Sumit Sarkar

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Sumit Sarkar (born 1939) is an Indian historian of modern India. He is the author of Swadeshi Movement.

Background[edit]

His father was Susobhan Chandra Sarkar.

Education and career[edit]

He studied at Presidency College, Calcutta and at the University of Calcutta. He taught for many years as a lecturer at the University of Calcutta, and later as a reader at the University of Burdwan. He was Professor of History at the University of Delhi.[1]

He was one of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies Collective.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

He was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar literary award by the West Bengal government in 2004. He returned the award in 2007 in protest against the expulsion of farmers from their land.[2]

Controversy[edit]

He contributed a volume to the Towards Freedom project of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), publication of which was blocked in 2000 by the ICHR under the influence of then Indian government dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[3] The publication of the volume was eventually allowed by the Government of India once the Congress party came to power after the general election of 2004.[4]

Publications[edit]

  • Towards Freedom: Documents on the Movement for Independence in India, 1946, (New Delhi, 2007)
  • Beyond Nationalist Frames: Post-Modernism, Hindu Fundamentalism, History, (Delhi, 2002)
  • Writing Social History, (Delhi, 1998)
  • Modern India: 1885-1947, (Basingstoke, 1989)
  • The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal, 1903-1908, (New Delhi, 1973)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "'Nandigram was more shocking than Jallianwala Bagh'". The Times of India. 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Righting or rewriting Hindu history". Asia Times. 2000-02-23. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "'Towards Freedom' project revived". The Hindu. 2004-09-21. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 

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