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Negotiating India's Past

Essays in Memory of Partha Sarathi Gupta

Edited by Biswamoy Pati , Bhairabi Prasad Sahu , T.K. Venkatasubramanian

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This book is in memory of Professor Partha Sarathi Gupta, who taught at the Department of History, Delhi University, from 1962 till 1999. He passed away suddenly on 10 August 1999, just a few days after his retirement. A dedicated historian with a zeal for exactitude, an erudite scholar and a committed teacher, Professor Gupta was in many ways 'an institution within an institution' and a source of inspiration for generations of students, including many of the contributors to this volume.

The essays collected in this book weave together issues and concerns of different scholars from the world of Indian history. The themes they examine reflect a common desire to understand historical processes over time and from the perspective of different regions, without losing sight of the broader historical context. Through this attempt, the book perhaps demonstrates not only the fascinating possibilities of India's historical scholarship, but also the fact that it has indeed come of age. The fifteen essays included here, covering early, medieval and modern periods of Indian history, are organized under three thematic sections: ideology, legitimacy and the state; environment, exchange and economic transactions; social change and resistance. Together, they present ways of 'negotiating India's past'.

Bhairabi Prasad Sahu

Bhairabhi Prasad Sahu teaches at the Department of History, University of Delhi. He is the author of From Hunters to Breeders: Faunal Background of Early India (1988), and has edited Land System and Rural Society in Early India (1997).

Biswamoy Pati

Biswamoy Pati (late) taught at the Department of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. He is the author of Resisiting Domination: Peasants, Tribals and the National Movement in Orissa 19201950 (1993), Situating Social History: Orissa, 18001997 (2001) and Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions in India 1800–2000 (2003). He has edited Turbulent Times: India 194044 (1998) and Issues in Modern Indian History: For Sumit Sarkar (2000) and co-edited Health, Medicine and Empire: Perspectives on Colonial India (2001).

T.K. Venkatasubramanian

T.K. Venkatasubramaniam taught at the Department of History, University of Delhi. He is the author of Political Change and Agrarian Tradition in South India, 1600–1800 (1986), Environment and Urbanization in Early Tamilakam (1988), Societas to Civitas: Evolution of Political Society in South India (1993) and Rhythm in Historical Cognition (1993).