South Indian History Congress – 32

South Indian History Congress – 32

The 32nd session of the South Indian History Congress was inaugurated at the University Centenary auditorium on February 3, 2012 by the Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy, followed by the addresses of  G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology, T.S. Sridhar, Secretary, Higher Education and G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras.

Office Bearers and Executive Committee Members for the years 2012-13

Emeritus Professor ,
School of Historical Studies
Madurai Kamaraj University

Vice –President 

1. Dr.Aravind Kumar,
Dept of History, Archaeology & Culture, Dravidian University,
Kuppam – 517425,
Chitthoor. Andhra Pradesh.

2. Dr.G.Gowthaman,
Asso Professor in History,
All India Civil Services Coaching Centre, Tamil Nadu Government,
Chennai – 600040

General Secretary

Professor and Head,
Dept of Indian History,
University of Madras, Chennai .

Joint Secretaries1. Dr.G.Premkumar,
Asso. Professor in History,
CAS College, Madayi
Kannur-6780358, Kerala.2. Dr.A.Chandrasekaran
Department of History,
DDE, University of Madras,
Professor and Head,
Dept of Art History,
School of Performing Arts,
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Madurai.160, North Masi Street,
Madurai – 625001.


Treasurer– Cum Liaison officer,Dr.R.Abbas,Asst prof in History
Annamalai University,
DDK Study Centre,Consultative Committee
1. Dr. D. Daniel, (Convener)
9/44A, ‘ABELS’, Near IPC
Devanesan Compound,
Panakalai, Kaliakavilai Post
Kanniakumari District – 629 1532. Dr.Syed Ayub Ali, (Member)
Kakathya University
Warangal3. Dr.R.C.Misro, (Member)
Professor in History,


1. P.Ayyar,Ph.d Scolar, School of Historicwal Studies,
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Madurai – 625 021.2. Dr.P.S.Pratheep,
Chaitharam,Karuvatta, Adoor Post,
Pathanamthitta, Kerala – 6915233. Dr.G.Dayakar,
H.No. 4-108, Revaly (village) & post,
Thoodikurthy Via, Gopalpet,
Mahaboob Nagar District,
Andhra Pradesh – 5092344. Dr.S.Jeyakumar,
Asso Professor in History,
SD College, Alappuzha – 688003 Kerala.5. M.Lakshmanamoorthy,
S/o P.Muthaiah,
Dindigul – 625 714. 
6. Ramakrishna Rao K.V.
Venkatachala Iyer Street,
West Mambalam,
Madras – 600033.7. Dr.P.Nazeer,
Seera, Veleyani Tn,
Nemom P.O,
Trivandrum – 695020 Kerala8. Dr.M.Nazeer Ahamed, History,
Sadakathullah Appa College,
Rahmadh Nagar, Tirunelveli – 6270119. Dr.G.Ravi,
Asst. Prof in History,
V.H.N.S. College,
Viruthunagar. Tamil Nadu.10. Dr. K.Murugaiah,
Associate Professor in History,
Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.
Tamil Nadu. 
11. Mrs.Dr.S.Nagarathamma,Dept of History,
Bangalore University,
Bangalore – 560056.12. Dr.N.Shik Mastan,
Professor in History,
Bangalore University,
Bangalore – 560056.
Karnadaka.13. P.Thiyagarajan,
Asst.Prof in History,
SBK College, Aruppukottai, Tamil Nadu14. Dr.K.Srinivalu,
Asso. Professor in History,
C. J. R. Sarma College,
Ongole, Prakasam Dist, AP15. P.Venkata Subbaiah,
Dept of History, Archaeology & Culture, Dravidian University,
Kuppam, Chittoor Dist, AP.16. Dr.G.Sambasiva Reddy,
Associate Protessor,
Dept of History,
Yogi Vemana University,
Kadapa – 516003. AP

It is intriguing that G. Viswanathan openly admitted that “………………under the current pattern of education, a student of engineering was deprived of the opportunity to study History. Students should be permitted to study History irrespective of the discipline they choose because “it is imperative to know History to avoid pitfalls (in life) and that helps you take corrective measure”. It is well-known fact that now engineering degrees themselves have been converted into “History-like” degrees in the job-market. They do not disclose how many were drop-outs and how many passed successfully, and out of which how many succeeded in getting employment through campus interview or with the sheer efforts and merits of the students. Therefore, it is strange for him to  confess more as “………… History was not a popular course because it was unable to get placement. “But, it is a must (in one’s education) because it gives you your life and culture” and so on.

