Known for his beautiful works in the field of history, Bipan Chandra in his long academic career authored several books mostly on Indian independence movement. He joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) soon after and founded the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS) in JNU. He remained Chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies for long time. An academician of repute he presided over Indian History Congress in 1985. A Padma Bhushan awardee he passed away on 30 August 2014 at the age of 86 behind leaving his legacy in forms of his works.
Historian Bipan Chandra, noted for his books like `Modern India’ passed away on 30 August 2014 at the age of 86. In his long academic career he authored several books mostly on Indian independence movement. He also wrote the NCERT textbook to make youth aware about the past of India. His books set a benchmark to such an extent that no civil service aspirant can feel comfortable without reading his co-authored, India's Struggle for Independence. He fused his life with his work. His death was mourned by people from all walks of life.
Born in 1928 at Kangra in Punjab, British India he was Alma mater of Forman Christian College, Lahore, Stanford University, (USA) and Delhi University. Chandra did his Ph.D. from Delhi University under the supervision of Professor Bishweshwar Prasad. He died on 30 August 2014 after a prolonged illness and is survived by two sons.
After completing his education Bipan Chandra joined Delhi University as a Lecturer and then as Reader at Hindu College. He moved to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) soon after the university was founded. He alongwith Romila Thapar, S. Gopal and Satish Chandra founded the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS) at the School of Social Sciences in JNU. He remained Chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies for long time. For many years to come he remained member of editorial board of Enquiry - a journal founded by him. An academician of repute he presided over Indian History Congress in 1985. He served as Chairman of the National Book Trust between 2004 to 2012. He was also Chairman of National Book Trust, India.
Padma Bhushan (2010)
Royal Asiatic Society of Bihar plaque
As a scholar, Chandra authored number of books. His works like "India after Independence" and "India's struggle for Independence" were highly popular amongst the students of history. Janta Government that came to power at the centre in 1977 banned his book, Freedom Struggle, co-authored with and Amalesh Tripathi and Barun De. Some of his famous works are mentioned below.
The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi, Orient Blackswan, 2012
History of Modern India, Orient Blackswan, 2009
Communalism: A Primer, (New Delhi, 2004)
In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency, (New Delhi, 2003)
Essays on Colonialism, (New Delhi, 1999)
India Since Independence, (jointly with Mridula Mukherjee and Aditya Mukherjee), (New Delhi, 1999)
Ideology and Politics in Modern India, (New Delhi, 1994)
Essays on Indian Nationalism, (New Delhi, 1993)
Essays on Contemporary India, (New Delhi, 1993)
The Epic Struggle, (New Delhi, 1992)
India's Struggle for Independence, 1857-1947, (New Delhi, 1989)
Indian National Movement: The Long Term Dynamics, (New Delhi, 1988)
Communalism in Modern India, (New Delhi, 1984)
The Indian Left: Critical Appraisal, (New Delhi, 1983)
Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India, (New Delhi, 1979)
Freedom Struggle, (jointly with Amalesh Tripathi and Barun De), (New Delhi, 1972))
The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism in India: Economic Policies of Indian National Leadership, 1880-1905, (New Delhi, 1966)
Chandra died on the morning of 30 August 2014, at his home in Gurgaon, after prolonged illness, aged 86
(STUDENT OF Shri BIPAN CHANDRA)
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