The second day’s proceedings of the Indian History Congress saw the intensification of the academic programme. Because of the sheer number of presentations, multiple sessions were organised within each of the sections of Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Archaeology, Contemporary History of India and Countries other than India.
In addition, two panel discussions organised by the Aligarh Historians’ Society and JNU focused on important themes with the first being ‘Forms of Inequality in Indian History’ and the second one on ‘Economy, Polity and Society in the Nehruvian Era: Its Contemporary Relevance’.
In the first section of discussion, Eminent Historians including Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib brought out the discrimination within our society since ancient time.
Pointing out the caste system, eminent historian Romila Thapar stressed that caste status cannot be changed with the change of religion.
Taking part in the discussion on Nehru’s era and its policy, eminent Educationalist and Former JNU Chancellor Prof. Yashpal termed Nehru as the greatest visionary of all the time.
The first panel closely interrogated how different forms of inequality have originated, grown and transformed over centuries. The second focused on Nehru’s understanding of science, economy, business, social transformation, governance and public policy, and the legacy we have inherited.
The leading scholars in the field such as Romila Thapar, Satish Chandra, Irfan Habib, D.N. Jha, K.M. Shrimali and others actively participated in the various sessions while the young researchers received encouragement from them.