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Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya

We had sad news yesterday, about the passing of Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya. Searching around for a picture of him we realised he had not wanted his books to have the customary author photo. The biographical note he sent us for his books was characteristically modest as well:

Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya retired as Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His work on ancient India has been widely acknowledged. His many books include The Oxford India Kosambi: Combined Methods in Indology and Other Writings (2009), Studying Early India: Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues (2003), and The Making of Early Medieval India (1997).

As Ananda Bazar Patrika said in its obituary, physically he was small, but in the field of ancient Indian history, his stature was enormous. We have published two of his magnificent books, Studying Early India, and The Concept of Bharatavarsha which will continue to be read by future generations of historians.

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