Madurai

‘To know its history is a society’s right’

The hidden past: Justice G.R. Swaminathan, Judge, Madras High Court, looking at exhibits at a photo exhibition on Keezhadi in Madurai on Sunday.

The hidden past: Justice G.R. Swaminathan, Judge, Madras High Court, looking at exhibits at a photo exhibition on Keezhadi in Madurai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: G_Moorthy

Excavations must be done in all potential places to fully bring out history of Tamil Nadu: researcher

R. Balakrishnan, an IAS officer serving with Odisha government and a researcher on Indus Valley civilisation, on Sunday said that the society had the right to know its history.

Addressing a gathering at the commemoration of 100th heritage walk organised by Green Walk, which was celebrated as an archaeological festival here, he said that excavations should not be done at Keezhadi alone, but in all other potential places such as Adichanallur and Korkai to fully bring out the Sangam era history of Tamil Nadu. Stressing the importance of Keezhadi excavation, he explained how the findings had indicated the presence of a thriving, secular civilisation. “We have not found any idols or symbols of worship, but have found plenty of toys,” he said.

Theodore Baskaran, environmentalist and film historian, said that history was the collective memory of a society. “If we do not know history, we are like humans without memory,” he said. He argued how the roots of all the major conflicts, like the Kashmir problem and Babri Masjid issue, lie in history.

Pointing out that the names of cities, towns and villages carried rich history with them, he said these names should therefore not be altered. “Ootacamund must not have been changed to Udagamandalam, for instance,” he said.

Epigraphist C. Santhalingam said that Green Walk, which primarily takes people on a walk to historically and archaeologically important places in and around Madurai, accompanied by sharing of knowledge by experts, received overwhelming response from the people of Madurai.

“In every walk, there will be 100 new faces. I do not think in any other city you can expect such a huge gathering for an archaeological event,” he said.

Earlier, Justice G.R. Swaminathan, Judge, Madras High Court, inaugurated a photo exhibition showcasing the findings and importance of excavations in Keezhadi.

Two books, one on Madurai’s history and another about its festivals, were released at the function. T-shirts with ‘I love Madurai’ and ‘En Madurai (My Madurai)’ slogans were also released.

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