Badri Narayan is a social historian and cultural anthropologist. His research interests are in popular culture, Dalit and subaltern issues, and the relationship between power and culture. He writes in both English and Hindi, and his publications include Fractured Tales: Invisibles in Indian Democracy (2016), Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits (2014), The Making of the Dalit Public in North India: Uttar Pradesh, 1950–Present (2011), Fascinating Hindutva: Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation (2009), and Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India (2006). He contributes regularly to The Hindu, the Indian Express, and the Economic and Political Weekly, among others. Currently, he is director at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.