SR Mehrotra, a prominent historian of the Indian nationalist movement and a retired professor of history at the University of Himachal Pradesh, passed away last week in Shimla. He was 88.
Professor Mehrotra was a remarkable individual. He had an unrivaled command of the archival collections of Indian nationalist leaders and an encylopedic knowledge of the development of the Indian National Congress. He is best known for his works The Emergence of the Indian National Congress (1971, republished in 2004) and A History of the Indian National Congress: Volume One (1995). He remained enormously productive through his mid-80s, publishing a book on Pranjivan Mehta (Mahatma Gandhi's friend and benefactor), working on a series of volumes of Allan Octavian Hume's writings, and writing on Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. He was a familiar face at archives and libraries across India, and his passing has deeply saddened the Indian archival community, leave alone those of us who study the Indian nationalist movement.
I have written a short obituary piece here: https://scroll.in/article/931319/sr-mehrotra-1931-2019-a-tireless-chronicler-of-indias-struggle-for-freedom
Assistant Professor of History, University of South Carolina