established. After his retirement in 1993, JNU made him professor emeritus. From 2004 to 2012, he was chairman of the National Book Trust, in which work he showed the same zeal and drive as he did in everything else. (By constant telephoning, he made me write a book on medieval India within a set time-frame!)
His later years were marred by ill-health. The death of his gracious wife Usha some years ago was a great blow to him. It was a blow to my wife Sayera and me as well, since Usha and Bipan had always treated us as members of the family. One can now only offer condolences to the two sons, Bikash and Barun, they have left behind.
The writer is professor emeritus at Aligarh Muslim University