The Hindu Lit for Life 2018

How is history changing?

Camaraderie, quips and serious discussion on the perception and preservation of history marked the final session of The Hindu Lit For Life 2018, at Sir Mutha Rao Concert Hall.

Titled ‘Whose History Is It Anyway?’ the session had historian V. Sriram, historian and author Chithra Madhavan and documentary filmmaker Kombai S. Anwar thrashing out a range of concerns.

Sriram opened the conversation by noting, “Anybody with a good Internet connection is a historian today.” Yet, he said, being a historian by choice and profession is difficult. Madhavan and Anwar backed this observation.

Sriram then brought up “the way in which we brush aside some aspects of history and take up some others.”

Madhavan stated in this context that protectors of heritage sites need to be firm, or else there won’t be many heritage sites left. Anwar said that the development model too needs to change, particularly in cities facing a population influx.

The trio then delved into the re-writing of history, and changes in the perception of historical figures. Anwar spoke of the temple tanks of Tamil Nadu, and the fakir and Jain communities that had settled around them once. “How did Buddhism and Jainism leave Tamil Nadu? We need to understand,” he said.

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