Indian History Congress

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Indian History Congress is the largest professional and academic body of Indian historians with over 10,000 members. It was established in 1935.[1] The name of any new applicant for membership needs to be proposed and seconded by existing Ordinary or Life Members.[2]

It's 69th session was inaugurated at the campus of the Kannur University, Kerala, on December 28–30, 2007 by the Chief minister of Kerala, V S Achuthanandan.[3] Historians Ram Sharan Sharma, Romila Thapar, K N Panikkar, Irfan Habib, Pritam Saini[4] have had a long association with the Indian History Congress.[5] Its current President is R. Champakalakshmi of Jawaharlal Nehru University.[5]

The Indian History Congress has constituted Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade Award for lifelong service and contribution to Indian history which was given to professor R.S. Sharma in 2002.[6]

Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu[7] was invited to speak the 61st session at Kolkata.[8][9]


  1. ^ Anand, Arun (December 28, 2007). "Right wing historians to challenge Leftists in history congress".
  3. ^ INDIAN HISTORY CONGRESS HOLDS ITS 69TH SESSION AT KANNUR, KERALA, People's Democracy, (Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Vol. XXXIII No. 2, January 18, 2009
  4. ^ Proceedings - Punjab History Conference, Issues 22-24 - pp 520
  5. ^ a b Champakalakshmi elected new IHC President
  6. ^ Srivastava, N.M.P. (2005). Professor R.S. Sharma: The Man With Mission; Prajna-Bharati Vol XI, In honour of Professor Ram Sharan Sharma. Patna, India: K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute. 
  7. ^ History in the Faking, Does the IHC believe in 'India's tradition of scepticism'?
  8. ^ Jyoti Basu At Indian History Congress, People's Democracy, Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Vol. XXV, No. 02, January 14, 2001
  9. ^ Bengal: Escape into magical realism

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