ICHR Special Projects
The Council took up some major projects which
are making progress under the supervision of eminent scholars.
The details are given below:
Towards Freedom Project
Subsequent to the publication of the Documents on the Movement
for Independence in India – 1946, Part I, the following
two volumes were brought out:
Documents on the Movement for Independence in India –
1945, edited by Professor Bimal Prasad.
Documents on the Movement for Independence in India
– 1939, Part I, edited by Professor Mushirul Hasan.
These volumes, along with the 1946 volume brought out earlier,
were released by Shri Arjun Singh, Minister for Human Resource
Development, Government of India, on the occasion of the Foundation
Day of the Indian Council of Historical Research on 27 March
2008. Besides, the second part of the volume for 1939 was
finalized for publication and the second part of the volume
for 1946 was taken up to be made ready for publication. The
work for the finalization of the volume for 1940, edited by
Professor K.N. Panikkar, and the collection of material for
the volume for 1941 was continued. Significant progress was
made in finalizing the volumes for the years 1942 and 1947
by Professor Bipan Chandra and Professor Sucheta Mahajan,
the editors of these volumes, respectively.
Documents on Economic History of
British Rule in India, 1858-1947
The project was conceived in April 1992 to compile and publish
series volumes affecting the economic life of India during
the British Rule: 1858-1947 on the themes of:
Documents on Population; Prices and Wages; Agriculture; Irrigation,
Tenancy, Rent and Settlement; Famines; Exchange and Currency;
Banking, Credit and Capital Movement; Railways; Tariffs and
Fiscal Policies; Handicraft Industries; Modern Industries;
Mines; Plantation; Foreign Trade and Tributes; Condition of
Life; National Per Capita Income and Debts.
At present, the compilation of volumes on Railways and other
volumes on different themes is being done in Calcutta under
the General Editorship of Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Director
of Development of Studies, Kolkata. The ICHR has received
a volume on Railway Act (Volume IV) and a volume pertaining
to Bengal Presidency, Part I. The work is making satisfactory
Dictionary of Social, Economic and Administrative
Terms in Indian/South Asian Inscriptions
The project made good progress during the period under report.
Approximately, 3,400 cards ad been computerized in Delhi for
the volume pertaining to North Indian Inscriptions which is
being done under the editorship of Professor K.M. Shrimali.
Dr. K.V. Ramesh, the main editor for outh Indian Inscriptions,
had also assured the Council that the manuscript of Volume
It would be submitted by the end of December 2008. The Aligarh
Unit, which is being looked after by Professor Irfan Habib
in his capacity as General Editor, has also made satisfactory
progress with respect to the volumes pertaining to Arabic,
Persian and Urdu Inscriptions and is expected to be submitted
by the end of this year.
The 1857 Project
Seminars, Conferences, Symposia sponsored
by the ICHR
1. A two-day International Seminar on ‘The First War
of Independence and Nation Building in South Asia –Issues
and Concerns’ was organized during 17-18 October 2007
at New Delhi by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
(Mumbai). Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman, ICHR,
inaugurated the seminar. Prominent speakers were Zoya Hasan,
G. Hargopal, Uma Singh, V. Suryanarayana, Partha Ghosh, S.D.
Muni, N. Mohan, Z. Nasreen, Parvin Nilofer, C. Rainford and
Asghar Ali Engineer.
2. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The
Revolt of 1857: Myth and Reality’ was organized by the
Department of Medieval and Modern History, University of Lucknow,
during 27-28 October 2007. It was inaugurated by Professor
Basudeb Chattopadhyay. Prominent speakers were R.P. Singh,
Rudrangshu Mukherjee, K.K. Sharma, S.Z.H. Jaffri, Sugam Anand,
V.D. Pandey and Iqbal Husain.
3. A two-day National Seminar on ‘European Responses
to the 1857 Rebellion in India’ was organized by the
Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of
Delhi, during 30-31 October 2007. Prominent speakers were
Anil Bhatti, Flaminia Nicora, Youges Sharma, Claudia Reichel,
Margit Koves, Margit Franz, Swati Dasgupta, Suchitra Choudhry,
Balaji Ranganathan, Sovon Sanyal, Sarah Lemmen, Vibha Maurya
and Maneesha Taneja.
