Dilip Kumar Chakrabarti
Born (1941-04-27) 27 April 1941 (age 80)
NationalityIndian
Alma materCalcutta University
OccupationHistorian, Archaeologist
Known forStudies on the early use of iron in India and the archaeology of Eastern India
AwardsPadma Shri 2019, Gurudeva Ranade Award from Indian Archaeological Society, Delhi, honorary D.Litt. from M. J. P. Rohilkhand University
Websitehttps://cambridge.academia.edu/DilipKChakrabarti

Dilip Kumar Chakrabarti (born 27 April 1941)[1] is an Indian archaeologist, Professor Emeritus of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University, and a Senior Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University.[2] He is known for his studies on the early use of iron in India and the archaeology of Eastern India.

Career

Dilip K Chakrabarti is the first person to hold professorship in the field of ancient Indian history at Cambridge University. He started his career as a lecturer of Archaeology at Calcutta University from 1965 to 1977. He was a reader of Archaeology at Delhi University from 1977 to 1990 and also held a tenured appointment at Visva Bharati University from 1980 to 1981. He moved to a teaching post in South Asian archaeology at Cambridge University in 1990 and was promoted to professor prior to his retirement in 2008. He has also held visiting fellowships, scholarships, teaching appointments and received grants in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Tehran, New York, Paris, Jahangir Nagar (Bangladesh) and Armidale (Australia).

He has archaeologically surveyed the Kangra valley, the whole of the Chhotanagpur plateau, the whole of the Ganga-Yamuna plain and Haryana-Panjab between 1980 and 2008. During this period he also worked out in the field the archaeology of the routes which linked the Ganga plain with the Deccan and the ancient routes of the Deccan and the southern Peninsula. After his retirement in 2008 he completed a spell of field-studies in Rajasthan. In 1963-79 he participated in archaeological field-projects in India and Iran. On these field-topics and other problems of Indian archaeology, he has authored (co-authored in two cases) 29 books (one in press) and edited/co-edited about a dozen more. He is presently Distinguished Fellow at the Delhi-based think tank, Vivekananda International Foundation, where he is also the Editor of the eleven-volume VIF series History of Ancient India.

The publication of his 1984 book "The Antiquities of Kangra", where he was a co-author with Syed Jamal Hasan created a controversy when it was discovered that this book reproduced verbatim the M. Phil thesis of his student and co-author Syed Jamal Hasan. A 1985 committee of inquiry found in its report "The charge of plagiarism against Dr. Dilip Chakrabarti is unfounded. … Dr. Chakrabarti’s failure to mention in the preface to the book that the book is substantially the same as Mr. Hasan’s M.Phil thesis submitted to the University of Delhi is a serious impropriety."[3]

Dr. Dilip Chakrabarti has strived to bring academic rigor into the Indian history research. He "lambasted" the Indian Council of Historical Research for inviting “vedic teacher” David Frawley to deliver the Foundation Day lecture. Chakrabarti said, "David Frawley is not an academic. Why should he be invited to deliver an academic lecture?' "It’s a fact there is a long shadow of the Left on history writing in India. But we need to correct that through proper academic research. We cannot achieve that with the likes of Mr. Frawley."[4]

Chakrabarti argues 'that South Asian archaeology need not mimic the developments in the Euro-American World, but rather it should be attentive to its own needs'.[5]

Dr. Dilip Chakrabarti also served on the Humanities jury for the Infosys Prize in 2013.

Publications

References

  1. ^ "DilipK Chakrabarti - University of Cambridge - Academia.edu". Cambridge.academia.edu. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "McDonald Institute Senior Fellows — McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research". Mcdonald.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ "A chapter of academic 'impropriety' from the past of a Modi appointee to ICHR". Scroll.in. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ Chopra, Ritika (27 March 2015). "ICHR historian Dilip K Chakrabarti raises objection on David Frawley's invitation". The Economic Times. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ Michon, Daniel (2015). Archaeology and Religion in Early Northwest India: History, Theory, Practice. Florida, USA: CRC Press. p. 288. ISBN 9780815373094.