Romila Thapar : most celebrated historian of India

Romila Thapar
Romila Thapar is one of the most celebrated historian of India with specialization in Ancient India.

Awards and Recognition

Romila Thapar has received many awards and recognition which includes honorary fellow, Oxford and University of London. She has also received many honorary doctorates. Besides many other recognitions, the top 3 awards of her are:-
  • Ø  First holder – Kluge Chair in Countries and Culture of South – U.S. Library of Congress (2004)
  • Ø  Padma Bhushan (She honourarily declined the award twice in 1992 and 2005 stating she only accepted academic awards or awards for her work and not state awards)
  • Ø  Kluge Prize for study in humanities (2008 along with Peter Brown)


  • Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, 1978 
  • Cultural Pasts: Essays in Early Indian History, 2003; Oxford University Press
  • Cultural Transaction and Early India: Tradition and Patronage1994 Art patronage 
  • Dissent in the Early Indian Tradition 1979 Indian Renaissance Institute 
  • Early India: From Origins to AD 1300, 2002; Penguin
  • Exile and the Kingdom: Some Thoughts on the Rāmāyana 1978 Original from the University of California 
  • From Lineage to State: Social Formations of the Mid-First Millennium B.C. in the Ganges Valley, 1985; Oxford University Press (OUP) 
  • History and Beyond 2000 OUP 
  • Interpreting Early India, 1993 (2nd edition 1999); Oxford University Press 1999
  • India: Another Millennium? 2000, Viking 
  • India: Historical Beginnings and the Concept of the Aryan 2006 National Book Trust 
  • Sakuntala: Texts, Readings, Histories, 2002; Anthem
  • Somanatha: The Many Voices of History, 2005; Verso
  • The Past and Prejudice (Patel Memorial Lectures), 1971

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