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Noted historian Bipan Chandra dies at 86

Noted historian Bipan Chandra dies at 86
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Historian Bipan Chandra, a left-leaning expert in economic and political history of India, died here this morning after prolonged illness. He was 86.

Gurgaon: Historian Bipan Chandra, a left-leaning expert in economic and political history of India, died here this morning after prolonged illness. He was 86.
Historian Bipan Chandra
Despite his frailing health, he managed to draft his autobiography and a biography of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Author of 'In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency', Chandra, had written on wide areas including theory of colonialism, national movement, contemporary history and fights against communalism.

PM, Sonia condole Chandra's death.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and many others condoled the death of noted historian Bipan Chandra Saturday.

"The Prime Minister expresses grief on the passing away of noted historian Bipan Chandra. He extends his condolences to Chandra's family," said a post on the prime minister's official Twitter handle.

Sonia Gandhi described the 86-year-old as "an erudite chronicler of modern Indian history and the nation's struggle for independence."

Sonia Gandhi said Chandra's books left a lasting imprint on the minds of millions of students in their formative years, a statement from her office said. "He (Chandra) played a pioneering role as a teacher, scholar and researcher, and mentored many a future historians and will be deeply missed," Sonia Gandhi said in her condolence message. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that Chandra's "books introduced many generations of students to the Indian national movement and the freedom struggle".

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