From Words To Triumphs – A Glimpse Into Author Anand Ranganathan’s Inspiring Journey

From Words To Triumphs – A Glimpse Into Author Anand Ranganathan’s Inspiring Journey

Interestingly, Dr. Anand Ranganathan’s name goes far beyond the role of a well-known author as his persona echoes so profoundly that it reverberates through the corridors of hypocrisy within the Indian society. Residing in New Delhi, India, Dr. Ranganathan, a multifaceted individual encompassing the roles of a columnist, author, and scientist, is renowned for his candidness and impartial viewpoints on both the ruling central government and the opposition political factions in India. His forthright and unambiguous responses, delivered with precision, resonate in various political forums where he actively participates. As a prominent TV News panellist, he has unequivocally asserted his stance, distancing himself from the labels of a left-winger or a right-winger. Instead, he proudly identifies himself as a centrist, consistently advocating for the nation’s best interests!

Early Life & Education of Dr. Anand Ranganathan:

Anand Ranganathan was born on 4th of December, 1972 in state of Tamil Nadu in India and both of his parents were scientists. His father, Subramania Ranganathan was a bioorganic chemist, a professor and the head of the chemistry department at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur. While his mother, Darshan Ranganathan was an organic who was known for her work in bioorganic chemistry, including “Pioneering Work, in Protein Folding.” The two are well-known scientists for having done some real important work in their respective fields. While his wife, Sheetal Ranganathan who is a graduate of AIIMS and XIM, is a columnist on global health and science outreach.

Well, Dr. Anand Ranganathan obtained his BSc (Hons) degree, in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 1992. He then travelled to Cambridge, in UK where he obtained a Nehru Centenary Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his BA (Tripos) in Natural Sciences, his MA, and his PhD. When he finished his Doctorate in Philosophy, then he came back to India and started his professional journey as a scientist. At that time, it was beyond Dr. Anand’s imagination to comprehend that in the years to come, a scientist like him would evolve into one of India’s most talked about authors!

Professional Carrier of Dr. Anand Ranganathan:

Dr. Anand Ranganathan is far more than an inspiring author, apart from being a popular name in the field of literature; he is also a scientist and a political analyst.

Dr. Anand Ranganathan – A Successful Scientist:

Well, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Anand came back to India and joined International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology situated in New Delhi. He joined this lab as a Staff Research Scientist and worked there for around 16 years. After this lab, he joined the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi in 2015. Dr. Anand Ranganathan is a well-experienced scientist with vast knowledge and he used his expertise in the lab to focus on Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria then in 2019, Dr. Anand became a full time professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. His scientific contribution while working in the lab was also published in some journals like Chemistry & Biology, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Nature Communications, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation!

Dr. Anand Ranganathan – A Fearless Writer & an Eminent Author:

Apart from being a successful scientist, Dr. Anand Ranganathan is also a ‘Celebrated Writer’ whose publications are part of many big news websites including DNA, Newslaundry, Firstpost, Swarajya, etc. Not only in the print media but also he is an active participant in the broadcast media, as he has appeared in several TV News channels and has been a part of numerous debates on issues like politics, media, science, etc.

Now, let us take a glimpse over Dr. Anand Ranganathan’s journey as an author; it is noteworthy that he is also a successful author who has authored multiple books. He has written ‘5 Books’ as of now and one more book is under process. Here is a list of Dr. Anand Ranganathan’s books (title) along with their original publisher’s names and publishing years too!

  • The Land of the Wilted Rose’ published by Rupa in the year 2012
  • ‘For Love and Honour’ published by Bloomsbury in the year 2015
  • ‘The Rat Eater’ published by Bloomsbury in the year 2019
  • ‘Soufflé’ published by Penguin  in the year 2023
  • ‘Hindus In Hindu Rashtra’ published by BluOne Ink in the year June 2023

It is interesting to note that the royalties generated from his latest title, “Hindus In Hindu Rashtra: Eighth-Class Citizens And Victims Of State-Sanctioned Apartheid” will go directly to the Hindu Refugee cause. Undoubtedly, Dr. Anand Ranganathan deserves our utmost respect for such a noble and commendable act. This book touches a very deep and sensitive issue of the unacknowledged pain & the ignored sufferings of the Hindus in their very own country. It is also noteworthy that none other than Shri J. Sai Deepak, who too is known for his straight talks and fearlessness, has written the foreword of this book.

