Reality Check India

Romila Thapar wins the Kluge Prize

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 9, 2008

The Kluge Prize is a really big deal in humanities. A week ago,  historian Romila Thapar of India won the prize along with Peter Brown. Each of the winners will split the $1 million (Rs 5 Crore) total prize money.

From the press release :

Thapar created a new and more pluralistic view of Indian civilization, which had seemed more unitary and unchanging, by scrutinizing its evolution over two millennia and searching out its historical consciousness.

Source : Press release announcing winners of the 2008 Kluge Prize

Enough said.

If I had to select the top 3 Indians who helped shape present day India, Romila Thapar would be among them.  Her history textbooks have been absorbed by two full generations of young Indian students.

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  1. reason said, on December 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    like i said before, illiteracy is our hope. MP and chhattisgarh. Like the way india went from a bad landline penetration to a leap in mobile adoption, we can go from large scale illiteracy to a proper education, skipping this crap.

  2. reason said, on December 9, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    out of the 12 SC reserved seats in delhi, BSP won only one. BJP won two. congress won 9.

    across delhi, congress polled 40%, bjp 36% and BSP 14%.

    whose vote was BSP cutting into? and who is the aam-aadmi party really?

  3. sankar said, on December 10, 2008 at 5:49 am

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    Her history textbooks have been absorbed by two full generations of young Indian students.
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    Its an absolute tragedy that should go down in History of Modern India.

  4. Sharan Sharma said, on December 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Thankfully, Sita Ram Goel did not live to see this day.

  5. xyz said, on December 13, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    reason,

    it is quite possible that scs in delhi who have greater political awareness voted for congress.Congress is a better bet for ensuring group rights.Also there must be a SC middle class in Delhi given the huge no of babus,NGOs,netas and jholawalas in Delhi.

    I am not for a minute denying the ‘aam’ dalit might go with BJP.I know there is a significant section of dalits who wholeheartedly support a reformed hinduism to be in their interests.


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