Prof. Upinder Singh is a professor in the history department at the University of Delhi. She is also the recipient of the inaugural Infosys Prize in the category of Social Sciences (History).
Singh has written four books and many articles. 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. She has done research on the history of Delhi, and has suggested that it is one of the oldest cities in the world.. Her most recent book is A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India (2008).
Education and professional life
Singh is an alumna of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and received her 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).
She is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.
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.
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 Prof. Upinder Singh was responsible for its inclusion in a list of recommended readings for the BA programme in history. The University categorically denied the allegation and stated that Prof. Upinder Singh was:
...neither the editor nor compiler of the book on Cultural History of Ancient India.
- "Prof. Upinder Singh". University of Delhi. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- The Infosys Prize in Social Sciences – History, Infosys Science Foundation
- "PM’s daughter has nothing to do with book on Ramayana". Indian Express. February 28, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2012.