Noted political theorist and Marxist scholar Randhir Singh passed away in the city Sunday night. He was 95.
On Monday evening, a group of Singh’s students, colleagues and friends gathered at Lodhi Crematorium to bid farewell to the former Professor of Political Science in Delhi University.
DU Political Science teacher Madhulika Bannerjee, who was among the last batches of postgraduate students taught by Singh before he retired, said, “He had such a masterful command of what he was teaching — political philosophy and theory. He was not just a great teacher but a great friend in the classroom. An amazing connect with students — a connect of great scholarship in the most warm, humane and heartfelt way…. I saw him as a great icon and inspiration for the kind of teacher one should be.”
Manoranjan Mohanty, a political scientist who was one of the first postgraduate students taught by Singh, said, “I was his student, his colleague and very close friend. In fact, I am writing a preface to selected works of Randhir Singh. I am so sorry that he is not there to see this. In 1962, I had come to Delhi for an MA and he was my professor.”
Mohanty joined Delhi College, now Zakir Hussain College, before joining DU’s political science department as Singh’s colleague. “Under the guidance of Randhir Singh, DU saw the launch of a number of programmes on political science — a journal on political science, new curriculum, department councils, the first time a major revision took place in political science in 1973-74,” he added.
Randhir Singh authored many seminal works on the subject including Reason, Revolution and Political Theory; Five Lectures in Marxist Mode; Marxism, Socialism, Indian Politics — A View from the Left; Indian Politics Today — An Argument for Socialism-Oriented Path of Development and Struggle for Socialism — Some Issues among others.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.