Publications 2000-2014


Kochhar, Rajesh et al (eds) (2013) The Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science  and Social Change c. 1850-c. 2000, ( Chandigarh: Panjab University).

a. Publications and texts of (select) invited lectures, etc. 

Many of these are available online. Feel free to ask for a copy.

49.Kochhar, R. (2014) Choosing Raman’s successor for Raman Research Institute. Current Science,Vol. 107, N0. 7 (10 Oct.), pp. 1194-1200.

48. Kochhar, R. (2013) Panjab University: The early years. In: Kochhar, R. et al (eds) (2013) The Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science  and Social Change c. 1850-c. 2000, pp. 63-65 ( Chandigarh: Panjab University). 

47. Kochhar, R. (2013) How The Tribune was saved: An interesting chapter from its early history. In: Kochhar, R. et al (eds) (2013) The Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science  and Social Change c. 1850-c. 2000, pp. 51-53 ( Chandigarh: Panjab University). 

46. R. Kochhar (2013) Education in the 19th century Punjab. In: Kochhar, R. et al (eds) (2013) The Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science  and Social Change c. 1850-c. 2000, pp. 15-19 ( Chandigarh: Panjab University).

45.  R. Kochhar (2013) The early Indian Academy of Sciences and the Bhera connection. Current Science , Vol. 104, pp. 1093-1097 .

44. R. Kochhar (2013) Professor Ruchi Ram Sahni (1863-1948): A scientific biography. Physics News, Vol. 43, No.1 (Jan.), pp. 19-35. press).

43.  R. Kochhar (in press) From Ziegenbalg to Alexander Duff: Early years of English education in India 1715-1835. In:  Beyond Tranquebar: Grappling with Boundaries (eds: Esther Fihl and A. R. Venkatachalapathy) ( Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan).

42.   R. Kochhar (2013)  Natural history in India during 18th and 19th centuries. J. Bioscience, Vol. 38, pp. 1-24.

41. R. Kochhar (2013) Tribhuvandas Kalyandas Gajjar (1863-1920): The  pioneering industrial chemist of Western India. Current Science, 104: 1093-1097.

40. R. Kochhar (2012) Le système des yuga. In: Variations sur un meme ciel (ed: Jean-Philippe Uzan) ( La ville brule).

39. R. Kochhar (2012) Hindoo College Calcutta Revisited: Its pre-history and the role of Rammohun Roy. Science and Culture, 78: 280-297.

38. R. Kochhar (2012) Early modern natural history: contributions from the Americas and India. J. Biosciences, Vol. 37:, pp. 937-947.

37. R. Kochhar (2011) Muslims and English education in colonial Bengal: Calcutta Madrasa and Hooghly Mohsin College in a historical perspective. In: Hooghly College 175,  pp. 17-39. (ed: S. K. Mukhopadhyay) ( Hooghly: Hooghly Mohsin College)

36.  R. Kochhar (2011)  Smallpox in colonial and scientific contexts. J. Biosciences, Vo.l 36, pp.1-8.

35.  R. Kochhar (2011) Scriptures, science and mythology: Astronomy in Indian cultures. In: The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposium, Vol. 260, pp. 54-61 (Cambridge University Press).

34.   R. Kochhar (2010) Ancient Indian astro-mathematical tradition: Evolution and linkages. In: Mathematics and Astronomy : A Joint Long Journey. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 1283, pp. 156-160.

33.  R. Kochhar (2010) Rahu and Ketu in mythological and astronomological contexts. Indian Journal of History of Science, 45(2):287-297.

32.  R. Kochhar (2009) Globalization, Mandalization and the Indian middle class, In: Culture, Society and Development in India (eds: Manoj Kumar Sanyal and Arunabha Ghosh) (Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan), pp. 23-32.

31.  J. V.  Narlikar  & R. Kochhar (2009) Post-independence Indian achievements in astronomy. In  : Science in India (ed: J.V. Narlikar) ( New Delhi. : Viva Books)

30.  R. Kochhar (2009) Astronomical heritage: Towards a global perspective and action. In: Cultural Heritage    of Astronomical Observatories; Proceedings of International ICOMOS Symposium ,Hamburg (ed: Gudrun Wolfschmidt), p. 41 (Berlin: Hendrik Balker Verlag).

29. R. Kochhar (2009)  Kodaikanal Observatory 1899. In: Cultural Heritage of Astronomical Observatories;  Proceedings of International ICOMOS Symposium ,Hamburg (ed: Gudrun Wolfschmidt), pp 255-260 (Berlin: Hendrik Balker Verlag).

28. R. Kochhar (2008) Rise and decline of modern science in India, National Academy Science Letters (Allahabad), 31 (5&6): 171-174.

27.  R. Kochhar (2008)   Cultivation of science in the 19th century Bengal, Indian Journal of Physics, 82(8): 1003-1082 (Akshoy Datta Memorial Lecture at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.)

