Ashok R Chandran

Ashok R Chandran
Ashok R.Chandran is a freelance book editor and writing trainer. He edits scholarly books and articles in the social sciences, and conducts workshops for students, researchers, and professionals. He founded and serves as the List Editor of the Kerala Scholars eGroup. He is also writing a biography of the social activist P.T.Bhaskara Panicker.
Ashok was Senior Commissioning Editor at SAGE Publications, where his chief task was to identify manuscripts for publication, and shape books in consultation with authors. He was also involved in producing and marketing the books acquired or commissioned. Before joining publishing, Ashok was member of consultancy teams to international development agencies on policy analysis, impact assessment and programme evaluation.
Ashok occasionally writes opinion, feature and satire articles in print media. His articles have appeared in The Hindu, The New Indian Express, The Hindu Business Line, Business Standard, The Pioneer and DNA.
Ashok is a postgraduate in Development Studies from London School of Economics (LSE), and in Politics with specialisation in International Relations, from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
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The sadya (feast) is one of the highlights of Onam celebrations. Why not prepare a media research feast—an annual Journalism in Kerala report—and serve it to Malayalis every year? Here, I think aloud on why we should have such an annual initiative and what the report could contain. Rationale for...


In the monsoon of 1968, a young Canadian teaching English in Chandigarh visited Kerala as a tourist, and travelled along the coast from Kochi up to Kannur. Three things fascinated him: the land’s beauty, a tale about a dead relative, and the Malayalis’ passion for newspapers. Later, for his...