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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Research Book Written By FNU Lecturer Released | Fiji Sun Online - Nation

The theme of the book is related to French travellers and adventurers, which have played a pivotal role in the expansion of their nation’s colonial expansion in Asia.

Fiji National University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nigel Healey (left) with Dr. Sakul Kundra [Assistant Professor in History] faculty of Centre of Humanities and Education at Fiji National University.
Photo: Supplied

Fiji National University’s Assistant Professor in History Sakul Kundra has released a research book.

The lecturer for the Centre of Humanities and Education at FNU, research book is titled Insights of Mughal India: Exploring the Perceptions of French Travelers and Adventurers In Northern India during Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries from USP Press, University of South Pacific.

FNU Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said:  “This important book analyses historical written accounts of French travelers to India in the 17th and 18th centuries to understand the way that the French viewed the politics and economics of Indian society.

“The book uses these written travelogues to explore five broad themes: the actual accounts of their travels and the backgrounds of the travelers themselves; the role of the travelers as agents, merchants and mercenaries; the travelers’ assessments and  understanding of the political landscape of India; their attitude to gender relations, at a time when widow burning in India was still practised; and their view of Indian education and beliefs, at a time when Europe was undergoing a period of rapid scientific advance during the so-called ‘Age of Enlightenment’.

“It provides fascinating and thoroughly researched insights into the way India was perceived by Europeans during this critical period in world history.

This work has been accomplished with motivation given by FNU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, and Dean of College of Humanities and Education Eci Nabalarua.
Varied facets of Mughal India are explored through the eyes of French travellers and adventurers in the 17th and 18th centuries...

Author Information
Mr Kundra is the Assistant Professor of History at the Department of Social Science, FNU.

He has an M.A. degree from Hindu College, University of Delhi, University topper in Masters in Philosophy and a Ph.D degree from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

He also holds two Post-Graduate Diplomas in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Book Publishing from the University of Delhi. He has immense teaching experience in several colleges affiliated to the University of Delhi and Indraprastha University.

He also has vast experience of working on research projects, has published 25 research articles in reputed peer-reviewed international and national journals, and 24 articles in local newspapers.

Additional resources  
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"A new research book by Dr Sakul Kundra, assistant professor in history at the Fiji National University's College of Humanities and Education, was successfully published in Fiji last month."

Source: Fiji Sun Online