Satish Chandra

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Satish Chandra
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Nationality Indian
Alma mater Allahabad University[1]
Occupation Historian
Known for Authoring books about medieval Indian history

Satish Chandra is an Indian historian, whose main area of specialisation is medieval Indian history.[2]

Early life

He was the son of Sir Sitaram, a leading businessman from the former United Provinces.[citation needed]


Satish Chandra was Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.[3] Along with S. Gopal, Bipan Chandra, and Romila Thapar, Satish Chandra founded the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS) at the School of Social Sciences in JNU.[4] He was also its chairperson for a few years. His book, Medieval India has been widely used as a textbook in schools and colleges around India.[1][3] He has been described as of India's leading scholars of the Moghul period and as one of India's most influential historians.[1]


He was the vice chairman and chairman of the University Grants Commission of India[3] and secretary and general president of the Indian History Congress. In 1988 he was appointed by Union Public Service Commission to head the "Satish Chandra Committee" to review the system of appointment to the higher civil services.[5]


Satish Chandra belonged to the secular nationalist group of historians, along with Romila Thapar, R. S. Sharma, Bipan Chandra and Arjun Dev, who are sometimes referred to as "left-leaning" or "influenced by Marxist approach to history."[6] In 2004 his textbook was reintroduced in the national curriculum after a hiatus of six years.[7]

Selected books

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  • —— (1987). Essays in Medieval Indian Economic History. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers. ISBN 978-8121500852.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Chandra, Satish, ed. (1987). The Indian Ocean: Explorations in History, Commerce and Politics. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-81-7036-059-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • ——; Arunalacham, B.; Suryanarayan, V., eds. (1993). The Indian Ocean and its Islands: Strategic, Scientific, and Historical Perspectives. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0-8039-9455-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Chandra, Satish (1993). Mughal Religious Policies, the Rajputs & the Deccan. New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House. ISBN 978-0-7069-6385-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (1996). Historiography, religion, and state in medieval India. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-8124100356.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (1997). Medieval India: Rrom Sultanat to the Mughals. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 978-8124105221.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (2002). Parties and Politics at the Mughal Court, 1707-1740. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-565444-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (2003). Essays on Medieval Indian History. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-566336-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (2008). State, Pluralism, and the Indian Historical Tradition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-569621-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (2012). State, Society, and Culture in Indian History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-807739-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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  2. T.K. Rajalakshmi (28 April – 11 May 2001). "Targeting history". Frontline. Retrieved 21 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chandra, Satish (13 February 2002). "Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom". Outlook. Retrieved 25 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Historian Bipan Chandra passes away". The Hindu. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Arora, Ramesh; Goyal, Rajni (1996). Indian Public Administration (Revised Second ed.). New Delhi: Wishwa Prakashan. p. 363. ISBN 81-7328-068-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Guichard, Sylvie (2010), The Construction of History and Nationalism in India, Routledge, p. 87, ISBN 1136949313<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. D.R. Chaudhry (28 April 2002). "Critiques galore!". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 6 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>