DYFI expresses deep sorrow in the death of the eminent historian Bipan Chandra

DYFI expresses deep sorrow in the death of the eminent historian Bipan Chandra in Gurgaon yesterday morning. This is definitely an end to an era in history. He left behind an unfinished work on Bhagat Singh and an ``army of students’’ of varied ideological persuasions mourning the end of their animated discussions.

Communist Party of India – with which he was closely associated -- said he used ``Marxist methodology’’ to restructure the study of Indian history to bring out the role of economic factors in historical events. ``His work on the definition and character of communalism was an original contribution to the subject…. His works provide effective ammunition in the struggle against communalism.’’

His textbook on Modern India for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was used by history students for nearly three decades before it was removed by the BJP-led NDA in 1999. It was reprinted by others, translated into several languages and remains a ready-reckoner for Civil Service aspirants.

DYFI salutes the great historian. The contributions of Prof Bipan Chandra to the world of history and thence to the present cannot be neglected. Revolutionary Salute.

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