If the political ideas of a people are shaped by the economic realities that surround them, then, the histories of the Indian national movement published hitherto cannot quite be regarded as either satisfactory or complete. A study of the economic policies of the Indian national leadership is therefore imperative to the understanding of the basis of the national movement and its development in the formative stages.
Bipan Chandra, born and brought up in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, and Stanford University, USA. He retired as Professor of Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is now Professor Emeritus there. He has been UGC National Lecturer, President of the Indian History Congress and is at present National Research Professor.