NEW DELHI: Historian Shekhar Pathak’s The Chipko Movement: A People’s History has received this 12 months’s Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize. Translated from the Hindi by Manisha Chaudhry, it has been collectively revealed by Permanent Black and Ashoka University.

The Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in non-fiction writing on fashionable/ up to date India by writers from all nationalities. The winner receives a money award of Rs 15 lakhs, a trophy and a quotation.

The winner was chosen by a six-member jury which included political scientist and writer Niraja Gopal Jayal (chair); entrepreneur Manish Sabharwal; historian and writer Srinath Raghavan; historian and writer Nayanjot Lahiri; former diplomat and writer Navtej Sarna; and legal professional and writer Rahul Matthan.

The jury quotation for the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2022 reads: “This is the definitive historical past of the Chipko movement by a scholar who has virtually lived it. It is becoming {that a} ebook that tells the story of a movement by means of the eyes of the native communities, particularly ladies, ought to be as readable as this one is.”

Shekhar Pathak is the quintessential historian-as-fieldworker: he has lived within the many valleys the place the Chipko protests befell, studied their landscapes, and talked at size to protesters and communities. Pathak established the People’s Association for Himalaya Area Research (PAHAR) in 1983 and is the writer, with Uma Bhatt, of Asia ki Peeth Per (On Asia’s Back), a biography of the Himalayan explorer Pandit Nain Singh Rawat.

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