Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award
Year of Award : 2011
Award for : Literature
Location : Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Ramachandra Guha is a multitalented person a historian and biographer, he has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arne Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, he is now based at Bangalore. Ramachandra Guha in the year 2011-12 he served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Guha was born on 29 April 1958 at Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh. Ramachandra Guha studied at The Doon School where he was an editor of The Doon School Weekly. He graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi with a BA in Economics in 1977 and completed a Master's from the Delhi School of Economics. He then enrolled at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, where he did a fellowship programme on the social history of forestry in Uttarakhand, focusing on the Chipko movement. It was later published as The Unquiet Woods.
He taught at various universities in between 1985 and 2000 including India, Europe and North America, including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University and at Oslo University and later at the Indian Institute of Science. During this period, he was also a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in Germany. Ramchand Guha is best known for his work as the author of India after Gandhi, published by Macmillan and Ecco in 2007. Incidentally, this book has been translated into Hindi in two volume namely Bharat:Gandhi Ke Baad" and "Bharat: Nehru Ke Baad" also published by Penguin. In 2011, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award.