Hansraj College

University of Delhi

NAAC Grade A+ with CGPA 3.62

Dr(Ms) Monmoyee Basu

Associate Professor | Department of History
Contact (Off.): +91-11-27667458

Email Address : monbasu[at]rediffmail[dot]com

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Modern History -- Women's Studies, History of Modern India, History of Modern Europe

  • PhD , 1991 , University of Kolkata
  • MA , 1981 , University of Kolkata
  • BA(Hons) , 1979 , Presidency College, University of Kolkata
  • Higher Secondary , 1975 , Gokhale Memorial Girls' School
  • , 2005 , Alliance Francaise Delhi, New Delhi 2005 Diploma in French.

 

 

 

Education    West Bengal Board of Secondary Eduation, West Bengal   1975

    Higher Secondary. 1st division, 78.5% marks (1st in Humanities stream).

 

    Presidency College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, West Bengal  1978

    B.A. (Honours), History. 1st division, 63.1% marks. Stood second in Calcutta University.

 

    Calcutta University, Calcutta, West Bengal    1980

    M.A., History. 1st division, 65% marks. Stood first in Calcutta University and was awarded Gold medal.

 

    Patna University, Patna, Bihar  1991

    Ph.D. in History.

                                                       — Dissertation Topic:  Problems relating marriage of Hindu women and remedial                                             legislative measures

            — Advisor: Prof. B. K. Sinha

 

    Alliance Francaise Delhi, New Delhi     2005

    Diploma in French.

 

 

Work     

Experience    Dept. of History, Hansraj College, University of Delhi Dec. 2001 — present

    Associate Professor

 

    Dept. of History, University of Delhi     Aug. 2001 — Jul. 2004

    Taught M.A. classes

 

    Dept. of History, Hansraj College, University of Delhi  Aug. 1996 — Nov. 2001

    Assistant Professor

 

    Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House  Sep. 1992 — Jun. 1996

    Assistant Research Officer

 

    Dept. of History, A. N. College, Magadh University     Apr. 1987 — Apr. 1992

    Ad-hoc Lecturer

 

 

 

Honors and 

Awards    Gold medal awarded by Calcutta University for standing 1st in First Division in M.A., 1981.

    

    — U.G.C. Junior Research Fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. for 4 years awarded by the                      University Grants Commission (U.G.C.), 1980-1984.

    

    — National Scholarship for performance in Higher Secondary Examination, 1975-1978.

    

    — Rai Bahadur G.C. Rai Memorial Scholarship for acquiring 1st position in Humanities in                 Higher Secondary Examination under West Bengal Board, 1975.

 

 

Research 

Publications    Books published

 

    — Women and Law in India (Omnibus), Oxford University Press, 2004. This is an omnibus of three books by Flavia Agnes, Sudhir Chandra and Monmayee Basu respectively.

 

    — Hindu Women and Marriage Law, Oxford University Press, 2001. 

 

    — Iti Britte Bharat o Bharatbashi, vols. 1 and 2, 1987-88. These are two high school textbooks       in Bengali; volume 1 is for Class IX, and volume 2 for Class X.

        Joint Work with Dilip Kumar Ghosh.

 

    Articles published

 

    — Marriage and Inheritance in Hindu Personal Laws: Gender Empowerment through Remedial Measures, book chapter in Women and Empowerment in Contemporary India, published by Worldview Publications, Delhi, ed. by Brati Biswas and Ranjana Kaul, 2016.

 

    — Commercial Capitalism, book chapter in the book Modern World, published by Indira Gandhi National Open University, School of Social Sciences, August 2004.

 

    — Unknown victims of a major holocaust, book chapter in Pangs of Partition, published by Indian Council of Historical Research, ed. by S. Settar and Indira B. Gupta, 2002.

 

    — Several chapters for Patna school of Correspondence Courses, 1989-90.

 

Work in 

Progress     From Bastille to Munich: Europe in transition, a textbook in modern European history from 1789 to 1939 from both undergraduate and graduate students in history.

 

    — Influence of Religion on Women's Legal Rights in India.

        

Invited Talks    -- Invited for talk on The Role of the Rani Jhansi Regiment and Bal Sena of INA in India's  Independence at an international seminar on INA and Netaji, organised by Asiatic Society, Kolkata, on 11th and 12th December 2018.

 

    -- Invited for talk on Hindu Women's Right to Property in historical perspective at the national seminar on Women's Issues in Historical Perspective, organised by Jagriti, the women's Cell in Bharti College, Delhi University, in collaboration with ICHR on 22-23 March, 2018.

 

    -- Invited for a talk on Underlying Causes of India's Partition : A Reassessment, at the national Conference on Indian History : Emerging Perspectives, organised by Indian Council of Historical Research ( ICHR ) at Delhi on 5-7 March 2018.