26. R. Kochhar (2008) Seductive orientalism: English education and modern science in colonial India. Social Scientist, 36:45-63 (S.C. Mishra Lecture at 68th Indian History Congress, Delhi.)

25. R. Kochhar (2008) Science as a symbol of new nationhood: India and the International Geophysical Year 1957-58, Current Science, 94: 813-816

24. David Smith  & R.  Kochhar (2008) Multimedia archiving of technological change in a traditional creative industry – A case study of the Dhokra artisans of Bankura, West Bengal. In: Cognition, Communication and Interaction (Ed.: Satinder P. Gill) (London: Springer), pp.  501-515.

23. R. Kochhar (2007) Promoting astronomy in developing countries: an historical perspective. Proceedings  of the International Astronomical Union, Volume 2, 21-24 (Cambridge University Press).

22. R. Kochhar (2007)    Ayurveda: Origins and evolution, Paper presented in Panel on “Science and Technology in India’s past”, during Indian History Congress at Delhi University. 29-30 Dec. [Papers from Aligarh Historians Society to the Indian History Congress, 2007 (Ed.: Irfan Habib), pp. 7-12].

21. R. Kochhar  (2007) Colonial India, native gentlemen and modern science. Lecture in the History of Science Colloquium in History Department, University of Texas, Austin. 16 Nov.

20. R. Kochhar (2006) Book review of Lucio Russo: The Forgotten Revolution: How Science was born in 300 BC and Why it had to be Reborn (Springer 2004).Indian Journal of History of Science, 41:3, 335-338.

19. R. Kochhar (2005) Modern science in India: Colonial compulsions, nationalist aspirations and global circumventions. 67th Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Memorial Lecture, Kolkata. 30 Nov.

18. R. Kochhar (2005)  Development through science and technology: Indian initiatives and concerns, First Asian Science and Technology Forum, Tokyo.

17. R. Kochhar (2005) Co-sharing the celestial hemisphere: Planetary orbits, mythology and religious philosophy in India. Lecture delivered at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in the Symposium on “Sharing the celestial sphere” at Beijing. 25 Jul.

16. R. Kochhar (2005) Shipbuilding in India: Wadia shipbuilders. In: Encyclopedia of the History of Non-Western Science (Ed.:  H. Selin) Springer.

15. R. Kochhar (2005) A tale of two databases: India’s R&D dilemma. Science and Development Network Sci. Dev. Net, 13 Jul.

14. R. Kochhar (2004) Till science transcends the scientist: Role of human factor in science. In: Philosophical Consciousness and Scientific Knowledge: Conceptual Linkages and Civilizational Background. (Ed.: D.P. Chattopadhyaya) (New Delhi:   Centre for Studies in Civilization)   pp.249-251.

13. R. Kochhar (2004) Knowledge economy: Global or parochial.   2004   STEPI International Symposium on  Science and Technology Policy, Seoul. (  )

12. R. Kochhar (2004) S.S. Bhatnagar:  Life and Times. (Review essay) In Life & Work of Sir S.S. Bhatnagar  (by Norah Richards). (New edition, Delhi: NISTADS)  (First published 1948).

11. R. Kochhar (2004) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar. Resonance, 7: 82-89.

10. R. Kochhar (2004) Denationalised middle class: Global escape from Mandal. Economic & Political Weekly, 3 Jan., p. 20. 

9. R. Kochhar (2003) Information and communication technology: Role of war and pornography. Public Lecture at India International Centre,  New Delhi. 10 Jun. 

8.  R. Kochhar (2003)  Perverse innovation.  STEPI International Innovation Symposium, Seoul.

7. R. Kochhar (2003) Is globalisation encouraging flat-earth mentality, In: Architecture of an Inclusive Society, Proceedings of Eighth Indira Gandhi conference, 20-21 Nov. 2001, Teen Murti House, New Delhi. (New Delhi: Mudrit Publishers), pp. 362-370.

6. R. Kochhar (2002) Madras and Kodaikanal observatories: A brief history. Resonance, 7:16-28.

5. R.  Kochhar (2002) Inventive individuals; innovative systems (http: // www. cid. harvard. edu/ cidbiotech/ comments/ {Cited in Michael Kahn et al. (2004) Flight of the Flamingos: A Study on the Mobility of R&D Workers (South   Africa: Human Science Research Council), p.73.} 

4. D. Smith & R. Kochhar (2002) Multimedia archiving of technological change in a traditional creative industry: A case study of the Dhokra artisans of Bankura, West Bengal.  AI & Society, 16: 350-365. 

3. R. Kochhar (2001)  Indian fellows of the Royal Society, London (1841-2000). Current Science,   80: 721.

2. R. Kochhar (2001)  The Rgvedic Soma plant.  In: Medicine and Life Sciences in India (Vol.IV Part-2 of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization) (ed. B.V. Subbarayappa) (New Delhi in Centre for Studies in Civilizations) pp.724-739.

