Prof. Ishrat Alam is Professor at the Centre of Advanced Study Department of History,
Aligarh Muslim University. He has co-edited of the books The Varied Facets of History,
Essays in Honour of Aniruddha Ray, with Syed Ejaz Hussain (Primus Books, 2011) and
Blending Nation and Region: Essays in Honour of Late Professor Amalendu Guha with Sajal
Nag (Primus books, 2017). He has served as the Member Secretary of Indian Council of
Historical Research, (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India). He was
also the Member of Editorial Board, Indian Journal of History of Science, Indian National
Science Academy, New Delhi, in 2013.
Prof. Ravindran Gopinath is a notable historian and currently the Vice Chancellor of Kannur
University. He formerly worked as Professor at the Department of History, Jamia Millia
Islamia. He held the position of Coordinator, UGC in the Department Research Support
under Special Assistance Programme from 2007 to 2012. He has also worked as the member
secretary of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi between 2013 and 2015.
He was Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001-
2003. Prof. Gopinath was awarded the H.K. Barpujari National Award in 2011 by the Indian
History Congress for his book, Agrarian Regimes and Demographic Change: Fertility
Change in Southern India, 1881-1981, that was judged as the best published work on Indian
History in 2009 and 2010.
Professor S. Z. H. Jafri, former professor at Department of History, University of Delhi. His
research interests are Medieval Indian History, Indian Sufism, Urban–Rural interface in relation
to landed overlords and town based Gentry; The Great Uprising of 1857; Intellectual History of
the Islamic East esp., Education and Dissemination of Knowledge; and Central Asia: History of
Mongols. He has been teaching Courses on ‘Socio Religious Movements in Medieval India’;
‘History of Awadh and Northern India Upto 1857’ and ‘History of Central Asia Under the
Mongols’ to the postgraduate students in the Lecture and Tutorial classes.
Dr. Shyam Narayan Lal is Professor and Head, at Department of History, (from May, 2018
onwards) University of Jammu, Jammu. He is also Director of Center for History and Culture of
Jammu and Ladakh Regions, University of Jammu. He has edited Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh -
Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives. His forthcoming publication is Agrarian
History of the Deccan During the Period of the Rashtrakutas, Primus Publication, New Delhi
(arrival announced: http://primusbooks.com/forthcoming/)
Dr. Ruby Maloni is former Head and Professor of the Department of History, Mumbai
University. She has published extensively on Modern India and Medieval India. Her
specialization is the Indian Ocean and maritime trade, with special emphasis on the history of
Gujarat. She has published several articles and books, including ‘European Merchant Capital
and the Indian Economy’, and ‘Surat, Port of the Mughal Empire’. She has been a member of the
Management Council and the Senate of Mumbai University, and has been given the ‘Recognition
for Excellence’ award by Mumbai University. She is currently engaged in research projects,
including ‘Indian Ports and Intra-Asian Trade (17th & 18th Centuries)’.
Professor ShireenMoosvi, former Professor of History, AMU, Aligarh, has published widely on
Mughal India and the economic history of colonial times.Her important works are People,
Taxation and Trade in Mughal India, Economy of the Mughal Empire - A Statistical Study,
Episodes in the Life of Akbar Contemporary Records and Reminiscences. She had edited the
Social Scientist Special issue on Rebellion of 1857. She held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship,
USA, 1983-84. - Awarded Residency at Bellagio Centre, Milan, Italy by the Rockefeller
Foundation, 1990- 91, National Career Award, University Grants Commission, 1986-89. She
was also a visiting fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, June-July, 1994. M.S.
University, Baroda, March-April, 1984. She held the position ofdirector, Centre for Women's
Studies, Secretary, Aligarh Historians Society, Member of the Council of Indian Council of
Historical Research and Member Central Advisory Board of Archaeology.
Currently a Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta, Susmita Basu Majumdar’s specializations are Epigraphy and Numismatics. She also is deeply interested in Cultural history, Religious history and History of Medicine and Surgery. She is also well conversant with ancient languages like Sanskrit and Prakrit. Prof. Susmita Basu Majumdar has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and recognitions in the country and abroad. She has been involved in cataloguing coins in the British Museum, Allahabad University Museum and many more collections. She has conducted and framed courses on Epigraphy, Numismatics, Prakrit Language and Grammar in many prestigious institutions. Her publications include Local Coins of Ancient India, a New Series, Coins of Malhar, 2000; Essays on History of Medicine, co-authored with Nayana Sharma Mukherjee, 2013; Banglar Mudra Byadostha, 2013; Kalighat Hoard: The First Gupta Hoard from India, 2014; Select Early Historic Inscriptions: Epigraphic Perspectives in the Ancient Past of Chhattisgarh, co-authored with Shivakant Bajpai, 2014. Her latest book is Mauryans in Karnataka, 2016. Among the edited volumes she is a co-editor of the book Revisiting Early India: Essays in Memory of D. C. Sircar, edited by Suchandra Ghosh et. al., 2013. Besides these she has contributed more than 50 articles in various journals and books.
