Historian Hari Vasudevan passed away atthe age of 84
Historian Hari Vasudevan passed away atthe age of 84

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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