Ram Puniyani is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai. Apart from his teaching and research activities, he pursues a parallel track concerned with issues related to social problems, particularly the ones related to preservation of democratic and secular ethos in our life. He has also been engaged in understanding global and local changes, which have resulted in communal violence. He is particularly concerned with the adverse effects of globalisation and the rise of fundamentalism, particularly in India. Dr. Puniyani has contributed articles to various magazines and journals on these themes. He has authored three books around the subjects: Fascism of Sangh Parivar, The Other Cheek and Communal Politics: An Illustrated Primer. At present Dr. Puniyani is continuing with his endeavour to understand this phenomenon with a focus on human relationships geared around substantive liberty, equality and fraternity.