Details of : Amar Farooqui

Amar Farooqui
Address:Department of History, Faculty of Social Science building, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007



University of Delhi


M.Phil. / M.Tech.

M.Phil., History, University of Delhi



M.A., History, University of Delhi



B.A. (Hons)., History, University of Delhi




Reader/Professor,Department of History, University of Delhi, since 2004.

Lecturer/Reader,Department of History, Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, 1983 to 2004.

Fellow,Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 2001 to 2004.



Member-Secretary,Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, April-October 2008.



Historyof modern India; Colonialism and narcotics; Urban history




SocialFormations of the Ancient and Medieval World


Imperialismand Nationalism; Strategies of Imperial Control; Revolt of 1857; AncientCivilizations (Greece)



Supervisionof awarded Doctoral Thesis - 1

Supervisionof Doctoral Thesis, under progress - 8

Supervisionof awarded M.Phil dissertations - 2

Supervisionof M.Phil dissertations, under progress -




Farooqui, Amar. 2010. Sindias and the Raj: Princely Gwalior, c.1800-1850. New Delhi: Primus.

Farooqui, Amar. 2006. Opium City: The Making of Early Victorian Bombay. New Delhi: Three Essays.

Farooqui, Amar. 2005. Smuggling as Subversion: Colonialism, Indian Merchants and the Politics of Opium: 1790-1843, new edition (revised and updated). Lanham: Lexington Books.

Farooqui, Amar. 2003. Prachin aur Madhyakalin Samajik Sanrachnaen aur Sanskritiyan. New Delhi: Granthashilpi.

Farooqui, Amar. 2002. Early Social Formations, Manak Publications, Delhi, 2001, revised 2nd ed. Delhi: Manak Publications.

Farooqui, Amar, ed. 2000. Remembering Dr Gangadhar Adhikari: Life, Reminiscences, Selected Writings, (Part II). New Delhi: People’s Publishing House.

Farooqui, Amar. 1998. Smuggling as Subversion: Colonialism, Indian Merchants and the Politics of Opium. New Delhi: New Age International.

Farooqui, Amar, ed. 1998. Remembering Dr Gangadhar Adhikari: Life, Reminiscences, Selected Writings, (Part I). New Delhi: People’s Publishing House.

Farooqui, Amar. 1997. Colonial Forest Policy in Uttarakhand, 1890-1928. New Delhi: Kitab Publishing House.


Farooqui, Amar. 2004. Colonialism and Competing Addictions: Morphine Content as Historical Factor. Social Scientist. 32(5-6): 21-31.

Farooqui, Amar. 1998. Towards Dussehra 1831: The Revolt of Lallaji Patel. The Indian Economic and Social History Review. 35(2): 147-177.

Farooqui, Amar. 1995. Opium Enterprise and Colonial Intervention in Malwa and Western India, 1800-1824. The Indian Economic and Social History Review. 32(4): 447-473.


Farooqui, Amar. 2002. Baiza Bai aur Unnisvin Sadi ki Shuruat Mein Sindhia Rajya, Part I. Shodha Samaveta. 10(3-4): 20-32.

Farooqui, Amar. 1997. Document: John Malcolm’s Note on Malwa Sahukars. Trends in Social Science Research. 4(2): 65-81.

Farooqui, Amar. 1996. Urban Development in a Colonial Situation: Early Nineteenth Century Bombay. Economic and Political Weekly. 31(40): 2746-2759.

Farooqui, Amar. 1996. Louis Dumont and the Orientalist Understanding of Caste. Trends in Social Science Research. 3(2): 49-62.


Farooqui, Amar. 2009. Sarkar, Vyaparik Nigam ke Nihit Svarth aur Upneveshvad. In 1857: Baghavat ke Daur ka Itihas, eds. Murli Manohar Prasad Singh and Rekha Awasthi. New Delhi: Granthshilpi.

Farooqui, Amar. 2009. 1857 and the Anti-Colonial Tradition in Malwa. In Uprisings of 1857: Perspectives and Peripheries, ed. Subhas Ranjan Chakraborty, 234-243. Kolkata: Asiatic Society.

Farooqui, Amar. 2009. Opium as a household remedy in nineteenth-century western India. In The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India, eds. B Pati and Mark Harrison, 229-237. London: Routledge.

Farooqui, Amar. 2008. Bahadur Shah Zafar and the 1857 Revolt Lucknow in 1857-58: The Epic Siege. In The Great Revolt: A Left Appraisal, People’s, ed. S Yechury. New Delhi: Democracy Publications.

