Ramachandra Guha is an Indian historian and economist whose research interests include environmental, social, economics, political, contemporary and cricket history. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph, Hindustan Times and Hindi Daily Newspaper Amar Ujala. Guha's books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The prizes they have won include the UK Cricket Society's Literary Award and the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History. In 2008, Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines nominated Guha as one of the world's one hundred most influential intellectuals. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for services to literature and education. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture and scholarship.
'A narrative of startling originality ... his excitement at
discovering a forgotten chapter of Indian history is contagious ...
As discussions of Britain's colonial legacy become increasingly
polarised, we are in ever more need of nuanced books like this
Sam Dalrymple, Spectator
'Fascinating and provocative ... Guha organises his material
expertly and presents it clearly and stylishly, illuminating an
aspect of Raj history which is often forgotten or neglected but
which is nonetheless crucial for an understanding both of
present-day India and of Britons' complex and ambivalent past
relationship to this 'jewel' in their collective crown. This superb
book does them justice, as well as adding a new dimension to the
histories both of subject India and of imperial Britain - and being
a thoroughly good read'
'Guha has done well to remind us of these forgotten stories, all
the more as India, like much of the world, is becoming more
xenophobic and intolerant, believing all the virtues lie in
'Illuminating and engaging ... Guha's wide-ranging research and
lucid narration brings to life these men and women ... Rebels
Against the Raj, however, makes a larger, more important and
incisive point. Guha calls the lives and work of these rebels a
morality tale for the world we now inhabit - a world incandescent
with xenophobia and jingoism, and full of contempt for thoughts and
ideas that a culture can imbibe from outside its borders'
'Eminently readable and dazzling ... Painstakingly researched,
this is history writing at its best. It is indeed a masterly study
of hitherto neglected western figures of modern India and opens a
new way of engaging with the complex fault-lines between
nationalism and imperialism, between India and the West ... Guha's
outstanding work ... couldn't be more relevant. Every Indian should
read this book'