I do not remember when or where I met Professor Amalendu Guha (AG) for the first time, though this should have been probably some time in the late s or. (Amalendu Guha, ). I. Prominent Marxist historian, revolutionary, poet and a litterateur from. Assam – Dr Amalendu Guha – passed away at the age of 91 in. Amalendu Guha is the author of Planter Raj To Swaraj ( avg rating, 9 ratings, 0 reviews, published ), Planter Raj to Swaraj – Freedom Struggle &.

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I cannot even begin to describe the impact the typescript had on me as I read it, fascinated and obsessed to buha exclusion of almost everything else over the next four days.

Amalendu Guha (Author of Planter Raj To Swaraj)

Can you tell us, how far is your and my world of equality and abundance? He remained an tuha member of Student Federation until Many historians learned from him, though they were never formally his students in any institution.

Although he formally terminated his membership of the Party aroundhe continued to be an active participant in the Left movement in Bengal and Assam. India at that time was seen as a legitimate entity, forged in the struggle against colonialism. Editorial – edit epw.

Go well, friend, go in peace. Rather, in between a review of an article or a book, he would drop some extremely valuable insights about the theme and young scholars would devour and established scholars would take notice of these brief and yet extremely erudite comments.

Amalendu Guha (1924-2015): Lifelong revolutionary, peoples’ historian, life-affirming poet

Historian, teacher, public intellectual, Amalendu Guha was a pioneer in more ways than one. These intellectuals spoke up for the poor and oppressed in our country, they fought for civil rights and freedoms, and they challenged the traditionally oriented view of our society in ghha and present times. In that sense, he said, the Assamese history should be seen in terms of its relationships with these formations, rather than the Mughals or those in Bengal.

Five years later he published a collection of Assamese poems entitled Tomaloi Further, Guha was one of those around whom there developed an invisible college, so to speak. Soon, larger national issues, beginning with the nationwide railway strike and the declaration of national emergency, which was amxlendu related to the measures taken to suppress and break the railway strike — ugha the proximate cause was the judgement of the Allahabad High Court nullifying the election of Indira Gandhi to the Lok Sabha — more or less clinched my wavering mind on whether I should continue to be a teacher of English for the rest of amalenddu life, or do something else.


An unwavering pillar of left democratic movements, Guha was mostly known as a historian in mainland India, but his contributions and presence in the field of poetry and literature are also immense. He remained loyal to his beliefs and principles even in death, having donated his body for medical research, spurning all religious observances and rituals associated with the Ceremony of Death.

This poem and some others that he wrote in the next five years in Bengali were collected and published in Political decolonisation in south Asian countries and the agenda of economic development of the post-colonial states, particularly the efforts we know broadly as planning and public-sector initiatives, brought into focus the historical issues of underdevelopment in colonial times.

Despite many adversities, they showed a moral courage to stand up for the values they cherished. The growth of the Left as a political force was preceded by the development of Communist ideology by Soumyendranath Tagore, Muzaffar Ahmad, M.

Guha contributed to the field through his doctoral work in at the Indian School of International Studies, New Delhi, and his post-doctoral research at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, where he was a Research Fellow and Reader amalensu Be that as it may, there is no doubt that, inGuha brought Marxian analysis to bear on the question of nationality and chauvinism.

The deep Nambar forest shall reverberate with life from the song of guerillas. Towards the end of his life, however, he received the acclaim he deserved. The report appeared, and like all such reports, sunk without a trace, though some friends read it and it was liked by those to whom I showed it — nothing controversial, nothing substantial, just a dose of anodyne.

Finally, what was the legacy that the historian Professor Amalendu Guha left behind? It came about thus. Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. We talked gkha the book a bit, and then with some trepidation I asked if I could have a look at the manuscript, for I was sure I would be greatly benefited by reading it.

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However, exclusion from the higher levels of the universities did not prevent Guha from launching into the research that eventually earned him national recognition.

My first clear memory of meeting AG was when he dropped by at my home in the University campus sometime in the early s, accompanied by a common friend.


That choice made by Guha amalendk a significant indicator of his judgement of the nature of the middle class intelligentsia he was a part of and yet distant from. The second formative influence was the political climate of the s and s in eastern India when Guha, as a young man, was deciding the trajectory of his life.

The death of Professor Amalendu Guha on May 7,marks the end of an era for several reasons. But it was certainly neither wasted nor inactive. The peasants would lay down their live but will not part with their paddy.

I now have only my memories to guide me. To be known as a Marxist was tantamount to carrying a flag, and its bearers paid a price for so doing.

Amalendu Guha

Thus there was an organic relationship between his life experience and personal observations and the academic research in economic history that he undertook. Shaheed Bina’s blood is still alive on the grass of Naliapool, Our oath still cries out for revenge. The poem ends with this riveting line: When we met it was evident that he knew about me a bit. In present times one does not find such bonds of guru-shishya relationship, because, I imagine, a business-like relationship is the order of the day even in the world of learning.

I particularly recall his kind comments when I delivered the annual Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar lecture at that Centre.