Michel Danino (born 4 June 1956) is an Indian author of French origin. He is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and has been a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. In 2017, Government of India conferred Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honor for his contribution towards Literature & Education.
He spent a few years in Auroville, Tamil Nadu before shifting to the Nilgiri mountains, where he resided for two decades. In 2003, he settled near Coimbatore and accepted Indian citizenship.
Danino had authored The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati, which tentatively identified the legendary Sarasvati River, mentioned in Rigveda with the current Ghaggar-Hakra River. V Rajamani over Current Science reviewed it in favorable terms and praised Danino for his meticulous research.
Peter Heehs noted one of his another works, Sri Aurobindo and Indian Civilization, to lack in linguistic knowledge, and being made up by attacks on colonial orientalists and half-informed invocations of nationalist orientalists. Heehs also criticized Danino's other works for appropriating Sri Aurobindo in his campaign against the Indo-Aryan migrations, and for distorting Aurobindo's speculative views as assertions. Danino selectively cherry-picked quotes from his draft-manuscripts and ignored his published works, which were far more nuanced. Others have accused Danino of pursuing a sectarian Hindutva oriented scholarship based on historical negationism.
Danino was a contributing author to an encyclopedic volume by Wiley-Blackwell, on South Asian history and archaeology, about the domain of Indus Valley Civilisation.
Technically, I am not a 'foreigner': I adopted Indian citizenship some years ago.