Rini Bhattacharya Mehta is Visiting Assistant Professor in comparative and world literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include nationalism and religious fundamentalism, the cultural politics of globalization, the Indian diaspora, and Indian cinema as local/national/global cultural production. She has published articles on the politics of religion in nineteenth and early twentieth century Bengal and is currently working on an anthology of South Asian literature; a manuscript on nineteenth century Indian nationalismrsquo;s revisiting of the Indian past; and a co-edited volume on Partition.Rajeshwari Pandharipande is Professor of Linguistics, Religion and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She served as director of the Program for the Study of Religion (2002-2005) and was selected as an associate by the Center for Advanced Study in 1987, 1993 and 2007. In 2008 she received the title of Distinguished Teacher/Scholar - the highest honour granted by the University. She teaches courses on Hinduism, Hinduism in the US and Hindi literature. Her published works include a collection of original Hindi poems and more than sixty research articles and chapters.