September - November 2006
Romila Thapar was born in India and comes from a Punjabi family, spending her early years in various parts of India. She earned her first degree from Punjab University and her doctorate from London University. She was appointed to a Readership at Delhi University and subsequently to the Chair in Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharial Nehru University, New Delhi where she is now Emeritus Professor in History. In 1983, she was elected General President of the Indian History Congress and in 1999 a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Among her publications are Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, From Lineage to State, History and Beyond, Sakuntia: Texts, Readings, Histories and Cultural Pasts: Essays on Indian History, as well as a children’s book, Indian Tales.
Last Updated: 9/14/09