Mridula Mukherjee was born in 1950 in New Delhi, India and formerly professor at the Centre for Historical
Studies, JNU. Her parents, Vidya Dhar Mahajan and Savitri Shori Mahajan, had been renowned teachers of
history in Lahore, from where they emigrated to New Delhi following the Partition of India in 1947.
Mukherjee graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. She joined Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU) as a post-graduate student in 1971, from where she obtained a PhD degree. Her doctoral
thesis advisor was Bipan Chandra. She investigated agrarian history in the Punjab. She argued that despite
extensive irrigation works, colonialisation caused agricultural involution, with the number of workers per unit
area rising and production dropping. She also analysed peasant movements in the erstwhile princely states of
the Punjab across the pre- and post-1947 periods. Her critical analysis of a Marxian orientation of peasant
consciousness has been highlighted. Her important works are India's Struggle for Independence co-authored
by Bipan Chandra. Peasants in India's Non-Violent Revolution: Practice and Theory, Colonizing Agriculture:
The Myth of Punjab Exceptionalism, India Since Independence co-authored by Bipan Chandra and Aditya
Hitendra K Patel, Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Professor, Modern History, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Authored Communalism and the Intelligentsia (Orient BlackSwan, 2011) and more than forty research articles. A novelist and literary critics of some repute.
B.P. Sahu, professor at Department of History, University of Delhi. He has authored The
Changing Gaze Regions and the Constructions of Early India and also has written From
Regional Histories to Histories of the Regions and Beyond.
Dr. G.J. Sudhakar is Professor and Head of the Centre for Historical Studies at the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research, Chennai. He was educated in Madras Christian College and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Indian History Congressand former Vice-President of the South Indian History Congress besides being the former President of the Tamilnadu History Congress. He has several publications to his credit like the “Weaver’s Co-operatives in the Madras Presidency and the Handloom Industry in Tamilnadu – 1941-55”. He has edited volumes like the “Aspects of Madras’, “Popular Uprisings in India with Special Reference to Tamilnadu 1750-1857” and “Urbanisation in Indian History”. In addition, he is the Editor of the Journal of Indian History and Culture.
K.L. Tuteja, PhD, is Former Professor of Modern Indian History at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and currently, Tagore Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
What People's Say
The Indian History Congress, the only national level organization of historians in our country,
has endeavoured for over seventy years to eastablish academic standards, the spirit of national unity,
and the objective interpretation of history free of sectarian bias, and thus it has earned the loyalty
and support of all historians of india.
Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
The Indian History Congress has nurtured generations of
scholars over the past seven decades, and remains the major
platform for scholars of history in India and abroad to
exchange their ideas and present their research to a larger
Professor Rakesh Batabyal
The promotion of academic rigour and objectivity in the discipline of history is
very crucial, particularly given the challenges across the globe and India’s
internationally significant role in historical research.
The Indian History Congress for several decades have provided a platform for scholars from different parts of India and the world.
I wish the Congress every success in promoting these ideals.
Professor Hermann Kulke
The Indian History Congress provides a splendid occasion for historians to meet and exchange ideas
and plan new scholarly initiatives. The all-inclusive nature
of the Indian History Congress will ensure that an open,
non-sectarian, and indeed secular approach to history will
prevail and will lead to a deeper understanding and a richer appreciation of the
Professor Keith Hitchins
Founded in 1935, the Indian History Congress(IHC) is the largest association of professional historians in South Asia. It has about 35000 members of which over 2000 delegates participate in its session every year. It has been holding its sessions very regularly from its inception and publishing its proceedings every year since 1935. Its main objective is to promote secular and scientific writing of history.
The preparations for the historic 80th Session of the IHC are underway, and I look forward to meeting all members at Kannur, Kerala, between 28th and 30th December, 2019. Details regarding payment of delegate fee will be intimated by the Local Secretary, Prof. Ravindran Gopinath. Do renew your membership fees and send in your papers keeping in mind the deadlines mentioned in the circular. We have a galaxy of eminent scholars who will be attending, and various special events planned. This is the happening event for the fraternity of historians, and so make sure that you make your travel arrangements well in advance .