 

    —Invited for a talk on Impact of Partition on Hindu Bhadrolok Community of East Bengal in the national conference on Partition in Viswabharati University, Shantiniketan on 13-14 th November 2017

 

    - Netaji and Empowerment of Women, invited talk at the National Conference on Netaji and contribution of INA to India's freedom struggle organised by Indian Council of Historical Research(ICHR), New Delhi, 8-10th February 2017

 

    - Women and Dowry in India, invited talk in Deptt of English, Hansraj College, University of India, 8th November 2017

 

    - Position of women in marriage and inheritance laws in India, invited talk in Dept. of English,       Hansraj College, University of Delhi, November 2015. 

 

    — Influence of Religion on Women's Legal Rights in India, invited talk at the International                   annual conference organized by American Academy of Religion (AAR), Chicago, USA,               November 2008.

 

    — Impact of partition on Hindu women, invited talk by the Oral History Association of the                USA, New Orleans, USA, September 1997.

 

Professional 

Service                 - Paper setter of the examination for Research Scholarship for PhD organised by ICHR

 

                            - Examiner of PhD proposals submitted at ICHR for Fellowship at ICHR

 

                            - Reviewing a book for ICHR journal Indian Historical Review

 

                            - Member of the selection committee of National Talent Search, appointed by NCERT (National Council of Education, Research and Training), Govt. of India, 2007 — 2012.

    

    — Member, Syllabus revision committee for History for University of Delhi, 1997, 2012.

    

    — Member, Paper setting and evaluation board for History (Honours) for University of Delhi, 2011, 2012,  2016.

    

    — Head of History department, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2003--04, 2008--09, 2011--12, 2014--15, 2016--present.

    

    — Superintendent of examinations, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2008.

    

    — Convenor of Admissions, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2011.

    

    — Chair of the organizing committee, History Festival, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016.

    

    — Seminar in-charge, Dept. of History, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 1996--2001.

 

Teaching 

Experience        PostGraduate courses

 

    — History of Modern France, 2004 — 2007 at University of Delhi

          Introduction to the history of France from 1848 to 1919.

 

 

    Undergraduate courses

 

    — History of Modern Europe, 1996 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction to the history of Europe from 1780 to 1939.

 

    — History of the USA, 1996 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction to the history of the USA from early colonization to civil war.

 

    — Environmental Issues in India, 2008 — 2011 at University of Delhi.

           Problems related to the environment from the times of the Harrapan civilization until                modern times.

 

    — History of Ancient India, 2014 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction the history of India from prehistoric times till the coming of the muslims.

         History of Modern Europe, 1996 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction to the history of Europe from 1780 to 1939.

 

    — History of the USA, 1996 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction to the history of the USA from early colonization to civil war.

 

    — Environmental Issues in India, 2008 — 2011 at University of Delhi.

           Problems related to the environment from the times of the Harrapan civilization until                modern times.

 

    — History of Ancient India, 2014 until present at University of Delhi.

         Introduction the history of India from prehistoric times till the coming of the muslims.

Professional 

Service                 - Paper setter of the examination for Research Scholarship for PhD organised by ICHR

 

                            - Examiner of PhD proposals submitted at ICHR for Fellowship at ICHR

 

                            - Reviewing  books for ICHR journal Indian Historical Review

 

                            - Member of the selection committee of National Talent Search, appointed by NCERT (National Council of Education, Research and Training), Govt. of India, 2007 — 2012.

    

    — Member, Syllabus Revision committee for History for University of Delhi, 1997, 2012.

    

    — Member, Paper setting and evaluation board for History (Honours) for University of Delhi, 2011, 2012,  2016.

    

    — Head of History department, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2003--04, 2008--09, 2011--12, 2014--15, 2016--present.

    

    — Superintendent of examinations, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2008.

    

    — Convenor of Admissions, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2011.

    

    — Chair of the organizing committee, History Festival, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016.

    

    — Seminar in-charge, Dept. of History, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, 1996--2001.

Problems Relating to Marriage of Hindu Women and Remedial Legislative Measures, 1856-1956

Worked as Assistant Research Officer in Project Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, from September 1992 to August 1996.

Books published

 

    — Women and Law in India (Omnibus), Oxford University Press,Delhi, 2004. ISBN 0 19  566 767 0 This is an omnibus of three books by Flavia Agnes, Sudhir Chandra and Monmayee Basu respectively. Paperback edition published in 2016 by Oxford India Paperbacks. ISBN-13 : 978-0-19-946721-1   ISBN-10: 0-19-946721-8

 

    — Hindu Women and Marriage Law, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001. ISBN 019564538-3

 

    — Iti Britte Bharat o Bharatbashi, Vols. 1 and 2, The New Book Stall, Calcutta, 1987-88,  First volume, Vide Notification No. T.B.Syll/H/IX/87/44 dated 13.11.87. Second Volume Vide Notification No. T.B. Syll/H/X/88 dated 12.12.1988. These are two high school textbooks  in Bengali; volume 1 is for Class IX, and volume 2 for Class X.