This remarkable title, “Hindus In Hindu Rashtra” by Dr. Anand Ranganathan challenges the notion of a Hindu Rashtra, presenting a thought provoking narrative that questions the status and rights of Hindus in India. Dr. Ranganathan dives deep into the complex issues surrounding the perception of a Hindu Rashtra and scrutinizes the treatment of Hindus in various aspects of Indian society. The author begins by confronting the paradox of a Hindu Rashtra where Hindus, constituting a significant majority, find themselves marginalized and disadvantaged. Through a series of compelling arguments, Dr. Ranganathan highlights instances of discrimination against the Hindus in political, social, and legal spheres. He explores the irony of a nation that claims to be Hindu but witnesses the attacks on Hindu festivals and processions, raising questions about the true nature of religious freedom and inclusivity!

Moreover, Dr. Ranganathan’s publisherBluOne Ink too deserves a special mention, as it not easy to publish a title like, ‘Hindus In Hindu Rashtra’ and only an honest and fearless publisher can dare to publish a book like this. Now, after the immense success of this particular title (his fifth book), Dr. Anand Ranganathan is about to author another book that will be about India’s forgotten scientists and this book will also be published by Penguin Publications.

Dr. Anand Ranganathan – The Most Genuine Political Analyst:

Dr. Anand Ranganathan is an active participant in the public debates and the discussions where he is known for his insightful and often provocative commentary on diverse topics, including politics, religion, social issues, and current affairs. He appears on the various news channels of the television (like NDTV, Times Now, Republic TV, etc.) and on the podcasts of the digital platforms, where he openly and fearlessly expresses his views and never cares about being politically correct. The best thing about someone like Dr. Anand Ranganathan is that he is a fiercely independent thinker who rejects conventional narratives and challenges the established opinions, often sparking controversy!

Dr. Anand Ranganathan advocates for critical thinking and rational discourse. He encourages open dialogue and debate on important issues and through this process; he easily exposes the hypocrites of the Indian society. He is brave enough to question the actions of the politicians and the religious leaders, holding them accountable to the public. Dr. Anand Ranganathan is a prominent voice in Indian public discourse, known for his intellectual rigor, independent thinking, and willingness to challenge the status quo. His work and opinions have sparked debate and discussion, making him a figure of significant interest in India’s intellectual landscape.

Major Awards & Recognitions earned by Dr. Anand Ranganathan:

Dr. Anand Ranganathan, often known as ‘Ranga Uncle’ has won several awards and has earned various recognitions over the years. Some of his most noteworthy achievements are mentioned below –

  • Cambridge Nehru Centenary Fellowship, 1992
  • Pembroke College Cambridge Scholarship, 1995
  • Associate Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2003-06
  • Young Scientist Medal of the UDCT, India, 2006
  • Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, 2007
  • Young Scientist, World Economic Forum, for the New Champions Summit, 2012

Dr. Anand Ranganathan – The Fearless Personality:

Dr. Anand Ranganathan is identified as a scientist and he has attained significant milestones in the field of science. However, none of his books belongs to the scientific genre as all his books are novels. Interestingly, he has gained tremendous success as an author too, which tells us that it is not that difficult to carry out our passion and interest together. For someone as honest and as straightforward as Dr. Anand Ranganathan, it is practically impossible to stay away from the unwanted controversies in our biased and unfair world. Just for exercising his “Right to Free Speech” Dr. Anand has been dragged into a legal case, which is currently taking place in the Delhi High Court. Fortunately, he is blessed with a courageous & an audacious friend, Shri J. Sai Deepak whose name is enough to ensure triumphs!

Nevertheless, Dr. Anand Ranganathan is a real fighter and his bold & dauntless attitude is a source of inspiration for all of us. People like Dr. Anand Ranganathan are nothing less than the gems of our society, who are unafraid to move alone in the narrow & the less travelled paths of truthfulness. It is interesting to note that he cancelled his publishing contract for one of his book with a big publishing house like Bloomsbury when they withdrew the publishing of a politically controversial title, “Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story” due to high political pressure. Well, such an incident is enough to prove that Dr. Anand Ranganathan is a ‘Man of Integrity’ who not only teaches our society the much needed ethical values but also acts an inspiration for all of us.

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