Farooqui, Amar. 2007. Opium and the Trading World of Western India in the Early Nineteenth Century. In Drugs and Empires: Essays in Modern Imperialism and Intoxication, 1500-1930, ed. James Mills and Patricial Barton, 83-100. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Farooqui, Amar. 2007. Narcotrafficking, Princely Ingenuity and the Raj: The Subjugation of the Sindia State, c. 1843-44. In ia’s Princely States: People, Princes and Colonialism, eds. Waltraud Ernst and B Pati, 49-67. London: Routledge.

Farooqui, Amar. 2006. Trishul Diksha, Cross-Burning and the Politics of Hate. In Assertive Religious Identities: India and Europe, ed. Satish Saberwal and Mushirul Hasan, 255-267. New Delhi: Manohar.

Farooqui, Amar. 2004. Tribes, Soldiers, and Social Change in Early Nineteenth Century Malwa. In Tribes, Forest and Social Formation in Indian History, ed. B B Chaudhuri and Arun Bandopadhyay, 145-160. New Delhi: Indian History Congress/Manohar.

Farooqui, Amar. 2003. Pindaris, Soldiers and State Formation in Malwa, c. 1800-1818. In Negotiating India’s Past: Essays in Memory of Partha Sarathi Gupta, eds. B Pati, B P Sahu and T K V Subramanian, 87-111. New Delhi: Tulika.

Farooqui, Amar. 2000. From Baiza Bai to Lakshmi Bai: The Sindia State in the Early Nineteenth Century and the Roots of 1857. In Essays for Professor Sumit Sarkar, ed. B Pati, 45-74. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan.



ColonialTrade and the Formation of a Composite Business Class in Early NineteenthCentury Bombay, Seminar on ‘Community and Communities in Mumbai: Issues ofCosmopolitanism, Citizenship and Civil Society, University of Mumbai, 2007.


1857and the Anti-Colonial Tradition in Malwa, Seminar on ‘Uprisings of 1857-58: TheView from outside the Gangetic Heartland’, Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2007.


WhatHappened to Opium?, Workshop on ‘Writing Economic History in the 21st Century’, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2007.


Delhi,Urdu and Memories of 1857, Seminar on ‘The 1857 Uprising’, Nehru Centre,Mumbai, 2007.

Governance,Corporate Interest and Colonialism: The Case of the East India Company,Workshop on ‘Governance and Work in Changing India’, ICSSR, Mumbai, 2007.


BetweenCongress and CPI: The Political Restlessness of Aruna Asaf Ali, Symposium onAruna Asaf Ali, Indian History Congress, Kannur, 2008.


Collaboration-Conflictand Empire: Narcotics and the Genesis of the Indian Capitalist Class, ProfessorSita Ram Kohli Memorial Lecture, 41st Sessionof the Punjab History Conference, Punjabi University, Patiala, 2009.


Narcotic Commodities and Empire: A Note on Some Aspects ofthe Contradictions between Colonialism and the Nascent Indian Capitalist Class,Seminar on Economic Change in Indian History, Indian History Congress, Delhi 2010.


Narcoticsand the Estado da Índia: The Colonial Trade in Opium, XIII InternationalConference on Indo-Portuguese History, University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence,2010.

LateColonial Goa Through the Eyes of Maria Aurora Couto’s Goa: A Daughter’s Story, Seminar on ReconstructingHistory: Tracing the History of Goanese Women, University of Paris, SorbonneIV, Paris, 2010.



Member, Indian HistoryCongress


ember,Editorial Advisory Board, History and Sociology of South Asia


‘SecondThoughts on Aakrosh’, Mainstream,  1981.

‘Forestry:Behind the Conservation Talk’, Link, 18 July 1982, pp.19-22.

‘E. H.Carr: The Soviet “Connection” of Bourgeois Historiography’, Link, 28 Novemberl982.

‘How thecity devours its children’, Mainstream, 14 February 1998, pp.23-26 (publishedsimultaneously in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXIII, No. 7, 14February 1998, pp.328-30).

‘500Years of Vasco da Gama’, New Age, 16 August 1998.

‘InDefence of Teaching Greco-Roman History’, Mainstream, 26 February 2000,pp.17-20.

‘RememberingDr Saifuddin Kitchlew’, Mainstream (Independence Day Special), 19 August 2000,pp.37-42.

‘Clashof Stereotypes’, The Hindustan Times, 30 October 2001, editorial page.

‘DissectingNCERT’s New Social Science Textbooks’, Mainstream, 23 November 2002, pp.7-10.

‘End ofHistory’, The Hindustan Times, 3 January 2003, editorial page.

‘AnotherTiger in the Cross-hairs’, The Indian Express, 3 October 2006, op-ed.



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