Actually, non talks about the “History of Science and Technology” of India, which still works consciously in India in many of our daily life. We have so many evidences of thousands of years buildings, artifacts, instruments, gadgets, textiles, food-items, metallurgical skill, medicinal system and above all, the human-management. How many electronics engineering professors, teachers and others know that Augustus de Morgan (1806-1871) was born in Madurai who gave “De Morgan Laws”  for digital mathematics and logic circuits. Many historians do not know about the history of Zero and number system and therefore, they are not worried about why their dating methodology does not have “Zero year” while crossing from BCE to CE. They only work years and chronology work backwards, but accuse astronomical chronology is “ahistorical”!

The function was ritualized as usual with the delegates sitting, rushing for registration, getting anxious for accommodation and so on.

Dr P. Chenna Reddy, Director f State Archaeology, Hyderabad, Chennai addresses the gathering. He offered Rs. 50,000/- to the SIHC.

Inaugural function 03-02-2012

A sectional view of the delegates.

A sectional view of the delegates.

A cultural program was conducted by two invited groups. “A cultural confluence of South Indian music and Dance”

Dr V. Prabhu Kumari, An active member, Assistant professor performed Bharatanatyam:

Child artists performing group dance.

Child artists performing group dance.

Kerala form of group dance

Mohini Attam

Kerala form of group dance

The second day proceedings continued with paper presentation. There were many problems and some of them are listed here:

  1. The list of papers was not given to the paper presenters and therefore, the paper-presenters were not in a position to know their position.
  2. In fact, though sessions – Political, Social, Economic, Cultural, Historiography and Maritime History were conducted separately and also splitting into parallel sessions, only 5 or less than 5 minutes were given for presentations.
  3. Most of the papers have been very amateurish, general and details compiled from the already available newspapers and books.  This has been the trend of the paper presenters of History students of degree, post-graduate, M.Phil, Ph.D.
  4. Therefore, non-history persons like me, feel that I cannot get anything – information, details or facts – new from them.
  5. When everybody spends in thousands to attend the conference, it cannot be converted into a sort of experiment laboratory treating the paper-presenters and others serious delegates as guinea-pigs. Though, some Universities bring students in hundreds, the in-charges just use them for the experiment as noted above.
  6. Though, it was claimed 500 papers were received, only 480 has been listed and out of the list many did not turn up.
  7. In spite of the sophisticated conference halls / rooms used, no OHP was made available for presentation. Though, CD is demanded along with the paper presented, it is ironical that OHP was not provided to present PPT.
  8. The paper-presenters should develop patience to sit and listen to other paper-presenters. They should not come hurriedly, present paper and disappear immediately with or without their friends. Sometimes, they take photographs also for their 3-10 minutes gracious presence there.

New paper presenters swarming the General Secretary to get signature – just like spot admission!

Another view of the above (Photo coutesy: Dr Balakrishna Hedge, Bangalore).

Some of the paper reading sessions –

(Photo coutesy: Dr Balakrishna Hedge, Bangalore)

Political session

another one –

Issue of Certificate for paper presentation: The certificates were ready with name of the paper presenter and title of the paper presented, yet the lady-volunteer, who was entrusted to distribute the certificate was demanding for the payment-receipt etc., The purpose and purport of such demand appears to be intriguing as no other person could take the certificate or none would rather impersonate to grab any certificate. Many delegates expressed that they felt insulted by such asking.

(Photo coutesy: Dr Balakrishna Hedge, Bangalore)

On the third day 05-02-2012, the left papers were allowed to be presented.

Though 1,200 delegates registered for the conference and about 700 papers reportedly presented, only few were available for paper presentation as could be seen from the rooms / halls, where sessions were held.

Here is one such occasion.

While a paper-presenter reads, the rapporteurs discuss between themselves.

He has to be satisfied with these three-four listerners.

Here is another session:

Now, the time is for valedictory. Mrs Shanta Shila Nair, Planning Commission graced the occasion.

B. S. Chandrababu, General Secretary, G. Venkatraman, Local Secretary, Shanta Sheela Nair Planning Commission, and Sundaram, History department.

A section of the audience during the valedictory function.

Another view of the section of the audience during the valedictory function.

