Alok Rai is currently Professor at the Department of English, Delhi University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received his B.Phil. in Modern English Studies from the University of Oxford, and went on to do his Ph.D. on the writings of George Orwell from University College London. His areas of interest include Modern English Literature, and cultural processes in modern North India, with particular reference to issues of language and literature. He was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the ICSSR in 1985, and was a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library during 1985-87.
Publications include Orwell and the Politics of Despair (1990),Hindi Nationalism (2000), and an English translation of Premchand’s Nirmala (2001).