A Padma Bhushan awardee, Chandra had donned multiple roles, including that of chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT).
Considered to be a specialist in economic and political history of India, Chandra had authored several books, including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, In the Name of Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency, Nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India and The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi, among others.
The Left leaning author had founded the journal Enquiry and was a member of its editorial board for a long time. Born in 1928 in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Chandra studied at the Forman Christian College, Lahore, Stanford University, US and the University of Delhi.
He worked as the reader at Hindu College of Delhi University and then became the professor of history at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Chandras text books on history have been taught in schools and colleges in the country for a long time.
Chandra served as sectional president and then the general president of the Indian History Congress in 1985, was also awarded Itihas Ratna on his 86th birthday in December this year by the Asiatic Society of Bihar. The cremation will take place at 3 pm at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium, his family said.
A number of leaders and scholars expressed grief over the demise of the veteran historian. Lamenting his death, Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted, My condolences to the Family of Historian Bipin Chandra. One of the most eminent historians of India. May his soul rest in peace. Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki also wrote on Twitter, BipinChandra, an Indian historian passes away. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Sad to hear about the passing away of noted historian Prof Bipin Chandra. May his soul rest in peace, said Congress leader Naveen Jindal in his tweet. Chiki Sarkar, publisher at Penguin Books, also mourned his death and said his books have been read by generations of readers.