Historian Hari Vasudevan passed away atthe age of 84
- Historian Hari Sankar Vasudevan died at a private hospital in Kolkata at the age of 68.
- He was tested positive for coronavirus. He was put on a ventilator after developing respiratory distress.
ABOUT Mr. Vasudevan
- He was a graduate of Cambridge University, where he also completed his post-graduation and PhD.
- Vasudevan was the director of the ChinaCentre at Calcutta University. He was an expert on European and Russian history and the India-Russia relationship.
- Earlier, he served as director of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, of the Ministry of Culture.
- Between 2003 and 2005, Vasudevan was a professor at Central Asian Studies and acting director at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.
- He was the Chairman of the Textbook Development Committee for the Social Sciences of the NCERT from 2005.
- Between 2011 and 2014, he was member the Indian Council of Historical Research.
- He was involved in a formal consultative capacity with projects/institutions of the Ministry of Culture, MHRD, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.
- He was involved in projects on Indo-Russian relations and the Radiating Globalities project initiated by Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University (New York).
- He was prominent specialist in Russian and European history and Indo-Russian Relations.
- He was also Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation and President, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata and these positions he made commendable contributions.
- At ORF, he was evaluating the overlap between ‘Look East’ and ‘Look Far East’ policies of India and the relationship between Greater Eurasia ideas of the Russian establishment and Chinese establishment.
- He was the author of ‘Footsteps of Afanasii Nikitin: Travels through Eurasia and India in the early 21st century’.
- He authored ‘Shadows of Substance: Indo-Russian Trade and Military Technical Cooperation’ in 2010.
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