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Ramesh Nagaraj Rao

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Ramesh Nagaraj Rao is a professor of Communication at Columbus State University.


Ramesh Nagaraj Rao received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology in 1977 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore.[1] He had worked as a bank officer and school teacher, before migrating to United States in 1985.[1] Rao obtained a MS in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and then obtained his PhD in Communication from Michigan State University in 1991.[1][2]


He used to be an Associate Professor at Truman State University[3] and an Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University and worked on theories of conflict and hostage negotiations.[2] Rao has served on the executive council of the Hindu American Foundation[1] and has received grants from Rajiv Malhotra's Infinity Foundation.[4]


Discussing his forthcoming book Secular Gods'Blame Hindu Demons'in 2000, Ramesh Rao said of his aim to counter the plethora of criticism of the Sangh Parivar and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), that had been published after the destruction of the Babri Mosque in 1992 through a "programmatic and sustained campaign of vilification and demonization".[5]

Ramesh Rao co-edited Gujarat after Godhra - Real Violence, Selective Outrage (2003) with Koenraad Elst; it includes a critique of a Human Rights Watch report that claimed complicity of the state in the 2002 Gujarat communal violence.[6]


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.[7]

He also has sympathetic connections to the politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rao, Ramesh Nagaraj. "Welcome to the website of Dr. Ramish N. Rao". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Putnam, Linda; Roloff, Michael (1992). "Back Matter". Communication and Negotiation. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Books. doi:10.4135/9781483325880. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Sitaram, K. S.; Prosser, Michael H.; Prosser, Michael (1998). Civic Discourse: Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, and Global Communication. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 491. ISBN 9781567504101. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Dr. Ramesh Rao's Research Concerning Media Bias in Recent U.S. Reporting of India, Infinity Foundation, retrieved 2015-03-28
  5. Chalasani 2001.
  6. Witte, John; Green, M. Christian (2011-11-25). Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 357. ISBN 9780199733446. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Nussbaum 2008, pp. 313-314.
  8. Nussbaum 2008, p. 248.

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