We are starting a members' corner, where your books and awards will be displayed. Please send details in this regard to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Suchandra Ghosh (Ancient India)
Prof. Suchandra Ghosh is Professor in the University of Calcutta at the Department of Ancient Indian History & Culture. Her specialization is Epigraphy, Numismatics and early Indian scripts. Her research interests lies in Politico-Cultural History of North-west India, regional history of South-eastern Bengal, Indian Ocean Maritime Network, interactions between South and Southeast Asia and Bay of Bengal Buddhist Network special emphasis on Buddhist Clay Moulded tablets. She has published several essays in journals and books in India and abroad. Her published monographs are Exploring Connectivity: South eastern Bengal and Beyond (Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, 2015) and From the Oxus to the Indus: A Political and Cultural Study (c. 3rdcentury BCE – 1st century BCE) (Primus Books, 2017). Prof. Ghosh had been recipient of various awards and fellowships, which includes fellowship by the Maison des Sciences de l‟homme, Paris; Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship, England; ENITAS scholarship by Institute of South-east Asian Studies, Chulalongkarn University, Bangkok; and Lowick Memorial grant for Oriental Studies by Royal Numismatic Society, London. She was also a Member of the Physical Verification Committee, Indian Museum, 2008- 2015.
Prof. Farhat Hasan (Medieval India)
Prof. Farhat Hasan is Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi. His research interest areas lies in history of medieval India, with particular interests in court culture, identities and gender relations in the period, Islam in India during the medieval and colonial period, in particular, religious thought and practices. He has authored the monograph State and Locality in Mughal India, Power Relations in Western India, c. 1572-1730 (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and also published many papers and articles in journals and edited books. Prof. Hasan is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, Cambridge. He was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Maison des Sciences de’l Homme, Paris, October-November 2006. He was also a Member of the History Textbook Development Committee for Standard VII and XII, National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, for the year 2005-06.
Prof. M.D. David (Modern India)
Prof. M.D. David was Professor and head of the Department of History, University of Bombay. He was also the Emeritus Fellow at UGC, New Delhi. Prof. David has been the Pandit Sethu Madhavrao Pagadi Fellow at the University of Bombay. He has served as the Chairman of CMEF Trust in Mumbai and as the President of Bombay YMCA. He was also the Chairman of CHAI, Western India.
Prof. B.R. Deepak (Countries other than India)
Prof. B.R. Deepak is Professor of Chinese and China Studies at the Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of interest are Sino-Indian Studies including history and culture; Chinese language and literature, China's socio-political and economic issues. Prof. Deepak received the prestigious "Special Book Award of China", the highest literary award conferred on foreign national for their outstanding contribution in translation, publication of Chinese books and cultural exchange in 2011 for his translated work Chinese poetry: From 11th Century BC to 14th Century AD. He is also the recipient of Nehru Fellow Award (1996) and Asia Fellow Award (2006). He is the author of India and China 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict (2005); India –China Relations in first half of the Twentieth Century (2001); China: Agriculture, Countryside and Peasantry (2010). His edited works includes India-China Relations: Civilizational Perspective (2012) and India-China Relations: Future Perspectives (2012). He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.
Dr. V. Selvakumar (Archaeology)
Born in 1966, Dr. Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. He completed doctoral research and post-Doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala, from 2003 to 2007 and a NTICVAM (Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum) Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University. His research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, heritage management, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, heritage management, history of science and technology, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.
Prof. Zoya Hassan (Contemporary India)
Prof. Zoya Hasan is a National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research. She has been a former Professor of Political Science and the Dean of School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a former member of the National Commission for Minorities. Prof. Hasan’s work has focussed on the State, political parties, ethnicity gender and minorities in India, and society in north India. Known for her path-breaking work on the politics of Uttar Pradesh, she has also undertaken extensive research on the social and educational aspects of Indian Muslims and Muslim women. Her interest in Indian Government and politics, the State party system, political mobilisation minority rights and gender studies is reflected in her various research studies and book. Amongst her many books she has authored, Congress after Indira: Policy, Power and Political Change (1984-2009), Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality: Collection of Essays, Politics of Inclusion: Castes, Minorities and Affirmative Action, Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience, and India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies. Along with Mushirul Hasan, she co-edited CSD’s publication, India: Social Development Report – 2012, Minorities at the Margins. She is currently completing a monograph for the ICSSR National Fellowship on Social Movements and State Action. Prof. Hasan holds a PhD from Pennsylvania State University.
Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Amiya Kumar Bagchi (born 1936) is a distinguished Indian political economist. His contributions have spanned economic history, the economics of industrialisation and deindustrialisation, and development studies from an overall Marxist perspective, incorporating insights from other schools of radical political economics, including left Keynesianism. Among Marxists, he is known for his extensive contributions to theories of imperialism and underdevelopment.
