Current Affairs April 2015

Renowned historian Christopher Alan Bayly  passes away

Sir Christopher Alan Bayly, a renowned historian passed away on 20 April 2015 in Chicago, United States. He was 70.

As a historian he was specialised in global, Indian and British Imperial history. His works were based on the 18th and 19th century India and British imperial.

It also had included the study British imperial in India that led the transformation on colonialism and pre-modern societies and structures.

He was also Professor of History at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London and University of Chicago.  He was Vivekananda Professor at the University of Chicago during 2014-15.

Honour- He was Knighted in 2007 for his contribution to historical scholarship.

Some of his famous books are

  • Local Roots of Indian Politics: Allahabad, 1880-1920 (1975).
  • Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1780-1870 (1983).
  • Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire (1988).
  • Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 (1989).
  • Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870 (1996).


2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

All the Light We Cannot See, a novel based on Second World War by author Anthony Doerr has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

While, The New York Times has won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

List of 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Books, Drama and Music

  • Fiction- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
  • Drama – Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • History – Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn.
  • Biography – The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer.
  • Poetry – Digest by Gregory Pardlo.
  • General Nonfiction- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.
  • Music – Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe.


  • Public Service- The Post and Courier, Charleston.
  • Breaking News Reporting- The Seattle Times Staff.
  • Investigative Reporting- Eric Lipton of New York Times and Wall Street Journal Staff.
  • Explanatory Reporting- Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News.
  • Local Reporting- Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze.
  • National ReportingCarol D. Leonnig of Washington Post.
  • International Reporting– New York Times Staff.
  • Feature WritingDiana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times.
  • Commentary- Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle.
  • CriticismMary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times.
  • Editorial WritingKathleen Kingsbury of Boston Globe.
  • Editorial CartooningAdam Zyglis of Buffalo News.
  • Breaking News Photography– St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff.
  • Feature PhotographyDaniel Berehulak, freelance photographer of New York Times.