Satish Chandra

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Satish Chandra
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Nationality Indian
Alma mater Allahabad University[1]
Occupation Historian
Known for Authoring books about medieval Indian history

Satish Chandra is an Indian historian, whose main area of specialisation is medieval Indian history.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Sir Sitaram, a leading businessman from the former United Provinces, who later became India's High Commissioner to Pakistan.[citation needed]


Satish Chandra was Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.[3] Along with S. Gopal, Bipan Chandra, and Romila Thapar, he founded the Centre for Historical Studies at the School of Social Sciences in JNU.[4] He was also its chairperson for a few years.

He has been described as of India's leading scholars of the Moghul period and as one of India's most influential historians.[1] His book, Medieval India, has been widely used as a textbook in schools and colleges around India.[1][3]


Through the 1970s, he was the vice chairman and chairman of the University Grants Commission of India.[3] He was also the secretary and president of the Indian History Congress.

Among his various other appointments, in 1988, he was asked, by Union Public Service Commission, to head a committee to review the system of appointments to the higher civil services.[5]


Satish Chandra belonged to the secular nationalist group of historians, along with Romila Thapar, R. S. Sharma, Bipan Chandra and Arjun Dev, who are sometimes referred to as "left-leaning" or "influenced by Marxist approach to history."[6] In 2004 his textbook was reintroduced in the national curriculum after a hiatus of six years.[7]

Selected books[edit]

  • Chandra, Satish (1986). The 18th Century in India: Its Economy and the Role of the Marathas, the Jats, the Sikhs, and the Afghans. Calcutta: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences. OCLC 17970100. 
  • —— (1987). Essays in Medieval Indian Economic History. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers. ISBN 978-8121500852. 
  • Chandra, Satish, ed. (1987). The Indian Ocean: Explorations in History, Commerce and Politics. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-81-7036-059-9. 
  • ——; Arunalacham, B.; Suryanarayan, V., eds. (1993). The Indian Ocean and its Islands: Strategic, Scientific, and Historical Perspectives. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0-8039-9455-3. 
  • Chandra, Satish (1993). Mughal Religious Policies, the Rajputs & the Deccan. New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House. ISBN 978-0-7069-6385-4. 
  • —— (1996). Historiography, religion, and state in medieval India. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-8124100356. 
  • —— (1997). Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-8124105221. 
  • —— (2002). Parties and Politics at the Mughal Court, 1707-1740. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-565444-8. 
  • —— (2003). Essays on Medieval Indian History. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-566336-5. 
  • —— (2008). State, Pluralism, and the Indian Historical Tradition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-569621-9. 
  • —— (2012). State, Society, and Culture in Indian History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-807739-8. 


  1. ^ a b c Avril, Powell (October 1995). "Reviews: Satish Chandra: Mughal religious policies: the Rajputs and the Deccan". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 58 (3): 582. doi:10.1017/S0041977X0001332X. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ T.K. Rajalakshmi (28 April – 11 May 2001). "Targeting history". Frontline. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Chandra, Satish (13 February 2002). "Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom". Outlook. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Historian Bipan Chandra passes away". The Hindu. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Arora, Ramesh; Goyal, Rajni (1996). Indian Public Administration (Revised Second ed.). New Delhi: Wishwa Prakashan. p. 363. ISBN 81-7328-068-1. 
  6. ^ Guichard, Sylvie (2010), The Construction of History and Nationalism in India, Routledge, p. 87, ISBN 1136949313 
  7. ^ D.R. Chaudhry (28 April 2002). "Critiques galore!". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 6 March 2009.