The present work starts with the theme of decentring of history and how, in the context of decolonization, all people in the world must write their own history. It goes on to assess the impact of Central Asian ideas and institutions on Indian history during the 10th to 14th centuries, and the growing concept of historiography in the country.
Satish Chandra retired as Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in 1987. Since then he was active in the Society for Indian Ocean Studies for which he is the Vice Chairman. He is the Chairman of the twelve volumes comprising History of India Scheme prepared by the Indian History Congress. He was an Associate Director Research, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris in 1982, 1986, Member of the Governing Council United Nations University, Tokyo.He is also the author of Medieval India