Ramachandra Guha is a historian, sociologist, biologist, political commentator, and a cricket writer.
Guha was born in 1958 on 29 April at Dehra Dun in Uttar Pradesh. His father Ram Das Guha was at the time a director at the Forest Research Institute, and his mother was a school teacher. He studied in Doon school where he also contributed an article to The Doon School Weekly. After his schooling, he attended St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics in 1977. Later, he also completed his Master’s in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Despite having two degrees in Economics, Ramachandra Guha calls himself a failed economist.
Books in order of publication:
The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya. Berkeley; Oxford University Press (OUP): University of California Press. (1989).
Wickets in the East. India: Oxford University Press. (1992).
This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India. Berkeley; Oxford University Press (OUP): University of California Press. (1993).
An Indian Cricket Omnibus. India: Oxford University Press. (1994).
Ecology and Equity: The Use and Abuse of Nature in Contemporary India. India: Penguin India. (1995).
Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South. India: Penguin India. (1997).
Social Ecology. India: Oxford University Press. (1998).
Nature, Culture, Imperialism: Essays on the Environmental History of South Asia. Oxford University Press. (1998).
Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, his tribals and India. Berkeley; Oxford University Press (OUP): University of California Press. (1999).
Spin and Other Turns. India: Penguin India. (2000).
An Anthropologist Among the Marxists, and other essays. New Delhi, India: Orient Blackswan. (2000).
The Picador Book of Cricket. India: Pan Macmillan. (2001).
Nature’s Spokesman: M. Krishnan and Indian Wildlife. Picador. (2001).
An Indian cricket century (Editor, works of Sujit Mukherjee, 2002)
A Corner of a Foreign Field: An Indian history of a British sport. Picador. (2004).
The Last Liberal and Other Essays. Permanent Black. (2004).
The States of Indian Cricket: Anecdotal Histories. Permanent Black. (2005).
How Much Should a Person Consume?:Thinking Through the Environment. Berkeley; Oxford University Press (OUP): University of California Press. (2006).
India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy. Picador. (2007).
Institutions and Inequalities: Essays in Honour of Andre Beteille. Oxford University Press. (2011).
Makers of Modern India. India: Penguin India. (2012).
Patriots & Partisans . Penguin. (2012).
Gandhi Before India . Penguin. (2013).
Environmentalism: A Global History. United Kingdom: Penguin UK. (2014).
Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World, 1914-1948. Knopf. (2018). The Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophisticated Game Known to Humankind. Harper Collins. (2020).