Bipan Chandra (27 May 1928 - 30 August 2014) was one of the foremost historians of modern India specializing in political and economic history. He taught for many years at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and was the author of many books including Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India, India's Struggle for Independence, 1857-1947 and India Since Independence which he co-authored with Mridula Mukherjee and Aditya Mukherjee.
Irfan Habib is Professor Emeritus of History at the Aligarh Muslim University. He is the author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India, 1556–1707 (1963, revised edition 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995), Medieval India: The Study of a Civilization (2007), Economic History of Medieval India, 1200–1500 (with collaborators, 2011) and Atlas of Ancient Indian History (with Faiz Habib, 2012). He has co-edited The Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I, UNESCO’s History of Humanity, Vols. 4 and 5, and UNESCO’s History of Central Asia, Vol. 5. He is the General Editor of the People’s History of India series. He has published two monographs on modern Indian economic history and a study of certain aspects of the National Movement.
Kumkum Sangari, is William F. Vilas Research Professor of English and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has published extensively on British, American and Indian literature, critical theory, religious conversion, medieval oral devotional traditions, nationalist figures such as Gandhi and Annie Besant, Bombay cinema, televisual memory, and contemporary gender issues such as personal law, domestic labour, the beauty industry, sex selection, widow immolation and communal violence.