Bipin Chandra

Noted historian and Padma Bhushan recipient Bipin Chandra died today at his Gurgaon residence after prolonged illness. He was 86.

Bipin Chandra considered being a specialist in economic and political history of India was hailed from Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. He had donned multiple roles including that of chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT).

Chandra had also authored several books including ‘The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism’, ‘In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency’, ‘Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India’ and ‘The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi’, among others. His text books on History have also been taught in schools and colleges curriculum.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and many noted scholars have expressed grief over the demise of Chandra.

Virbhadra Singh said that Chandra was noted educationists, scholar and an academician of par excellence. He said that the void created by his death would be difficult to fill.

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