These essays, written over the last quarter of a century, deal with a number of problems of relevance—social change and development dealing mainly in medieval India but tracing the developments in the earlier period, and the impact of these on present development at approaches; the role of cities in fostering an integrated composite culture; the role of Raja Ram Mohan Roy and the problem of integration, dynamism and decay in Indian culture.
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