1. R. Kochhar (2000): J.C. Bose: The inventor who wouldn’t patent. Science Reporter, 37(2): 19-21 (Originally published in Economic Times, 18 Mar. 1998, as ‘Time warp as an escape from future’).  {Posted on various  websites.}


b. Press articles

36. R. Kochhar (2013) Punjab’s pioneering scientist: Professor Ruchi Ram Sahni. The Tribune (Science) 5 Apr.

35. R. Kochhar (2012) Rankling rankings: Govt shouldn’t abdicate its responsibility in education. The Tribune  (Opinion) 4 Nov.

34.  R. Kochhar (2008) Panjab University at crossroads. The Tribune (Education) 26 Aug.

33.  R. Kochhar (2008) Challenges for creative minds. The Tribune Chandigarh (Education) 10 Jun.

32. R. Kochhar (2008) Is science teaching history? Hindustan Times (Offtrack) 16 May.

31. R. Kochhar (2008) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar  (60 great men of India in the 20th century). India Today, 21 Apr.

30. R. Kochhar (2008) Invest more, expect more .The Tribune (Education) 4 Mar.

29. R. Kochhar (2008)  English, global and local. The Tribune  (Edit page) 19 Feb.

28. R. Kochhar (2008)  Year of Astronomy. The Tribune (Science & Technology) 4 Jan.

27. R. Kochhar (2007)   60 years of Panjab University in pursuit of excellence. The Tribune  (Op-ed page) 1 Oct.

26. R. Kochhar (2007) The enigma that was Ramu  [Ramachandra Gandhi]. India Express (Edit page ) 25 Jul.

25. R. Kochhar (2007)  Protect innocents abroad. The Tribune (Edit page) 11 Jul

24. R. Kochhar (2007) Killing unborn daughter: Government should regulate technology. The Tribune (Op-ed page)  25 May.

23. R. Kochhar (2007) India must move beyond superficial IT prowess. The Tribune  (Op-ed page) 3 Feb.

22. R. Kochhar (2007)  Delusions on science. Times of India  (Edit page) 31 Jan.

21. R. Kochhar (2006) Going off balance. Hindustan Times  (Edit page) 21 Nov.

20. R. Kochhar (2006) Cancer alarm in the Punjab cotton belt. The Tribune (Health) 4 Oct.

19.  R. Kochhar (2006)  Science and sensibility .Hindustan Times (Edit page) 3 Aug.

18. R. Kochhar (2005)  IT’ s a mixed blessing: Chandigarh as an outsourcing  centre .The Tribune (Op-ed page) 14 Nov.

17. R. Kochhar (2005) Coping with nature’s fury. The Tribune  (Perspectives). 16 Oct.

16. R. Kochhar (2005)  IT, prosperity and equity.  Deccan Herald  (Edit page) 15 Oct.

15. R. Kochhar (2005) The legend of history. The Tribune    (Edit page) 10 Sep.

14. R. Kochhar (2005)  Pesticide threat. The Tribune (Science) 24 Jun.

13. R. Kochhar (2005)  Net Deficit. Times of India (Third editorial) 12 May.

12. R. Kochhar (2005) Under Western eyes: Indian seeks foreign stamp for its heroes. Times of India  (Leader article) 19 Mar.

11. R. Kochhar (2005)  Apada aur vigyan (Hindi). Jansatta, 14 Feb.

10. R. Kochhar (2005)  Nijata mein saindh (Hindi). Jansatta, 4. Feb.

9. R. Kochhar (2005) Roving eye: Coping with voyeurism in internet, digital technology. Times of India (Edit page) 24 Jan.

8. R. Kochhar (2004) Patently unfair: Third world should uphold traditional knowledge. Times of India (Editorial Page), 27 Nov. {Summarized by American Association for the Advancement of Science (  and SciDev.Net(}. 

7. R. Kochhar (2004) History as half-truth: NCERT book distorts facts, discards logic. Times of India, 10 Aug.

6. R. Kochhar (2004) The Vedic void: Understanding the past through science. Times of India, 17 Jul.

5. R. Kochhar (2004) An unhealthy exam system: It’s time for knowledge-based education. The Tribune, 16 Jan.

4. R. Kochhar (2003) Towards a global perspective on globalization. The Hindu, 16 Dec. [Reprinted in Daily News, Colombo, 23 Dec. 03].

3. R. Kochhar (2002) How corruption subverts the system: It is like poisoning of the village well. The Tribune, 4 May.

2. R. Kochhar  (2001) Integrating IT into mainstream industry. The Tribune, 7 Jan.

1. R. Kochhar  (2000) Water: The ground reality. Tribune, 22 May.