4. A two-day National Seminar on Early Resistance to Colonial
Rule in Tamil Nadu: From Polygars to 1857 was organized by
the Department of History, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli
(Tamil Nadu), during 1-2 November 2007. Professor Sabyasachi
Bhattacharya inaugurated the seminar. Dr M. Ponnavaiko, Vice-Chancellor,
Bharathidasan University, presided over the inaugural session.
Prominent speakers were B. Surendra Rao, Sebastian Joseph,
Subramaniam Reddy, Shobnan, K.A. Manikumar, Sadasivan, S.
Gopalakrishnan, P.E. Mohan, P.B. Gopalakrishnan, Mohan Ram,
Kalimuthu, G.J. Sudhakar, S.N. Nageswara Rao, and others.
5. A one-day National Seminar on ‘1857 ki Jange Azadi
Mein Rohilkhand ka Hissa’ was organized by Maulana Ibadat
Education Society, Amroha (UP) on 4 November 2007. Prominent
speakers were N.R. Farooqui, S.N.R. Rizvi, S.Z.H. Jaffri,
A.Q. Jafari, M.A. Naqvi, Rizwan Qaiser, Firdaus Azmat, Shafat
Fahim, Shams Naqvi, Mehtab Naqvi, S.H. Akhtar and Shabi Ahmad.
6. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The Revolt of 1857:
Nature and Scope’ was organized by the Department of
History, Meerut College, Meerut (UP), during 4-5 November
2007. It was inaugurated by Professor S.P. Ojha, Vice-Chancellor,
C.C.S. University, Meerut. Former Union Minister, Shri Satya
Pal Malik, also addressed the seminar. Prominent speakers
were S.C. Mittal, Geeta Srivastava, R.S. Aggrawal, K.K. Sharma,
7. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The Revolt of 1857:
Regional Perspectives’ was organized by the Department
of History, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur (WB), during 20-21
November 2007. Prominent speakers were S.Z.H. Jaffri, Farhat
Hasan, Basudeb Chattopadhyay, Ram Krishna Chatterjee, Himadri
Banerjee, Atlury Murali, P.K. Shukla, Biswamoy Pati, Sanjukta
Dasgupta and Rajsekhar Basu.
8. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The Revolt of 1857:
Parallels and Social Highlights’ was organized by the
Department of Ancient History and Culture, Rohilkhand University,
Bareilly (UP), during 24-25 November 2007. About 20 noted
historians and scholars were invited to present their papers
on the said theme.
9. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Communal Unity and
Indian Freedom Struggle’ was organized by the Department
of Medieval History, Hamidia Girls’ Degree College,
Allahabad, during 25-26 November 2007. More than 30 papers,
mainly based on indigenous sources, particularly Urdu and
Persian, were presented. Prominent speakers were S.Z.H. Jaffri,
Zafarul Islam, S.N.R. Rizvi, A.Q. Jafari, and others.
10. A one-day National Seminar on ‘Revolt of 1857 and
the Punjab: Historiographical Perspectives’ was organized
by the Department of Punjab Historical Society, Punjabi University,
Patiala, on 28 November 2007. It was inaugurated by Professor
Surjit Hans and the keynote address was delivered by Professor
Dilip Menon. P. K. Shukla explained that in 1857 all rebellious
leaders were looking towards Bahadurshah Zafar as a symbol
of legitimate sovereignty. Prominent speakers were Navtej
Singh, Shamsul Islam and S.S.
11. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Role of the Prominent
Heroes in the Revolt of 1857 in the Malwa Region of Madhya
Pradesh’ was organized by Sri Kaveri Research Institute,
Ujjain (MP), during 29-30 November 2007. Twenty papers were
presented in this seminar. Prominent speakers were Suresh
Mishra, B.L. Lunia, M.K. Raghuvir Singh, K.L. Srivastava,
12. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The Revolt of 1857’
was organized by Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Kolkata, during
1-2 December 2007. The keynote address was delivered by Professor
Barun De. Prominent speakers were Aniruddha Ray, Basudeb Chattopadhyay,
Avijit Ray, Atish Dasgupta, Himadri Banerji, Aloke Das, Nurul
Islam Manjur and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya.
