‘The Public Intellectual in India’ written by the acclaimed historian Romila Thapar unveils to us why it is important to have self-governing voices to protect the deprived and safeguard human rights and social justice.
The book deals on why we should care about the public intellectual in India. The author says that these factors play an important role in our society.
The governing body has to face certain strong matters when they falter in their roles of ensuring proper functioning of the country, the title analyses this.
Collectively they talk about the role that the protesters play in India, Europe and elsewhere. Currently the large space in India is endangered by religious fundamentalism; big business backed up with a government that appears to be quietly inspiring the attack on freedom of communication, material values and balanced understandings of history.
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.