‘The Princely States and the Making of Modern India’ launched

Manipal, 28th December, 2017: ‘The Princely States and the Making of Modern India’, a collection of research papers on the re-thinking of the centrality of princely states to twentieth century nationalism was launched at the Prof. Achuta Rao Memorial History Conference at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities by the eminent historian Prof. Upinder Singh of University of Delhi. The conference was held in honour of distinguished historian Prof. D S Achuta Rao, the professor from Mysore University, who unravelled the social and administrative history of Mysore through a study of contemporary materials available. The book is published by Manipal Universal Press.

Prof. Rao had made a mark for himself throughmeticulous research which brought into the limelight much of Mysore’s forgottenhistory. The year 2017 has seen four significant events for serioushistorians of India. The events, conducted in this centennial year, havedemonstrated a wide range of interests, and have brought together manyinternationally renowned historians from Cambridge to Japan to South-East Asia. 

Prof. David Washbrook, famous modern historianfrom Cambridge University and a key contributor to thereleased book has said, “Indeed, post-modern India, is now starting toturn back towards its princely past with regard, at least to culturalgeography. The princely states of southern India have come a very long way inhistorical understanding and imagination since their physical existence was soabruptly interrupted at the end of the 1940s. From villains, they have becomealmost heroes of India’s modern history”.

Releasing the book, Prof. Upinder Singh, Historian,University of Delhi said, “I am glad to release the third book underProf. DSA History Series. Generous support by Prof. D.S. Achuta Rao Endowmenthas enabled over fifty scholars to meet this year and share new perspectives inIndian and Asian history. This provokes new thoughts and is very valuable ingaining insight into our history”. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. H.S. Ballal, ProChancellor of MAHE said, “Manipal which is ranked as a leadingInstitution in Health Sciences and Engineering education and research isbuilding depth in humanities. Mr. Prasanna and Mrs. Rajani Prasanna have madevital contribution to the Humanities ecosystem through Hebbar Gallery and Prof.Achuta Rao History series and conferences”.

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