Dr. Romila Thapar
Professor Emerita in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi).
She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Calcutta, and the University of Hyderabad.
She won the Kluge Prize (the American Nobel) for Lifetime Achievement in the field of History, 2008.
Some recent publications
The Past As Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History. Aleph.
The Past before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India. Harvard University Press.
Somanatha: the Many Voices of a History. Penguin Delhi.
Texts to download
“To Question or Not to Question? That Is the Question”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No. 50, pp. 33-39.
“Historical Traditions in Early India: c. 1000 BC to c. AD 600”, in Feldherr, A. & Hardy, G., eds. The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 1: Beginnings to AD 600. Oxford University Press, pp. 553-576.
“Inscriptions as Historical Writing in Early India: Third Century BC to Sixth Century AD”, in Feldherr, A. & Hardy, G., eds. The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 1: Beginnings to AD 600. Oxford University Press, pp. 577-600.
“Is secularism alien to Indian civilization?”, in Singh, A. & Mohapatra, S., eds. Indian Political Thought: A Reader. Routledge.
“Early Indian History and the Legacy of D D Kosambi”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No. 30, pp. 43-51.
“Decolonising the Past: Historical Writing in the Time of Sachin – and Beyond”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 40, No. 14, pp. 1442-1448.
“The Theory of Aryan Race and India: History and Politics”. Social Scientist, Vol. 24, No. 1/3, pp. 3-29.
“Ideology and the Interpretation of Early Indian History”. Review (Fernand Braudel Center), Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 389-411.