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South Indian History Congress to begin on February 6

KANNUR: The 30th South Indian History Congress being hosted by the College of Arts and Science, Madayi, will begin here on February 6.

There would be presentations and deliberations on political, social, cultural and economic history.

Historiography and maritime history will also be discussed at the conference. The meet would focus on peasant revolts in the State, organising committee chairman K. Sudhakaran, MP, said at a press conference here on Monday.

Different views

Historians differ on whether peasant revolts are part of the freedom movement or not, he said.

An open-air symposium on ‘Freedom struggle and peasant revolts in Malabar’ would be held at 4.30 p.m. on Sreepuram School Campus here on February 7, Mr. Sudhakaran said.


Historians M.G.S. Narayanan and K.K.N. Kurup would participate in the symposium. The congress would be formally inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa at 5 p.m. on February 6.

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom will preside over the function, Mr. Sudhakaran said.

Experts’ sessions

Kannur University Vice-Chancellor P.K. Michael Tharakan, T.K. Venkita Subrahmanyam of Delhi University, Indian Council of Historical Research Member Secretary Ishrath Alam, Sanal Mohan of the Mahatma Gandhi University, D. Daniel of Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathidasan University former Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jagatheeshan, Tumkur University former Vice-Chancellor O. Anantha Ramiah are among the scholars to address the sessions, he said.

On Dalit problems

The academic sessions would include a symposium on the ‘Problems and concerns of Dalit movements in contemporary South India,’ the Dr. Janaki Endowment lecture and the Kasturi Misro Memorial lecture.

Over 500 historians from different parts of the country would attend, Mr. Sudhakaran said.