13. A two-day National Seminar on ‘1857 Uprising –
Lessons and Relevance to Present India’ was organized
by the Commemoration Committee of 150th Anniversary of 1857
Freedom Struggle, Jhansi, during 8-9 December 2007. Prominent
speakers were Irfan Habib, Chaman Lal, Pradeep Saxena, P.K.
Shukla, Prabhash Joshi, Asghar Wajahat, Murli Manohar Prasad
Singh, Chanchal Chauhan, Ram Sharan Joshi, and others.
14. A two-day International Conference on ‘Remembering
1857’ was organized by Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi,
during 13-14 December 2007. Professor Mushirul Hasan, Vice-
Chancellor, and Dr Rakshanda Jalil contributed substantially
to the organization of this seminar. Among the scholars who
presented papers were Amresh Misra, Ira Bhattacharya, Sarmistha
De, Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Veena Naregal, Charu Gupta, and others.
15. A two-day National Seminar on ‘1857 in Indian History–Historiography
and Memory’ was organized by the Department of History,
Pondicherry University, during 23-24 December 2007. Fourteen
noted scholars were invited to present papers on the said
theme. Prominent among them were R.L. Hangloo, Meena Bhargava,
Subramania Reddy, A. Satyanarayana, Srinath, Z. Lahir, K.A.
Manikumar, and others.
16. A symposium on ‘One Hundred and Fifty Years of 1857
Struggle’ was organized by A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College
for Women, Tuticorin, on 7 January 2008. Prominent speakers
were K.N. Panikkar, K.K.N. Kurup, S. Gopalakrishnan and S.
17. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Rajasthan Mein 1857:
Ek Jan Andolan was organized by SHODHAK, Jaipur, during 14-15
January 2008. Dr Ram Pandey of SHODHAK elaborated on the theme
of the seminar in which about 25 papers were presented. Prominent
speakers were K.C. Yadav, S.K. Pant, S.K. Gupta, T.K. Mathur,
Rajpal Singh, Rita Pratap, Shiv Kumar Bhanot, Asha Pandey,
Abul Moin Khan, Reyazuddin Khan, and others. Dr Y. Chinna
Rao, Member Secretary, ICHR, addressing the participants in
the seminar at Jaipur
18. A three-day National Conference on ‘1857 Revisited’
was organized by the Department of History, Kurukshetra University,
during 16-18 January 2008. Prominent speakers were J.P. Mishra,
Jogendra Singh, Jigar Mohammad, Himadri Banerjee, S.N.R. Rizvi,
K.C. Yadav, S.C. Mittal, S.Z.H. Jaffri and Raghuvendra Tanwar.
19. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The Movement of 1857’
was organized by the Department of Medieval and Modern History,
University of Allahabad, during 20-21 January 2008. V.C. Pandey,
Ratneswar Mishra, Lal Bahadur Verma, Iqbal Hussain, Sushil
Srivastava, S.Z.H. Jaffri, S.N.R. Rizvi, A.A. Fatmi and Om
Prakash presented papers in the seminar.
20. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Reappraisal of Freedom
Struggle’ was organized by the Department of History
and Archaeology, Andhra University, Waltair, during 2-3 February
2008. Prominent speakers were R. Soma Reddy, Aloka Parasher
Sen, S.S. Ramchandra Murthy, M. Radhakrishna Sharma, Y. Sudarshna
Rao, D. Bhasker Murthy, S. Rajasekhara, P.N. Parabrahma Sastry,
21. A three-day National Seminar on ‘The Revolt of 1857
in Central India’ was organized by Rani Durgawati Vishvavidyalaya,
Jabalpur (MP), during 2-4 February 2008. It was inaugurated
by Professor Namvar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi
International Hindi Vishvavidyalaya. About 40 scholars including
Namwar Singh, Rajiv Dube, Uma Tripathi, M.A. Khan, J.P. Mishra,
Aleem Ahmad Khan, Pradeep Shukla, O.P. Sharma, A. Gangatharan,
and others presented papers.
