Bipin Chandra who wrote a chapter in Indian History

Bipin Chandra mentioned this fact in his interview to Rediff, he never afraid of arguing the truth. Bipin Chandra who born in 1928, Kangra Vally(then Punjab), Himachal Pradesh, has witnessed India being formed and Governments been made.  He was educated in Lahore and Stanford University and Delhi University. He worked as a professor at JNU. Professor Arjun Dev and historian Nonica Datta of Miranda are his oldest students and they recall his style of teaching, they recall his engaging lectures. He influenced a generation of students, he more a performer in the classroom with wit and personal anecdotes,’’ we use to call him just ‘Bipin’ even in those days they conclude. He contributed with people like R.S. Sharma, Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Satish Chandra and Arjun Dev.

Indira Gandhi’s emergency inspired a new genre of writing in India; readers struggled for details of the black deeds, especially those of Sanjay Gandhi and his allies. Jayaprakash Narayan started “save democracy” movement, deacade of 70s was very crucial for cold and clinical analysis of politics and society. Students across the country were flamed by the galloping prices, mounting corruption. Indian political process has come up to sudden halt. Bipin Chandra’s book opens the pages from history with minute details.

His another book ‘The rise and growth of Economic Nationalism’ raise the question  If the political ideas of a people are shaped by the economic realities that surround them, then, the histories of the Indian national movement published up till now cannot fairly be regarded as either reasonable or complete. A study of the economic policies of the Indian National leadership is therefore vital to the understanding of the basis of the national movement and its development in the formative stages.

Nationalism and colonialism in Modern India he argued in detail the twin phenomena of colonialism and nationalism that has loomed large over the historical sphere of modern India. This book explores the nature of British colonialism, colonial policies and strategies of economic growth have been examined within the parameters of the colonial structure. This book offer description of the Pressure-Compromise-Pressure Strategy employed by the British to consolidate power. Probable reasons for the failure of the nationalist movement to counter disruptive colonial forces have been suggested. In effect, Colonialism has been studied as a distinct structure through its different stages. Reinterpreting this period that spanned 150 years, the book provides an alternative framework for the study of modern Indian history.

‘History of Modern India’ narrates an authoritative overview of the history of what was known as British India. Challenging and revising colonial and nationalist interpretations of history, this book talk about a social, economic and religious history of modern India. It explains how conditions in India during the eighteenth century helped the British East India Company establish its rule in India. The vital insights like colonial rule which was the economic exploitation of India through trade and investment. We approach topics thematically in order to showcase the various forces that went into the making of independent India. The detailed account of the nationalist movement and introduces us to the contributions of different individuals who were behind the nationalist movement. History of Modern India is essential reading for a broad based understanding of the making of modern India.

Indian government awarded him Padma Bhushan in 2010. He has been a stalwart figure in Indian history, sociology and political change. As a journalist his books are like ready references. One can study India and its history from bird’s eye view. We find everything crystal clear. We get all the mysterious information and unknown facts in front of us. This is Bipin Chandra who not only tells you history but make you strong in Economics and sociology which is a base of Mass Communication.

Published by Rahul Mate

Passionate about cinema, fine art, literature and photography, while teaching in media school Rahul Mate makes a little change into the life of people by connecting them with world of creative freedom.

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