Thursday, October 23, 2008

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ఇన్నయ్య పంతులుగారు నిండా వందనములు అని
ప్రేమగా పిలిచే అమెరికా ప్రొఫెసర్ రాబర్త్ ఫ్రికన్ బర్గ్
విస్కాన్సిన్ యూనివర్సిటిలొ నేడు ఎమిరిటిస్ ప్రొఫెసర్.
1975 లో ప్రధమ ప్రపంచ తెలుగు సభలు హైదరబాద్
లాల్ బహదూర్ స్తే డియం లో జరిగినప్పుదు కలసి మాట్లాడాను.
తెలుగు బాగా మాట్లాడు తుంటే ఎలా నేర్చు కున్నారు అని అడిగాను.
1930 లో ఒక పాస్తర్ కుటుంబంలో నల్లగొండ లో పుట్టాను అని
1942 వరుకు ఆంధ్రలో పెరిగాను అని చెప్పారు.
20 ఏళ్ళ తరువాత అమెరికా వచ్చి వుత్తరం రాస్తే వెంటనే జవాబు ఇచ్హారు .
ఇప్పటివరకు వుత్తరాలలొ పలకరించు కుంటున్నాము.
తెలుగు అలవాటు తప్పి మరచి పో తున్నాను అంటున్నరు.
గుంటూరు జిల్లా పై ఆయన రచనను ఆక్స్ ఫర్ద్ వారు ప్రచురించారు
మంచి పరిశొధన . ఆంధ్ర లో రెవెన్యూ విధానం పై రచన చదవ దగినది.
మరొక పుస్తకం డిల్లి పై రాసారు .

Bio Sketch:

Born (1930) and reared in India, trained in America and Britain (Ph.D., London [SOAS], 1961), he came to Wisconsin in 1962. Founded SAMP (South Asia Microfilm Project) in 1963. Chairman, Department of South Asian Studies and Director of South Asia Studies Center from 1970 to 1973. Founded annual Wisconsin Conference on South Asian Studies in 1972, an international event that attracts over five-hundred participants. Directed Pew RAPs (Research Advancement Project (1994-1999); and served on board of Pew Research Enablement Project (New Haven CT:1993-1999). As visiting fellow of All Soul’s College, delivered Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at Oxford University in1998 (Trinity Term): AIndia=s Raj: Indigenous Ingredients in the Construction of the Imperial System.@ Emeritus status began in 1998.

Selected Publications & Research Interests:

Guntur District, 1788-1848: A History of Local Influence and Central Authority (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965), initiated localistic, >bottom-up=, Indocentric approach to Indian history. After editing Land Control and Social Structure in Indian History (Madison 1969; New Delhi 1978), Land Tenure and Peasant in South Asia (Madison, New Delhi: 1977, 1981), Delhi Through the Ages (New Delhi, Oxford 1986, 1993), each of which broke new ground, History and Belief: The Foundations of Historical Understanding (Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 1996) delved into philosophical issues and provided a framework for work on the history religious movements in India. Four edited volumes followed: Christians, Cultural Interactions and India=s Religious Traditions (London: RoutledgeCurzon; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), with Judith M. Brown; Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-Cultural Communication since 1500 (London: RoutledgeCurzon; and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003); Tirunelveli’s Evangelical Christians: Two Centuries of Family Vamsâvali Traditions (Bangalore: SAIACS, 2003), with D. & S Packiamuthu and Chris Barrigar; and Pandita Ramabai=s America: A Translation from Marathi of her AConditions of Life in the United States, 1889" (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003), in collaboration Philip Engblom & Shitija Gomes. Completed in 2006, his Oxford History of Christianity in India (220,000 words is now in press) represents a decade of research.

Among over sixty articles, chapters, and essays are items pertaining to the history of Christianity, Hinduism and Christian Missions, such as:

"On Roads and Riots in Tinnevelly: Radical Change and Ideology in Madras Presidency During the 19th Century," South Asia, IV, 2 (December, 1982), 34‑52.
"Modern Education in South India, 1784‑1854: Its Roots and Its Role as a Vehicle of Integration under Company Raj", The American Historical Review 91, 1 (February, 1986), 37-65.
"The Concept of 'Majority' as a Devilish Force in the Politics of Modern India," Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, XXV: 3 (November, 1987), 267-274.
"The Emergence of Modern 'Hinduism' As a Concept and As an Institution: A Reappraisal With Special Reference to South India," Hinduism Reconsidered (Heidelberg: 1989), 1-29, edited by Gunther Sontheimer and Hermann Kulke (reissued in New Delhi: Manohar Books, 1997), 82-107.
"Constructions of Hinduism At the Nexus of History and Religion," Journal of Interdisciplin­ary History, XXIII: 3 (Winter 1993), 523-550.
"Hindu Fundamentalism and the Structural Stability of India," Fundamental­isms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance (Chicago: 1993), 233-55; and "Fundamental­isms in South Asia: Ideologies and Institutions in Historical Perspective," Accounting for Fundamentalisms: The Dynamic Character of Movements (Chicago: 1994), 589-614, edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby.
“India: An Historical Overview,” The World History of Christianity (London: Cassell,

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