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Ashok S. Chousalkar Former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Ashok S. Chousalkar is a former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He is the Editor of the Marathi quarterly journal Samaj Prabodhan Patrika. He is the author of multiple books in English and Marathi. He has received a number of literary awards for his contribution to Marathi language, including Maharashtra Foundation Award in 2000, Yashwantrao Chavan Award by the Government of Maharashtra in 2004, the M. P. Goenka Award of Maharashtra Tatvadnyan Parishad in 2010, the Bhauji Huddar Award of Vidarbha Sanshodhan Mandal Nagpur in 2012, and so on.

Dr Chousalkar earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Later, he joined the Department of Politics at Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, as a lecturer and retired as a professor of politics. During this period, he carried out a number of research projects and guided many PhD scholars as a supervisor. He is a part of the various scholarly committees of the UGC, UPSC, NCERT, NACC, Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Government of Maharashtra. His main research interests include ancient Indian political thought, comparative political theory, modern Indian political thought and politics in Maharashtra.