        Co-authored with Dilip Kumar Ghosh.

      -- Special lecture on occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Netaji published in book form titled Netaji -- the People's Man by Indian Council of Historical research In March 2021

 

   Book Review published

   -- Review of Suralakshmi Villa -- a book by the Sahitya Academy winner author Aruna Chakravarty on women's issues published in Mainstream Weekly of 30 May, 2020.

  --- Review of Mortal God : Imagining The Sovereign in Colonial India by Milinda Banerjee, Cambridge University Press, 2017, published in Indian Historical Review (IHR) June, 2021

Book Under Publication:

A Comprehensive History of Modern Europe : From Bastille to Munich, to be published soon by Orient BlackSwan

    Book Chapters and Articles published

 

    — Marriage and Inheritance in Hindu Personal Laws: Gender Empowerment through Remedial Measures, book chapter in Women and Empowerment in Contemporary India, published by Worldview Publications, Delhi, edited by Brati Biswas and Ranjana Kaul, 2016. ISBN 978-93-82267-25-6

 

    — Commercial Capitalism, book chapter in the book Modern World, published by Indira Gandhi National Open University, School of Social Sciences, August 2004.  ISBN 81-266-1391-2

 

    — Unknown victims of a major holocaust, book chapter in Pangs of Partition, Vol. II, published by Indian Council of Historical Research, ed. by S. Settar and Indira B. Gupta, 2002. 

    ISBN 81-7304-307-8

--- Netaji and Empowerment of Indian Women, book chapter in Ray Purabi and Mukherjee, Saradindu (Eds.), Indian National Army,  Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi, 2021

ISBN : 978-81-942937-2-9

--- The Role of Rani of Jhansi Regiment and Bal Sena of INA in India's Independence. in Ray, Purabi, (Ed.), Netaji and INA,  Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2021,

Organised International Conference for Department of History, Hansraj College, on 20th January, 2017. Talks were delivered by Dr. Ajita K. Patel, Professor Harvard University on South Asian Contributions to animal domestication in Pre-history, and Dr. Richard Meadow on Indus Valley Civilization -- Myths and Reality.

Organised National Conference for Department of History, Hansraj College in February 2017 on Women in Modern India, talks delivered by Madhu Kishwar and Yuthika Mishra

-- Invited for a Special Lecture on the occasion of 125th Birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) on 23rd January 2021. Delivered a talk on  Netaji -- the People's Man.

 

     -- Invited for a talk on The Role of the Rani Jhansi Regiment and Bal Sena of INA in India's  Independence at an international seminar on INA and Netaji, organised by Asiatic Society, Kolkata, on 11th and 12th December 2018.

 

    -- Invited for talk on Hindu Women's Right to Property in historical perspective at the national seminar on Women's Issues in Historical Perspective, organised by Jagriti, the women's Cell in Bharti College, Delhi University, in collaboration with ICHR on 22-23 March, 2018.

 

    -- Invited for a talk on Underlying Causes of India's Partition : A Reassessment, at the national Conference on Indian History : Emerging Perspectives, organised by Indian Council of Historical Research ( ICHR ) at Delhi on 5-7 March 2018.

 

    —Invited for a talk on Impact of Partition on Hindu Bhadrolok Community of East Bengal in the national conference on India's Partition at Visvabharati University, Shantiniketan on 13-14th November 2017

 

    - Netaji and Empowerment of Women, invited talk at the National Conference on Netaji and contribution of INA to India's freedom struggle organised by Indian Council of Historical Research(ICHR), New Delhi, 8-10th February 2017

 

    - Women and Dowry in India, invited talk in Dept. of English, Hansraj College, University of India, 8th November 2017

 

    - Position of women in marriage and inheritance laws in India, invited talk in Dept. of English,       Hansraj College, University of Delhi, November 2015. 

 

    — Influence of Religion on Women's Legal Rights in India, invited talk at the International                   annual conference organised by American Academy of Religion (AAR), Chicago, USA,               November 2008.

 

    — Impact of partition on Hindu women, invited talk by the Oral History Association of the                USA, New Orleans, USA, September 1997.

Attended workshop on Women's Studies organised by Centre for Professional Development of Higher Education (CPDHE) , University of Delhi on May 1997

Attended workshop on History of Modern Europe organised by Faculty of History, University of Delhi in 2016.

 

Honors and 

Awards    Gold medal awarded by Calcutta University for standing 1st in First Division in M.A., 1981.

    

    — U.G.C. Junior Research Fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. for 4 years awarded by the                      University Grants Commission (U.G.C.), 1980-1984.

    

    — National Scholarship for performance in Higher Secondary Examination, 1975-1978.

    

    — Rai Bahadur G.C. Rai Memorial Scholarship for acquiring 1st position in Humanities in                 Higher Secondary Examination under West Bengal Board, 1975.

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