His academic career began when he started teaching in Presidency College, Kolkata. In the 1960s, he taught in the Faculty of Economics in Cambridge (where he was Fellow of Jesus College), but resigned his post in 1969, to resume his academic career in Presidency College, Kolkata.
In 1974 he joined the newly founded Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, which went on to become one of the most productive and globally famous research institutions in India.
Bagchi has specialised in the history of Indian banking and finance, and acted as Official Historian of the State Bank of India (SBI) from 1976 to 1998; he played a leading role in ensuring that the unique archives of SBI are preserved for posterity.
After retiring as Reserve Bank of India professor from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta in 2001, he became the founder-director of the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in the social sciences, which is affiliated with the University of Calcutta, and is promoted by the government of West Bengal. Here, he spearheads research in development studies in an array of areas, notably banking and finance, public health, labour studies, information and communication studies, gender studies, education, and the sociology of literature.
He has been Visiting Professor in international academic institutions such as Cambridge University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Cornell University, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Naples University, and University of Bristol.
Prof. Mahalakshmi Ramakrishnan
R. Mahalakshmi is Professor at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include the development of state, society, religion, and art in ancient and medieval India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Her book The Making of the Goddess: Korravai-Durga in the Tamil Traditions (Penguin, 2011) was awarded the prize for the best book by a woman historian by the Indian History Congress in 2013. She has also authored The Book of Lakshmi (Penguin, 2009) and Colonization: A Comparative Study of India and Korea, co-edited with Vyjayanti Raghavan (Academic Foundation Books, 2015), in addition to articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is the Secretary of the Indian History Congress for the period 2018-20. She has delivered the Presidential addresses of the Historiography Section of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress for 2018-19, and the Ancient Section of the Punjab History Conference (2019-20).
Prof. Bodh Prakash
Professor Bodh Prakash teaches at the School of Letters at Ambedkar University Delhi. He has worked on the intersections
between history, literature and ideology. His main areas of research are Partition, gender, violence and cultural diversity in South Asia.Author of Writing Partition: Aesthetics and Ideology in Hindi and Urdu Fiction, he has published widely on issues of identity and culture in a multi-lingual and multi-religious society and the challenges of majoritarian and totalitarian, political formations to the age old inclusive, consensual culture fashioned over centuries in comtemporary India.
Prof. Irfan Habib
Professor Irfan Habib is Emeritus Professor of Department of History of AMU he also held the
post of Chairman in the same department. He served as coordinator of Centre of Advanced
Studies in Department of History of AMU. He was appointed as the Chairman of Indian Council
of Historical Research (ICHR). He was General Secretary, Sectional President and General
President in 1981 and Vice-President in 2006 of Indian History Congress. He delivered
Radhakrishnan Lecture at Oxford and he was recognized by the international community as
Corresponding Fellow of British Royal Historical Society. He was bestowed with Padma
Bhushan in 2005. He has authored and edited many books and research papers on various fields
of Indian and World History. The Agrarian System of Mughal India is one of his widely
acclaimed works. He edited works like People’s History of India Series and UNESCO
publications and The Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. Ifor this work he was awarded
Dr. Burton Cleetus
Dr. Burton Cleetus teaches Modern History at the Centre for Historical Studies in Jawaharlal
Nehru University. His area of specialization is history of science and medicine. He has studied
emergence of biomedicine in Europe, healthcare practices in non-European societies, indigenous
response to western medicinal intervention, repositioning and institutionalization of indigenous
health care traditions. He also looked at public health initiatives taken up during colonial India
and the interventions of Christian missionaries in the field of medicine. His published articles
and chapters include ‘Missionaries, Marxists and the “model State”: Engaging with political
practices in Kerala’, ‘Relocating the Kottakal Experiment: Science, Medicine and Society in
Colonial Malabar’, ‘Negotiating Western Science and the State: The Institutionalization of the
Indigenous Medicine in Kerala, 1900‐1947’ and ‘Subaltern Medicine and Social mobility: The
Experience of Ezhavas in Kerala’.
Prof. K.M. Shrimali
Krishna Mohan Shrimali (b. 1947), former Professor of History at the University of Delhi, is the
author of A History of Pañcāla, 2 vols (1983, 1985); Agrarian Structure in Central India and the
Northern Deccan: A Study in Vākāṭaka Inscriptions (1987); and Dharma, Samaj aur Sanskriti
(2005). He has edited Indian Archaeology since Independence (1996) and Reasons and
Archaeology (1998). He has published widely in academic journals, on ancient Indian history
and archaeology. He is currently working on a project on Dictionary of Social, Economic and
Administrative Terms in Indian Inscriptions. He presided over the Ancient Indian History
Section of the Indian History Congress in 1988, and general president in 2017 and was also the
Secretary, Indian History Congress, 1992-95.