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Ramachandra Guha

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Name – Ramachandra Guha

D.O.B. – 29 April 1958 Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India (now in Uttarakhand, India)

Father’s Name – Ram Das Guha

 


 

Early Life

Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun, in 1958. Ramachandra Guha is the grandson of Mysore's S. Ramaswamy Iyer, the first Advocate-General of Mysore. He completed his primary education at The Doon School, Dehradun. He pursued his graduation in Economics at the St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, in 1977 and Masters from the Delhi School of Economics. Later on, he practiced a fellowship on the social history of forestry of Uttaranchal from the ndian Institute of Management, Kolkata, which laid emphasis on the Chipko Movement.

 

Career

In the time span of 1985-2000, Ramachandra Guha delivered lectures at several universities such as University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University and Oslo University, afterwards at the Indian Institute of Science. From 1994-95, he was a researcher at Wissenschaftskollegzu Berlin in Germany. He later on shifted to Bangalore and devoted himself to writing. It was in 2000, when he wrote an essay criticizing an article of Arundhati Roy, opposing the Narmada Dam.. In 2007, he penned the book 'India after Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy'. It was published by Macmillan and Ecco. In 2009, he united with various famous historians for signing a petition criticizing the working of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), Delhi which is very significant. He wrote the biography of Verrier Elwin, who was a famous anthropologist, ethnologist and a tribal activist. It was by going through the works of Verrier Elwin, that Ramachandra Guha moved to Sociology from Economics. He was very impressed by Elwin's ethnographies of people living in the forest of Central India and thus decided to write his biography. Ramachandra Guha is a management trustee of the New India Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors researches on modern Indian history.

 

Personal Life

He got married to Sujata Keshavan, a graphic designer. The couple have two children named Keshava and Iravati.

 

Here is a book written by Ramachandra Guha

 

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