Ramachandra Guha (born 29 April 1958) is an Indian historian and writer whose research interests include environmental, social, political, contemporary and cricket history. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph and Hindustan Times. A regular contributor to various academic journals, Guha has also written for The Caravan and Outlook magazines. For the year 2011–12, he held a visiting position at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs. His latest book is Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (2018), the second part of the planned two-volume biography of M. K. Gandhi. It is a follow up to the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India (2013). His large body of work, covering a wide range of fields and yielding a number of rational insights has made him a significant figure in Indian historical studies, and Guha is valued as one of the major historians of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries.
He was appointed to BCCI's panel of administrators[clarification needed] by the Supreme Court of India on 30 January 2017 only to resign in July of the same year.
Guha was born on 29 April 1958 at Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand), where his father Subramaniam Ramdas Guha worked at the Forest Research Institute, and his mother was a high-school teacher. While he should have been named Subramaniam Ramachandra in keeping with Tamil name-keeping norms, his teachers at school, presumably while registering his name during admission, were not familiar with these and he came to be called Ramachandra Guha. He grew up in Dehradun, on the Forest Research Institute campus.
Guha then moved to Bangalore, and began writing full-time. He served as Sundaraja Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2003. He is managing trustee of the New India Foundation, a nonprofit body that funds research on modern Indian history.
Guha is the author of India after Gandhi, published by Macmillan and Ecco in 2007. This book has been translated into Hindi in two volume namely "Bharat: Gandhi Ke Baad" and "Bharat: Nehru Ke Baad" and published by Penguin. The Tamil version of the book is published in the name "இந்திய வரலாறு காந்திக்குப் பிறகு ( பாகம் 1 & 2)" ("Indhiya varalaaru Gandhikku pin - Part 1 & 2") by Kizhakku and translated by R. P. Sarathy. The Bengali version of the book is published in the name "গাঁধী-উত্তর ভারতবর্ষ" by Ananda Publishers Private Limited and translated by Ashish Lahiri.
Guha also published a collection of essays titled 'Patriots and Partisans' in November 2012.
In October 2013, he published Gandhi Before India, the first part of a planned two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi which describes life from his childhood to the two decades in South Africa. Another collection of essays under the title Democrats and Dissenters was released in September 2016. Guha has authored books on a diverse range of subjects including Cricket, Environment, Politics, History, etc.
In 2018, Guha published Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948, completing his three-volume history of modern India.
Guha has written extensively on cricket in both his capacity as a journalist and historian. His research into the social history of Indian cricket culminated in his work 'A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian history of a British Sport' in 2002. The work charts the development of cricket in India from its inception during the British Raj to its position in contemporary India as the nations favourite pastime.
A self-confessed 'cricket tragic', Guha is also an outspoken commentator on the Indian national cricket team, being particularly vociferous in his opinions on current captain, Virat Kohli.
Guha is married to the graphic designer Sujata Keshavan and has two children. On December 10, 2018, Guha took down a post on Twitter of him eating beef after his hypocrisy of claiming to be a vegetarian in 2015 was exposed on twitter. He however called out the BJP for its "hypocrisy", tweeting : "I have deleted the photo of my lunch in Goa as it was in poor taste. I do wish however to again highlight the absolute hypocrisy of the BJP in the matter of beef, and to reiterate my own belief that humans must have the right to eat, dress, and fall in love as they choose."