Ms Shantha Sheela Nair a retired IAS officer, now Vice-Chairman of TN State Planning Commission was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function on 05-02-2012.  In the previous DMK government, former chief minister M Karunanidhi appointed Prof. Naganathan as Planning Commission Vice-Chairman, who was considered as the brain-child of the free colour TV Scheme[1]. Ms Nair confessed that though, she was a history student, now for her, it is only “a historical past”, as she had forgotten the subject. She started with two quotations[2] from Will Durant, American Historian and Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA.

“India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the  Buddha of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all”.  “India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.” 

She recalled her college days, when she studied history in Queen Mary’s College and then in the Christian College. Once, the latter college invited for a function suddenly remembering that she was an old student of that college. During the interacting session, one North-east girl-student told her experience of locals treating her differently, considering her as “Chinese”[3] because of her physical features etc[4]. But Ms. Nair consoled her that people slowly change. Then, she added that the girl wrote back to inform that she was very much relieved by her explanation and advice. Ms. Nair then, emphasized about the importance of studying local culture, local tradition, local customs etc., so that the present study might be useful to the future generation.

[2] However, many of the historians and history teachers of Tamilnadu might not agree with such views conveyed through such quotations. For example, during the inauguration of Mayilathurai TNH Congress (held from September 30th to October 2nd, 2005), when the HH Guru Maha Sannidhanam Sri Shanmugha Deshika Gnanasambanda Paramacharya Swamigal, Dhramapuram Mutt Head, who hosted the Conference mentioned that historically there was no “Aryan invasion” and historians started considering such facts, immediately the then General Secretary of TNHC refuted and expressed that Aryan-Dravidian theories are still historical facts. Thus, here, also, the glorification of India might not be accepted by them, as they might dub it as “nationalistic”.

[3] The Tamils might treat them so because, the Chinese collaborated and colluded with the Arabs for the downfall, disappearance and elimination of the Cholas from China, SEA and even Tamilnadu systematically from 14th century to 18th centuries.

[4] Here, it may have to be pointed out that the attitude of the North-east Indians should also be changed, as when Indians from other parts go to Nagaland, Meghalaya and other States, they claim that they are not “Indians”. In fact, in Churches, they openly paste notices declaring that “Indians and ………..are not allowed”. When I visited those areas in 2000, I have seen and experienced.


About kvramakrishnarao

The author, K. V. Ramakrishna Rao graduating from Madras University in 1979 in Physics, then, proceeded to his multifarious activities by acquiring degrees in Psychology, Electronics & Telecommunications and Law. Started his research activities in 1987, he presented papers in national and international conferences and seminars. Presented more than 450 papers and published more than 250 till date (2010) in the proceedings, books, journals and websites covering Sangam Tamil literature, history, astronomy, Comparative Religion, law etc. Starting with writing “Letters to Editor”, he turned his attention towards research in 1987. His areas of special interest are Sangam Tamil literature and Ancient Indian Arts and Sciences. He has edited two books and published two.In 2000, he was invited by the Iranian National Commission for United Nation to present a paper, “Decoding and Decipherment of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat” to commemorate 900th death anniversary of Hakim Omar Khayyam at Neshabouri, Iran. He then visited Mauritius (2001), Sri Lanka (2002) and Malaysia (2003) to present papers. He has been a life member of Indian History Congress, South Indian History Congress, Tamilnadu History Congress, Andhrapradesh History Congress, All India Oriental Conference, Mythic Society etc. He has been an Associate Member of Institution of Engineers (India), Calcutta and General secretary of Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti, Tamilnadu. He has been a visiting faculty to National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics, Chennai. After working in two industries, at present he is working in Central Excise department as Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax.
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54 Responses to South Indian History Congress – 32

  1. Mahalingam S.N. says:

    Myself free lance research scholar who has four papers published in International conferences on ancient history would like to submit a paper to the SIHC -32. Please send me more details.
    An Outline for Research in Prehistory of India, International Symposium on Indus Civilization and Tamil Language, 15 &16-2-2007, Chennai
    S.N.Mahalingam,Ancient Roots of Indians, 7th International Waves Conference ‘WAVES 2008’ June 27 – 29, University of Central Florida, ORLANDO,FLORIDA 32825. USA
    Overlooked Clues of Ancient History : International Conference on Indian History,ICIH 2009, January 9-11, 2009, New Delhi.
    Indus Seals and Human Evolution: International Conference on Indian History,ICIH 2009, January 9-11, 2009

    Mahalingam S.N.


    Respected Committee of South Indian History Congress

    Dear Prof.Dr G. Venkataraman,

    I am Charles Christopher Raj, Working as Assistant Professor in History at Kasthurba College for Women, Villianur, Puducherry 605 110 like to present my article for the congress 2012.

