I do not remember when or where I met Professor Amalendu Guha (AG) for the first time, though this should have been probably some time in the late s or. (Amalendu Guha, ). I. Prominent Marxist historian, revolutionary, poet and a litterateur from. Assam – Dr Amalendu Guha – passed away at the age of 91 in. Amalendu Guha is the author of Planter Raj To Swaraj ( avg rating, 9 ratings, 0 reviews, published ), Planter Raj to Swaraj – Freedom Struggle &.

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The poem ends with this riveting line: We had a good chat. I do not remember when or where I met Professor Amalendu Guha AG for the first time, though this should have been probably some time in the late s or early amalwndu, and almost certainly in Guwahati. He joined the Assam unit of the All India Students Federation inwhen he was 15 years of age, a high school student.

To take one example, he provided an innovative explanation of the connection between the material basis of production and socio-economic relationships in his study of the introduction of rice cultivation by the Ahoms and the growth of feudal relationships in Assam.

Amalendu Guha (Author of Planter Raj To Swaraj)

The only alternative could be an alternative to bourgeois India —a socialist one. Most teachers did not own a typewriter, did not keep stocks of carbon paper sheets and quires of India paper, nor did they carry bulky manuscripts and typescripts stuffed in tattered briefcases — a world that is dead and gone. I knew little of the larger issues involved in the border conflict, though I was aware of the existence of laws providing for preventive detention, thanks to listening to a speech by A.

The few obituaries on Professor Amallendu that have appeared in Indian journals have often referred to him as a Marxist historian. Freedom Struggle and Electoral Politics in Assam: That choice made by Guha is a significant indicator of his judgement of the nature of the middle class intelligentsia he was a part of and yet distant from.


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The focus of interest was the colonial economy, although that term was considered questionable by the academic establishment: Of these I now speak. The Nagas have not yet forgotten how to raid and behead huha enemy. As recent historians have become more aware of the similarity and links between the North East and the East Asian formations, the original contributions of Guha have become only too palpable.

The poisoned arrows of the Dafla are still not purposeless. Secondly, he focused on the rise of foreign and national capitalist enterprise in Assam, the colonisation of Assam, the origins of Parsi entrepreneurship in western India, the raw cotton trade in Bombay Presidency in the nineteenth century, de-industrialisation and indigenous textile manufacture, the formation of the working class in Assam tea plantations, and similar themes.

Perhaps he had seen some of the articles and book reviews, much of them poor stuff as they seem in retrospect, that I had begun to contribute while teaching at Gauhati University to Now and Frontierand later to Economic and Political Weeklywhere he was a highly regarded and established writer. He touched upon numerous historical fields — often making pioneering or important contributions.

Five years later he published a collection of Assamese poems entitled Tomaloi He did not publish any poetry afterbut there remained in his attitude and his conversations something of the romantic revolutionary. Guha further contributed to the debate with a substantial reply and a summing up. No, I am not indulging in anecdotage, the rambling is relevant to point out how AG, who had joined the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, inever so gently and in a way only I could parse, cured this Mr Know-All of the brashness that was a feature of some of my early interventions on social and political developments in Assam.


Amalendu Guha

Till guhx, it was the only academically informed work that was available on the region that professional historians could refer to, without hesitation. The bits and pieces I had written till then seemed so pathetic, horribly jejune, really less than nothing. He chose to be a loner. In fact, his position at the time of the India-China border conflict in led to his arrest under the Preventive Detention Act.

Historian, teacher, public intellectual, Amalendu Guha was a pioneer in more ways than one. Can you tell us, how far is your and my world of equality and abundance? Towards the end of his life, however, he received the acclaim he deserved. Roy, and others in Bengal and Assam.

In course of time the volume and quality of research by historians like Amalendu Guha established colonial economy as a field of study. Guha’s insights on the complex interplay of social and economic forces informed his studies on India’s business communities and he was also amongst the earliest Indian historians to draw attention to the ways in which geography infl uences history.

They may take some time to appear. Gopalan sometime inin Kolara, my home town see my article on the editorial page of The HinduApril 19, Go amalnedu, friend, go in peace.

Soon after being sworn in as President in AugustFakhruddin Amalenddu Ahmed visited Assam, his home State, and as to be expected was widely feted by several organisations. Beyond Assam However, it would be totally wrong to say that he was a historian of Assam alone.