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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

    Her history textbooks have been absorbed by two full generations of young Indian students.

    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


    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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