My Encounters in India

AUTHOR: Dietmar Rothermund

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  • AUTHOR: Dietmar Rothermund
  • PB ISBN: 978-93-89676-23-5
  • Year: 2020
  • Extent: 448
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Between 1961 and 2012, Dietmar Rothermund spent about eight years in India on various assignments and met many bright scholars, resourceful politicians and leading businessmen. In this book, he has delved into his diary and put together sketches of those who left a lasting impression on him, in effect creating a portrait of contemporary India, showing the attractive features of this fascinating country, which Dietmar has come to love. He has learnt much from the Indian people he has met, and wishes to share his experiences with his readers. The text begins with his meeting Jawaharlal Nehru and ends with a short sketch of his life in India. He believes that he has had the good fortune of living in India during the formative stage of its history and becoming a historian of India, devoting his work to tracing the experiences of this great nation.

On 20 January 1933, a few days before Hitler seized power in Germany, Professor Dietmar Rothermund was born in Kassel. He lived through the War, and then went on to study History and Philosophy at Philipps-Universität Marburg and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. His PhD dissertation centred on the social history of America. Shortly thereafter he travelled to India on a fellowship from the German Research Council, and wrote a book on the Indian freedom movement titled Die Politische Willenbildung in Indien (1965). In 1968, he was called to a chair in South Asian History at the University of Heidelberg, which he held until 2001.

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