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]


The lead to establish an all-India national congress of historians was taken by Poona historians during the period of British colonial rule. The first session took place in Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Poona, in 1935. Historians such as Datto Vaman Potdar, Surendra Nath Sen (who later became the first director of National Archives of India), and Sir Shafaat Ahmad Khan attended the first session.[3]

Historians Mohammad Habib and Susobhan Sarkar and later Nurul Hasan, Ram Sharan Sharma, Satish Chandra, Bipan Chandra, Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Athar Ali, Barun De, Iqtidar Alam Khan, B. N. Mukherjee, K. N. Panikkar, Brajadulal Chattopadhayay, Dwijendra Narayan Jha, Sumit Sarkar, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and 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]

Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu[6] was invited to speak the 61st session at Kolkata.[7][8]


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.[9]


  1. ^ Anand, Arun (December 28, 2007). "Right wing historians to challenge Leftists in history congress".
  3. ^ Chakrabarty, Dipesh. The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth. University of Chicago Press. p. 82. ISBN 9780226100456.
  4. ^ Proceedings - Punjab History Conference, Issues 22-24 - pp 520
  5. ^ a b Champakalakshmi elected new IHC President
  6. ^ History in the Faking, Does the IHC believe in 'India's tradition of scepticism'?
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Bengal: Escape into magical realism
  9. ^ 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.

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