History Congress a failure, says P Parameshwaran

via www.dailypioneer.com published on March 17, 2007

Director of Bharathiya Vichara Kendram (BVK), P Parameswaran on Saturday came down heavily on the Indian History Congress held in Kozhikode for its neglect of the anti-imperialist struggles in the State.


There was no justification for such a conference of eminent historians of the country to have totally skipped discussions on the pioneering anti-imperialist struggles spearheaded by patriots like Pazhassi Raja and Veluthambi Dalava, Parameswaran told a Press conference here.

Parameswaran said it was also surprising that no eminent historian from the State could find a place in the executive of the Indian History Congress selected at the conclusion of the session.

He said it was significant that the movements led by Pazhassiraja and Veluthambi Dalava took place half a decade before the 1857 first war of independence.

Parameswaran said the Bhartheeya Vichara Kendram headed by him would be organising a series of seminars on the 1857 struggle to bring to light its various strands and their contemporary relevance.

The seminars and talks by eminent scholars and historians would endeavour a “comprehensive look” at the 1857 uprising, he added.

He also said that the BVK got the recognition of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University in Ajmer in Rajasthan.

The recognition would facilitate BVK’s academic wing Bharatiya Institute for Advanced Studies to admit research students in economics, politics, philosophy, education, Sanskrit and management studies from the next academic year.

The institute was also seeking recognition from the Kerala University for its management courses.

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