Dr. S. R. Mehrotra is former Professor of History, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, and Jawaharlal Nehru University and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He has also taught at the universities of Sagar, London, Wisconsin, and Rabindra Bharati. He was a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and a Visiting Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He is the author of India and the Commonwealth 1885–1929 (1965), The Emergence of the Indian National Congress (1971), The Commonwealth and the Nation (1978), Towards India's Freedom and Partition (1979), and A History of the Indian National Congress: Volume One, 1885–1918 (1995). In 2010 he wrote an 'Introduction' to a centenary edition of Indian Home Rule [Hind Swaraj].

Professor Mehrotra is currently writing a second volume on the history of the Indian National Congress, dealing with the period 1919 to 1947. He is editing, in collaboration with Professor Edward C. Moulton of the University of Manitoba, the papers of Allan Octavian Hume (1829–1912), of which the first volume was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press under the title Selected Writings of Allan Octavian Hume: Volume I (1829–1867), and a second volume, dealing with the years 1867 to 1879, is expected to be out later this year. He is also editing with Mr. Dinyar Patel, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, the papers of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825–1917).

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