22. A one-day National Seminar on ‘Delhi and its Neighbourhood’
was organized by the Department of History, Mata Sundari College
for Women, University of Delhi, on 12 February 2008. It was
inaugurated by Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman,
ICHR. The keynote Address was delivered by Professor Irfan
Habib. Other distinguished scholars who participated in the
seminar were Suraj Bhan, Shireen Moosvi, U.P. Arora, S.Z.H.
Jaffri, S. Pandey, K.M. Shrimali, B.P. Sahu, Ratna Shree,
Shabi Ahmed, P. K. Shukla and Amar Farooqui, Member Secretary,
23. A two-day National Seminar on ‘The First War of
Independence of 1857’ was organized by the Commissioner,
Archaeology, Archives and Museum, Bhopal, during 16-17 February
2008. Prominent speakers were Arun Awasthi, Mamta Chinsoria,
Mehboob Desai, J.P. Mishra, R. Mishra, Arun Pathak, Meena
Rai, Amita Singh, Devendra Chaube, Zakir Hussain, and others.
24. A three-day symposium on ‘Sources and their Nature
on 1857 in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan’ was organized
by Shri Natnagar Shodh Sansthan, Sitamau (MP), during 24-26
February 2008. Prominent speakers were S. K. Purohit, S.P.
Vyas, Shankar Goyal, S.S. Bais, Ravindra Bharadwaj, Pamaram,
Agnes Thakur, R.N. Srivastava, Pradeep Shukla, Abha Pal, and
25. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Andaman and 1857’
was organized by Andaman and Nicobar Administration at Port
Blair during 26-27 February 2008. It was inaugurated by Lt.
General (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh, the Hon’ble Lt. Governor
of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. P.K. Shukla of ICHR critically
examined the theme on the basis of primary sources. N. Rajendran,
M.A. Mujtaba, G.S. Pandey, M.A. Salim and M.M. Singh were
among the distinguished scholars who presented papers and
discussed the theme in detail.
26. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Revisiting 1857:
Significance and Relevance’ was organized by the Department
of History, University of Kalyani (WB), during 26-27 February
2008. It was inaugurated by Professor Arabinda Kumar Das,
Vice-Chancellor, and the keynote address was delivered by
Professor Basudeb Chattopadhyay. Distinguished speakers at
the seminar included Himadri Banerjee, Atul Chandra Pradhan,
Chhanda Chatterjee, Sukumar Sarkar, Kaushik Roy and Sabyasachi
27. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Rising of 1857: Literary,
Folklore and other Cultural Representations of South India’
was organized by the Department of History, Archaeology and
Culture, Dravidian University, Kuppam (AP), during 18-19 March
2008. About 15 noted scholars, which included N. Rajendran,
S. Gopalakrishnan and P. Yanadi Raju, presented papers.
28. A one-day National Seminar on ‘India in 1857’
was organized by Arya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Kurukshetra, Haryana,
on 29 March 2008. Prominent speakers were Suraj Bhan, K.L.
Tuteja and S.D. Gajrani, who elaborated on the role of Kurukshetra
in the 1857 Uprising.
29. A two-day National Seminar on ‘Regional History
and Historiography of 1857’ was organized by Hastinapur
Research Institute, Meerut (UP), during 29-30 March 2008.
Prominent speakers were A.K. Sinha, S.K. Mittal, A.K. Mittal
and J. K. Sharma. P.K. Shukla and Ashfaque Ali examined the
rebels’ perceptions as reflected in the original sources.
30. A National Seminar on ‘Peoples’ Role in 1857
Uprising—Delhi and its Neighbourhood Region’ was
organized by Surajmal Memorial Education Society, New Delhi.
It was inaugurated by Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman,
ICHR. Mushirul Hasan, K.C. Yadav, Geeta Srivastava, Suraj
Bhan, S.Z.H. Jaffri, Sushma Yadav, and others were among the
prominent speakers who presented papers on the said theme.
