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Partha Sarathi Gupta

Indian professor of British and European history at Delhi University and president of the Indian History Congress

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Partha Sarathi Gupta (5 August 1934 – 10 August 1999), born in Guptipara, Bengal of British India, was an Indian professor of British and European history at Delhi University and president of the Indian History Congress. His childhood memory of watching Mahatma Gandhi's walk through riot-torn Noakhali in 1946 where his mother joined in the walk had a long-lasting impact. He was awarded Eshan scholarship for the highest marks in West Bengal in Presidency College, Calcutta.

Partha was a brilliant student and topped state matriculation examination in the year 1949 from Ballygunge Government High School. He then joined Presidency College Calcutta and graduated in history by getting highest marks and was given prestigious Eshan scholarship awarded for the highest marks in West Bengal. Fellow students that year included Amartya Sen and Sukhamoy Chakravarty. He continued his higher studies from Queen's College, Oxford University and graduated in modern history specialising in the English civil war. His British late-19th-century British railwaymen's union thesis earned him a Doctorate degree under the supervision of Henry Pelling.

Gupta in the year 1960, joined Burdwan University in History Department briefly before joining Delhi University as a reader. He was teaching economic history before he became a reader in European and British history. He was a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. He was Smuts Fellow in Commonwealth History at Cambridge University (1980-1981), and directeur d'études at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris in 1989.

 

Notable works:

  • Imperialism And The British Labour Movement, 1914-1964

  • Towards Freedom: Documents For The Movement For Independence In India, 1943-44

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