  3. Sir, I am Dr.G.Somasekhara,Asst. Professor Dept. of History, Acharya Nagarjuna University, ongle Camus, Ongole, Prakasm Dt, A.P PIN 523001. I am not received invitation of south Indiana history congress. I am annual member.Without invitation the university could not give On Duty. So please send me invitation above Address. thank you yours sincerely.

    • Generally, the SIHC has to send a copy of the circulars to the previous year’s annual member, as they are eligible to get a proceedings this year.

      As you have not received, write to Dr G. Venkataraman,General Secretary, immediately or contact through phone (numbers have been given above).

      They will not send any invitation to members.

      After attending the session, they give attendance certificate.

  4. Praseetha K says:

    Sir, I, Praseetha K, Guest Lecturer, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, wish to present a paper in the 32nd congress. In my paper there are quotations from Malayalam poetry, which were written with diacritical marks. So I have to use DV1 TT Yogesh Font. May I sent the paper in that font? Expecting your reply, Yours faithfully, Praseetha K.

    • As I repeatedly mention, Papers / abstract Should be sent to Dr A. Chandrasekaran, Joint Secretary to his e-mail –

      For further details, contact:

      Dr G. Venkataraman,

      General Secretary,

      Phones – 044- 2539 9479; 044-2539 9666; 094449 29155

      You contacxt Venkatraman immediately

  5. VidyaH.N. says:

    respected sir
    I have e mailed my Abstract of the paper and Full text of the papaer to be presented in SIHC Chennai. How can i know whether my paper is included for presentation.
    Dr Vidya H.N. Hassan

    • At present IHC, SIHC, TNHC, APHC and other Hassociations do not inform about the acceptance or rejection of papers at this stage.

      If you come there to conference, and you are a member of the association, you have all rights and therefore, you can present your paper.

      After presentation, it is left to the Editor and others who decide its publication in the proceedings, even after the recommendation of the Sectional president. I am just pointing out what has been going on.

  6. prameeladevi.b.k. says:

    iam unable to send the paper abstract as the e-mail i.d you have provided is not openning

  7. S. Devadoss says:

    What is use of attending such conferences?

    What they are really going to achieve?

    It would be just a place of getogether for the retired persons, who otherwise are not bothered by anybody.

    Nowadays, every teacher earns a lot of money and therefore, he is not bothered about the students.

    So what a retired history teacher or professor or lecture is going to do with the present generation?

    • S. Ezhilan says:

      You are 100% correct, as it involves a lot of money and hence, automatically, sponsors influence the proceedings.

      There unnecessarily, ideology, individual likes and dislikes also come into play.

      Moreover, the retired persons come there for time passing as otherwise, none bothers about them as “history, teachers, lecturers or professors”!

      • Ideology has already spoiled the Indian history.

        Indians have not written their history, instead, they have been fighting among themselves, for which the ideology has moulded them to do so.

        None questions about the Chinese history or Chronology, as the Chinese follow, but within 70 to 100 to 200 years, the dates fixed by the British and others have been accepted without any scientific basis.

    • You have raised some crucial issues for which the historians have responsibility to respond.

      • S. Devadoss says:

        Are you not historian, then?

      • Yes, I am not a historian.

        I do not have any degree in History at all.

        I do not teach history.

        But I have presented more than 250 papers and published about 195 / 200 so far participating in different national and international conferences.

        I thank my Guru Sri Sriram Sathe, who advised me to prepare and present papers in the conferences.

  8. VidyaH.N. says:

    thank you sir i am satisfied with your answer.



    Though i have sent my abstract earlier, now I send my paper too through your email id.

    Hope to see you on the 3rd of February

    thank you

  10. Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga says:

    Sir, as you said that you have received an e-mail reply for accepting your paper from Dr.G.Venkataraman,. . Local Secretary Such things would have happened only for a few. but surprisingly I too have not received any reply regarding abstract sent to the local secretary so far. Since I have mailed well in advance so that there should not be any complication or confusion. Since your good selves know that I am one of the person having contact with the SIHC. Like wise there may be many who have not received the reply for their mail by Local Secretary. Any way we will meet at Session.
    Thanking you
    Dr.Balakrishna Hegde. Shivamogga, Karnataka

    • I informed Dr G. Venkatraman about the complaints / requests made by the readers / paper presenters. Therefore, perhaps, he would be sending the acceptance letters through e-mails.

