The Readings in the Political History of India by the savant, it is hoped, will reveal his personality much better than his several voluminous publications since they contain his various thoughts and line of argument on several topics as they appeared first in the form of articles in many learned journals whose back issues are not available at all; in fact, many of them have become defunct. No one interested in Indian history can afford to miss them.
Ramesh Chandra Majumdar (December 4, 1888- February 12, 1980) was an Indian historian of great repute. He is sometimes called "The Dean of Indian historians" for his colossal contribution to the study of Indian history. Born at Khandapara in Faridpur District (now in Bangladesh). In 1905, he passed his Entrance Examination from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. In 1907, he passed F.A. with first class scholarship from Ripon College (now Surendranath College) and joined Presidency College,Calcutta. Graduating in B.A. (Honours) in 1909, he won the Premchand-Roychand scholarship from the University of Calcutta for his research work in 1913.
He started his teaching career as a Lecturer at Dacca Government Traning College. Since 1914, he spent seven years as a professor of history at the University of Calcutta. He got his doctorate for his thesis "Corporate Life in Ancient India". In 1921, he joined the newly established Dacca University. After spending his days there as a Professor, then Departmental Head and then Provost, he became the Vice Chancellor of that university for five years from 1937-1942. From 1950, he was Principal of the College of Indology, Benares Hindu University. He was elected the General President of the Indian History Congress and also became the Vice President of the International Commission set up by the UNESCO for the history of mankind.
He started his research on ancient India. After extencive travels to Southeast Asia research he wrote detailed histories of Champa (1927), Suvarnadvipa (1929) and Kampuja Desa. On the initiative of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, he took up the mantle of editing a multi-volume tome on Indian History. Starting in 1951, he toiled for twenty six long years to discribe the history of the Indian people from the Vedic Period to the present day in eleven wonderful volumes. When the final volume of "The History and Cultue of the Indian People" was published in 1977, he had turned eighty-eight. He also edited the three volume History of Bengal Published by Decca University.
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