TNHC indulged in the “Ramar-Sethu” controversy openly in the Business Session!

via VEDAPRAKASH published on December 20, 2007

On 16th afternoon ( 16-12-2007 ), the Business Session of the General Body Meeting of TNHC witnessed heated discussion, as a resolution on “Ramar-sethu” was introduced surreptitiously and attempted to be passed. Mohanram, P. Jagadesan, K. Narayanan, C. Venkatesan, B. Ramanathan, N. Rajendran, G. J. Sudhakar were on the dias. All are historians with memberships, holding offices in other History Congresses.

During the General Body Meeting and business session, it is customary that History Congresses used to pass resolutions on varied issues, though, in many cases, they do not have any right or locus standi in such issues dealt with. For example, they may recommend that ASI, ICHR, National Archives, etc., should be removed from the clutches of IAS officers or privatized and so on and such resolutions are totally absurd and meaningless, but just for publicity they used to introduce and pass. But here, this particular resolution appears to be planned one and politically motivated and it is unbecoming on the part of so-called history teachers, professors etc., posing as historians and indulging in passing such resolution.

Starting with routines, G. Venkatraman, suddenly made such resolutions as one among the others. The copy of resolutions was not circulated, but when one member K. V. Ramakrishna Rao asked, Venkatraman replied that it was circulated in the sections, which was a blatant lie. He pointed out that introducing such controversial resolution without the knowledge of members and historians indulging in such politicized subject might not be good. He added that the matter had been sub-judice and making any comments or passing resolution might amount to contempt of court, moreover, historians and members of TNHC need not involve in such issues. But, the office bearers sitting on the dias appeared adamant without heeding to the advise of the member.

P. Jagadesan, former General Secretary of TNHC and present member of State Planning Commission stood up and expressed his view that the resolution might not be passed (visibly, he was upset by the point of “contempt of Court”. Perhaps, he would have remembered what had happened to Karunanidhi in the case of the strike planned. The Supreme Court sent a notice for striking work).

In fact, G. Venkatraman attempted to pass by asking the audience. Though only five or six raised hands and most of other members sitting quietly, he announced that the resolution was passed! Again, K. V. Ramakrishna Rao intervened that such authoritarian attitude was not the proper way of conducting GBM or business session. Coming to point, he again pointed out that no member of TNHC or TNHC has any locus standi on the issue, and it is better that the controversial resolution was deleted. There was commotion on the dias. It was ironical that the senior persons sitting on the dias did not respond but watching.

Suddenly, another member Mr. Ponnuswamy came to the dias and pointed out that the Government purposely filed such affidavit (questioning the historicity of Rama) in the Supreme Court, but it was withdrawn and filed revised affidavit and therefore, passing resolution on such issue would amount to contempt of court.

G. Venkatraman suddenly brought one Karunanandan on the dias and announced that they were only appreciating a paper presented by him on that day. K. V. Ramakrishna Rao objected to it pointing out his name and title of paper were not in the list circulated. Ponnuswamy again came to the stage and vehemently protested his autocratic attitude of Venkatraman. Again there was commotion and the audience was simply watching without expressing their views. As the temper was running high, it was K. V. Ramakrishna Rao who came to the dias told that historians need not fight and pacified all and the commotion came to an end.

Though, the members were keeping quite, definitely, it created an impact, as revealed through the speech of Mr. Brahmanandam, Registrar of University of Madras, and C. Paramatrthalingam who openly expressed their views heaving a sigh of relief that the heat was ultimately controlled and settled down.

That G. J. Sudhakar enjoyed and dumbfounded his sitting near K. Veeramani was revealed by himself during his winding up speech at the end of valedictory function on 16th December evening! How the “Thomas-myth” propagandist enjoying the company of anti-Hindu atheist is intriguing. Anyway, many times, people would be thrilled to see their admirable heroes, role-models etc in flesh and blood than in photos and pictures. Therefore, the confession of Sudhakar must be revealing as birds of all feather would be flocked together.

Though, G. Venkatraman announced that non-members might leave the hall and join them at the time of valedictory function, many non-members including press-people, Congress and DK representatives were present there! The persons in the hall were more than 160, whereas the eligible members who attend the GBM-Business session would be around 75 as enquired from the delegates.

Note: The persons mentioned here are History teachers, professors, lecturers and most of them were retired, except 20 to 30% have been in service. It has to be mentioned that these retired people use this opportunity to meet their friends and enjoy time with free lodging, boarding and to and fro charges. It has to be noted that during their service they could not do anything for history and therefore, it is not known, what they do after retirement? And more irony is none of their sons and daughters or grand-sons and grand-daughters study history, but engage in lucrative Computer software, IT, Engineering and medical. But these persons go on preach that history should be studied and so on!

