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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Distinguished Historian, Public Intellectual. The few good ones and the many more that could have been New Year smiles: Roy, and others in Bengal and Assam. The memory of those visits is painful.

Amalendu Guha (1924-2015): Lifelong revolutionary, peoples’ historian, life-affirming poet

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Academic career In a interview, Guha said that academically he always wanted to be based in Assam but the right prospect never came his way. 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 s, and almost certainly in Guwahati.

Guha also brought a qualitative change in writing the pre-colonial history of Assam. An unwavering pillar of left democratic movements, Guha was mostly known as a historian in mainland India, but his contributions and presence in the field of poetry and literature are also immense.

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. But it was certainly neither wasted nor inactive. Planter Raj to Swaraj: Guha has earned his place in the annals of Assamese literature as the poet of social consciousness, human suffering and aspirations. I was in those days teaching at the Gauhati University, which I had joined in earlyand living in the relatively isolated University campus seven miles to the west of the city, midway between the airport and the city proper.

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This was exemplified by his interpretation of a major social movement like the Moamoria Rebellion, which was traditionally interpreted in terms of religious ideas of neo-Vaishnavism.

EPW looks amalenru to your comments. To be known as a Marxist was tantamount to carrying a flag, and its bearers paid a price for so doing.

New 3 Month Subscription to Digital Archives at. The bits and pieces I had written till then seemed so pathetic, horribly jejune, really less than nothing. Gopalan sometime inin Kolara, my home town see my article on the editorial page of The HinduApril 19, Finally, what was the legacy that the historian Professor Amalendu Guha left behind? He further noted the similarity between the Ahom state and the pre-colonial states in different East Asian countries — such as Burma, Vietnam and Thailand, in terms of their control over the labour, rather than land.

When the war broke out and wide-scale preventive giha followed, I had been in Guwahati, strictly speaking in the Gauhati University campus, with little contact with Guwahati, let alone Assam, for just about eight months.

I am mentioning these details because integral to the work culture of poorly paid college and university teachers who took their work seriously in those days and who considered research as part of their teaching were rickety typewriters and typists in poorly paid jobs moonlighting on more substantial typing of theses and books.

RAS | Amalendu Guha: A Personal Memoir

I cannot even begin to describe the impact the typescript had on me as I read it, fascinated and obsessed to the exclusion of almost everything else over the next four days.

But he continued his participation in politics and movements till his last years. Writing this in mid, I cannot but reflect on the world that that typescript, indeed that tattered briefcase, represented. He became a member of the Communist Party of India in and remained active as a party cadre until We talked about the book a bit, and then with some trepidation I asked if I could have a look at the manuscript, for I was sure I would be greatly benefited by reading it.


Markedly an optimist, for him poetry was one form of public salutation. It came about thus. From that it was an easy transition to membership of the Communist Party of India in Breaking up of India would be a terrible dream for this generation.

Bend it like Modi to the beat of a s Bollywood number Data check: Amalenvu flocks the phoenix flies to the sky. They may take some time to appear.

Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. This engagement was evident in the academic research we have cited above, but its poetic expression also demands our attention.

Bush to India in 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.

Five years later he published a collection of Assamese poems entitled Tomaloi His forays into Assam’s history established him as one of India’s foremost economic historians.

He was also inquisitive about my years in South Africa, politically inquisitive unlike most other Indians, who were only interested aamalendu knowing if I had met Nelson Mandela. 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.