      Hope to see all of you at Chennai / Madras!

      Welcome to Chennai!!

  11. South Indian History Congress session from Feb 3
    Last Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 13:58 85 0

    Chennai: The 32nd session of the South Indian History Congress will be held between February 3 and 6 at the University of Madras here.

    The three-day session expects over 500-paper presentations in political, social, economic, cultural and maritime histories and archaeology from across the country, G Venkataraman, Professor and Head, Department of Indian History, University of Madras said.

    A book on the trade relations between England and Coromandel Coast during medieval times will also be released during the session, he told reporters here.

  12. Moneycontrol » News » Wire News
    South Indian History Congress session from Feb 3
    Published on Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 14:02 | Source : PTI
    Updated at Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 14:10

    Chennai,Feb1 (PTI) The 32nd session of the South Indian History Congress will be held between February 3 and 6 at the University of Madras here. The three-day session expects over 500-paper presentations in political, social, economic, cultural and maritime histories and archaeology from across the country, G Venkataraman, Professor and Head, Department of Indian History, University of Madras said. A book on the trade relations between England and Coromandel Coast during medieval times will also be released during the session, he told reporters here.

    The same matter is appearing in other sites also, e.g,

  13. சென்னை பல்கலைக்கழகம்
    விடுதலை, வியாழன், 02 பிப்ரவரி 2012 16:03
    தென்னிந்திய வரலாற்று காங்கிரசின் 32 ஆவது ஆண்டு மாநாடு சென்னைப் பல்கலைக் கழக வரலாற்றுத் துறையினால் பிப்ரவரி 3 ஆம் தேதியன்று நடத்தப் படுகிறது. பல்கலைக் கழக கலையரங்கில் நடைபெற உள்ள இந்த மாநாட்டுக்கு பல்கலைக் கழக துணை வேந்தர் டாக்டர் க.திருவாசகம் தலைமை தாங்குகிறார். சென்னை மாநகர மேயர் சைதை. துரைசாமி காலை 10 மணிக்கு மாநாட்டைத் தொடங்கி வைக்க, வேலூர் வி.அய்.டி. பல்கலைக் கழக வேந்தர் டாக்டர் ஜி. விஸ்வநாதன் அவர்கள் சிறப்புரை ஆற்றுவார்.

    • S. Ezhilan says:

      திக நாளிதழ் மட்டும் இத்தகவலை வெளியிடுகிறது. ஒருவேளை அடுத்த மாநாடு (தமிழ்நாடு வரலாற்று பேரவை போன்று), பெரியார் மணியம்மை பல்கலைக்கழகம், வல்லத்தில் தான் நடக்கும் போல இருக்கிறது. தென்னிந்திய வரலாற்று காங்கிரஸ் மாநாட்டைத் துவக்கி வைக்க அரசியல்வாதிகள் தேவையா? ஏன் சிறந்த முதிர்ந்த பெரிய மதிப்புக்குரிய மனிதர்கள், படித்த அறிஞர்கள், சரித்திர ஆசிரியர்கள் முதலியோர்கள் சென்னையில் இல்லையா என்ன?

  14. Call to make History a part of various disciplines

    “It is imperative to know history to avoid pitfalls (in life)”

    Universities should introduce flexibility in the system so that History can be made part of various disciplines, Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology G. Viswanathan said here on Friday.

    Addressing the 32 annual conference of the South Indian History Congress, hosted by the Department of Indian History, University of Madras, he said that under the current pattern of education, a student of engineering was deprived of the opportunity to study History. Students should be permitted to study History irrespective of the discipline they choose because “it is imperative to know History to avoid pitfalls (in life) and that helps you take corrective measures,” he said.

    Mr. Viswanathan admitted that History was not a popular course because it was unable to get placement. “But, it is a must (in one’s education) because it gives you your life and culture.”

    Referring to various facets of history, he said economically India and China were so strong that they had been contributing almost 50 per cent of the GDP of the world once upon a time. Once India came under the foreign yoke, it was emasculated and now more than 60 per cent of the Indians were below poverty line.

    Adverting to social history, he said the caste system was there since time immemorial in India. Even Tiruvalluvar mentions it. While Ambedkar and E.V. Ramasami Naicker opposed caste system they wanted reservation for socially-deprived sections.

    T.S. Sridhar, Secretary, Higher Education, wanted the conference to highlight the unique features of the south Indian history like the growth of philosophy —Dwaitha, Adwaitha and Vishishtadwaitha, bhakthi movement and its influence on North India, maritime history, etc.

