40th session of South Indian Congress held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram from January 31st to February 2nd, 2020 
Academic sessions [31-01-2020]: After lunch, the respective sections started at different places and they were far away from each other and thus, very difficult for interested to go there and listen to other papers. As Annamalai Univesity has a vast campus with all infrastructure, they could have arranged the academic proceedings in one building, so that all the sessions could have been carried on. Moreover, as the attitude of the paper presenters has also not been changed, i.e., to have the habit of “listening to others,” they present papers, get certificates and go away. Even if their papers have/had serious problems, mistakes and blunders, they do not bother and go away. Surprisingly and shockingly, their papers are faithfully printed in the proceedings. As I could not go to other places situated one to two kms, I sat at the Political Section and listen to the papers presented.
|Sl.No||Section||Dr / Prof|
|1||Political history||H. Munvar Jan|
|2||Social history||Bhangya Bhukya|
|3||Economic history||R. Abbas|
|4||Cultural history||Bhaskar Reddy|
|5||Historiography and Maritime history||K.L.N. Murthy|
The paper presentations went on till 3.30 pm. Then, there as a symposium on “Problems and progress of Social Justice in India: A post-independence evaluation,” in which Dr / Prof Y. Chinna Rao, N. Shaik Masthan and T. K. Anandi took part. They have directly or indirectly delving upon political narratives, started discourses blaming the government and so on. However, they have forgotten the existing provisions of Acts and Rules and the violators of them.
Masthan virtually came out with outburst that India is in suffocative position, because of the current conditions and there was no security in India. He predicted that after 10 years, Muslims cannot stay in India. Such talks are evidently not good for historians, as they cannot become emotional, instead, should be ambassadors of peace to make people come together. Anandi delved upon gender bias and elaborated that unless gender bias is removed, women problems cannot be solved.
|Endowment / Memorial||Dr / Prof|
|Kasturi Misra Memorial lecture||T. Manohar|
|Prof T.R.Ramachandran endowment lecture||Iranna Pattar|
|Prof B.C.Ray Memorial lecture||A. Pasilithil|
Manohar talked about local deities like Ellamma, Renuka, Mariamma etc., belonging to downtrodden people and their condition. Pasilithil paper, “Identity, equality and insecurity: Muslim political discourse in contemporary in India,” had been an apologia negating very recent historical facts and formed some sort of popular newspaper report. In fact, he depended upon such sources without going into the facts and details of the Supreme Court judgments. To blame one group, blame another group; to criticize fundamentalism, discuss the other fundamentalism; and such type of comparison foster nothing. His paper has been typically biased and do not help people to come together. Ironically, there had been only few listeners [15 to 30] to these Endowment and memorial lectures. After that, there was cultural program followed by dinner.
Second-day proceedings – Feb.01, 2020 Saturday: The paper-reading session continued at the political section. The sectional president followed the listed papers in order. There were good interaction and discussion. I also presented my paper, “Boat and Ship depicted in the Rock art, sculptures and paintings: Their Simulated design, development and application to investigate the Chola period maritime activities.” Actually, I required PPT, as, without which, the mere reading of paper or briefing about the paper would not convey the simulated model or the listeners could see it. In spite of my requests made, the organizers did not bother and this had been happening for the past years also. As they conduct the 40th session, none could accept their excuses. Moreover, as they claim “the scientific study of history” etc, it appears intriguing that they could not provide. The following endowment and memorial lectures were also held in the evening.
Ironically, there had been only a few listeners [15 to 30] to these Endowment and memorial lectures.
|Endowment / Memorial||Dr / Prof|
|Prof B.S. Chandrababu Endwmwnt lecture||Konda Srinivasulu|
|Prof Peddrapu Chenna Reddy and Dr Subhashini endowment lecture||Rakha Pande|
|Govt. Arts College, Coimbatore endowment lecture||J. Raja Mohammed|
|Prof Janaki Endowment lecture||Y. Swarupa Rani|
02-02-2020 – Sunday – the Third-day proceedings: After paper reading sections were over, all had gone to lunch. After taking rest, we went to Hi-Tech auditorium for General Bodybuilding and then for the valedictory function. It is situated almost 2 kms from the guest house.
The General Body Meeting of 40th session: None bothered about the transporting delegates to the venue of the GBM. After reaching the hall on the second floor, it was found that only 30 delegates were including office barriers. The GS claimed twice that more than 1000 delegates registered on the first day and 1300 on the third day and so on. That means, not even 3% attended GBM. This only exposes the artificiality of increase in the membership, as they are not all interested in the furthering or welfare of the association but, they are interested in something else, other than those factors [furthering or welfare of the association]. As usual, the GS tried to manipulate with the President. I pointed out serious lapses, but, the President responded that “You are an executive member,” in other words, I could not raise points again. However, the lapses could be exposed in their distributed balance sheets. Then, I pointed out the following:
- The quorum should be there. The member-delegates should be present on the third day also, particularly to attend GBM. They should not come, present paper, ge t certificate and disappear.
- Many papers of the last session were not included and listed also, therefore, a supplementary volume should be brought out immediately.
- All paper submission has to be made on-line and the CD has to be dispensed with. Enough has been discussed about this, during the last GBMs.
- The PPT should be made available, as SIHC talks about “scientific” and all.
The Sectional presidents’ report – no. of papers presented, how session conducted, the quality of papers, interaction and discussion held, – good papers presented not asked.
Mrs Hanumalakshi Jogi, Additional Registrar of Co-operative Societies, pointed out the requirement of quorum.
The Opinion of the delegates, particularly from each state – about the kit, academic proceedings, food, accommodation, not asked.
The President and the GS had virtually forgotten the by-laws and they were in hurrying in getting their resolutions and accounts getting approved by the GBM.
Then, came the valedictory function and it was conducted with AU officers. Prof Rajan, convenor of SIHC pointed out that the awareness about the monuments have to be created. He said that the visit to Mahabalipuram increased considerably, after the diplomatic visit of Chinese PM and Indian counterpart to that place. The “joint family system of India” has been unique in this world, he pointed out. K. Sadasivam briefed about the origin of SIHC in 1979 with Rajayyan, Reddy etc. Aruni of ICHR stressed for the digitization of archival materials and tapping of colonial knowledge. With the National Anthem, the function was wound up. No dinner was provided, though only less than 100 delegates left after the function.
© K. V. Ramakrishna Rao
 Dr. Yagati Chinna Rao, Professor, Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion,School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110 067. Ph: 011-26704165 (Off); 011-2674 1467 (Res.) Fax: 011 2674 1504/ 2674 1586; Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://jnu.ac.in/Faculty/chinnarao/
 Dr. T. K Anandi was born at Tharakkad village at Palghat district. Anandi obtained her PhD from the University of Kerala on the topic “Bhoovudama Bandhangalil Vanna Maattavum Antharjanagalude Munnettavum”. She has conducted a study on ‘Inter profile in Kerala’ for the Women and Child Development Department under the Ministry of Human Resource Development based on the 2001 census. She did her post-doctoral research on the topic “Participation of Women in India’s Struggle for Freedom”. Anandi is now working in Kerala Shasthra Sahithya Parishath. She is also working as the president of Society for Working Women’s Development based in Calicut. She was a member of the Women’s Policy Making Committee in Kerala. She is married to the renowned historian K. N. Ganesh.
 The First Annual Conference of the South Indian History Congress was held from Friday, 15th to Sunday, 17th February 1980 at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.