Sunday, 24 January 2021

SFI salutes Professor Bipan Chandra, eminent historian and prolific writer who passed away earlier today. Professor Chandra was a historian of the masses. His writings are a real treasure of secular history. His contributions to the efforts to decommunalise people’s history are invaluable.

Considered a specialist in the economic and political history of modern India, Chandra authored several books including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency, Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India and The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi. He had founded the journal 'Enquiry' and was a member of its editorial board for a long time. He also served as the Chairman of the National Book Trust.

With Professor Bipan Chandra’s demise, India has lost an outstanding historian, a generous teacher, a passionate researcher and a powerful voice in the struggle for safeguarding democracy and secularism. At the current juncture when the Hindutva right wing is yet again on offensive, his works will be inseparable part of the arsenal of struggle against communalism.