New Delhi: Historian Ranajit Guha, who would have turned 100 this May, has passed away.
Guha’s influence on postcolonial and subaltern studies is indelible and his work has given birth not just to whole disciplines but also noted experts in these disciplines. Among the famous scholars he has trained are Dipesh Chakraborty, Partha Chatterjee, Gayatri Spivak Chakraborty and many others.
Guha’s most well known work is Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India, which is widely understood to have changed the way history is written and regarded.
Guha was born on May 23, 1923, in Siddhakati village of what is now Bangladesh. In 1959, he moved to the United Kingdom and began a reader’s job at the University of Sussex. Guha has also taught at the Australian National University.
Guha passed away in Austria’s Vienna Woods, where he lived with his wife Mechthild Guha, the Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika has reported.