Ancient India Current Affairs - 2019

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Bhopal to host 79th Indian History Congress

The 79th Indian History Congress (IHC) will be held at Barkatullah University in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh from February 26. Earlier the 79th Indian History Congress was supposed to be held at Pune but was cancelled citing financial constraints to host the congress.

The Indian History Congress will be held at Madhya Pradesh for the second time. Earlier it was held at 2011. Over 1,000 delegates including prominent historians are expected to participate in the IHC in Bhopal.

Indian History Congress

Indian History Congress was established in 1935 and it is the largest professional and academic body of Indian historians with over 10,000 members.

The primary objective of Indian History Congress is the “promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian history”. The Indian History Congress holds annual sessions on five sections namely:

  • Ancient India
  • Medieval India
  • Modern India
  • History of Countries other than India
  • Archaeology

The Indian History Congress stands for collaboration with historians throughout the world and promotes the study in India of the history of other countries.

Nayanjot Lahiri wins 2016 John F Richards Prize

History writer Nayanjot Lahiri has won the prestigious 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India.

The prestigious prize will be bestowed upon her at the American Historical Association (AHA’s) 131st Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado in January 2017.

Her book Ashoka in Ancient India has been critically acclaimed for its riveting account of an emperor Ashoka. She had deftly adjudicated between textual, archaeological, and geographical evidences to offer a dazzling interpretation of Ashoka and the ancient world.

About Nayanjot Lahiri

  • Nayanjot Lahiri is an eminent historian and archaeologist of ancient India.
  • Currently, she is teaching at the newly created Ashoka University.
  • She has several research papers and publications to her credit.
  • Her research interests mostly include Indian archaeology, heritage studies, archeological theory and ancient India.
  • For her work in archaeology, she was bestowed with the 2013 Infosys Prize in the humanities.

About John F. Richards Prize

  • The John F. Richards Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA).
  • The award has been named after John F. Richards (November 1938 to August 2007) who was eminent historian of South Asia and in particular of the Mughal Empire.
  • It recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship or book on South Asian history published in English.