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29 April 1958 |
Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand
|Alma mater||University of Delhi
|Occupation||environmental, social, political and cricket history|
Ramachandra Guha (born 29 April 1958) is an Indian historian and writer whose research interests include environmental, social, political and cricket history. He is a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he currently holds the position of Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs. He is also a columnist for the newspapers The Telegraph (syndicated in several Indian languages) and Hindustan Times. A regular contributor to various academic journals, Guha has written extensively for the magazines The Caravan and Outlook.
Early life and education 
Guha was born on 29 April 1958 at Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, where his father Ram Das Guha worked as a director at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Ramachandra Guha studied at The Doon School where he was an editor of The Doon School Weekly. He graduated from St. Stephen's College with a BA degree in Economics in 1977 and completed a Master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He then enrolled at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), where he did a Fellowship programme (equivalent to a Ph.D) on the social history of forestry in Uttarakhand, focusing on the Chipko movement. It was later published as The Unquiet Woods.
Between 1985 and 2000, he taught at various universities in India, Europe and North America, including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University and at Oslo University (Arne Naess chair, 2008), and later at the Indian Institute of Science. During this period, he was also a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in Germany (1994–95).
Guha then moved to Bangalore, and began writing full time. He served as Sundaraja Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2003. He is managing trustee of the New India Foundation, a nonprofit body that funds research on modern Indian history.
In 2000, Guha penned an essay critiquing an article written by writer and activist Arundhati Roy opposing the Narmada Dam. Roy espoused the cause of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a cause Guha is also a supporter of. However, he questioned her expertise in the relevant field and argued that her activities and writings undermined rather than helped the cause. Roy responded in an interview, saying that Guha was a cricket historian who had missed the boat.
Personal life 
Awards and recognition 
- His essay, "Prehistory of Community Forestry in India", was awarded the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society for Environmental History for 2001.
- "A Corner of a Foreign Field" was awarded the Daily Telegraph Cricket Society Book of the Year prize for 2002.
- He won the R. K. Narayan Prize at the Chennai Book Fair in 2003.
- The US magazine Foreign Policy named him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008. In the poll that followed, Guha was placed 44th.
- Padma Bhushan for 2009, India's third highest civilian award.
- 2011 Sahitya Akademi Award for India after Gandhi.
- The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya (University of California Press, Berkeley; Oxford University Press (OUP)) (1989)
- This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India (OUP) (with Madhav Gadgil, 1992)
- Wickets in the East (OUP) (1992)
- Social Ecology (OUP) (Editor, with T.N. Madan, 1994)
- Spin and Other Turns (Penguin) (1994)
- An Indian Cricket Omnibus (OUP) (Editor, with T.G. Vaidyanathan, 1994)
- Ecology and Equity (with Madhav Gadgil, 1995) (Penguin)
- Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South (with Joan Martinez-Alier, 1997)
- Savaging the Civilized — Verrier Elwin, his tribals and India (University of Chicago Press; OUP) (1999)
- An Anthropologist Among the Marxists, and other essays (Permanent Black) (2000)
- Environmentalism: A global history (OUP) (2000)
- The Picador Book of Cricket (Picador) (Editor, 2001)
- A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian history of a British sport (Picador) (2001)
- An Indian cricket century (Editor, works of Sujit Mukherjee, 2002)
- The Last Liberal and Other Essays (Permanent Black, 2004)
- The States of Indian Cricket (Permanent Black) (2005)
- How Much Should a Person Consume?: Thinking Through the Environment (University of California, Berkeley Press; Permanent Black) (2006)
- India after Gandhi: The history of the world's largest democracy (Ecco) (2007)
- Makers of Modern India (Viking/Penguin) (Editor, 2010)
- Institutions and Inequalities: Essays in Honour of Andre Beteille (with Jonathan P. Parry)
- Nature's Spokesman: M. Krishnan and Indian Wildlife (editor, works of M. Krishnan)
- Nature, Culture, Imperialism: Essays on the Environmental History of South Asia (with David Arnold)
- Patriots & Partisans (Penguin) (2012)
- India Together - article by Ramachandra Guha
- Doon School product Seth to turn 60 today
- 'History of the Weekly' published by The Doon School (2009) p.36
- Roy, Arundhati. "The Greater Common Good". Retrieved 2006-09-18.
- Guha, Ramachandra (2000-11-26). "The Arun Shourie of the left". The Hindu (Chennai). Retrieved 2006-09-18.
- Ram, Narasimhan. "Scimitars in the Sun". Frontline. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
- "Then my Indian friend, Ramachandra Guha, a wonderful historian, said I must include Indira Gandhi’s state of emergency because that, too, was pure political paranoia.". "Francis Wheen looks over his shoulder at the plots and conspiracies of the 1970s" The Herald, Scotland, 31 August 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Foreign Policy: Top 100 Intellectuals
- "Padma Bhushan for Shekhar Gupta, Abhinav Bindra". Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- "POETS DOMINATE SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDS 2011" (Press release). Sahitya Akademi. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Guha wins it for narrative history". The Hindu. December 21, 2011.
- Ramachandra Guha's essays for Outlook India (registration required)