The appointment of a historian whose work is unfamiliar to most historians shows scant regard for the impressive scholarship that now characterises the study of Indian History and this disregard may stultify future academic research Given that the writing of history in India over the last half-century has produced some of the finest historians, recognised both nationally and internationally, one is surprised at the appointment of Professor Y. Sudershan Rao as chairperson of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR).
- Pushpa M. Bhargava
In a democracy, non-governmental organisations provide a platform to civil society to dissent in an informed and reasoned manner On October 31, 1570, Martin Luther nailed on the door of a church in Germany 95 objections to the Catholic faith that led to the emergence of Protestanism. Soon after, Galileo Galilei challenged the Church by stating that the Earth and other planets revolve round the Sun. He died under house arrest.
Convocation Address By
Dr. Levi Fragell
Former President, International Humanist and Ethical Union – at the 21st Convocation of Periyar Maniammai University on 4th July, 2014
Respected Esteemed Chancellor Dr.K.Veeramani, Pro-Chancellor Dr.VKN. Kannappan, Vice-Chancellor Dr.N.Ramachandran, Pro – Vice-Chancellor Dr.M.Thavamani, Members of the Board of Management, Teachers and my dear graduates.
It is a rare privilege for me to be in this university for the 21st graduation day of the PMU.
Initiating perfection is an integral aspect of any progressive process which may result in revolution. Whatever prevails, as such remains imperfect which is considered usually as natural by many persons and also by majority of the masses. Only a few thinkers and activists identify the embedded imperfection in such things and start to strive for its perfection.
The study of history reveals that wherever the concept of human equality and universal brotherhood is assimilated, such societies have attained peace and prosperity. Human histrory has numerous instances to prove this.
The concept of equality and universal brotherhood is the basic canon of all the three major world religions viz. Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. The idea of equality was preached by all the three religions in the then inequality -based societies.