The Proceedings of 39th Annual Session of the SIHC held at the campus of Osmania University on February 8th to 10th 2019 
Endowment / Special Lectures were as follows: The endowment / memorial lectures had been ritualized, mechanical and monotonous.
|Sl.No||Name of the Endowment Lecture||Paper reader|
|1||Kasthuri Misro Memorial Lecture||Dr. G. J. Sudhakar, Chennai|
|2||Prof. T. R Ramachandran Endowment Lecture||Dr. Sheik Masthan, Bangalore|
|3||Prof. B. C Ray Memorial Lecture||Dr. Sudharani, Hyderabad|
J. Sudhakar delved upon the topic, “Child rights in India – A Historical perspective,” in an abstract way theoretically without touching upon the rights of Indian children violated in India for the last 50 years by the foreigners and Christian missionaries under “pedophile,” sex-tourism and categories. Though, he went on mentioning Acts, he did not whisper about the Supreme Court judgments where foreign and missionary were arrested and even sent to jail. The judgment cited has been illustrative and there have been many cases. Even a general newspaper reader has been seized of such issues, as thousands of such pedophile cases are reported in the newspapers and TV reports. Therefore, it is surprising that the professors had decided not to mention. To cite a media report, “According to the National Crime Records Bureau a total of 12,363 cases of child rape were reported in the country during 2013 as compared to 8,541 in 2012 accounting for an increase of 44.7%. The maximum child rape cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh (2,112 cases) followed by Maharashtra (1,546 cases) and Uttar Pradesh (1,381 cases). These three states together accounted for 40.8% of the total child rape cases reported in the country. A 2007 WCD study found that more than half (53%) of the children interviewed said that they had been subjected to one or more forms of sexual abuse. Over 20% of those interviewed said they were subjected to severe forms of abuse. Of those who said they were sexually abused, 57% were boys”.
Historians cannot be selective in dealing with the crimes related to children…….
Audience during the endowment lecture…………………………………
Prof E. Sudharani read her paper, “Caste, gender and labour in Hyderabad state: 1900-1951.” Based on statistical reports she concluded that the transformation of the agrarian society into the industrial society deteriorated the condition of the lower caste labourers. Gender makes certain occupations forced to women with less wages. Industrial labor requires skill and thus she argues that women are not allowed to skill. The most of the exercise has been opinion of others / quotations, statistics and one sided views. Indian society has been living continuously, without any break, in spite of picking holes for one or the other reason. Had everything has been wrong, negative and anti-social and so on, such sustainability could not have been there. Coming to the question of skill and related issues, one has to answer – Skill – how it comes? Skill, capability, excellence etc., Come just like that? If 100 engage in skilled work, labour or some other work, all can exhibit the same skill or output with 100 percent oneness?
Can sex workers be subjected to research?………………………..
Next, Prof N. Shaik Mastan read his paper on “Aspects of Muslim society of South India: Its origin and Social stratification,” argued, though caste is not there, yet caste-like social stratification ha been continuing as asraf / ajlaf, syed, shaik, pathan, labbai, moplahs, khwal, etc., besides the main theological division of Shias and Sunnis. Thus, in Islam, therewere different sects, one different from the other at least in their practices if not theory and the south Indian Musalmans though claimed oneness, had innumerable differences in the possession of its scriptures, traditions of juris etc.
The nature of the endowment / memorial lectures: As pointed out the endowment / memorial lectures had been ritualized, mechanical and monotonous. The listeners have to sit and listen without any interaction. Even, if the paper-reading lecturer tells wrong things etc., one has to keep quite. The so-called lectures are printed in the form of booklets and circulated and they are again printed verbatim in the proceedings occupying hundreds of pages. The editor, virtually not bothered about these papers. Enforcing one view on others is not correct in the historical discourses. Monologue in history has been dangerous and it could be hysterical all, if such exercise continued, forced and imposed. After this, there was a cultural programme of dance and music. Then, after dinner, the delegates disbursed to their lodges. Thu, the first day program was over.
Token asked for getting a plate for lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………………………………….
The second day 09-02-2019 proceedings: The second day proceedings started with paper reading at five different sections. About hundred papers were read in each session, discussion was there. However, only 5 to 7 minutes were given in many cases. However, it appeared that that the paper reader also did not bother about presentation, responding to the querries or interaction, as they just got the certificates and disappeared. So, it is evident that getting the certificate is important. When enquired, it was revealed that they wanted their two papers published in any IBSN / ISSN numbered journal / book so that they get some marks etc. In fact, nowadays, seminars are conducted with the assurance that if they pay Rs. 2,000/- to 5,000/- their papers would be published in journal / book etc. Therefore, it is intriguing to note that this type of methodology might hamper the quality of paper and research. Why then lament that the subject history is forsaken, history departments are closed down etc? Had they really concerned about quality, standards and other norms, they would not have indulged in such activities of “pay and get published” type modus operandi!
Many sponsors for the 39th session of SIHC at OU, Hyderabad!
112 sponsors…………… for the 39th session of SIHC at OU, Hyderabad!
With P. Chenna Reddy and another Prof from UP….
