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Giridhar Rao

Email: [email protected]

Giridhar Rao comes to APU from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (, where he taught languages and literatures. Before that, he was editor and public awareness officer at the crops research institute ICRISAT in Hyderabad. Concurrent with these assignments has been his involvement with the world Esperanto movement.

His PhD dissertation (University of Hyderabad, 1994) was titled "Beyond the Sense of Wonder: Science Fiction as Adventure Fiction". His interest in science fiction led him to learn the language Esperanto. This in turn got him interested in multilingualism in society, and education policies for linguistic minorities. He has several publications in English and Esperanto on these themes.

Academic Qualifications

PhD in English (1994), University of Hyderabad

Publications and Writings

Giridhar's publications can be accessed at His blog in English on language and education, Bolii, is at His Esperanto blog on the same themes, Lingvo kaj vivo, is at

Giridhar Rao Faculty At Azim Premji University


Giridhar Rao Faculty At Azim Premji University

Esperanto : A Language no one Owns | Giridhar Rao | TEDxMahindraÉcoleCentrale

Mr. Giridhar Rao went in depth into the constructed language of Esperanto. Through words of common use, sentences of common occurrences and poems of celebrated poets, Mr. Rao showed the simplicity of Esperanto, how it eliminates the language barrier while being so easy to grasp and learn. After a childhood of reading science fiction, A. Giridhar Rao did a PhD on SF at University of Hyderabad. This led him to the planned language Esperanto, and later to study multilingualism in society. At...

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