Noted Guwahati-based historian, social scientist, academician and author Amalendu Guha passed away in Guwahati early Thursday, following a protracted illness. He was 91and is survived by his wife Anima Guha, who is also a noted author, and a son.
Guha’s body was donated to the Gauhati Medical College here after a formal tribute was paid with full state honour.
He was born in 1924 in Imphal where his father Jaminisundar Guha was a school teacher. After completing his masters from Presidency College, Kolkata, Guha started his career as a teacher in Darrang College, Tezpur. It was while teaching here that he was arrested for being an active member of the Communist Party of India in 1962 in the wake of the Chinese aggression.
Later, he taught at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, and was also a history professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata.
His most significant work was From Planter Raj to Swaraj. First published in the early 1960s, it analyses the socio-political and economic developments in Assam. His other significant books include Medieval and Early Colonial Assam: Society, Polity and Economy and Netaji Subhash: Ideology and Doctrine, while Tomaloi is his lone collection of Assamese poems.