Upinder Singh

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Prof. Upinder Singh is a professor in the history department at the University of Delhi.[1][2] She is also the recipient of the inaugural Infosys Prize in the category of Social Sciences (History).[2]


Upinder Singh has written various books and articles. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300–1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).[3] Most recently, she has written a book challenging the Marxist view of Indian history by considering not only economics, and politics, but also religion and philosophy.[citation needed]. Her most recent book is A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India which was published by Pearson Education,India in 2008.

Education and professional life[edit]

Singh is an alumna of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and received PhD from McGill University, Canada. She has Master of Arts in History and an M.Phil. in History, both from the University of Delhi. She has Ph.D. at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a thesis titled Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: an epigraphic study (300-1147 CE).[2]

She is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Singh is married to Vijay Tankha, a professor of Philosophy. They have two sons. She is the daughter of former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and Gursharan Kaur.[citation needed]


Singh was awarded the Netherlands Government Reciprocal Fellowship in 1985, to pursue research at the Instituut Kern, Leiden. She was awarded the Ancient India and Iran Trust/Wallace India Visiting Fellowship to pursue research in Cambridge and London in 1999. She was also a Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Singh has received the prestigious Daniel Ingalls Fellowship at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University in 2005.[2]

She is the National Coordinator for History at the Institute of Life Long Learning at the University of Delhi.[2]

She was visiting professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium as the recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship, May–June 2010.[1]


On February 25, 2008, right wing activists demonstrated in the University of Delhi campus, in protest of an essay by A.K. Ramanujan, titled Three Hundred Ramayanas. The activists felt the essay was offensive, and alleged that Singh was responsible for its inclusion in a list of recommended readings for the BA programme in history. The University denied the allegation and stated that Singh was "...neither the editor nor compiler of the book on Cultural History of Ancient India."[4]

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