Becoming a Modern Historian in Princely India

Indu Shekhar and Nina Sharma

This in depth, educational work by two veteran research scholars provides an intellectual history of Shyamal Das, the first Indian historian to write objective history in Hindi. His monumental four volume work, Vir Vinod, a history of his native Mewar and the other Rajputana states, sets a standard for decades to come. Sharma and Shekhar not only give scholars and students of Indian history and historiography the first intellectual biography of this seminal figure, but also provide the first access to Vir Vinod for non Hindi speaking readers by including selected key Hindi passages with parallel English translations. This is a marvelous tale of professional rivalry as historians battle over the authenticity of foundational texts, persons and events. There are many political considerations is it wise to criticise past rulers and risk offending the current ones? How much should an Indian historian take notice of the colonial English way of writing history? Shyamal Das deals adroitly with problem after problem to bring his masterpiece to fruition in ways that have helped to reshape the way we think about India and how its history should be written.




Paperback

ISBN : 9781848973213    |    Published : 20 July 2015      Pages : 298

eBook

Published 20 July 2015

Indu Shekhar and Nina Sharma

Sharma and Shekhar not only give scholars and students of Indian history and historiography the first intellectual biography of this seminal figure, but also provide the first access to Vir Vinod for non Hindi speaking readers by including selected key Hindi passages with parallel English translations.