    Expressing happiness over the research and development activities and also the support extended to the research fellows, he pleaded that the research data be made “more easily accessible” to scholars. “Secondary data is not readily available for research.”

    G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras, said: “History gives knowledge. It helps one understand why things have happened so and how it might pan out.” History could teach one what should be avoided.

    Chennai Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy, inaugurating the conference, said that the history of south India was “rich and unparalleled.”

    • Call to include history in all courses
      Express News Service Last Updated : 04 Feb 2012 08:24:36 AM IST

      CHENNAI: A number of speakers at the inauguration of the thirty second session of the South Indian History Congress at the Madras University, on Friday, stressed on the importance of including history in the curriculum of all courses.

      Principal Secretary to the Government (higher education) T S Sridhar said that it was important to make students aware of the great history that we had inherited from our ancestors. Forums like the History Congress should highlight some of the unique areas of South Indian history, including its robust philosophical ideas and the impact of its movements such as the Bhakthi movement on North India. VIT chancellor G Viswanathan said higher edu systems must be made more flexible.

      • ‘முன்னோர் வரலாறு எதிர்கால சந்ததியினரின் சொத்து’
        பதிவு செய்த நாள் : பிப்ரவரி 04,2012,00:00 IST

        ‘உலகில் உள்ள பல்வேறு பிரச்னைகளுக்கு வரலாற்றில் விடை காணலாம். முன்னோர்களின் வரலாறு என்பது எதிர்காலத் தலைமுறைமுறைகளின் சொத்து’ என தென்னிந்திய வரலாற்றுப் பேரவையின் 32 -ம் ஆண்டு மாநாட்டை சென்னைப் பல்கலை வளாகத்தில் வெள்ளிக்கிழமை துவக்கி வைத்த சென்னை மேயர் சைதை துரைசாமி கூறினார். பல்கலையின் இந்திய வரலாற்றுத் துறைத் தலைவர் ஜி.வெங்கட்ராமன், பல்கலை துணைவேந்தர் ஜி.திருவாசகம், வி.ஐ.டி பல்கலை வேந்தர் ஜி.விஸ்வநாதன் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

      • The same stuff is available here also. It is just “cut and paste” affair, of course, what our paper presenters do:

    • தென்னிந்திய வரலாற்றுப் பேரவை – மாநாடு நிறைவு: சாந்தா ஷீலா நாயர், பி.எஸ்.சந்திரபாபு, சென்னை பல்கலைக்கழகம், சேப்பாக்கம், மாலை 3.30



    I attended the congress and presented the paper, as well as I am happy to say that I have become life member.

    But if possible please try to send me a copy of the proceedings of Cudappa 2011 session when asked at the congress while distribution I was denied, though now I have become life member I don’t demand it. If the proceeding is sent to me that will be more useful for my further research.

    Kindly make it available or please guide me to get it.

    • First of all to clear the position, I have created this website personally to creare awareness about the functioning and proceedings ofd the history conferences and it is not official website of SIHC.

      Therefore, I cannot make any official statement of commitment, but as I have been fighting for the rights of members, I will raise the issue or bring the issue to the office barriers of SIHC.

      Of course, as member of SIHC, as per the Acts and Rules applicable to Registered Society, any member can ask for his rights and privileges.

      In your case, you have become a LIfe Member only now in the current session. Therefore, you will be entitled to all the proceeding volumes from this year onward i.e, 32nd proceeding volume would be released next year and you will get a copy.

      Only some associations give the past proceedings also, to clear off the stock or for other genuine reasons. So if the Editor or General Secretary is kind enough, you can write to him requesting for a copy.

      All the best.

  16. Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga says:

    Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga.
    As you mentioned above, regarding the proceedings of 32nd South Indian History Congress concluded yesterday only at Chennai, I fully agree for that. Because I too one among them who suffered a lot by the disarrangement by the organisers. I gives my own example. I have sent the outstation delegation fees D.D.for Rs.700-00 along with detailed covering letter to the local secretary well in advance i.c.about 20 days before the session. But when I reached the session in the first day morning I was disappointed with the reception. Neither I received the Session Information kid i.e.paper presenters’ list, etc. nor any accommodation made for me to stay during the three day session. For information kit persons who were in the reception counter asked me to come after one hour. And after I was asked to come there after lunch. Afterwards they told me that only 750 kit bags were arranged for distribution. all of them were exhausted. Then they asked me to come and collect tomorrow (i.e.on 4th) morning. Again I went to reception and I am told that probably Kit bags will not be supplied to the delegates. I lost my concentration on the academic session due to such incontinence. Organisers made me simply wander here and there for such a small work. See, finally I was succeeded in getting an accommodation allotment in the evening at 6 o’clock. But there was no vehicle to drop us to the staying point. We some how reached the spot at 10 pm night. Rooms given for us have neither toilet nor bath rooms. for ten rooms there was one common bath rooms within that there was one toilet. Delegates had to wait hours together to come up their number.Such a worst facility I have never come across in the South Indian History Congress Sessions. Literally there was no body to bother about the delegates who have attended the session. No one was ready to respond properly to the grievances of the delegates who were came from distant places. Information kit was supplied on 2nd day evening at 4 o’clock! Those who have come with the PPT for paper presentation, they have also disappointed due to lack of LCD and other required equipment. Only 5-6 minute time was given for presentation.
    Why such things are happenings? Whether it is the fault of the main body of the SIHC organisation or fault of the Local organisation? Respective only should tell this to the members. My humble request is to the organisers please look in to the difficulties of out station delegates who will coming from far of places. Try to make proper arrangements for the delegates.

  17. A. Ravi says:

    I am a Ph.D research scholar coming from the University of Hyderabad. On arrival at Chennai central on 3rd Morning around 8.15 am, I could not find any help-desk or volunteers to guide me to the venue. As I do not know Tamil, with much difficulty, I reached the venue catching an auto.

    After registration, I was not given any accommodation, but asked me to contact the Local Secretary, as they (the volunteers sitting at the registration counter) told that they did not know about accommodation. But, by that time, I could not meet the General Secretary, in fact, I could neither identify nor approach after identifying, as he appeared to be busy always. Then, with much difficulty, I was persisting about it, I was asked to go and meet M/s. Abbas / Bathsha / Karunanandan in the History department. Already I was made to go from the registration counter (University Centenary building) to the History department (by the side of Libarary building on the first floor). So again, I had to go there. First, they were reluctant, then when two more delegates joined, they had to perhaps “accommodate” to provide accommodation at “Holy-cross” near Loyala College. But no vehicle was provided. Mr Bathsha clearly told either go by auto by paying Rs,100-150/- or go by 27L bus with all our luggage. So we had to stay back as the function already started.

    By night after the dinner, when we reached the place they refused accommodation as they could provide only when somebody informed through phone. As this never expected as we did not know the phone number, we went to AICUF (as we already seen it while going) and requested for accommodation. There also, they initially refused, when we pressed explaining our position, they told us to adjust with others i,e, already the rooms were occupied by others. This happened around midnight e.i, we could settle down only at that time. Then in the morning, we had to wait, fight and had path and completed other routines.

    So I felt very much disturbed and annoyed, the way the outstation delegates were treated. Instead of guiding and accommodating us, they made us to demand and get the accommodation and all, that too, paying Rs. 700/- delegate fees. As I came from Hyderabad, I could not sleep on the roads without accommodation, but the attitude of the volunteers and others were just to avoid us. As much reluctance, they provided accommodation.

    Therefore, I request the organizers of SIHC to look into this aspect and such things do not occur in future. As it is 32nd conference, I do not think, they could take excuse under any pretext.

  18. W. John Robert says:

    This is not my real name, as I cannot mention my real name as I am a research scholar.

    After receiving the proceedings of the 31st proceedings of the SIHC and going through eagerly, I was totally taken aback, as my paper was not there, though it was well-received and approved by the sectional president.

    Contrary, those who neither attended nor presented their papers are appearing / printed in the volume.

    In fact, the paper “History of Press laws during British regime (1799-1947) – A sTudy” by Dr M. Rabindaranath & T. Shyam swaroop is appearimg twice in the proceedings page nos.192-193 and again on pages 358-374. It is not known how it could have happened? In fact, I remember, during their presentation, one senior member was questing the paper presenter on many issues and he could not answer!

    Why then an editor was / is there? Just to do this type of work?

    Instead of printing the same paper twice, such opportunity could have been given to another paper presenter.

  19. Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga says:

    Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga
    I am told that one senior lady professor from Bangalore University also experienced very badly the facilities given by the 32nd SIHC held at Chennai recently. Each one will agree that not only to this professor but for every member organisers should have provided good facilities during their visit to the conference. That professor was about to return their native place discarding the mismanagement of the conference organisers.

