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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The Nagas have not yet forgotten how yuha raid and behead the enemy. The growth of the Left as a political gua was preceded by the development of Communist ideology by Soumyendranath Tagore, Muzaffar Ahmad, M. I had joined the Gauhati University as a lecturer in English in Februarybut our paths had not crossed.

The few obituaries on Professor Guha that have appeared in Indian journals have often referred to him as a Marxist historian. To be known as a Marxist was tantamount to carrying a flag, and its bearers paid a price for so doing.

Amalendi further noted the similarity between the Ahom state and the pre-colonial states in different East Asian countries — such as Burma, Vietnam and Thailand, in terms of their control over the labour, rather than land.

The focus of interest was the colonial economy, although that term was considered questionable by the academic establishment: It is important to try to understand the formative factors that moulded the intellectual interests and academic pursuits as well as the socio-political outlook of Professor Amalendu Guha.

Along with fifty other prominent Left intellectuals, Guha was in jail, first in Guwahati and then in Berhampur guuha Odisha, for about six months. No, I am not indulging in anecdotage, the rambling is relevant to point out how AG, who had joined the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, inever so gently and in a way only I could parse, cured this Mr Know-All of the brashness that was a feature of some of my early interventions on social and political developments in Assam.

During my years with Economic and Political Weeklywhen AG was with the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, whenever I happened to visit or pass through the city, I invariably spent time with him and other Assamese friends in the city, and with some of his colleagues at the Centre. Young Amalendu was attracted to the Communist Party of India. Finally, what was the legacy that the historian Professor Amalendu Guha left behind? This poem and some others that he wrote in the next five years in Bengali were collected and published in He also taught briefly at the Delhi School of Economics during the years That apart, he had continual interaction with Left labour leaders in the tea plantations, in particular with his life-long friend Sanat Bose.


In course of time the volume and quality of research by historians like Amlendu Guha established colonial economy as a field of study. Again, on the culturalist explanation of the rise of the Parsi entrepreneurs qmalendu by the Weberians, Guha took a critical Marxian position: He was a loner: Roy, and others in Bengal and Assam. Guha also brought a qualitative change in writing the pre-colonial history of Assam.

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Although the Centre did not have at that time any formal course leading to a amlendu, Guha attracted a legion of young researchers and professional colleagues in the s. The bits and pieces I had written till then seemed so pathetic, horribly jejune, amalemdu less than nothing.

Markedly an optimist, for him poetry was one form of public salutation. Be that as it may, there is no doubt that, inGuha brought Marxian analysis to bear on the question of nationality and chauvinism.

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

I do not want to think too much about my last two visits to AG, in June and November 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. As a historian, Guha was primarily known for guhaa work Planters Raj to Swaraj: Secondly, Guha developed and advanced the Marxian interpretation of cultural history and the history of ideas.

Happily I was not directly named. He belonged to a generation of Marxist intellectuals who changed perspectives radically for people around them and for the generation that followed.

He became a member of amqlendu Communist Party of India in and remained active as a party cadre until Thus there was an organic relationship between his life experience and personal observations and the academic research in economic history that he undertook.


Amalendu Guha

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 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.

Writing this in mid, I cannot but reflect on the world that that typescript, indeed that amaalendu briefcase, represented. However, most of the detained persons, including Dr Guha and others, were released within months, following the unilateral declaration of ceasefire by China and the withdrawal of Chinese troops from areas they had overrun.

I am guhha this obituary tribute is turning out to be more about my relation with AG than about the life and work of AG.

Rather, amaoendu 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 amalsndu yet extremely erudite comments. India at that time was seen as a legitimate entity, forged in the struggle against colonialism.

Soon, larger national issues, beginning with the nationwide railway strike and the declaration of national emergency, which was causally related to the measures taken to suppress and break the railway strike — though 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 zmalendu of my life, or do something else.

Planter Raj to Swaraj: He touched upon numerous historical fields — often making pioneering or important contributions.