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Indian History Congress

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Indian History Congress

What to study

For Prelims and Mains: About IHC, origin and objectives.

Context: Recently, the 80th session of the Indian History Congress (IHC) was held at Kannur, Kerala.

It called upon political and administrative authorities to pursue the constitutional duty of promoting composite culture, which is vital to promoting the territorial unity of India.

What is Indian History Congress?

Founded in 1935, the Indian History Congress(IHC) is the largest association of professional historians in South Asia.

  • It has about 35000 members of which over 2000 delegates participate in its session every year.
  • It has been holding its sessions very regularly from its inception and publishing its proceedings every year since 1935.
  • Its main objective is to promote secular and scientific writing of history.


The BISM organised an All India Congress in 1935 to celebrate its silver jubilee in Pune. As an outcome, the Indian History Congress (IHC) was thus born with about 50 delegates.

The Bharata Itihasa Samshodhaka Mandala (BISM) was founded by Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade in 1910 in Pune with the support of K C Mehendale.

Sources: the Hindu.