    • S. Devadoss says:

      Why cant that “senior lady professor from Bangalore University” come out openly and expose these persons who could not manage show properly?

      When they go on compromise or adjust with etiquettees and other formalities, the same trend continues.

      Only the normal or ordinary delegates would continue to suffer, as I conducted several conference as trade UInion leader, I know the difficulties on bother sides.

  20. Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga says:

    Dr.Balakrishna Hegde, Shivamogga
    Hot debate during Political session day 1.
    When Capt.Dr.Lingala Panduranga Reddy was presenting his research paper entitled ‘The first Terrorist Movement in Independent India’ a very hot debate went on because of the fact that he made reference to the name of a reputed University based at New Delhi. the zist of his paper was like this: The much orchestrated Telangana Armed Struggle is neither Telangana, nor Armed nor even a struggle. It was perpetrated by a dominant Andhra community to appropriate Telangana lands under the ayacuts of projects. In a bid to weaken the Nizam’s government, Andhra ministers of Madras province aided and abetted the communists. The Government India also connvived at it. Communists declared that Telangana became Indian Manchuria/Yenan. The Nizam refused to merge with Indian union, consequently the Govt.of India sent troops to Hyderabad State n 1948 and called it as Police action. It was mainly against the Communists and the Razakars depredations. It was a small rap on the knuckles to get the Nizam into the line. Razakars while fleeing handed over the weapons to Communists. it gave impetus to the movement. While writing 50 years of policing in Independent India, Rustomji, a senior police officer referred it as the First Terrorist Movement.

    • D. Irusappan says:

      Why these Telingana people create problem like this.

      All sperak Telugu, why then fight among the Telugus?

      Like this, all can fight and ask for seperate state.

      Mayavati has already sowd seed to counter her opponents, but that miscevous idea might affect seperatist forces.

      Tradiionally, it is said that there were 56 Rajas ruling India of different parts, but India was united only. But now only, after getting divided on the basis of language, now they start problems based on other factors.

      They should be nipped in the bud, otherwise seperatist forces would be emboldened to make more demands.

  21. S. Devadoss says:

    When I asked why these conferences are held on January 17th, you did not answer directly.

    Now, others point out that the so-called historians, history professors and history experts were not treated properly etc. Then what would be fate of others? Say if non-historians or the delegates without the qualifications of history, but have eniough or even more knoweledge of history than these persons, how the treat?

    Even after 31 years, if they have not learned or known how to conduct conferences, it is better stop them. As it amply proves that their motive is not to conduct conference, but something else.

    • D. Irusappan says:

      I think you are so angry with historians and organizers of the conference.

      Were you not accopmmodated properly or food provided?

  22. W. F. MALARVIZHI says:

    I was disappointed with the paper reading, as the seniours are not encouraging. They are frightening us and shouting at us and clapping even before we complete or about to complete. Only 2-3 minute are given, however, some are going on reading, though the chair person does not stop. Many read paspers and go away. There is a lot of disturbance also, as some students come with friends, talk amnd go away. They taske photos for their friends, chat and go away. they do not concentrate in papers, but sit in the last rows and talk. therefore, the professors should control them, as they behave like as they behave in class rooms.

  23. D. Irusappan says:

    The academic activities are inversely proportional to the “tamashas” conducted by the organizers.

    Reducing such routines, the time can be allotted to paper presentation.

    However, the students, M.Phil, Ph.D and others should bring out new, well-researched papers, instead of generalized, rehashed, cut and paste articles.

    Nowadays, from internet, everything is downloaded and presented as paper. This is very bad and they should be prevented from reading such papers.



    • You must be having the receipt for becoming a Life Member.

      And that is the proof.

      Even if you do not have the receipt or misplaced, there will be your Life Member number found on the circulars sent to your earlier or your name might be in the Life Member List that might have been printed in the earlier volumes.

  25. Binay Barman says:

    sir, i am interested to join as a member of South Indian History Congress. What is procedure please tell me. I shall wait for your answer. Binay Barman. Assistant Professor,Dept.of History.Saldiha College,Saldiha,Bankura.West-Bengal.

    • I am extremely sorry for not responding to your enquiry for a long time, as I was not well due to some serious health problem.

      I am just returning from Thiruvanathapuram after attending the 33rd session of SIHC.

      Since this session is over, you can become member next session to be held in 2014.

      Meanwhile I shall send the Membership form etc.

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