Debating the Ancient and Present

A Conversation with Romila Thapar

Romila Thapar

Edited by Sasanka Perera


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2015

Language: English

75 pages

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Conversations on/for South Asia is an open-ended publications series launched by the Department of Sociology, South Asian University as an intellectual forum that would allow for inventing and re-inventing scholarship in and around the dynamic socio-political complexities of South Asian scholars on vital issues of concern as well as other kinds of texts that would contribute to a critical and reflective understanding of the region. It is one of the main textual tools through which the Department of Sociology at South Asian University hopes to expand its thinking to the wider public domain in South Asia and the world.

Romila Thapar

Romila Thapar (born 30 November 1931) is a distinguished Indian historian whose principal area of study is ancient India. She is the author of numerous substantial books including the popular classic, A History of India, and is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) in New Delhi.

After graduating from Panjab University, Thapar earned her doctorate under A.L. Basham at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 1958. She was a reader in Ancient Indian History at Kurukshetra University between 1961 and 1962 and held the same position at Delhi University between 1963 and 1970. Later, she worked as Professor of Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she is now Professor Emerita.

Thapar's major works are Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, Recent Perspectives of Early Indian History (ed.), A History of India Volume One, and Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300.

Sasanka Perera

Sasanka Perera is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University.