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Radha Kumud Mukherjee (25 January 1884– 9 September 1963;[1] also spelled Radhakumud or Radha Kumud Mookerji), was an Indian historian and a noted Indian nationalist during the period of British colonial rule. He was the brother of the sociologist, Radhakamal Mukerjee.[2]

Radha Kumud Mukherjee
Born25 January 1884
Died9 September1963


Mukherjee obtained a doctorate from the University of Calcutta in 1905 and joined the newly established National Council of Education, teaching at the Bengal National College. After 1915, he embarked on a series of tenures at universities in Benares, Mysore, and Lucknow.[1]

He published Indian Shipping: A History of Seaborne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times in 1912. He was an advocate of the notion of Greater India in which Indian merchants and adventurers with huge fleets brought Indians to Southeast Asia and became the foundation of kingdoms in that region.[3]

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1957 for his contribution to Public Affairs.[4]


Books by Radha Kumud Mukherjee:[5]

  • Indian Shipping: A History of Seaborne Trade and Maritime Activity of the Indians from the Earliest Times
  • Ancient Indian Education: Brahmanical and Buddhist (1947), reprinted by Motilal Banarsidass (1960).
  • Men and Thought in Ancient India (1912) McMillan and co., reprinted by Motilal Banarsidass (1996).
  • The Fundamental Unity of India
  • A History of India
  • Chandragupta Maurya and His Times
  • Early History of Kausambi
  • Local Government in Ancient India
  • Nationalism in Hindu Culture
  • The University of Nalanda


  1. ^ a b Mookerji, Radha Kumud (2003). "About the Author". The Fundamental Unity of India. New Delhi: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan/Chronicle Books. ISBN 9788180280054. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ Khatkhate, Deena (8 October 1988). "An Economist Whose Present Was in the Past". Economic and Political Weekly. 23 (41): 2093. JSTOR 4379145.
  3. ^ Hall, D.G.E. (1981). A History of South-East Asia, Fourth Edition. Hong Kong: Macmillan Education Ltd. p. 16. ISBN 0-333-24163-0.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Google Books: Search by author". Retrieved 24 September 2014.