The elections took almost the whole day: As elections were there, interested started moving here and there. The returning officer was supposed to come to Room no.3 ground floor by 10 am, but, none came. The anxious contestants came and went away. Suddenly, it was informed that the nomination forms were given in the first floor. It was already 11.10 and the form said that the filled up one should be given by 11.30. When questioned, they changed time to 12.00. After lunch, the voting started and it went on till 5 pm. Then counting started and it went on till 9 pm. At last, the elected new office bearers and EC members were announced. In any case, the whole day was virtually wasted in such processes. The way the votes were polled for the candidates, I could easily find a pattern. One particular State members cleverly and strategically voted only for their state candidates and they did not vote for others, even in the multiple option voting. Really, it was shocking that the educated professors, Asst.prof, lecturers and others indulge in such a partition activity. If such experts with biased and pre-conceived notions teach students, would there be any balanced, impartial and neutral attitudes could be expected?
Waiting for the “Returning officer” to get nomination form from him!!!!! But, he did not return here ………………………………………………………….
He was sitting coolly in the first floor…………………………………….
The voting, canvassing………………………..produced waste paper bits etc……..”Swacha Bharat” required for cleaning?
The third day 10-02-2019 proceedings: On 10-02-2019, at the political section hall, when we were waiting for more than one hour from 9 am, we were told that the sectional president, Dr. M. P Mujeebu Rahiman from Calicut was taking breakfast! Then, suddenly, rapporteur came with few to announce that he had already left for Calicut! So it is not known why such preoccupied experts should be chosen for “technical / paper reading session”! How the paper readers would have been anxiously waiting, he should understand. When 5 to 7 minutes are given for paper presentation, can he waste more than one hour like this, that too, with his absence? There was a paper on “Bhima Koregaon” incidence arguing that those who fought with the British but against Marashtrians were not “anti-nationals.” When I pointed out that he was interpreting based on the newspapers reports, one young lady started expressing that my response amounted to “attack”! Then, I pointed out asking youngsters not to prey to the ideologists and get divided, fought with each other etc., instead, they can do better research and present good papers uniting. Incidentally, she was not a member of SIHC also! The Social section also went on simultaneously.
Political section…paper presentation on 10-02-2019 morning about 11.00 am………………..
Political section…paper presentation on 10-02-2019………audience present…………………
Political section…paper presentation on 10-02-2019……another view……………
I was sitting there and interacting with paper presenters……………………………..
The lady who accused that “I am attacking young researcher verbally……………….” sitting in the last row with friends……………………..
she disappeared with her friends……………………
I clarified the position on the issue raised…………………………………………………………
P. Chenna Reddy donated Rs one lakh for an endowment lecture in the name of her parents…………………………
and explains the purpose of endowment………………………..he spoke philosophically and emotionally……………………………..
General Body Meeting and Business Session – disturbed, would up abruptly and postponed: As few papers were there, they were read in social and political sections. After lunch, the General body meeting was conducted. Though, I was ready with papers and points, they tried to cuts short the proceedings. I was pained as the way the general body meeting was conducted!
- Ironical, intriguing and shocking that the qurries raised about the accounts were not answered and the senior members kept silence!
- The resolution copies were not circulated, the minutes were not recorded and the office bearers behave as if they run private company instead of registered society.
- These points, I had been raising in every GBM, but, the office bearers have been definitely ignoring. This has been intriguing as the involved have been seniors, HODs, Professors, Asst.Proffesors and so on and of coure, “historians” also, besides, the members of the SIHC association registered.
- In fact, I prepared a detailed note with facts and figures culled from the last 30 years balance sheets given to the delegates to point out the discrepancies, blunders and even serious issues.
- But, the GBM was abruptly wound up for Valedictory function and I was forced to get down from the stage!
- And I openly declared that the “GBM is postponed and it would be continued next session”!
Thus, the general body meeting disturbed and wound up, as VIPs came for valedictory function. Really, it was shocking that last 15 years, the same trend has been going on virtually sabotaging the conduct of GBM and business session in one way or the other. All these clearly prove that certain vested interests take the association in a wrong route affecting the credibility, academicia and professional ethics. The valedictory function started and proceeded in the same ritualistic mode by praising each other, giving mementos for the chosen and so on. By that time as the delegates came from other states had to leave, they also already started moving out. As usual, the vigor, in receiving delegates came down in sending them off.
© K. V. Ramakrishna Rao
 Supreme Court of India – Childline India Foundation & Anr vs Alan John Waters & Ors on 18 March, 2011, Author: P Sathasivam, Bench: P. Sathasivam, B.S. Chauhan – REPORTABLE,
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA, CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION, CRIMINAL APPEAL NOs. 1208-1210 OF 2008
Childline India Foundation & Anr. …. Appellant(s)
Allan John Waters & Ors. …. Respondent(s)
CRIMINAL APPEAL NOs. 1205-1207 OF 2008
 Mandal judgment itself lists out the castes prevalent among the Mohammedans based on occupation, theology and connected factors. Arab tribal consciousness still works in the minds of high caste Mohammedans.
 No details are available, when I tried to contact / talk with her, she disappeared with her two / three friends.
 On 12th, I posted this in the “South Indian Historians” whatsup group also – I am drawing attention of the office bearers and all other members to the Societies Registration Act, 1860 available in the link –
http://bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd/print_sections_all.php?id=10 As, I have been stressing that all members have every right to question the conduct of the office bearers or any member for any violation of the provisions of the Act. Kindly read and I request to interact with me to proceed further on any issue [paper not published, receipt not given, proceeding volume not given, accounts not maintained etc.,………]. K. V. Ramakrishna Rao, 12-02-2019.