Bhikhu Parekh, Baron Parekh

Bhikhu Chotalal Parekh, Baron Parekh (born 1935) is a political theorist.

He currently holds the Centennial Professorship at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. In addition, he is the Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hull. Lord Parekh has also held visiting professorships at the following universities: British Columbia, Concordia, McGill, Harvard, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Pennsylvania and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. Between 1981-1984 he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Baroda, India. He was appointed a life peer in 2000 as Baron Parekh, of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Parekh was born in the village of Amalsad in the province of Gujarat, India. His father was a goldsmith with a basic education. Encouraged by his school headmaster, Parekh was admitted to the University of Bombay at the age of 15. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2007.

Writings (selection)


  • Bentham's Political Thought, Croom Helm 1973, ISBN 0856640379
  • Marx's Theory of Ideology, Johns Hopkins Univ Press 1982, ISBN 080182771X
  • Colonialism, Tradition and Reform: An Analysis of Gandhi's Political Discourse, Sage 1989, ISBN 0803996055
  • The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: Report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, Profile Books 2000, ISBN 186197227X
  • Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Paperbacks, 2001, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-285457-5
  • Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory, Harvard UP, 2002, ISBN 0674009959
  • A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, ISBN 1403906475

As well as this he wrote an account of "The Rushdie Affair and the British Press; Some Salutary Lessons" for the Commission for Racial Equality in 1990. In 2008 he was admitted to the House of Lords.


  • Colour, Culture and Consciousness: Immigrant Intellectuals in Britain, Allen & U 1974, ISBN 0043010679


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