Ramesh Nagaraj Rao
|Ramesh Nagaraj Rao|
|Born||Closepet N. Ramesh|
|Nationality||American (born in India; citizen of the United States)|
|Occupation||Professor of Communication Studies|
|Known for||A Factual Response to the Hate Attack on the IDRF|
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Ramesh Nagaraj Rao (birth name: Closepet N. Ramesh) did his undergraduate education at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and received B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology from the Bangalore University in 1977. He worked as an officer in the State Bank of Mysore, and then taught at the Krishnamurti Foundation’s Valley School for two years. While teaching there, he earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, and was the winner of the Kulapati Munshi Award for writing.
Rao worked as a copy editor for The Hindu for a year before he left India to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. He moved to the United States in 1985 and studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he obtained a MS in Mass Communication in 1987. He then obtained his PhD in Communication from Michigan State University in 1992. From 1991 to 2005 he taught at Truman State University where he became a full tenured professor. In that position he undertook work on the theory of conflict and hostage negotiations. He then joined Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre from 2006 to 2011.
Rao is a prolific writer, and his essays and op-eds have appeared in a variety of American and Indian newspapers and magazines like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Daily Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch, India Abroad, Rediff on the Net and The Washington Post. He has also contributed essays to The Guardian (London) on Hinduism and spirituality. He currently writes for Patheos, a religion and spirituality website, and for The Pioneer, the oldest English language newspaper published from New Delhi. Between 2005 and 2008 he wrote more than 60 essays for UPI’s religion and spirituality page.
Rao has served on the executive council of the Hindu American Foundation. He has links to Rajiv Malhotra and received grants from his Infinity Foundation. He also has sympathetic connections to the politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India.
- Ramesh N. Rao (2001). Coalition Conundrum - The BJP's Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs. Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 8124108099.
- Ramesh N. Rao (2001). Secular 'Gods' Blame Hindu 'Demons' - The Sangh Parivar through the mirror of distortion. Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 8124108080.
- Rao, Ramesh N.; Komerath, Narayanan; Raman, Chitra; Mehra, Beloo; Ramaswamy, Sugrutha (2003). IDRF - Let the Facts Speak. Friends of India and the authors. OCLC 53924622. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
- Ramesh N. Rao; Koenraad Elst, eds. (2003). Gujarat after Godhra: real violence, selective outrage. Har Anand Publications. ISBN 8124109176.
- Ramesh N. Rao (16 April 2004). "Ganesha, Shivaji and Power Play". India Abroad.
- Ramesh N. Rao. "Assessing An Indian Government: The New York Times' And The Washington Post's Editorials On India, 1998-2000". Infinity Foundation.
Discussing his forthcoming book Secular `Gods' Blame Hindu `Demons' in 2000, Ramesh Rao said his aim was to counter criticism of the Sangh Parivar and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that had been published after the destruction of the Babri Mosque in 1992. He had found a "programmatic and sustained campaign of vilification and demonization" after these events. He defended the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and said "There is no way that the Christians and Muslims, let alone the Communist Hindu-haters will accept Hindutva. That attempt to convince the followers of the three most deadly ideologies in the world is a wasted effort". Writing to The Japan Times in November 2000 he criticized the paper for parroting "ugly stereotypes as well as maliciously false descriptions" of the RSS. Writing in the India Star in March 2008, Rao criticized the "brood of opinion writers" in the weekly newspaper India Abroad for creating a false image of Hinduism in India.
In 2002 Sabrang Communications and South Asia Citizens Web published The Foreign Exchange of Hate: IDRF and the American Funding of Hindutva, which investigated how funds raised by the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) in the USA were being distributed in India. Ramesh Rao headed a team that issued a counter-report, IDRF - Let the Facts Speak, which denied the implied accusation that tribal activists that had a role in the Gujarat violence were linked to the IDRF funding. Martha Nussbaum has found it strange that Rao and his co-authors spent a lot of space in defending the history and politics of the RSS, which was supposedly unconnected to the IDRF. Much of the book is also devoted to personal attacks on the authors of the Sabrang report, with labels such as "Lies, More Lies and Noting But Lies," as well as their caricature as leftist intellectuals with Pakistani connections. Much of Rao's writings are found by Nussbaum to contain digressions and tirades that have little to do with the subject instead of calmly presenting information that allow the readers to judge for themselves.
Ramesh Rao co-edited Gujarat after Godhra - Real Violence, Selective Outrage (2003) with Koenraad Elst. This book includes a critique of a Human Rights Watch report that claimed complicity of the state in the 2002 Gujarat communal violence, authored by Arvind Bahl.
- Ramaswamy & Banerjee 2007, p. xxi.
- Ramesh Nagaraj Rao - Welcome.
- Prosser 1998, p. 491.
- Putnam & Roloff 1992, p. viii.
- Dr. Ramesh Rao's Research Concerning Media Bias in Recent U.S. Reporting of India, Infinity Foundation, retrieved 2015-03-28
- Nussbaum 2008, p. 248.
- Chalasani 2001.
- Rao 2000.
- Schulze-Engler & Helff 2009, p. 126.
- Tow & Chin 2009, p. 289.
- Cady & Simon 2007, p. 110.
- Nussbaum 2008, pp. 313-314.
- Appleby 2011, p. 356-357.
- Appleby, R. Scott (2011). "Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace". Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199733449.
- Blanco, María Cristina; Zlotnik, Hania (2006). Migraciones: nuevas movilidades en un mundo en movimiento (Migration: new mobilities in a moving world) (in Spanish). Anthropos Editorial. ISBN 8476587902.
- Cady, Linell Elizabeth; Simon, Sheldon W. (2007). Religion and conflict in South and Southeast Asia: disrupting violence. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0415397340.
- Chalasani, Vijaykumar (2001). "Interview with Dr. Ramesh N. Rao on his book: "Hindu Demons and Secular Gods: Targeting the BJP and the RSS."". I Love Hyderabad. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Nussbaum, Martha C. (2008). The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-03059-6.
- Prosser, Michael H. (1998). Civic discourse: multiculturalism, cultural diversity, and global communication. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 1567504108.
- Putnam, Linda; Roloff, Michael E. (1992). Communication and negotiation. Sage. ISBN 0803940114.
- Ramaswamy, Krishnan; Banerjee, Aditi (2007). Invading the sacred: an analysis of Hinduism studies in America. Rupa & Co.
- Rao, Ramesh N. (Nov 15, 2000). "RSS heads off subversive elements". Japan Times. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Rao, Ramesh N. (April 2005). "Indian leaders are like abused wives". rediff.com. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Rao, Ramesh Nagaraj. "Welcome to the website of Dr. Ramish N. Rao". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Schulze-Engler, Frank; Helff, Sissy (2009). Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities. Rodopi. ISBN 9042025638.
- Tow, William T.; Chin, Kin Wah (2009). ASEAN, India, Australia: towards closer engagement in a new Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9812309632.