Historian Stanley Wolpert, author of several books on India, passed into the ages recently.
We remember Professor Wolpert with Rajeev Srinivasan's March 1997 interview published on the occasion of his controversial book on Jawaharlal Nehru.
UCLA Professor Stanley Wolpert's biography of Jawaharlal Nehru ruffled a few feathers in India, drawing criticism about a less-than-totally-reverential portrait of the man considered India's 'matinee-idol' statesman.
Professor Wolpert is an expert on South Asia, and his A New History of India is a comprehensive study of Indian History.
His PhD dissertation was published as Tilak and Gokhale, a comparative biography.
He is also no stranger to controversy: His fictionalised biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Nine Hours to Rama, was banned in India; his Jinnah of Pakistan was banned in Pakistan.
Rajeev Srinivasan spoke with Professor Wolpert by phone in Los Angeles.