K N Panikkar had shared ghis views on Thapar and her writings. He says,”The rich oeuvre of historical literature that Romila Thapar has authored holds a mirror to her remarkable personality. Like her writings do, she exudes confidence, conviction and commitment. She is honest, forthright and passionate. These qualities have made her the most articulate advocate of secularism and nationalism. She is neither a feminist nor a Marxist, but a humanist in whom all isms enter into a dialogue.”
INDIAN SOCIETY AND THE SECULAR: Essays by Romila Thapar consists of topics like,
Introduction: The Role of Religion in Political Conflicts Indian Society and the Secular
Redefining the Secular Mode for India
Is Secularism Alien to Indian Civilisation?
Historical Interpretations and the Secularising of Indian Society
Contemporary Politics and the Rewriting of History in India
Communalism and the Historical Legacy: Some Facets Can Genetics Help Us to Understand Indian Social History?
Rethinking the Concept of Civilisation as History
The Politics of Religious Communities
Justice in Gujarat
Past as Present and the Present as Past
One of the most acclaimed historians of her generation, Thapar’s area of specialization is ancient India. She has authored many books including the popular volume “A History of India”. She is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Thapar earned he doctorate under A. L. Basham at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 1958. Romila Thapar has also been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College de France in Paris. She was elected the General President of the Indian History Congress in 1983 and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 1999. She has also been twice offered the Padma Bhushan award which she declined both times.