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Ram Sharan Sharma (1920-2011)

R S Sharma was among a small group of historians who in the 1950s broke new ground in the study of ancient India. One pioneering development was the expansion in the range of sources, from using texts alone to supplementing them with archaeological data and introducing data from inscriptions. R S Sharma's second major contribution was in using an analytical method to examine data.

A 'Scientific' Historian

R S Sharma, historian, teacher and founder chairperson of the Indian Council of Historical Research was a Marxist who was averse to the mechanical application of Marx's ideas to the Indian situation. He also used his considerable scholarship on ancient India to fight communal propaganda and actions.
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