the nuclear bomb.