The second day of the Third Annual Meet of Kerala History Congress at Farook College began with memorial lectures on writers and activists of Kerala. Prof. V. Karthikeyan Nair, Director, Kerala Bhasha Institute, Thiruvananthapuram welcomed the gathering. Prof. M.M Basheer, Former Professor, University of Calicut chaired the session. He spoke on Shri. M. Govindan who was a prominent writer and cultural activist of Kerala. Born and brought up in Ponnani, he was affected by the marital discord of his parents and had his schooling till ninth standard. Being a voracious reader he made it a point to inspire the people of Kerala with his radical thoughts. He was a poet, short story writer, and essayists. His essays on myths, Kumaranasan’s poetry, etc. were well known. Though a stubborn, he was a broad minded person and encouraged criticisms against him, remembers Prof. Basheer. The lecture reflected upon M. Govindan’s active participation in Kerala’s political, literary and cultural sphers and his effort to empower the youth of Kerala by promoting freethinking. Deeply rooted in radical humanism and greatly influence by M.N Roy, a well known political activist, M. Govindan reminds us of the importance of an individual’s freedom of expression, which is highly relevant in modern scenario, says Prof. Basheer.
Mr. C Gauridasan Nair, Bureau Chief of The Hindu deliverd Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib’s Memorial Lecture. He started with an account of Sahib’s contribution in politics and journalism during the Pre-independent India. “Sahib handled this crucial political moment in the history of the nation in all its seriousness. It is at this juncture when media faces a deterioration of values that sahib’s works become significant”, he added. Indian media at present is vulnerable to corporatisation and gets confined into the hands of big shots. There is a shift from the time when media served as a rectifying agent of politics to the time media being controlled by politics. He concluded by calling for a change in the situation.
K. Mohammed Abdul Kareem memorial lecture was delivered by Prof. M. T. Ansari, University of Hyderabad. K. K. Mohammed Abdul Kareem was a prominent historian who traveled across Kerala and authored an extensive collection of literary works in Arabic and Malayalam. He has rare collections of manuscripts and documents to his credit.His works deal with the issues of mappilas in Malabar. Prof. Ansari presented his paper titled “Malabar and Popular History” in which he emphasized the need to have a comparative Indian literature. The paper highlighted the territorial and relational cultural geographies of Malabar in Kerala. The paper raises the questions of whether Malabar is something that exists only as a past and future and never in our present. Prof. Ansari says “while a notion of “bio-region”, may be notions of “heterotopias” and “heterocronies”, will also enable as to grasp the rhizomatic place named Malabar”.
Abhilash Malayil, IIT Mandi, Dr. K Manaf, CISA, Johannesburg Dr. B.S Sherin, EFLU Hyderabad, Dr. J Raghu, Freelance scholar, Dr. C.A Anaz, Farook college, Dr. P.J Vincent, Assistant Professor of History, made their invited presentations on various aspects of Economic, Social, Intellectual, Cultural, Local, Political History respectively in the technical session held in the afternoon.
Prof. KesavanVeluthat, Retd. Prof. of History Delhi University delivered special erudite lecture chaired by Prof K.V Kunjikrishnan, Vice President, Kerala History Congress.
In Panel Discussion on History of Islamic Societies in Kerala, Dr. V Kunhali, Retd. Prof. of University of Calicut,HussainRandathani, Retd. Prof. of History, Prof. T Jamal Mohamed, Retd. Prof University of Kerala and O. Abdul Rahoof, Research scholar, University of Leiden actively participated in the panel discussion. The discussion was concluded by vote of thanks by Dr. M. Nisar, Department of History, Farook College.