Mahesh Rangarajan is an independent researcher and historian. He has a BA in history from Hindu College, and an MA and doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He has served as Professor of Modern Indian History at Delhi University and as Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. His publications include Fencing the Forest (1996), Nature and Nation (2015), Shifting Ground (2014), and Nature without Borders (2014). Environmental history, especially human wildlife relations in imperial times and in independent India, is his main research interest. He chaired the Elephant Task Force of the Government of India in 2010.