Dr. R. Srinivasan was born in Mumbai in 1929 and had his school and college education in Mumbai. He did his B.A. (Hons.) in history and his M.A. in politics. He was awarded the P. A. Wadia Prize, the William Wedderburn Scholarship and the Telang Gold Medal by the University of Bombay. In 1960 he went to the University of Toronto on a Vincent Massey Scholarship for higher studies. On his return he joined the Department of Civics and Politics of the Bombay University and retired as professor in 1989. He has guided a number of students for their M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. He has edited and authored several books. His special interests are modern Indian history, political philosophy, and political sociology.