VEDAPRAKASH

17-12-2007
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TNHC indulged in the “Ramar-Sethu” controversy openly in the Business Session!

On 16th afternoon ( 16-12-2007 ), the Business Session of the General Body Meeting of TNHC witnessed heated discussion, as a resolution on “Ramar-sethu” was introduced surreptitiously and attempted to be passed. Mohanram, P. Jagadesan, K. Narayanan, C. Venkatesan, B. Ramanathan, N. Rajendran, G. J. Sudhakar were on the dias. All are historians with memberships, holding offices in other History Congresses.

During the General Body Meeting and business session, it is customary that History Congresses used to pass resolutions on varied issues, though, in many cases, they do not have any right or locus standi in such issues dealt with. For example, they may recommend that ASI, ICHR, National Archives, etc., should be removed from the clutches of IAS officers or privatized and so on and such resolutions are totally absurd and meaningless, but just for publicity they used to introduce and pass. But here, this particular resolution appears to be planned one and politically motivated and it is unbecoming on the part of so-called history teachers, professors etc., posing as historians and indulging in passing such resolution.

Starting with routines, G. Venkatraman, suddenly made such resolutions as one among the others. The copy of resolutions was not circulated, but when one member K. V. Ramakrishna Rao asked, Venkatraman replied that it was circulated in the sections, which was a blatant lie. He pointed out that introducing such controversial resolution without the knowledge of members and historians indulging in such politicized subject might not be good. He added that the matter had been sub-judice and making any comments or passing resolution might amount to contempt of court, moreover, historians and members of TNHC need not involve in such issues. But, the office bearers sitting on the dias appeared adamant without heeding to the advise of the member.

P. Jagadesan, former General Secretary of TNHC and present member of State Planning Commission stood up and expressed his view that the resolution might not be passed (visibly, he was upset by the point of “contempt of Court”. Perhaps, he would have remembered what had happened to Karunanidhi in the case of the strike planned. The Supreme Court sent a notice for striking work).

In fact, G. Venkatraman attempted to pass by asking the audience. Though only five or six raised hands and most of other members sitting quietly, he announced that the resolution was passed! Again, K. V. Ramakrishna Rao intervened that such authoritarian attitude was not the proper way of conducting GBM or business session. Coming to point, he again pointed out that no member of TNHC or TNHC has any locus standi on the issue, and it is better that the controversial resolution was deleted. There was commotion on the dias. It was ironical that the senior persons sitting on the dias did not respond but watching.

Suddenly, another member Mr. Ponnuswamy came to the dias and pointed out that the Government purposely filed such affidavit (questioning the historicity of Rama) in the Supreme Court, but it was withdrawn and filed revised affidavit and therefore, passing resolution on such issue would amount to contempt of court.

G. Venkatraman suddenly brought one Karunanandan on the dias and announced that they were only appreciating a paper presented by him on that day. K. V. Ramakrishna Rao objected to it pointing out his name and title of paper were not in the list circulated. Ponnuswamy again came to the stage and vehemently protested his autocratic attitude of Venkatraman. Again there was commotion and the audience was simply watching without expressing their views. As the temper was running high, it was K. V. Ramakrishna Rao who came to the dias told that historians need not fight and pacified all and the commotion came to an end.

Though, the members were keeping quite, definitely, it created an impact, as revealed through the speech of Mr. Brahmanandam, Registrar of University of Madras, and C. Paramatrthalingam who openly expressed their views heaving a sigh of relief that the heat was ultimately controlled and settled down.

That G. J. Sudhakar enjoyed and dumbfounded his sitting near K. Veeramani was revealed by himself during his winding up speech at the end of valedictory function on 16th December evening! How the “Thomas-myth” propagandist enjoying the company of anti-Hindu atheist is intriguing. Anyway, many times, people would be thrilled to see their admirable heroes, role-models etc in flesh and blood than in photos and pictures. Therefore, the confession of Sudhakar must be revealing as birds of all feather would be flocked together.

Though, G. Venkatraman announced that non-members might leave the hall and join them at the time of valedictory function, many non-members including press-people, Congress and DK representatives were present there! The persons in the hall were more than 160, whereas the eligible members who attend the GBM-Business session would be around 75 as enquired from the delegates.

Note: The persons mentioned here are History teachers, professors, lecturers and most of them were retired, except 20 to 30% have been in service. It has to be mentioned that these retired people use this opportunity to meet their friends and enjoy time with free lodging, boarding and to and fro charges. It has to be noted that during their service they could not do anything for history and therefore, it is not known, what they do after retirement? And more irony is none of their sons and daughters or grand-sons and grand-daughters study history, but engage in lucrative Computer software, IT, Engineering and medical. But these persons go on preach that history should be studied and so on!

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