Why Babu Paul is heading Historian’s panel? Will Chandy ban Oxford Dictionary in Kerala?

via HK published on June 2, 2011

Thiruvananthapuram: One of the first decision taken by the new Congress lead UDF Government is to set up a panel to address the so called ‘Anti Christian Bias’ in Kerala history books .Eminent historian M G S Narayanan has declined to join the three-member panel headed by Dr Babu Paul. Narayanan said that he was not ready to be a member of a committee headed by former bureaucrat Dr D Babu Paul as the latter was not a professional historian.  

“This textbook is prepared by a panel of competent historians and only professional historians are capable of reviewing it to ascertain if the complaints of the church has any substance,” says Narayanan . Narayanan said he was contacted by a government official and he accepted the request to be part of the committee under the impression that it would be headed by a historian. However, he said he came to know only later that it was going to function under the chairmanship of a former bureaucrat. On the contents of the book, Narayanan said it was in fact, “one of the best books ever prepared” for school studies in Kerala.

Their objection is to the Chapter ‘Aadhunika lokathinte Udayam’ [Dawn of the modern world] in which mention is made of the intellectual and social repression in Europe by the Rom an Catholic Church  in the middle ages. They protest strongly against the passage that says that the Church was a feudal power oppressing the poor; and that clerical abuses included sale of ‘indulgences’ or pardon of sins, for money.

If you casually search Google for ‘sale of pardons by the Church in the middle ages’, it will be throw up a million authentic references including accredited Catholic sources,  to it as a purely historical truth. It is all part of the history of the development of the modern world. One wonders why the ungodly rich and immoral Kerala Church is trying to make themselves laughed at through such an imbecile demand to shut out truth. Do they think they are in medieval Europe? Are they so sure that Keralites are all morons, even after the Hindus of Kerala refused a reasonable majority to the Christian/Moslem UDF through a silent undercurrent?

To see the joke, please refer merely to the Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on the word ‘pardon’: par·don / ‘pärdn/ • n. the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense: he obtained pardon for his sins. ? a remission of the legal consequences of an offense or conviction: he offered a full pardon to five convicted men. ? hist. Christian Church an indulgence, as widely sold in medieval Europe.

 Kerala Catholic Church may even ask for the withdrawal of the Dictionary. Or better still, order the UDF to do so. Oommen Chandy is famous for writing job- recommendations addressed even to the US President.

Tail Piece:Still in the History books the Malabar Moplahs who conducted genocide on helpless Hindus of present day Malappuram district is glorified as Freedom Fighters. Any takers to request Chandi to set up a panel to look into this as well?  

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