1. At the request of Nehru Centre, Mumbai, an Exhibition was
organized by the ICHR from 15 October to 4 November 2007.
It was inaugurated by Professor Mariam Dossal. A large number
of students, teachers, scholars, media persons, and common
masses visited the venue throughout the period of Exhibition.
2. The ICHR, in collaboration with its Southern
Regional Centre, Bangalore, organized an Exhibition on 1857
during 15-31 December 2007 at Bangalore. It was inaugurated
by Professor S. Chandrashekhar of Bangalore University. The
Southern Regional Centre made special efforts in translating
the catalogues of the Exhibition into Kannada language which
were distributed along with English catalogues to the visitors.
Professor S. Chandrashekhar of Bangalore University inaugurating
the Exhibition on 1857 on 15-11-2007; to his right are Shri
K.N. Hari Kumar, Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Shri
K. Channabasappa, a freedom fighter
3. With the cooperation of the University
of Delhi, the ICHR organized an Exhibition on 1857 on the
occasion of the 68th Session of the Indian History Congress
(28-30 December 2007) from 28 December 2007 to 4 January 2008
at the Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi. Over a thousand
delegates of the Indian History Congress, university students,
and common masses visited the Exhibition.
4. In collaboration with Victoria Memorial
Hall, Kolkata, the ICHR organized an Exhibition on 1857 from
21 January to 4 February 2008. It was inaugurated by Shri
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal.
Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya introduced the theme of
the Exhibition during the inaugural function. On this occasion
a symposium was also organized on ‘1857 Uprising’
on 25 January 2008. Prominent speakers were Sabyasachi Bhattacharya,
Shireen Moosvi, N. Rajendran, and others.
5. In collaboration with Jawahar Kala Kendra,
Jaipur, the ICHR organized an Exhibition on 1857 during 1-10
February 2008. A large number of students, teachers, common
masses, media persons, etc. visited the venue throughout the
6. The ICHR organized an Exhibition on 1857
in collaboration with the State Museum of Goa, Panaji, during
19-29 February 2008. Shri Pratap Digambar Kamath, the Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Goa, inaugurated the Exhibition. Many dignitaries
participated in the inaugural programme.
7. Shri Pratap Digamber Kamath, Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Goa, seeing the exhibits displayed ICHR
organized an Exhibition on 1857 at Berhampore in collaboration
with the Department of History, University of Kalyani (WB),
during 26-28 February 2008. It was inaugurated by Professor
Arabinda Kumar Das, Vice-Chancellor of the University.
8. The ICHR, in association with its North-East
Regional Centre, Gauhati, organized an Exhibition on 1857
during 5-16 March 2008. The Exhibition was inaugurated by
Professor Amarjyoti Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University.
Six important documents bearing significant information about
the Rebellion of 1857 in the regions of the North-East were
also made a part of the Exhibition.
Source Collection Programme
Satisfactory progress was made in the ongoing Source
Collection Programme, as can be seen from the details given
1. Under the supervision of Professor Iqbal Hussain a large
number of Urdu and Persian documents have already been collected
and compiled for publication both in English and Hindi.
2. The compilation work of Extracts from
the contemporary Urdu newspapers such as ‘Tilism-i-Lakhnau’,
‘Delhi Urdu Akhbar’ and ‘Aftab-i-Alamtab’
is nearing completion for publication in Urdu and Hindi under
the supervision of Professor Shireen Moosvi and Dr Imtiaz
3. Excerpts from the available contemporary Marathi language
sources are in the process of being collected under the supervision
of Professor J.V. Naik of Mumbai with the purpose of bringing
these out in book form.
4. Earlier prepared by the ICHR, 1857: A Select Bibliography
has been made more comprehensive through addition of a number
of primary and secondary sources.
5. A project to select and compile the source materials relating
to ‘1857 Revolt’ from the State Archives of Bengal
has been entrusted to Professor Basudeb Chattopadhyay, Calcutta
6. The Research Project on ‘European Responses to the
Rebellion in India’ assigned to Professor Shaswati Mazumdar,
Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of
Delhi, has made satisfactory progress as a lot of material
on the subject has been collected and the translation work