Noted historian Bipan Chandra died on 30 August 2014 at his residence in Gurgaon after prolonged illness. He was 86.
Bipan Chandra, former professor of history, was considered to be a specialist in the economic and political history of modern India and was a left leaning historian.
• Born in 1928 in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Chandra studied at the Forman Christian College, Lahore and Stanford University, United States
• Chandra had authored various 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 became a Member of the University Grants Commission in 1993.
• He was the Chairman of the National Book Trust, New Delhi from 2004 to 2012.
• He received Padma Bhushan Award in 2010 in the field of Literature and Education.
• He founded the journal ‘Enquiry’ and was a member of its editorial board for a long time.
• He worked as the Reader at Hindu College of Delhi University and then became the professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
• Chandra served as sectional President and then the general president of the Indian History Congress in 1985.
• He was also awarded Itihas Ratna on his 86th birthday in December 2013 by the Asiatic Society of Bihar.
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