Kirti Narain

Kirti Narain is presently the Principal of Jai Hind College, Mumbai. A modern historian of Lucknow, where she did her Ph.D. in 1987 on the various aspects of the language press in UP in the late 19th and early 20th century. She has a 30 years teaching experience, having started her career at a post graduate college in Kanpur, where she held the position of Head of Department for 13 years. She later moved to Hong Kong, where she taught courses in Modern Indian History and Gender in Indin at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; at the same time holding the position of a Visiting Professor at the Research Centre for Cross-cultural Studies at the University. She was also Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and presented and published papers on comparative studies on primary education, and the girl child in India and China. She has published 3 books-an edited one of the revolt of 1857, with the General Editor, PJO Taylor; `Press, Politics and Society in Utter Pradesh: 1885-1914`; and `Co-Prosperity in Cross-Culturalism: Indians in Hong Kong`, with kwok Siu Tong, Dean of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has published around 40 papers, reviews and articles in national and cross-cultural studies in JFK University in California and University of Kyoto in Japan. She spearheaded the organization of the seminar on the revolt of 1857, held at Jai Hind College, Mumbai, in January 2007, and presented a paper on the fate of the leaders of the revolt, keeping up as the scene of activity. This paper forms a part of the book. She is a member of several committees and organizations, the latest being the Indian Council of Social Science, chaired by Prof. Mungekar, Member Planning Commission; and the Civil Services Study Centre at Wilson College, Mumbai.