Rakesh K. Kaul is the author of the best-selling, historical drama The Last Queen of Kashmir (Harper-Collins 2016). His second novel, Dawn the Warrior Princess of Kashmir was published by Penguin India to critical acclaim in 2019. He was instrumental in the recovery of the Tengapura Durga, the oldest continuously worshipped Durga in the sub-continent, from Germany to India. He is a Granthika speaker specializing in Niti storytelling and a writer for major newspapers on the evolutionary forces within history, culture and society which lead to individual empowerment .
He was a founding contributor to the first Chair of India Studies at University of California Berkeley, to the Center for the Advanced Study of India at University of Pennsylvania and to the Mattoo Center for India Studies at SUNY. He served as Co-Chairman The Arts of Kashmir Exhibition, Asia Society, New York October 2008. He has received numerous honors for his Community contributions and is active in helping victims of Genocide in India in 1990. He sits on the Board of Jagati school in Jammu, India which educates children of these refugees. He is married to Dr. Sushma Kaul, a pediatric endocrinologist who sits on the Board of the non-profit We Win and they have two sons.