No Need to Review Position: AHA to JNU Over Romila Thapar CV Row
The American Historical Association (AHA) has written a letter to the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, discouraging the university's plan to review historian Romila Thapar's status at the educational institution as an emeritus professor.
In September 2019, JNU had asked Thapar to submit her CV for them to decide if she should continue as professor emerita.The president of the AHA, John McNeill wrote the letter on 7 October, citing Thapar's credentials and her contributions and achievements to the field of history.
The AHA is the largest association of professional historians in the world, with over 12,000 members, according to the letter by McNeill.
In his communication with Kumar, McNeill wrote that Thapar is "a distinguished scholar, deeply respected by historians on many continents" and that keeping in mind her "extraordinary record of scholarly achievement", the Association saw no reason to review her position.
The group also expressed its concern of the university's plan on Twitter.
The AHA expresses deep concern over Jawaharlal Nehru University's decision to review honorary foreign member Romila Thapar's status as emeritus professor. https://t.co/HLi77Azy8X